General Manager Finance

Discover Opal…


As part of the Nippon Paper Group, Opal is one of Australasia’s leading packaging and paper companies and we employ more than 4000 team members across our operations.


We manufacture goods that you see, touch and use every day and our customer base includes some of the biggest names in FMCG, Retail and Fresh Produce.  


We stand for innovation, smart solutions and sustainability and this is an exciting time to join us as we build our own unique culture fuelled by confidence, energy and passion.   


Discover the Opportunity....


We have an exciting new opportunity available to lead the finance team of our Opal Converting Group and Opal Packaging Plus as our GM Commercial. This role will have 5 direct and 10 indirect reports nationally.


Based at our Heidelberg site, this role will work closely with the Group General Manager to provide leadership to all Opal Converting Group and Opal Packaging Plus Business Units. Primarily this role is responsible for providing financial leadership to ensure well-informed decision making, optimal business performance and overall operational and strategic business planning. 


The key aspects of this role are:


  • Providing high quality, relevant, and timely financial and commercial information
  • Coordinating the accounting and reporting function in accordance with accepted accounting principles, timelines, and in compliance with Opal Policies and Procedures.
  • Driving day to day tactical and strategic business performance
  • Work to review, guide and administer sales and supply proposals, contracts and commitments, capital project proposals, working capital optimisation, process improvements including IT services, financial forecasting, planning, and scenario analysis
  • Working directly with the GGM to provide insights on business performance that ensure the best decisions are taken to continuously improve business performance


Discover Yourself….


We are able to offer a varied career journey with experiential learning gained from cross-functional and lateral moves.    We embrace diversity in all its forms, and we look for curious individuals who thrive in an environment of change.


Specifically for this role, we expect you will have;


  • Recognised tertiary qualification in a commercial stream (i.e. Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business) and can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and personal development
  • Postgraduate qualification of either CPA or ACCA
  • Industry expertise and solid experience in a packaging or similar manufacturing environment
  • Highly developed communication skills with ability to collaborate productively and professionally with all levels of people
  • A results-driven focus and ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Well-developed commercial acumen to drive continuous business improvement
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Good coaching skills and ability to impart knowledge
  • Proven problem solving and conflict resolutions skills


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For more information please contact Annik Pearson on +61 3 9730 5451 or jump right in by sending us your CV.

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