Operations Manager

Palladium, Australia

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th July, 2020

Job Description


Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.


Market Development Facility is an Australian Government funded multi-country initiative which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth. MDF is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT). It is implemented by Palladium in partnership with Swisscontact.

In Papua New Guinea, MDF aims to foster broad-based growth beyond the resource sector, focusing on agricultural and economic diversification.


  • The Operations Manager, whilst working out of Brisbane, will be part of the MDF PNG management team and will support the Country Director in the operational management of the country office.
  • The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring that MDF office in PNG operates smoothly and in is compliant with the host country laws and regulations, the commonwealth procurement guidelines, MDF manuals, Palladium policies, and DFAT requirements.


Working closely as part of the MDF PNG management team, and supported by operations team member/s in PNG, the Operations Manager will be responsible for delivery of compliant operations in PNG in the following areas:

  •  Compliance with host country regulations
  •  Office and asset management
  •  Procurement and contracting
  •  Logistics
  •  HR Management
  •  Security
  • The Operations Manager is responsible for the procurement and supply of all necessary goods and services, appropriate asset management, use and maintenance, and that all necessary logistical and security arrangements are in place.
  • This role will require extensive oversight of operations, requiring the incumbent to work closely with PNG based employees and suppliers to achieve outcomes. Therefore, regular travel to PNG will be required as COVID19 border restrictions are eased.


  •  Significant experience in management and delivery of administrative, HR and logistical support to large projects or organisations, preferably for international development organisations
  •  At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  •  Experience in working with donor procurement guidelines, preferably the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.
  •  High level planning, organisational and time management skills
  •  Strong attention to detail and accuracy within all aspects of work
  •  Excellent level of interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  •  Strong working knowledge of MS Office programs
  •  Excellent command of both verbal and written English


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