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Business Development Coordinator - Melbourne

Employer: The Whitelum Group
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Business Development & Sales, International Aid & Development, Operations & Risk Management, Project Management
Sector/s: Business/Private Sector
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 07 August, 2019.
Applications close: 26 August, 2019. (Expired)

About Whitelum Group

Whitelum Group is a rapidly growing, high-quality international aid and development consulting and project management firm. We work with the Australian Government and other International Donors, Civil Society, and Private sector who want Quality Development to contribute to Sustainable Futures, and Empowered Communities. Our small management team, led by Dr Bernadette Whitelum, draws upon the best people around the world to deliver progressive ideas focused on positive change, and consistently high-quality results.

Our technical experts provide advice on monitoring and evaluation; adaptive management; design for new programs; advice on implementation; quality assurance; facilitation of workshops; and partnership brokering. Key areas of expertise include livelihoods and economic growth; gender equality and women’s empowerment; working in conflict sensitive areas and with a do no harm approach; disaster preparedness, management and recovery; community development and consultations; policy development; and, organisational capacity development.

Our networks include international technical and managerial experts, as well as talented national staff who bring in-depth contextual knowledge, an ability to traverse complex operating environments, and who are themselves well networked.

About the Role

Whitelum Group’s Operations and Business Development team is seeking an additional member to support our company’s growth. The Business Development Coordinator will work with the Chief Operations Officer and the Consulting team to develop proposals for new opportunities, lead bid writing, source specialist expertise, and develop and maintain connections with clients. The Business Development Coordinator will also assist Consultants with pieces of work, including conducting data analysis, summarising information, background and context research, etc. The Business Development Coordinator will need to be organised, have strong interpersonal skills, and exceptional writing skills. Tasks assigned to the Business Development Coordinator will vary, and the person must be able to ‘step up’ into more responsibility at peak busy times.

This position can be based in either Whitelum Group’s Melbourne Head Office or Canberra office and will work regularly on the phone with our team, clients, and staff based overseas.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Business Development

  • Maintaining lists of active and potential opportunities;
  • Development of partner relationships;
  • Drafting quotes and proposals in collaboration with other team members;
  • Managing deadlines and due dates for submissions;
  • Maintaining the website and keeping information up to date

Tender Preparation

  • Managing timelines and coordinating input from other team members;
  • Drafting text for proposals including in relation to organisational capacity, annexes, past experience, etc.
  • Sourcing and liaising with consultants and specialists for contribution to tenders;
  • Assisting in development of policies that drive forward Whitelum Group’s ethical approach.

Supporting Operations and Consultants

  • Provide general support to the consulting team;
  • Provide ad-hoc data analysis and writing for consultants including drafts and background research;
  • Keeping up to date records of past projects and experience sheets.
  • Other duties as required.

Key Selection Criteria

You will be committed to help the company grow with an ethical approach, and happy to be flexible with your work tasks. You will be comfortable working in a small office environment and liaising with other staff on the phone and via teleconference.


  • Exceptional organisational skills;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexible and adaptive working style;
  • Quick learner;
  • Passion for international development;
  • Degree in international development, commerce or related field; and
  • 3+ years’ experience in international development, business development or similar roles.


  • Experience working in international development projects;
  • Intermediate computer skills and experience working with Microsoft Office.


This role we be remunerated at $83,822, ranging up to $88,121 for highly experienced candidates - plus 9.5% superannuation.


Whitelum Group encourages applications from Aboriginal Australians, people with disability, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Whitelum Group will be conducting a blind-recruitment for this role. All references to: Name, Age, Gender, Sex, Nationality, Name of Educational Institution, and Disabilities, will be redacted prior to assessment.

This role is preferred as full-time; however, role sharing arrangements will be considered, and applicants seeking part-time work should indicate their availability (hours and days) in their cover letter.

How to apply for this job

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