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Commissioning Team Portfolio Management Office Manager

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 Closes: 2 Dec 2020
Exeter, GB Salary will start at £44,265
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20201112114833

Salary starting at £44,265 with opportunities to increase up to £46,589


The Commissioning Team leads on the Fund Management capability for the Met Office. The team oversees three large programmes for UK Government which are delivering Science and Service research involving partners across the UK and internationally (including China, Brazil, Africa and Southeast Asia for example). These programmes require robust, high quality Programme and Project Management to a recognised industry standard.

The role of the Commissioning Team’s Portfolio Management Office Manager is to ensure maintenance of these high standards of delivery and support the programme and project managers. The post sits within the Commissioning Team, line managing a team of six portfolio office team members and works closely with a wide range of departments across the Met Office including Corporate Services and Science.

Job Purpose:

To manage a portfolio of Fund Management programmes and projects. To provide assurance that Fund Management work is delivered in line with best practice management techniques (including P3M) appropriate to the type and scale of programmes and delivering the identified business benefit. Providing quality assurance and supporting continuous improvement across the team’s fund management activities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Draft, monitor and report on delivery of the Commissioning Team Portfolio Business plans.
  • Prepare and control the Commissioning Team Portfolio Dashboard to monitor the portfolio risks, benefit delivery, cost and quality (and where necessary instigate corrective action) to ensure that the required business benefits are delivered, and expenditure is in accordance with the business plan. Reporting progress to the Commissioning Team Assurance Group.
  • Develop and implement a workforce plan for the Commissioning Team- including recruitment, provisioning for professional development and training of Commissioning Team members, and line management of the Portfolio Management Office.
  • Oversee portfolio wide definition and implementation of the defined standards and templates for project and programme management, to ensure continuous improvement against the programme maturity assessments.
  • Work with the Programme Managers to support and implement good governance of emerging programmes, ensuring appropriate use of best practice and P3M standards.
  • Provide Quality Assurance of project and programme management within the portfolio. Including setting and monitoring operating standards, aligned to the Met Office Enterprise Portfolio standards and Fund Donner requirements.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

1) A good knowledge of Government Project Delivery Capability Framework, Management of Portfolio (MoP), Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and PRINCE2 with practical experience of application.

2) A sound understanding and experience leading a Portfolio Management Office with either the P3O qualification, or willingness to gain the qualification and relevant experience.

3) A proven track record of delivering on time and to customers’ requirements through experience of managing several high-risk business critical projects/programmes to a successful conclusion from start to finish.

4) Outstanding management and organisational skills, including the ability to plan to an appropriate level, to proactively manage risks and issues, resources and team development.

5) Evidence of strong analytical skills; Experience of using these analytical skills in projects/programmes – developing/ evolving standards and processes, increasing efficiency and providing assurance.

6) A track record of successfully leading, managing and motivating a team, including ability to handle multiple demands and shifting priorities whilst maintaining focus and strategic direction. Ideally including experience of managing a team or mentoring others.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Key Dates: Closing date 02/12/2020 with interviews expected W/C.14/12/2020 Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

For operational reasons this post will be based in Exeter HQ.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

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