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Strategic Projects Manager

x15ventures

Strategy & Finance

Sydney / Melbourne

The Opportunity

Let’s introduce ourselves  

We’re a venture-scaler powered by CommBank. That means we build, buy, and invest in startups that could benefit the bank’s 15 million customers and beyond.  

Because of what we do, we’re really neither corporate, nor startup – instead we’re happily navigating the space between both worlds. We're close enough to benefit from the bank’s strategy, scale and stability, but separate enough that we have the autonomy to try new things.  

To be a sandbox for change.  

What it’s like to work here 

We’re a community of galvanisers, thinkers, and doers. People from different backgrounds who come together in a brilliant collision of careers, ideas, and expertise. We know what we’re trying to achieve isn’t easy, but we're up for the challenge.  

We're part of something bigger. We never lose sight of the impact we can have on people’s lives, and the role that each of us plays in shaping the bank of the future.  

At x15 we’re guided by three values: care, courage, and commitment.  

This means we're led by both head and heart. We’re aware, attuned, and always act to help others. We’re more than just job titles and we don’t hide the human stuff, either.  

We lead with grit and grace. We have a big bold vision, which so far no-one has nailed (including us). That excites, rather than deters us.  

And whatever happens, we always find a way. We're tenacious, resilient and we do what's right – even if it's hard.  

Where would you fit? 

x15’s mission is underpinned by our Core Platform – an operating environment where empowered people and modern technology can collectively enable start-up pace, enterprise safety, and scale through integrations with CommBank.  It currently fuels our ventures throughout their lifecycle, but this platform is only at its infancy – the journey ahead is new, ambitious, and exciting.  

To help map out this journey, we have recently created a Strategy and Operations team under x15’s Chief Product Officer. This team will ensure our overall strategy is being effectively determined, communicated, and delivered into real outcomes for our ventures.  

This means we do a bit of everything (thinking, doing, challenging, structuring, and communicating) in service of, and on behalf of, the various functions and ventures within x15.  

You would be the newest member of this small team and be integral to its success. This role is ideal for someone who wants to see how corporate venturing inside one of the largest companies in Australia works and is keen to leverage their project management and strategic thinking experience in their next opportunity.  

This role reports to the Core Strategy and Operations Lead.  

Your impact and contribution 

As the title suggests, you’ll spend most of your time helping x15’s support functions managing significant strategic and complex projects. As a result, you’ll find yourself wearing a few different hats throughout the day, and on a steep learning curve (but that’s part of the fun).  

In doing so, you will drive the implementation of x15’s Core Platform vision and roadmap, help to strategically prioritise initiatives across the business, and develop a deep understanding of how modern and emerging technologies can bring start-up to corporate.  

Your team also sets and communicates x15’s overall strategy, and so you will often be involved in its development. You’ll be put in front of senior leaders across x15 and CommBank, to learn about, challenge, and influence their thinking. By doing so, you will be able to bring together our specialist teams to build a consistent and cohesive narrative on why our Core Platform unlocks value, and then go about unlocking that value.  

Your responsibilities  

Take an active role in developing, articulating, and putting into practice x15’s strategy, including supporting the preparation of executive papers and other materials.  

Apply your knowledge of the x15 strategy (you helped design it, after all) to manage our quarterly prioritisation process, ensuring we effectively manage competing interests.   

Help structure and drive the overall roadmap for x15’s Core products and services – and develop a strong working relationship with our product, portfolio, technology, risk, and venture teams.  

Lead specific strategic initiatives that cut across specialist teams.   

Your skills and experience  

This role demands someone with:  

Excellent project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously. 

Strong communication – can apply structure to complex and ambiguous topics.  

Effective writing and presentation skills. 

Demonstrated ability to constructively challenge ideas and the status quo.  

Ability to build and foster relationships with senior stakeholders.  

Curiosity about new things and a hunger for taking accountability for finding solutions to challenging, ambiguous problems.  

 

We’d also love it if you have: 

Understanding of (and interest in) modern and emerging technologies.  

Start-up or scale-up experience, with an understanding of their common problems. 

What could we mean for you?  

Joining x15 gives you access to opportunities you won’t find in standalone corporate or start-up roles. The space between is where the magic happens! 

You'd be joining a team of experts, united by a love of finding solutions and making an impact. That means considerable diversity in your day-to- day. In what other role would you get to work with early-stage start-ups, more mature ventures, and Australia's leading bank, in an environment that encourages fresh ideas and innovation?  

We promise challenge in spades but believe this delivers intellectual stretch, growth, learning, and development. Working on things you’re truly passionate about, you’ll be exposed to big decision making and your work and actions will be on display.   

Some benefits to keep in mind: 

We offer flexible work options to support your well-being and life stuff. 

We pay generous equal parental leave because family is hugely important. 

We celebrate an authentic team culture and promote collaboration, innovation and general mucking in. 

You can choose your own adventure with access to communities of practice and development opportunities where you can learn from and grow with others.   

We support hybrid working and have a beautiful base at South Eveleigh - a state-of-the-art precinct that’s part of Sydney’s wider technology community. 

 

So, if you have the curiosity to learn and the willingness to teach what you know, we’d love to hear from you. 

About x15

What is x15ventures?

We're a venture scaler powered by CommBank. We build, buy and invest in startups that will benefit the bank's 15 million customers and beyond.

We're navigating the space between corporate and startup worlds and harnessing the collision of careers, ideas and expertise to help build and scale the next generation of digital businesses.

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