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Head of IT Portfolio ICT

Posted: 18 Nov 2020 Closes: 18 Dec 2020
Birmingham Competitive
Permanent & Full-time HS2_20001087

As a Head of IT Portfolio at HS2 you will be accountable for the governance and effective delivery of an IT portfolio of programmes, projects and small change items delivering change across the business, IT platforms, products and services using multiple delivery disciplines and methodologies.

The IT department enables HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain. Setting a new standard in infrastructure delivery, resilient operations and passenger experience by applying the best in innovative design and construction. As a member of the IT Senior Leadership team at HS2, you will have responsibility for your function across the HS2 programme, driving productivity and innovation and working collaboratively with business leadership in order to provide optimised outcomes for the business and its partners.

This role has been aligned to the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession Capability Framework. The DDaT Framework sets out a common language to describe roles and defines the skills required. This role is equivalent to DDaT job title Head of (Agile) Delivery Management. To find more context about this role, please follow this link:

About the role:
  • To have overall responsibility for providing leadership and direction for the IT Portfolio team, across various capabilities, to ensure successful delivery of IT Programmes across HS2
  • To be accountable for developing, implementing and governing the IT Portfolio governance methodology and framework and associated tooling
  • To be responsible for forecasting and managing demand for IT portfolio, operational services and change items, ensuring they are appropriately tracked and managed, and that the supply of IT resources (core or non-core) is matched
  • To be accountable for leading the development and adoption of the IT Portfolio Governance Framework (e.g. IT Steering Group,) ensuring decisions on scope, risk, time and cost are appropriately discharged
  • To be responsible for collaborating with other heads of function, to lead the development and adoption of IT governance across IT and the business
  • To be accountable for leading the community of practice for this role and developing capability, capacity and excellence in the multiple industry standard delivery and change disciplines and methodologies
  • To be accountable for the professional development framework and continuous improvement of the community
  • To be responsible for working with other heads of roles to promote effective cross-functional delivery, agreeing and reporting on dependencies, issues, risks and priorities
  • To be accountable for the development and use of the IT Portfolio - communication strategy: communicating IT operational services and change items
  • Actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


About You:
  • Agile and Lean practices. Ability to coach and lead teams in Agile and Lean practices
  • Life-cycle perspective. Ability to successfully lead teams through the full product life cycle. Ability to identify and deal with potential risks across or between all stages of the product life cycle
  • Maintaining delivery momentum. Ability to optimise the delivery flow of teams. Ability to actively and innovatively address the most complicated risks, issues and dependencies including where ownership exists outside the team or no clear ownership exists
  • Making a process work. Ability to identify and challenge complex or ineffective organisational processes Ability to add value and can coach the organisation to inspect and adapt processes, guiding teams through the implementation of a new process
  • Planning. Ability to lead a continual planning process in a very complex environment. Ability to plan beyond project delivery and identify dependencies in plans across services and coordinate delivery
  • Knowledge of change governance and methodologies associated with 'Portfolio', 'Programme', 'Project' and 'Risk', their implications and how they can be integrated in an IT portfolio of change. Examples of preferred knowledge include Portfolio (Method of Procedure (MoP), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Managing Successful Programmes' (MSP), Project (PRINCE2, Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBoK), Agile, Scrum, Kanban), Risk (Management of Risk (MoR)
  • Knowledge of delivery governance and methodologies (But not limited to, Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC), Waterfall, Agile, Prototype) their implications and how they can be integrated in an IT portfolio of change
  • Knowledge of digital information technology, trends and the opportunities they present
  • Knowledge of IT Operating Model best practice development and implementation methods
  • Knowledge of capability maturity models integration, process and behavioural models in the context of IT change and configuration
  • Experience of developing, mobilising and maturing an IT Portfolio, Service Delivery or Change function end to end, within a complex or highly regulated environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience of mobilising and delivering enterprise portfolio optimisation to manage the balance between capacity and demand aligned to the strategy and needs of the business
  • Experience of designing, producing and articulating Management and Business Information reports, for the purpose of governance, executive decision making, performance visibility and audit requirements
  • Experience of collaborating with or managing suppliers and vendors
  • Experience of successful engagement with businesses and IT around the introduction of new technologies and services
  • The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect.
It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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