Portfolio Office Director

Cambridge, UK
£100,000 - £125,000 plus competitive benefits
19 Sep 2019
21 Oct 2019
IT, Internet
Contract Type
Job Title: Portfolio Office Director
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £100,000 - £125,000 plus competitive benefits
Location: Cambridge

What it's about
Following a strategic Technology Review, one of the outcomes at Cambridge Assessment has been a programme to transform how the organisation makes investment decisions and manages its project portfolio.
This has highlighted the need for a new Portfolio Office which is currently being established and has opened up this exciting new role within the Corporate Services Department. Reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) the PO Director will lead the Portfolio Office and the implementation of a revised Governance model.

What you'll be doing
Initially you will be leading the implementation of the new Portfolio Office including finalising the design of the department and the roles, and you will need to provide strong and engaging leadership to the newly formed Portfolio and PMO team.

Collaborating with key stakeholders in the Finance and the Strategy team, Investment Committee (IC) and Business Design Authority (BDA), you will represent the Portfolio Office to lead and guide portfolio planning and investment decision making processes. These will be critical to establishing a deeper customer and market focus within the organisation which, in turn, will enable the delivery of the Cambridge Assessment strategic ambitions. In addition, the role will work with other senior leaders to ensure that financial investment outcomes are achieved and aligned across Cambridge Assessment.

What we're looking for
• Significant experience of managing teams through change
• Significant experience of portfolio management
• Evidenced ability to lead teams using both waterfall and agile project methodologies and the ability to lead on the relevant governance for both
• Experience of working at all levels in a complex matrix organisation and comfortable with working at c-suite level
• Understanding of operational and technological capability planning, process development and implementation
• Strong budget management, strategic planning and financial projection management
• Experience of building a culture of transparency for portfolio decisions and performance
• An individual who demonstrates the values of Cambridge Assessment in being collaborative, responsible and innovative
• A leader who can deal with ambiguity and who communicates openly and transparently and can take a pragmatic approach
• A graduate who is also qualified as a project practitioner for Waterfall and Agile methodologies

Who we are

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

• Generous contributory pension
• 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
• Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
• Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
• Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
• Cycle scheme
• Season Ticket Loan
• Subsidised staff restaurants
• Support for professional qualifications
• Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20/10/2019 .

To request a full job description please contact info@cambridgeassessment.org.uk quoting job reference 7680.

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


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