Business change and transformation has to be thoroughly planned, organized and monitored during execution if they are to be successful and efficient. A team needs to be put together, and progress needs to be regularly reported to the board. In many companies the portfolio manager is the person with these responsibilities. They oversee several workstreams or perhaps an entire company’s ongoing programmes, depending on its size.
The portfolio manager is also a line manager of the team putting the programme into action, including its analysts. How or she is in regular contact with these practitioners and acts as the channel of communication between the process staff and the board. Because he or she is in charge of several workstreams, they also need to monitor how they influence and interact with each other. The job carries a good deal of responsibility as the head of process.
Portfolio managers are highly experienced business change and transformation professionals, and companies need to see a solid track record of delivery of multiple simultaneous workstreams to qualify for the position. You need a methodical and logical mindset too, as you are overseeing workstreams that could be distant geographically or in terms of physical similarities, where confusion can sink portfolio managers who are not on top of things.
Experience of managing portfolios in the same sector as the job advertised will be a distinct advantage, as differences between sectors can make a huge difference to how a project is managed. While most companies demand experience in a management role, others recognize that managers have to start somewhere and are looking for experienced deputies, senior staff and other such positions so they can absorb them into their own company structures.
Cast UK is a specialist in the field of business change and transformation recruitment, and because we only deal with management and executive level jobs, we have a focus that keeps companies coming back to us when they need experienced portfolio managers.
We were founded in Manchester and now have offices in London and Birmingham, but our reach is much wider – every day we are helping candidates find their perfect jobs in fantastic companies the length and breadth of the UK. If you’re looking to make the change, call us today on 0333 121 3345.
A ceremonial and historic county in England, Berkshire is often called the Royal County of Berkshire, due to it being the location of Windsor Castle. It shares a border with Oxfordshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire and is counted among the Home Counties. It's also an excellent location for those seeking Portfolio Manager vacancies.
Berkshire is one of the oldest counties in England, with a history going back to at least the middle of the eighth century.
Eton College was established in the 15th century and is one of the most renowned public schools in England. It has educated 19 prime ministers, as well as notable scientists, authors and members of the royal family.
In 1810, the Kennet and Avon canal opened, making it possible to travel by boat from Reading to the Bristol Channel. The building of the railways also helped to further establish Berkshire as an important part of the British economy.
During the Industrial Revolution, the region was known for its large iron works, as well as brewing.
Today, Berkshire is home to a number of big businesses in sectors including confectionary, communications, technology, energy and pharmaceuticals.
Just some of the companies that can be found in the region include Amazon.co.uk, Honda, Panasonic, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Vodafone, Bayer, LG and Microsoft. There's also a Waitrose distribution centre and the headquarters of NTS Express Road Haulage.
What's more, Slough Trading Estate is one of the largest in Europe, boasting more than 400 companies including Mars, Fiat, Telefonica O2, Ferrari, Fullers Logistics and Black & Decker.
If you're on the hunt for Portfolio Manager jobs in Berkshire, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can help.
Our team has extensive experience in the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors and we will provide you with professional advice to find the right role for your skills and long-term objectives.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Berkshire or source a new job in Berkshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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