About the Role:
The purpose of the Portfolio Lead role is to manage a portfolio of business change projects or work-streams within Programmes with IT elements.
This role plays a key part in determining the overall success of key business objectives to drive value, cost benefit from IT projects or IT components of wider business change projects. The role needs to work across all functions involved in the delivery of the projects ensuring everyone is aligned to objectives of the project and is clear on their part.
The role sits in the IT Strategy & Delivery team
-To ensure that project objectives are clearly stated and fully bought into, the scope clearly defined and success criteria understood and agreed.
-Ensure a clearly stated benefits case exists with the required business change plans to deliver the benefits
-To build and lead Project team ensuring the clarity of roles, responsibilities and skills for successful project delivery are in place.
-To produce, manage and execute project plans, including a communication and review strategy ensuring regular updating of senior management and stakeholders on progress.
-Raise, control and manage the project budget in order to ensure that project costs, quality and time scales are delivered on target.
-To identify risks and issues to the project, and to develop and manage contingency plans in order to eliminate any risk to the business.
-To manage all processes relating to the completion of Service Level Agreements as agreed for hand over to I.T. support and service and any relevant business areas or third party providers, ensuring the smooth embedding of the new technology delivered.
-Responsible for managing all aspects of the end-to-end deployment of the project, enabling the delivery of clear business benefits as agreed by the Sponsor and senior management.
-To manage the sign off and closure of the project, including the return of the project team members back to their teams, closure of the project budget and post-implementation review, making sure that all project learning’s resulting delivery project management process improvements are implemented.
-To recruit, delegate, manage and mentor potential internal or external project manager in charge of a part of a programme or small project
Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:
·Experience of managing at least 3 concurrent projects with a significant IT element from start to finish.
·Experience of managing project teams with greater than 4 FTEs involving 3rd parties, Business change teams and budget of over £100k
·SAP practise preferred
Project planning and tracking
Good understanding of project management methodologies and techniques
Strong organisation skills
Dependencies identification and management
Risks, Issues and Change management using structured techniques
Team Definition, Leadership and Management
Budget forecasting, tacking and control
Senior Stakeholder Management
Change and Communications Management
·Strong verbal and written communication skills
Prince 2 Certified (preferred)
Degree or equivalent