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.
The town of Sutton Coldfield, in the north east of the Birmingham conurbation, has grown steadily over the centuries from a hamlet and manor house to what it is now, a largely residential town with a population of around 100,000 people. It’s a popular place to live for commuter into Birmingham, with a strong middle class element to it. To the east of the town’s built-up area (though technically part of the town) is Sutton Park, a beautiful area with ponds, lakes, ancient woodlands and wetlands, where many locals spend their free time.
During the industrial revolution Sutton Coldfield became a town well known for industry. Its most notable produce was armaments, mainly gun barrels and blades, but also of spades, knives and other tools. The industry in the area was relatively short-lived, however. The town remained wealthy, however, a fact not lost on the King, who imposed relatively high taxes on the town.
Today, retail and entertainment are important elements of Sutton Coldfield’s economy, and there’s a real upmarket feel to the place and many of its shops. It’s always worth looking for Portfolio Manager vacancies in such places, and Sutton Coldfield is no exception. Large amounts of goods are brought into the town to service the large and economically active population, so good managers and executives are always valued.
With many years’ experience in the fields covered, Cast UK’s team of recruitment consultants understands what it takes to be a successful candidate for every vacancy.
If you’re looking for more information on the Portfolio Manager positions available in Sutton Coldfield or anywhere else in the UK, please get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
Cast UK are constantly working with procurement, logistics and supply chain clients and applicants from across the country, and are devoted to filling each position with the best talent possible.
Our regional specialists can provide detailed information about the potential employers, the available job types and the average expected salary.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Sutton Coldfield or source a new job in Sutton Coldfield then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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