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Business Operations Analyst/Associate

Blackbird Ventures

Blackbird Ventures

IT, Operations
Australia
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024
<h4><strong>About the Roles</strong></h4> <p>At Blackbird, our mission is to be a generational owner of the most ambitious tech companies founded by Aussies and Kiwis, wherever in the world they might be. To match this ambition as we grow, we are building a world-class operations function to ensure that we provide the highest quality investment experience to our portfolio companies and founders. </p> <h6>We’re looking for a <strong>Business Operations Analyst</strong> and a <strong>Business Operations Associate</strong> to join our Operations team, where you’ll work closely with <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-weston-07a029208/">Sean Weston</a> (Business Operations Manager) and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/cattleya-vongpraseuth-525a161b/">Cattleya Vongpraseuth</a> (Senior Operations Associate) on our quest to become a world class investment firm.</h6> <p>Both positions are generalist roles that cover the full gamut of operations, finance and compliance. We are looking for someone who loves a challenge, has a growth mindset and an undeniable thirst for learning.</p> <h5>Here is a brief overview of the type of work you will do:</h5> <ul role="list"> <li> <strong>Fund Operations</strong>: Running end-to-end processes related to investor onboarding, capital calls, distributions and investor transfers.</li> <li> <strong>Investment Operations</strong> - Ensuring we satisfy the required internal controls and compliance processes (investment restrictions, background checks, etc.) before making investments.</li> <li> <strong>Investor Reporting: </strong>Helping to prepare and automate reports for our investors, including regulated superannuation funds.</li> <li> <strong>Portfolio Reporting: </strong>Regularly collecting information from our portfolio companies and aggregating it into various reporting formats.</li> <li> <strong>Compliance : </strong>Working closely with the team and our advisors to help ensure that Blackbird is compliant with policies and regulations, especially relating to ESVCLP, AML/KYC, PFIC and FATCA/CRS.</li> <li> <strong>Operational Processes: </strong>Monitoring and improving our internal processes. Process improvement and automation should be at the forefront of your thinking.</li> <li> <strong>Data </strong>- Understanding and improving Blackbird’s data collection from end-to-end.</li> <li> <strong>Key Controls: </strong>Ensuring that all the key controls in our internal processes are fit for purpose and satisfy our audit requirements.</li> </ul> <h5><strong>Associate Role</strong></h5> <ul role="list"> <li>Three or more years of operations, tax, accounting, banking and/or consulting experience, ideally in or with exposure to financial services or funds management where you have been the ‘go to’ person and owned projects end-to-end.</li> <li>Practical, hands on experience in supporting the design and implementation of automation tools and efficiency projects, ideally in a financial services or funds management business.</li> <li>Industry experience advising on or working in one or more of the following areas:<ul role="list"> <li>AML/CTF;</li> <li>ESVCLP regime;</li> <li>FATCA/CRS;</li> <li>Australian or offshore tax regimes.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h5><strong>Analyst Role</strong></h5> <ul role="list"> <li>One or more years of operations, tax, accounting, banking and/or consulting experience, ideally in or with exposure to financial services or funds management.</li> <li>Practical, hands on experience in the implementation of automation tools and efficiency projects, ideally in a financial services or funds management business.</li> <li>Basic knowledge of one or more of the following areas:<ul role="list"> <li>AML/CTF;</li> <li>ESVCLP regime;</li> <li>FATCA/CRS;</li> <li>Australian or offshore tax regimes.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h5>Both Roles</h5> <ul role="list"> <li>Strong verbal and written communication skills, great at communicating both internally and externally and a hospitality mindset in dealing with all stakeholders.</li> <li>A passion for creativity and high ownership mentality to build and improve current practices, processes and controls.</li> <li>A meticulous attention to detail and ability to multitask, prioritise and work well under pressure.