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Portolio Director

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  • Sector: IT
  • Date posted: 28/09/2017
  • Job reference: J374824A

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Portfolio Director

9 Months Initial

Nottingham and London


Role Summary:

  • Leading, supporting and coaching a team of program and project managers with a diverse range of skills and experience
  • Conduct formal appraisals staff performance - set expectations, monitor progress, performance and development needs.

  • Leading the transformation and on-going maturity of the Project Delivery function work in partnership with the Project Management Office

  • As a member of the Change Delivery Leadership team actively contribute to the general strategic leadership and management of the directorate.

  • Accountable for the delivery of a specific portfolio of projects and program for F&R Technology, ensuring delivery of all programs to time, quality, budget and scope and to ensure, that benefits are realized

  • Build robust high-level plans to deliver IT strategy. Be aware of the budgetary and other constraints in delivering the plan successfully.

  • Maintain awareness of technology directions and strategy. Inform business cases and program delivery for recommended new strategy approaches

Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities: (Specific day-to-day responsibilities and milestones needed to achieve the objectives)

  • Ensure transparency to projects and programs at all levels
  • Ensure successful delivery of well-controlled projects and programs on time and to meet business objectives
  • Build/Maintain a successful team of project and program managers
  • Engage in external processes and delivery frameworks to represent F&R Technology and the portfolio
  • Ensure that realistic estimates of costs, timescales and resource requirements are agreed and monitor projects against these criteria, taking corrective action as necessary
  • Understand current IT estate and operations, as well as current enterprise architecture objectives and constraints. Focus on business risk and continuity issues which impact the strategy. Take full advantage of wider issues, e.g. commercials, people, processes and systems, for any proposed IT strategy.
  • Influence stakeholder groups to successfully gain their support and commitment.
  • Support the maturity of the Change Delivery function in order to
    • Centralize demand intake and optimize the project portfolio and resource capacity to deliver your organization's strategic initiatives.
    • Optimize resource capacity and improve utilization
    • Balance portfolio for capital and expense constraints
    • Visualize, share, and investigate portfolio performance to identify issues and manage against KPIs

Essential Skills/Experience Required: (Outline in bullet point form the absolute must have skills & experience)

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Current strong experience in managing people
  • Experience engaging with stakeholders of varying levels, managing across time zones and cultures
  • Able to understand and anticipate project and business continuity risks, and manage /
  • mitigate
  • Project and Program management skills, including documentation and delivery, working knowledge of PMO frameworks
  • Experience of delivering technical projects.
  • Engage and build relationships with diverse stakeholders, influencing and providing tactful 'push-back' and alternative solutions where necessary
  • Drive pragmatic delivery - employing a cross disciplinary approach and emphasis on results
  • Develop the capability of delivery teams so that they can demonstrate consistent, reliable programme success.
  • Conceptual thinking: The ability to understand the underlying issues in complex problems or situations by relating these to simpler or better understood concepts, models or previous experiences in order to deliver change successfully
  • Initiative and drive: Proactively, anticipating opportunities for service improvement and taking appropriate action
  • Leadership qualities including the ability to identify goals and objectives, and motivate and lead others towards achieving them.
  • Influence, persuasion and personal impact, the ability to convey a level of confidence and professionalism, positively
  • Influencing and persuading others to take a specific course of action when there is no direct line of command or control.

It is essential that the candidate has prior operational and management experience gained through a similar role, and that they have experience of delivering Technology projects

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