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.
One of the London Home Counties, Buckinghamshire also shares a border with Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire. It's a popular choice for those seeking Portfolio Manager vacancies and offers a wealth of opportunities - for those who wish to live and work in the area, or commute to the capital.
During the industrial revolution, the region was known for its lace making and it's said that Queen Victoria used the delicate material for her pillows. After the arrival of the railway, furniture and paper production both took off in Buckinghamshire and heavy industry like the manufacture of train carriages was also big business.
Indeed, the 19th century was extremely lucrative for Buckinghamshire, and evidence of this can still be seen today in the many beautiful Victorian buildings that are spread across the county.
These days, Buckinghamshire's economy is mainly based in the service sector and studies have shown that it's one of the best places to live in the UK, with one of the highest life expectancies and some of the best school results in the country.
The region is still used for a lot of agricultural production, while furniture manufacture and pharmaceuticals are also major sources of employment.
What's more, the world-famous Pinewood Studios are located in Buckinghamshire. This studio has been the location of filming for a variety of big-name productions, including several James Bond films, the Superman franchise, Batman Returns and scenes from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
For anyone searching for Portfolio Manager positions in Buckinghamshire, or other locations across the country, the recruitment consultants at Cast UK can help.
We have extensive knowledge of the logistics, procurement and supply chain industries and we work closely with clients and candidates to make the best match for every vacancy. In addition, our regional experts can provide specific advice about the employers and opportunities available in a particular area.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Buckinghamshire or source a new job in Buckinghamshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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