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 city located in Lancashire, Preston is an area that has been settled since Roman times. In 1179, it was granted a Guild Merchant charter, making it a market town, and by the 13th century the city was known for its textile production.
During the Industrial Revolution, the city underwent rapid growth, particularly as innovations in textile manufacture helped to increase production.
In the early 20th century, the cotton industry fell into steep decline and this was slowly replaced by the manufacture of electrical goods, heavy industry and engineering.
These days, those seeking Portfolio Manager roles in Preston will have a number of options to consider. James Hall and Co is a haulage supplier based in the city - they are the distributors for SPAR stores in the north of England and ship a wide range of goods to more than 450 shops in the region.
Meanwhile, other companies with facilities in the area include Matalan and Alstom Transport. A large call centre for the Carphone Warehouse and TalkTalk is also based in Preston.
In addition, the military aircraft HQ of BAE Systems and other divisions of the firm are based on the outskirts of the city and in neighbouring communities like Warton.
For anyone wishing to take their career to the next level, look no further than Cast UK. Our team of recruitment consultants have extensive knowledge of the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors and we will work with you to assist you in finding the Portfolio Manager role of your dreams.
What's more, we have a team of regional specialists who and are able to provide information about the different employers and the income you can expect in a particular area, as well as other advice about the region.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Preston or source a new job in Preston then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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