Manager, Program Management Office

The Minderoo Foundation

The Minderoo Foundation

West Perth WA 6005, Australia
Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023

About Us

Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible.

Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies.

The Strategy and Operations Enabler Area works closely with the CEO to set the organisation wide strategy and to ensure the Foundation is set up to deliver on this strategy.

They support the effective operation of the Foundation’s Focus Areas and Impact Missions to ensure they meet their strategy & planning, financial, operational, legal, risk and compliance obligations. They also work closely with Enabler and Corporate Services functions to provide management and board reporting, ensure appropriate policies and procedure are in place and to deliver major projects, including transformational IT projects.

About the Opportunity

Minderoo Foundation has launched its 2030 strategy, with three core Focus Areas:

  • Uplifting Communities
  • Advocating for Gender Equality
  • Protecting Oceans

We will also respond to emerging challenges and threats through our Impact Missions

What You'll Do

Reporting to the Head of Strategy and Planning, the Manager, Program Management Office is a newly created role and will play a crucial role developing, growing and leading program and project management across the organisation.

Initially, you will manage a strategic program of interconnected projects to enable the delivery of Minderoo’s 2030 strategy, including proactively supporting the identification and planning of change management requirements.

You will also develop and lead the Program Management Office function within Minderoo and improve project management and delivery practices across the organisation, including organisation level reporting.

Your Responsibilities

Program management

  • Develop and lead the Program Management Office function within Minderoo, including appropriate frameworks, governance, tools and training.
  • Coordinate the Strategy Implementation Office, ensuring effective management of cross-functional strategic projects and priorities that enable the 2030 strategy, including:
  • Establish and evolve program governance
  • Developing and maintaining integrated plans
  • Identifying and escalating key decisions, dependencies, risks and issues
  • Producing high quality program reporting for a variety of stakeholders
  • Identifying, planning and supporting the delivery of change management requirements.

Project management and delivery

  • Ensure the use of a consistent project management methodology across the organisation for delivery of projects.
  • Establish and optimise project delivery frameworks and tools, to improve quality of project execution, including contributing requirements to improve enabling technology.
  • Project manage key strategic projects, as required.
  • Implement a training and professional development program for staff involved in project management.


  • Collaborate and project manage relevant stakeholders to prepare and optimise regular organisation-wide performance reporting at the Executive and Board level
  • Support the improvement of reporting processes, including leading on process or enabling technology improvement efforts.

Who You Are

· You will have 3+ years of experience in setting up and running program offices with multiple projects or workstreams, including demonstrating:

  • Effective planning and management of a “critical path” of activity
  • Proactive identification of risks and issues, and ability to develop mitigation strategies
  • Ability to produce high quality program and workstream level reporting with minimal to no supervision
  • Ability to facilitate regular program meetings
  • Experience setting up and managing plans in program management tools
  • Experience implementing broad strategy and organisational change, rather than technology change
  • Experience applying traditional as well as agile project management approaches

· Experience applying / practical knowledge of key change management frameworks and approaches desirable

· Demonstrated experience managing and influencing senior internal stakeholders

· Experience developing Board and / or Executive level reporting

· Commercial acumen

· Exceptional communication, business writing and presentation skills

· Collaborative and works well in a team

· Resilient and self-managing, with the ability to work autonomously

· Supports the vision of Minderoo Foundation’s founders and can demonstrate alignment with our values.

· You will be a strategic thinker, analytical, resilient, passionate about social and environmental impact and thrive in an agile working environment.

Next Steps

Please attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you interested in this opportunity.

Applications close: Monday 4 September 2023

Please note we reserve the right to close applications early should a suitable candidate be identified.

Tattarang and Minderoo Foundation are an “All Roles Flex” employer. Tattarang and Minderoo Foundation embraces Equal Opportunity and promotes diversity. We actively encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, and those with Disability to apply.