The post holder is responsible for the definition and delivery of a sub portfolio of programmes and projects within the overall IT Development Plan, a rolling three year £60m IT enabled change plan, part of the University’s Capital Plan. This may be a collection of major projects, and/or projects defined within specific topic related areas as one or more programmes.
The portfolio manager will oversee project and programme teams of varying sizes of up to 50-100 in total. Teams will comprise a mix of IT Services staff, third party suppliers, freelance contract staff and seconded business staff. Budgets for existing portfolios are currently of the order of £5 – £15m.
They must guide the projects and programmes through the complete life-cycle, including: the evaluation of high level needs and portfolio and programme design, requirements specification, options analysis, evaluation and procurement of software or infrastructure solutions, through all phases of the implementation and into ongoing support. They will also be expected to work with business change experts to plan business change activities, communications and stakeholder engagement. S/he will need to possess excellent leadership qualities, to manage staff working directly on the programme as well as working closely with key stakeholders and external suppliers.
They will represent the initiatives within their portfolio at the relevant IT Board(s) and at other governance bodies when required – particularly Portfolio Scrutiny Group and IT Committee. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that the projects and programmes within their portfolio delivers the objectives set by the University and managed by their IT board. They will have the skills and experience required to liaise and work with senior University Officers across key central Divisions as well as key stakeholders in Academic areas. Knowledge of the University’s operating structures is essential as is the ability to influence and manage these external users in respect of the significant change that the programme will introduce.