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Director, Project & Structured Finance

Applications close: Tuesday, 9 July, 5pm AEST

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  • Join an organisation that has been proudly recognised certified as a 2024 Great Place to Work for four consecutive years
  • Play an impactful role in financing Australian exports and interests
  • Join us at an exciting time of growth in supporting Australian businesses  

Your New Role 

Role Type: Full-time, Permanent

The Director, Project & Structured Finance (PSF) is responsible for leading, originating, structuring, negotiating, and executing a pipeline of debt financing transactions that enable benefits to Australia and that unlock export-related opportunities.

  • Lead EFA’s origination, execution and industry relationship activities for project and structured finance transactions.
  • Proactively drive the origination and structuring of new business, by identifying and developing business opportunities, with a focus on key sectors and geographies.
  • Build, develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships with investors, financiers, advisors, project proponents and multi-lateral and government agencies.
  • Provide leadership and oversight to ensure the successful execution of transactions, including through proactive financial structuring and commercial negotiation.
  • Develop strategies for business, sector, and product development within the allocated sector and within the context of our mandate, our Board approved risk appetite, the needs of our customers and the external environment.
  • Originate, execute, structure, and negotiate transactions by:
    • Fostering strong networks and relationships to articulate EFA’s strategy and influence transformational change in a specified sector.
    • Operating effectively and laterally within EFA’s Mandate.
    • Identifying and assessing, in the first instance, the appropriateness of specific opportunities.
    • Taking responsibility for the preparation and presentation of credit submissions, including board papers where required.
    • Engaging with other parts of EFA, including Credit, E&S Risk, Legal and External Relations.
    • Instructing internal or external Legal Counsel on documentation issues. 
  • Proactive engagement with appropriate alliance partners, including:
    • Banks, Insurers, other ECAs, lawyers
    • Business and industry bodies
    • Austrade and DFAT; and
    • State Business Development units as appropriate.
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Investment Officer - PSF and Corporate Affairs in engaging government to facilitate policy objectives and transactions for the National Interest Account, including, where relevant, in connection with the government’s Critical Minerals Strategy.
  • Establish new and develop existing customer relationships, leading to origination and execution of transactions as opportunities arise.
  • Drive process and timelines. Directors work to ensure that government stakeholders at all levels, as well as the sponsors, customer, and other lenders, move at pace to close deals quickly.
  • Identify emerging opportunities in markets or industries where Australian companies may seek to engage.
  • Effectively respond to the market’s increased focus on Environmental, Social and Governance risks and concerns.
  • Enhance product and industry knowledge, and adapt or enhance existing products to meet client needs

About you

  • A high level of professionalism and confidence to act as an EFA ambassador at external customer and stakeholder meetings and events

  • Strong background in origination and business development.

  • Collaborative, positive, 'can do' mindset, able to drive creative solutions, and is outcomes-focussed.

  • At least 10 years’ experience in financial or other institutions with a background in sophisticated origination, structuring and financial/credit analysis in project finance and/or corporate finance.

  • Experience in negotiating loan documentation and familiarity with complex financing agreements.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Superior stakeholder influencing and management skills, with the ability to deal effectively with clients, investors and financiers, key government contacts, consultants, and colleagues.

  • Ability to manage multiple competing demands, prioritise work and meet demanding deadlines, with minimal supervision.

  • Have a continuous improvement mindset so as to improve internal processes and customer experience.

  • Ensures personal accountability for the delivery of business imperatives.

  • Ability to work effectively in a small, highly intra-dependent transaction team within a broader origination and execution team environment.

  • Tertiary qualifications in finance, accounting, business administration, and/or relevant technical or industry disciplines.

  • Ability to undertake frequent domestic and international travel 

Even if you haven’t ticked every box but this role resonates with you, don't rule yourself out just yet, we'd love to hear from you!

Our Benefits and Culture 

We are small enough to have an impact, BIG enough to make a world of difference and it starts with our people.

We support flexible working and pride ourselves in fostering a culturally diverse, honest, collaborative and supportive team environment. We are proud to be recognised certified as a 2024 Great Place to Work for the fourth consecutive year (including 2023, 2022 and 2021), recognised on the 2023 AFR BOSS Best Places to Work list, as one of Australia’s Best Workplaces for Women 2022, and the Australian HR Awards 2021 Employer of Choice (NFP & Public Sector).

In line with our commitment to our people, we have a comprehensive array of benefits available to our employees:

  • Generous leave provisions (e.g. Annual Wellbeing day) & leave purchase opportunities 

  • 14 weeks paid parental leave for primary care givers 

  • Thorough induction onboarding program 

  • Health & Wellbeing initiatives 

  • Gender affirmation leave 

  • Income Protection Insurance 

  • Community volunteering 

  • and many more! 

Our headquarters is based in Sydney CBD, and we have a national presence across Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.


Australian Citizenship - To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must hold Australian Citizenship at the time of application.

Security Clearance - To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.

Sound like you? Apply!

Applications close: Tuesday, 9 July, 5pm AEST
Interviews will occur in parallel, so please apply ASAP. 

To apply, please email your CV to 
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We invite and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, people with disability and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  
If you are a candidate with a disability, let us know how we can provide you with additional support. 

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be considered on this occasion.

About Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia is Australia’s export credit agency.   
We provide finance to support Australian export trade and overseas infrastructure development across the Pacific and Indo-Pacific. Through our loans, bonds and guarantees, we support businesses – from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large corporates – foreign governments and infrastructure projects, to take on the world.  
Working with banks, other government agencies and our partners, together we are helping drive international success for Australian businesses. 
The reason our people join us, stay with us and grow with us is because they wholeheartedly believe in our purpose. They can see the impact we create for our customers.