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Program Manager, Perth

Founders Factory


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Join the Climate Tech revolution as a Program Manager with Founders Factory and drive impactful change with leading industry partners


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Organisation summary: Founders Factory is at the forefront of innovation, partnering with entrepreneurs and top companies to build and fund groundbreaking startups. With a portfolio of 300 companies globally, they are committed to tackling climate change through technology and entrepreneurship. Their new Climate Tech platform and accelerator programs, backed by the Western Australian Government and Rio Tinto, are set to empower over 72 startups, focusing on decarbonisation, mining tech, and natural solutions.

  • Lead day-to-day operations of groundbreaking accelerator programs.
  • Coordinate with a dynamic team of 60+ to deliver exceptional founder support.
  • Plan and execute local events, fostering a vibrant startup community.
  • Provide hands-on mentorship and align startup objectives with program goals.
  • 1-3 years of experience in high-growth startups or similar environments.
  • Strong background in operations, project management, or events.
  • Ability to build relationships and address challenges faced by startups and corporates.
  • Proactive problem-solving skills and a team player attitude.
  • Residence in Perth, Western Australia is required.

Founders Factory offers competitive salary, equity, pension, private healthcare, flexible working, family leave policy, mental health days, and opportunities for travel. They are dedicated to equality, diversity, and creativity in the workplace.

Who we are:

Founders Factory builds and funds startups together with exceptional entrepreneurs and the world's leading companies. Headquartered in London, Founders Factory backs visionary founders with capital, dedicated support from a team of 60+ operators, and unrivalled access to a coalition of industry leading corporate partners. Since 2015, our 300 portfolio companies have raised $950mm follow-on funding from leading investors in four continents.

We believe climate change is one of the major challenges of our time, and that technology and entrepreneurship have a critical role to play in the development of solutions that will drive our transition to a net zero future. In mobilisation towards this objective, Founders Factory has built a global Climate Tech platform to invest in transformational technologies across key industries and international hubs. 

Located in Perth, Western Australia and investing globally, we're launching two new Accelerator programs in partnership with the Western Australian Government and global mining company, Rio Tinto. Through these programs we will fund over 72 startups over the next 3 years in areas including decarbonisation, mining tech, and nature-based solutions.

We’re looking for a Program Manager to help support the day to day running of the accelerator program. This is a unique opportunity to invest in and support category-defining startups in partnership with Founders Factory’s experienced team.

What you’ll do: 

You will be responsible for managing the day-to-day accelerator program operations, ensuring successful delivery and coordination of the 4-month Rio Tinto and Government of Western Australia programs, as well as a touch point for startups once they’ve joined the program. You will also plan and execute local events programming with support of our central team.

The accelerators will support up to 12 startups at any one time, and you will be required to coordinate a team of 60+ operations staff, connecting founders to our operational experts and support sessions workshops. We aim for Founders Factory to be the best platform for founders to start and grow their businesses. 

Program management:

Once a new company joins, you will partner with the startups and program team to align objectives and confirm the program of support, scheduling program meetings and ensuring the team is equipped before the program commences You will attend regular startup program meetings, identifying requirements, opportunities and problems, ensuring actions are shared post meeting with all involved You will help to manage internal resources and ensure our CRM is kept up-to-date and relevant You will manage the accelerator calendar, documentation, notes, collateral plus any other administrative task that is required for a smooth running program Help manage inbound business development requests from startups in program and within our broader alumni network Deliver our end to end local events programming, including the selection of event topics and formats, event listing and promotion, sending invitations, tracking attendance, gathering feedback, organising logistics and running things on the day of the event

What you’ll need:

1-3 years of prior experience working in a high growth startup or similar environment  Background in operations, project management and/or events You have an understanding of the challenges faced by both corporates and founders and are able to build strong relationships  You have a drive to find solutions, and a curiosity for disruptive business models and ways of working  You are not precious about roles, you’re a team player who does what it takes to get things done and you love galvanising others to work with you Based in Perth, Western Australia


- Competitive salary and management company equity

Pension & Private Healthcare

25 holidays (plus any statutory holidays) 

Hybrid environment: flexible working in a fast paced environment

Gender neutral family leave policy

- Quarterly mental health days 

- Travel to London HQ for bi annual company wide away days

Founders Factory is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where people can authentically be themselves and are free to challenge, take risks and think creatively. We recruit, develop, compensate and promote our team members based on merit. We know how important it is not only to include, but to actively seek out diversity of thought and experiences.


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