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 largest metropolitan areas in the UK, Greater Manchester is situated in the north-west and includes not only the city of Manchester, but also other settlements like Bolton, Stockport, Wigan and Salford. It is a thriving area and an ideal option for anyone seeking Portfolio Manager vacancies.
From as far back as the Middle Ages, the region was known for its cloth and wool trade. The Industrial Revolution brought with it a massive boost to the economy and population, as mechanised mills, cotton spinning and textile factories sprouted up across the area.
The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894 and provided a way for ships to come all the way into the city, simplifying trade and giving rise to a thriving port area.
Today, the Greater Manchester area is home to a vast range of companies. Manufacturing is still an important part of the local economy, while financial services, real estate and media have also become big business.
Just some of the well-known organisations with head offices or other large facilities in Greater Manchester include the BBC, the Co-operative Group, BUPA, Barclaycard, Kellogg's, the Guardian Media Group, ITV, McVitie's, Adidas, AstraZeneca, Patak's, Warburton's and PG Tips.
As one of the UK's leading recruitment consultancies for the supply chain, procurement and logistics sectors, Cast UK is the ideal choice for anyone looking for Portfolio Manager opportunities in Manchester.
Our team is dedicated to finding the right candidate for every role and we work closely with clients and applicants to ensure that we match the best talent to every position.
We can provide you with the advice and assistance you need for a successful job hunt and our regional experts can also provide information about the various employers in a region, as well as expected salaries and even the possible places to live if you're relocating.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Greater Manchester or source a new job in Greater Manchester then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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