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 county in the North West of England, Cheshire is situated on the River Mersey and is home to a number of cities and towns, including Chester, Warrington, Widnes, Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Macclesfield.
For hundreds of years, the region has been known for its production of cheese, salt, chemicals and textiles - especially woven silk - while agriculture has also provided a longstanding boost to the area's economy.
During the Industrial Revolution, Cheshire experienced significant growth, particularly due to the fact that the Manchester Ship Canal and other such waterways pass through the area.
In addition, Crewe held a prominent position in the country's railroad industry, as it was the location of a major junction, as well as the Crewe Railway Works, a leading producer of locomotives.
These days, Cheshire is home to a vast number of companies, making it an ideal choice for those seeking Portfolio Manager vacancies.
Salt mining and chemicals are still an important part of Cheshire's economy, with companies like British Salt, Ineos and Brunner Mond, as well as the Stanlow Refinery at Ellesmere Port.
Meanwhile, other industries gained prominence - like bio-technology, financial services, ICT and manufacturing.
Just some of the big names you'll find in the region include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Bentley, Mornflake, United Utilities and Pets at Home. In addition, Woodford Aerodrome is a facility of BAE Systems that has produced aircraft ranging from passenger jets to military bombers.
Whether you're looking for Portfolio Manager jobs in Cheshire, or another procurement, supply chain or logistics vacancy elsewhere in the country, Cast UK can help you find the ideal role.
Our team of recruitment consultants are specialists in their fields and also have a significant amount of regional expertise, ensuring they can provide you with the advice and assistance you need to take your career to the next level.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Cheshire or source a new job in Cheshire then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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