</li> <li>Being hands on and happy to jump into the weeds to assist the team with any task, no matter how big or small.</li> </ul> <p>We’re looking for individuals who are as passionate as us about building an iconic investment business. You must have a high ownership mentality and the ability to take responsibility for goals and outcomes. Both positions are full-time roles based in Sydney (Surry Hills), where our Business Operations team is based.</p> <h4><strong>Working at Blackbird</strong></h4> <p>We believe that building a diverse and inclusive team is critical to Blackbird’s success. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. We use<a href="https://www.beapplied.com/"> Applied</a> to ensure every applicant gets an equal chance of success.</p> <h5><strong>We offer:</strong></h5> <ul role="list"> <li>Flexible working: Whether it’s working from home or leaving early to pick up the kids from daycare or school.</li> <li>Generous parental leave: We know family comes first, and we are proud to offer 20 weeks of parental leave for all parents (an additional 4 weeks for the birth parent), with no minimum tenure. In addition, we offer IVF, adoption and surrogacy leave. We also continue to pay superannuation and vest carried interest for up to 12 months of parental leave, and offer a supportive return-to-work policy to help with the ramp back.</li> <li>Learning &amp; Development Budget: Our team is hungry to continuously learn and you’ll receive a budget to spend on whatever you’d like to learn - from coding courses to meditation.</li> <li>Wellbeing: We think in decades not days. To support our Blackbirds over the long haul we offer a range of holistic wellbeing benefits including a monthly healthy living allowance, 24/7 access to wellbeing support, a home office allowance, personal kit-kat days, and more!</li> <li>Unplugged weekends: We work hard without letting work get in the way of life. We’ve implemented no Slack or emails on weekends, so you can switch off and enjoy yourself.</li> <li>Connection: While being big fans of a fully distributed workforce, we value our vibe and time to connect online and IRL through team and company offsites, monthly social activities, weekly lunches and our many social clubs (#fun-manis, #fun-fantasybookclub, #bb-craft just to name a few!).</li> </ul> <p>Blackbird is a<a href="https://pledge1percent.org/"> Pledge 1%</a> member — we pledge 1% of our time, equity and profits to help not-for-profit causes in our community. Through Pledge 1%, we established the<a href="https://blackbird.vc/blog/the-blackbird-foundation-and-the-limitless-potential-of-young-people/"> Blackbird Foundation</a> to supercharge the creative capabilities of young people.</p> <p>We are also very proud to have won the<a href="https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/why-blackbird-ventures-is-australia-s-best-place-to-work-20230405-p5cyhl"> 2023 AFR Best Place to Work</a> award in three categories including Overall winner. In 2022, we became certified as one of<a href="https://greatplacetowork.com.au/gptwcertified/blackbird-ventures/"> Australia’s Great Places to Work</a>.</p> <h4><strong>About Blackbird</strong></h4> <p>Blackbird is Australia's biggest venture capital fund whose mission is to supercharge Australia and New Zealand’s most ambitious founders. We do this by raising venture capital funds, investing into the best startup companies and helping them succeed. We have a portfolio valued at over $7B, including some of the most successful Australian and Kiwi startups such as Canva, Safety Culture and Culture Amp.</p> <p>We are inspired by investment firms such as Berkshire Hathaway and Bridgewater Associates. Like the companies we back, we want to build a business that lasts for decades and produces excellent returns for our investors. Most of all, we want to support our region’s most talented founders build category-defining technology companies.</p> <p>We’ve written a lot about what we love at Blackbird, so check out our<a href="https://blackbird.vc/blog/">blog</a> if you want some more information about us. In particular, you should read about<a href="https://blackbird.vc/blog/blackbird-mission-and-values/">our mission and values</a>, our<a href="https://www.blackbird.vc/blog/defining-your-culture-how-we-created-blackbirds-operating-principles">Blackbird’s Operating Principles (BOPs)</a> and<a href="https://blackbird.vc/blog/what-blackbird-looks-for-in-founders/">what we look for in founders</a>.</p> <h4>Know someone great for this?</h4> <p>‍</p>
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