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Portfolio Analyst – 6 Month Contract

Optionis

Posted: 12/03/2021

As our Portfolio Analyst you will monitor and control governance activities for a large transformation portfolio touching all areas of the organization, ensuring adherence to the strategy. To include the tracking of: status of portfolio deliverables and milestones; benefit realisation, resources and dependencies. Co-ordination of new project requests, lifecycle management and regular reporting cycles. The Portfolio Analyst will drive continuous improvement of the delivery and governance framework. It is vital that you thrive in a fast-paced unstructured change environment, can work at pace to deliver results, and have a positive attitude to life and work, having the desire to deliver and work hard to do so. We are a very small change function, enabling change through business-led ownership, so key interfaces for this role will primarily be members of the Executive and Senior Leadership teams.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparation and circulation of regular reports for Steering Committee and Board, capturing outputs from key governance meetings and ensuring actions and decisions are followed through
  • Maintain the portfolio benefit realisation plan and ensure all tangible benefits are identified, monitored and tracked, highlighting and working to resolve any deviances
  • Maintain a profile of resource utilisation and highlighting and supporting in resolving any challenges
  • Manage the portfolio RAID register (risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies), including actively seeking out and documenting new items and ensuring risk management is aligned to the Group Risk Management framework
  • Maintain, update and communicate portfolio roadmap
  • Develop and standardise the shared repository of project templates, making these accessible to business stakeholders
  • Maintain consistent governance standards, and drive improvements including the definition and implementation of tolerances and RAG status criteria
  • Support senior managers in project management delivery and governance tools and techniques to optimise the successful delivery of business-led change, including improving the quality of key reporting tasks
  • Ensure that all projects have a controlled start up and closure, and that change control is effectively managed
  • Work with finance business partner to monitor portfolio costs, and to identify opportunities and reduce overspend
  • Identify and develop action plans to close any governance gaps
  • Production of financial and non-financial management information including core KPIs.
  • Interface with key functional areas to support the smooth running of transformational change, including Finance, IT, HR, Marketing, L&D etc.
  • Promote excellent communication between project resources and key stakeholders, and advocate the role of the PMO

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Analytical approach
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to getting the job done, team player
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Proactive, able to work unsupervised on own initiative
  • Flexible approach
  • Confident and able to challenge where required
  • Previous experience in a strategic change function
  • Resourceful
  • Comfortable with senior stakeholders to Executive level
  • Strong Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint skills
  • Professional qualification (P3O, Prince2, etc.) preferred

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