Head of Strategic Partnerships

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Can you remember the last time you had an excellent experience whilst using your business bank account? Yep, we didn't think so.

In Australia, business banking is fundamentally broken. The Big 4 Banks simply don't focus enough attention or resources to adequately serve their business customers, choosing instead to re-skin basic consumer products and jack up the price. For business customers, it's like driving a Volkswagen but getting billed for a Rolls-Royce.

Banks today offer a product that really leaves all the legwork for you. Once you get an account and a login, you never hear from your bank again.  No insights, no forecasts and frankly nothing to help you grow and make your business outperform. There has got to be a better way!

About Thrive

Thrive is a smart business account that empowers businesses to grow and succeed. Think of it like the CFO in your pocket - helping you maximise the money you have, and also make more money from the business you run.

At the core of Thrive is a simple, intuitive and automated bank account. Using the data and insights from this account, Thrive offers intelligent value-adds like expense tracking, invoicing, reconciling, payroll and more. These tools help win back time for busy business owners, but more importantly allow them to plan for the future with real confidence.

These valuable features are made possible by our blank-sheet technical stack, which leverages AI & ML fed by a real-time stream of data from the core business account. No legacy systems, no antiquated bank technology - just a fresh new approach.

And that's where you come in. We're searching for a driven Head of Strategic Partnerships that shares in our vision to help businesses thrive. You need the skill and hunger to onboard the right partners to help create an ecosystem for small business that saves them time and helps them grow.

The Role

Partnership is a highly strategic opportunity for Thrive to differentiate itself from existing banks. As the Head of Strategic Partnerships, you will take the lead in conceptualising, negotiating and structuring partnerships that support launching new products and services on the Thrive platform. You must build a team that is highly skilled in business analysis and problem-solving and builds effective long-term deals that fit with Thrive’s ambitious goals.

In this role you will develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of every aspect of Thrive’s product and services, our customers and their needs and you will relentlessly pursue new opportunities and close those already in the pipeline, taking responsibility for getting the deal done, and pushing the project to implementation - a complete end-to-end finisher.

The Head of Strategic Partnerships responsibilities include:

  • Researching and validating customer needs and pain points
  • Maintain an extensive list of potential partners, evaluating and prioritising them
  • Coming up with new ideas that support business goals in close collaboration with Product
  • Finding the best partners in the market, then negotiating and securing contracts with them
  • Managing relationships with new and existing partners
  • Acquiring the required licenses to launch new products
  • Creating financial models that forecast the expected return on investment of potential initiatives
  • Negotiating commercial deals

Experience required:

  • You have 5 to 8 years of experience in a similar position
  • Previous entrepreneurial experience working at a startup or founded your own company
  • Passionate about customers and willing to solve problems for them no matter how difficult
  • Experience creating partnerships with third party companies to launch B2B services
  • Excellent people and relationship building skills, across all levels
  • Commercially astute with excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent logic in prioritising projects and selecting appropriate partners
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, driven, relentless and a proven closer

Leadership principles:

  • Fast execution: You have a bias for action and a preference to get things done
  • Collaborative: You like to work with people and team members get excited to work with you
  • Accountable: You don’t sit back and wait, you take things and drive them to completion
  • Passion for customers: You love reading feedback, acting on it and helping customers thrive
  • Continuous Improvement: You never settle for the status quo. You keep improving always
  • People development: You take pride in hiring excellent talent and helping them grow
  • Proactive: You don’t wait to be told what to do. You just go and do it. No ifs, not buts...

Time to get on our radar 📡

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