Business Unit Manager

Cardno Emerging Markets (EMR) is part of a global consulting organization and provides professional services to a diverse range of international clients in the public and private sectors.  Core business includes delivery and management of major aid initiatives in core disciplines such as education, health, HIV and AIDS, governance, infrastructure, resources and environment management. Our work spans across Europe, Latin North America, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  With over 6,000 staff worldwide, Cardno’s vision is to be a world leader in the provision of professional services to improve the physical and social environment of people in developing countries.


The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Business Unit Manager to lead the Physical Infrastructure Business Unit within our Emerging Markets Asia Pacific Area.  Reporting to the Area Manager – Asia Pacific you will play an integral role in successfully managing the Business Units PL, whilst driving business development activities with energy and managing a team of skilled professionals located in countries across the Asia Pacific. You will be part of a cohesive management team of Business Unit managers under the Asia Pacific Area with shared accountability to achieve key financial targets and strategic goals.


The position will be based in one of our Head Office locations in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney however, it is expected that you will be available to travel frequently both domestically and internationally. 


The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in all aspects of International Development Assistance within the field of Urban Infrastructure. You will have proven experience in managing and motivating multidisciplinary teams including development country partner firms. It is essential that you have experience in sourcing and negotiating international contracts whilst having experience in participation and preferred management of international infrastructure projects funded by international lending agencies and/or donors.


Qualifications and Experience

  Civil Engineering degree, with a minimum of 10  years’ experience in Civil Engineering / Infrastructure

  10 years’ experience in International Development  Assistance

  Proven experience with international donors in successfully winning and managing business to a high level of client satisfaction

  Experience working in countries in the Asia/Pacific region

  Strong people management skills to lead a global and successful team

  Hands on work experience in project development and delivery in developing countries

  An ability to support and facilitate the provision of technical assistance  for all projects

  An ability to support and mobilize required resources, investments and assistance for all projects ensuring achievement of measurable impact and results

   An ability to manage a PL and other corporate requirements


Personal characteristics

 Demonstrates integrity by modeling the Cardno values and ethical standards

 Strong analytical aptitude, communication and presentation skills

 Excellent networking skills to engage with both internal and external partners

 Outstanding communication skills

 Strong project and people management skills

 Positive, constructive attitude and approaches work with energy

 Demonstrates openness to change and ability to receive / integrate feedback


 If interested in this position please email your application to


by 20 June 2012

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