Chief Operating Officer

Are you a bold, fearless risk-taker?
  • Salary: US $135,000-200,000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Sydney
  • Sector: Business Support
  • Job Ref: 50361

About this role

Are you at that point in your career where you've been saying "I've achieved my goals; where do I go from here?" Are you ready for a life-changing experience? A major international architectural firm based in Australia needs a bold, energetic leader to be their new Chief Operating Officer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone who's ambition has surpassed geographical lines. As COO, you will be responsible for national support structures; ensuring processes meet the strategic, operational, cultural needs of the organization. This position comes with a generous benefits package, including Base Salary, Retirement, and a bonus of up to 15% of base salary (dependent on the performance).Candidates from companies such as WeWork, Virgin, McKinsey, or any other tech/forward-thinking companies that are at the forefront of the Architecture industry are highly desirable. 


  • Making strategic operational recommendations to the MP, Executive Team and BoM in this regard including for any capital expenditure beyond delegated thresholds
  • Ensuring the MP, Executive Team & BoM are informed of material developments in the operational performance
  • Leading, mentoring, developing and advising operational teams in both business-as-usual and projects 
  • Establishing and lead a more efficient/effective operational management structure
  • Leading and supporting the work of the futures group as part of Research, Knowledge & Innovation 
  • Working with MP in making management appointments in areas of the structure where agreed
  • Assisting MP & CFO to develop annual forecast, budgets, business plans  and ensure availability of adequate financial resources
  • Working with the Managing Partner & CFO in accounting for the organization's performance
  • Proactively, regularly and consistently communicate with all committees, directors, senior managers & staff to coordinate activities
  • Supporting the development of national leadership groups for the development of Interior Design and Planning/Urban Design work
  • Assisting the MP & CFO to protect the practice to identify operational, corporate and compliance risks 
  • Behaving ethically, responsibly and with integrity to uphold the values of the practice in the spirit of the Directors Code of Conduct
  • Acting as chair in the meetings and activities of the National Operational Committee as required 
  • Leading a more efficient/effective operational management structure, including simplifying Operational Committee mandates, agendas, key papers, key reports and minutes
  • Guiding the studio operations in strategizing their business resources in a consistent, mutually beneficial manner 


  • Track-record of strategic thinking, planning and leadership skills with a focus on obtaining results;
  • Background leading business support functions including Information Systems and knowledge databases
  • Savvy decision making and negotiating skills
  • Extensive experience mentoring and leading teams
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience presenting to Boards.
  • Exemplary commercial financial management skills
  • A strong commitment to accountability and compliance
  • In-depth understanding of the Architectural sector  
Talk to Kristin about this position

Bio: Kristin first fell in love with architecture and design while earning her BA in Art History. Four years ago, she brought her experience as an entrepreneur and communication expert to provide administrative support to a rapidly expanding A & D firm. At Bespoke Kristin applies her industry savvy, network, and love of relationship-building to finding top-notch talent.

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