Private Markets Operator Development (PMOD) program

Take your leadership skills to the executive level with Partners Group’s Private Markets Operator Development (PMOD) program.  Designed specifically for candidates seeking to become high-level leaders within our portfolio companies, this program provides a unique opportunity to gain exposure to senior leadership, including CEOs and board members.  Benefit from the expertise of experienced executive-level leaders and gain valuable insights to develop your strategic thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.  Collaborate with other like-minded professionals to share ideas and experiences. 

By participating in this program you’ll be well on your way to becoming a transformational leader in your field. 

"The leadership teams at portfolio companies are the talent that drives operational excellence.  While recruiting C-level leadership for portfolio companies is a major task, building a broad bench of up-and-coming managerial talent for them can be even more complex.  That is why, at Partners Group, we have our own Private Markets Operator Development Program … By staying close to participants through our mentoring, coaching, and training programs, we hope to eventually prepare them for senior roles at portfolio companies." – Steffen Meister, Partners Group Executive Chairman, from his white paper “The New Traditional Asset Class”.

About the program

The Partners Group PMOD program is a highly selective and comprehensive leadership development opportunity designed for recent MBA graduates or experienced professionals seeking to accelerate their careers in a private equity-backed portfolio company. 

Through PMOD, participants will develop essential skills in financial analysis, strategic planning, executive communication, and operations management, as well as gain valuable insights into private markets best practices.  The program also provides excellent networking opportunities, enabling participants to connect with like-minded professionals and experienced senior executives.  Upon completing the program, participants will be well-equipped to take on transformational leadership roles within portfolio companies with confidence.

What the Program offers

Our goal is to help portfolio companies identify and cultivate the next generation of outstanding leaders, including by introducing high potential candidates to challenging roles within Partners Group's portfolio of companies.  We are looking for individuals who embody the following qualities to apply to the program, and be considered for employment by a Partners Group portfolio company:

  • Intellectual curiosity: We look for individuals who are continually learning, seeking out new challenges and opportunities, and showing a genuine interest in the world around them.
  • Willingness and ability to work in ambiguity: in our portfolio companies, situations can be complex and fluid. We want leaders who can work effectively in challenging, ambiguous environments and who can manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • Bias for action: We seek individuals who are proactive and who have a bias for action. Our ideal candidates are not afraid to take calculated risks or to think creatively when faced with challenges.  We want individuals who have a passion for learning, take initiative and embrace new challenges.
  • Courageous emotional intelligence: We look for individuals who understand themselves and others and who can effectively navigate diverse relationships and communication styles. Our ideal candidates demonstrate strong leadership skills, including empathy, effective teamwork, and the ability to build trust.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential: We are looking for individuals who have the potential to lead, inspire and motivate others towards shared goals. Candidates who have demonstrated leadership in academic, professional or extra-curricular activities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills: Leaders must be able to analyze complex data, make decisions quickly and think strategically to stay ahead of the competition. Participants will learn how to solve complex problems, evaluate risks, and make data-driven decisions.

What we offer

  • Career development resources, such as the following: a sponsor/mentor from Partners Group; access to a network of other PMOD participants; participation in trainings/professional development seminars put on by Partners Group; Partners Group on-boarding event; workshops with senior executives in Partners Group's operating director network; and access to job opportunities across the Partners Group direct asset portfolio
  • Introduction to opportunities for employment in a variety of high-impact roles with Partners Group portfolio of companies.  PMOD is designed to provide participants with access to roles positioned to make a meaningful contribution and take on challenging work that have a measurable impact on our portfolio companies' success. Partners Group portfolio companies offer a chance to work in a dynamic, collaborative environment with other like-minded professionals who share your passion for transformational growth.
  • On-the-job exposure to senior leadership: PMOD participants will have access to roles at Partners Group portfolio companies offering the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working alongside CEOs, board members, and other high-level executives, enabling you to observe and learn from their strategic decision-making processes and leadership styles.

Who can apply

Partners Group’s Private Markets Operator Development (PMOD) program is designed for post-MBA students or experienced professionals who are looking to advance their careers in private markets. Our ideal candidates include:

  • Recent MBA graduates from top-tier programs who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of private markets and develop their leadership skills.
  • Professionals with a minimum of 5-8 years of relevant experience who are looking to take their careers to the next level.

By selecting top talent from around the world, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive cohort of professionals who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the program. Selection for the program is highly competitive, and candidates must demonstrate exceptional academic and professional achievements, as well as their ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. 

If you are a driven, committed, and passionate professional looking to take your private markets career to the next level, we encourage you to apply for the Private Markets Operator Development (PMOD) program.  Candidates selected for the program will be introduced to opportunities for roles with a Partners Group portfolio company, which will be the candidate's sole employer.