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IT Portfolio Manager

  • Job reference: DEIT416
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Job type: Temporary
  • Area of Expertise: Project/Programmes
Job description: My Client, a local authority in Hampshire, is currently looking for an IT Portfolio Manager to work on an initial 15 month contract basis. (INSIDE IR35)

You will develop, maintain and co-ordinate the Portfolio plan of all new strategic enhanced capabilities, functionality, products and services. This role will act as the point of contact for the aggregation and prioritisation of new demand. You will provide support to Business Relationship Managers aligned to each business unit.


Main Responsibilities:

* Develop, maintain and co-ordinate the Portfolio plan
* Consolidate and aggregate IT demand into one coherent, prioritised portfolio of demand
* Maintain the IT portfolio plans prioritised and aligned to the IT strategy
* Provide input to Talent Management process and Resource planning
* Develop and support the IT Project Online site
Demand Planning
* Act as the gatekeeper to ensure that the Portfolio of new programmes does not unnecessarily increase costs
* Balance demand against IT organisation constraints e.g. budget, resources working closely with PMO and Resource and Talent management teams


This will include:

Portfolio Definition
* Work with BRMs to ensure that all potential projects are understood, categorised, prioritised and go through the demand cycle and approval gates.
* Ensure that projects are scored before Gate 3 and re scored before Gate 4 (and then as required in delivery).
* Capture project resource requirements as they move through the approval gates.
* Monitor and control the flow of projects to the Delivery Plan, ensuring that projects in mobilisation are being progressed in order of score where appropriate.


Portfolio Delivery
* Monitor the health of the portfolio as changes occur.
* Oversee and coordinate the monthly exceptions cycle.
* Support Project, Programme and Resource Managers throughout the exceptions cycle.
* Review exception reports, ensuring that they are well populated and clearly explain the cause and impact of the exception.
* Ensure that exceptions have board approval and that the financial impact has been considered.
* Escalate any exceptions that may impact the overall portfolio (e.g. scope creep or cost escalation).


Project Online Administration
* Train and support all users of Project Online.
* Ensure technical issues that affect users are reported and resolved.
* Ensure that project metadata is kept up-to-date by those responsible for doing so.
* Ensure that all resource demand is entered into Project Online.


Role requirements:

* Project Portfolio Management and Prioritisation experience
* Report and manage expectations at management level via the Head of IT Strategy and Planning - upward as well as downward and sideways
* Strong communication skills - both written and oral
* Strong interpersonal skills
* Business Case, financial & cost-modelling development


Education
* Candidates are expected to be qualified to degree level or equivalent, potentially with a higher degree
* A background in technology is a plus


Skills:
* Strong skills in strategic and business planning methods, tools, and processes.
* Strong communication and presentation skills
* Ability to prioritise according to business strategy


Personal and Professional Attributes:
* This individual will understand and have a commitment to the philosophy, mission, values, and vision of the Council
* Strong analytical and planning skills are important for this role
* The individual must possess good leadership, managerial skills and strong interpersonal skills


In the first instance, please send me your CV to be considered or alternatively, please contact Daniel Eccles on 01772 208958 for more information.

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