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PPM - Financial Services - Senior Manager

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_209225WD-int

Who we are looking for

PwC has a global team of Portfolio and Programme Management (PPM) professionals who specialise in designing and delivering complex transformational programmes.

In the UK we have close to 125 professionals in the Portfolio and Programme Management (PPM) competency who help our clients design, deliver and realise the benefits of complex transformations across a variety of public and private sector organisations.

Effective transformational change programmes are characterised by a programmatic approach to delivery and an intelligent, evidence based approach to decision making and governance.

PPM provides this through 3 main service offerings :
  • Establishing and governing change portfolios
  • Programme leadership and delivery
  • Intelligent programme and portfolio office management

With the increasing recognition and demand for dedicated portfolio and programme management expertise, we have several exciting opportunities to join our growing team and bring proven industry expertise and leadership combined with technical skills and a desire to develop our practice, service offerings and industry reach.


As a Senior Manager in the Portfolio and Programme Management competency, you can expect the following:
  • Delivering PPM technical expertise with industry credibility to our clients.
  • An opportunity to continue your technical and personal development through tailored training packages.
  • Managing transformational programmes or portfolios with or on behalf of our clients with multiple work streams or projects.
  • Leading PwC engagements or a significant work stream of a major engagement on a day-to day basis on behalf of engagement lead, managing the PwC engagement team and taking responsibility for delivery, risk and quality and client relationships.
  • Playing a key internal leadership role in developing the PPM competency, our people and supporting the growth of an industry sector.
  • Supporting the development of others both on and off engagements including people management.

Specific responsibilities could include
  • Planning, designing and leading the delivery of portfolios and programmes, including the development of programme/portfolio governance frameworks.
  • Advising and leading on the strategic alignment between programme and portfolio delivery and business strategy.
  • Managing and developing key client and supplier relationships.
  • Designing, or advising on the design of the monitoring and control framework for portfolio and programmes.
  • Leading the bid process for potential engagements, including overseeing internal risk and quality review and approval.
  • Resolving issues, initiating corrective action and/or escalating upward where required. • Leading people, including people management of junior staff and day-to-day line management on engagements.
  • Managing engagement budgets, monitoring the expenditure and costs against benefits that are realised as the programme progresses.
  • Lead PwC engagement risk and quality tasks and billing activities.


Proven project, programme or portfolio management experience is essential, with experience working in transformational change programmes or portfolios highly desirable.

Essential skills needed for the role
  • Previous experience within an external consulting organisation / professional services working within Financial Services client base
  • Outcome-focused programme, portfolio or project management and delivery within Financial Services is essential
  • Experience of leading teams within FS to deliver portfolios, programmes or complex projects and managing multiple stakeholders and priorities.
  • Demonstrable FS commercial acumen and broad business awareness to enable a holisticview of how the programme or portfolio integrates with the rest of the client business andwhat the key enablers and potential blockers are to delivering programmes or projects.
  • Demonstrable track record of talent/people management and supporting the development ofothers.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team leadership skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and flex style appropriately to achieve the right outcomes.
  • Experience of managing small teams and supporting the development of people's performance.
  • Can demonstrate examples of the value that programme, portfolio, project management and PMOs can bring to large and/or complex engagements.
  • Security Clearance APMP, PRINCE2, P3O, Managing Successful Programmes, Management of Portfolios, Management of Risk, or PMI qualification

Desirable skills sought for the role
  • Experience of building or advising on the construction of transformational business cases within FS
  • Track record of generating new business and managing client relationships.
  • FS Portfolio management experience
  • IT-enabled programme management experience
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