Lead Portfolio Analyst

Job Title: Lead Portfolio Analyst
Job Reference: POR134423

Location: Stratford
Job Type: Permanent

Circa 70K basic (100K package)
Sector: IT

Posted 12 days ago

Lead Portfolio Analyst

You'll tackle a challenging, interesting and varied portfolio of work, working with colleagues from across the divisional service teams, product groups and other parts of the business to help shape procedures, practices and policies in this area.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Defining reporting requirements and managing the consolidation of information and programme planning and delivery status across the portfolio.
  • Developing and presenting a portfolio view of critical path milestones, dependencies, capacity planning, resource utilisation and governance, using data and providing analysis to identify trends and KPIs.
  • Delivering summary reports, creating insights, identifying themes and emerging issues, enabling decision making based on accurate data, portfolio performance measures and objective analysis.
  • Identifying and reporting on cross portfolio dependencies, trends in programme and project execution, portfolio budget variances and escalating appropriately.
  • Analysing project and programme data to identify thematic risks and issues, identifying and managing portfolio level risks.
  • Managing (not authorises) the project change control process across all projects, programme and portfolios.
  • Tracking and reporting benefits, outcomes and exceptions at portfolio level.
  • Co-ordinating and chairing stage gate reviews, reviewing stage gate reports and ensuring any risks/issues/exceptions are reported to the appropriate deciding committee.
  • Regular and ad-hoc sampling of divisional team change portfolios to ensure compliance with mandatory delivery standards, supporting on delivery assurance work as required.
  • Help facilitate the portfolio selection and prioritisation process.
  • Make contributions to relevant communities of practice, providing common tools and methodologies for investment cases, benefits management and programme/project delivery (PPM.)

Skills required;

  • Experience in working in portfolio and programme delivery, with appropriate course certification (P3M / MSP / PRINCE2 / APM.)
  • Experience across all key processes (including demand management and prioritisation, planning and dependency management, governance, reporting, risk and issue management, supplier performance, benefits management and delivery assurance.
  • Expertise in the use of MS Excel, vision and Project.
  • Experienced in the use of PPM tools, ideally Clarity
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent perhaps with additional qualifications (e.g. Management of Portfolios (MOP) certification).
  • Chairing senior meetings and facilitating workshops.
  • Mentoring and coaching project and programme teams
  • Demonstrable experience of risk management across projects and functions
  • Facilitating and ensuring the prioritisation of change based on enterprise strategy and needs 
  • Managing and maintaining the change portfolio (investment in change) to ensure we are investing funding in the right changes.
  • Design and Portfolio governance management.

More details on application.


Philip Fanthom

Managing Director

I joined Jenrick in 1997, as a Junior Consultant working within both permanent and contract markets.

From 2000 I began to focus the majority of my efforts within The City, successfully developing relationships within the Banking & Financial Services Sector - most of whom are still clients today.

In May 2006, I made the move to become Jenrick Group's Sales Manager, before gaining the opportunity to return to Jenrick IT as Sales Director, before taking on the role of Managing Director.

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