Blackbird is looking to hire a Compliance & Risk Manager to help supercharge our compliance, risk and governance functions and provide a world-class experience to Blackbird, our investors and portfolio companies.
About The Role
At Blackbird our mission is to be a generational owner of the most ambitious tech companies founded by Aussies and Kiwis. To match this ambition, as we grow we are constantly striving to ensure that we are a transparent, efficient, well governed and fully compliant financial services organisation.
Reporting to the General Counsel and working within our broader Operations team, this role will build on and strengthen our entire compliance and risk framework across Australia and New Zealand, comprising the full gamut of funds management/financial services regulation (eg; AFSL, AML/CTF and FATCA/CRS) and take it to the next level - one of our key goals being continuous evolution and improvement.
The successful candidate in this role will hone their financial services compliance and risk experience to complement and upgrade the above framework and use their talents in an open minded and autonomous environment.
Here is a brief overview of the type of work the role will encompass:
AFSL compliance - monitoring and reporting on compliance with our obligations under our AFS Licence, maintaining all related policies, risk matrices, processes and checklists and organising all compliance training, reporting and committee/board meetings
AML/CTF Program compliance - maintaining our AMLProgram/AML Risk Assessment for Australia and New Zealand, assisting with required reporting to AUSTRAC and the NZ FMA, leading internal/external reviews, independent/external audits and implementing recommendations, assisting in improving our systems and operational processes to monitor AML risk and ensure compliance with our regulatory requirements and our AML Program, organising/running AML training for all Blackbird staff and assisting with internal AML registers and board reporting
Blackbird Funds - assisting with compliance aspects of Blackbird and Startmate Funds as needed - eg; structuring aspects, ‘ESVCLP’ regime compliance, authorised representative arrangements, wholesale client certificates, side letters, compliance questionnaires, operational due diligence and GS007 audit aspects
“Operationalising” our approach - ensuring every new requirement or obligation is built into our existing operational processes so that we can continue to scale
Making risk management a strength - ensuring our risk management framework and systems add value to our investing and are a core strength of Blackbird as it continues to grow
Continuing to build a culture of compliance at Blackbird - leading our team to have a strong appreciation of all compliance and risk aspects of our business
Providing excellent service to our investors - by providing them with reporting and assisting with due diligence requirements
Training/Regulatory changes - assisting with the running of various internal compliance training sessions throughout the year and keeping abreast of changing laws/regulation relevant to funds management businesses and venture capital investing generally
Skills we are looking for
Your background is less important than the key skills, which include:
This is a full-time role based in Sydney (Surry Hills), where the majority of our Operations team is based. Note that our entire team is working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis and we will continue to provide flexibility to work from home post the lockdown.
Working at Blackbird
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 Applied to ensure every applicant gets an equal chance of success.
Our July 2021 half-year Culture Amp engagement score is 96.
- Flexible working: Whether it’s working from home or leaving early to pick up the kids from daycare or school.
- Generous parental leave: We know family comes first and we are proud to offer generous parental leave - 16 weeks for primary carer and 6 weeks for a secondary carer, subject to a 12-month minimum tenure. This includes a continuation of KiwiSaver payments while on unpaid parental leave and a supportive return-to-work policy.
- Learning & 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, to enable your continued learning & self-development.
- 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.
- A share of Blackbird’s success: We think it is important to share successes with the whole team. All Blackbird employees receive carry in our funds and are owners in the management company.
Blackbird is a Pledge 1% member — we pledge 1% of our time, equity and profits to help not-for-profit causes in our community, with a focus on greater gender diversity in STEM education.
Blackbird is a venture capital fund based in Australia and New Zealand. We invest in every type of technology from software to space, unified by the biggest of ambitions. We invest in wild hearts with the wildest of ideas, right at the beginning. We invest in wild hearts with the wildest of ideas, right at the beginning. As a result, we have a unique working culture, captured in our Mission & Values and our Operating Principles.
We have more than a billion dollars under management and a portfolio of over 70 companies including some of the most successful Australian and Kiwi startups such as Canva, Zoox, SafetyCulture, Ask Nicely, Halter and Partly.
We’ve written a lot about what we love at Blackbird, so check out our blog if you want some more information about us. In particular, you should read about our mission and values, our master plan, and what we look for in founders.