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Business Portfolio Manager

England, Reading, Berkshire
£63000 - £94400 per annum + Car allowance & Performance related bonus
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

Job Details

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

The GTS Portfolio Manager role sits within our Group Technology Services team which supports all the core functionality and services across SSE, as well as leading the way with our digital transformation with the latest infrastructure technologies and cloud capabilities to serve our customers.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key UK sites, which includes but is not limited to:- Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Reading and Havant.

Salary: £63,000 - £94,400 + car / car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

The IT Platform Change and Transformation function is accountable for delivering all objective key results (OKRs) that are funded and committed within the GTS IT Portfolio, circa £30M per annum. The GTS Portfolio Manager will work closely with the GTS Change Delivery Manager, Head of IT Platform Change and Transformation and Senior Leadership roles to ensure that all change is delivered safely and within agreed guardrails. The portfolio comprises both agile and waterfall type deliveries.

The primary purpose of the Portfolio Manager is the end-to-end management of a large, complex technology portfolio which includes setting governance, standards and controls as well as providing portfolio support into several large value streams. The role is also required to maintain a central portfolio view that enables transparent reporting on performance to a formal governance board monthly, with key stakeholders being the Senior ITLT. The Portfolio Manager will ensure that all stakeholders related to GTS change delivery are aware of their roles and responsibilities and will hold key roles accountable for meeting delivery targets. Where deviations in guardrails are evident, the Portfolio Manager will work proactively with key stakeholders to put rapid recovery plans in place.

Key responsibilities will include leading a team to do the following:

- Portfolio Governance, Standards and Controls - Setting and documenting end to end governance standards and controls. Ensure governance R&Rs are well understood across the GTS function through regular training and communications. Work with external stakeholders such as Architecture, Security and Service Transition to encompass broader standards and governance to form an end-to-end delivery framework.

- Portfolio Assurance - Put the right checks and balances in place to ensure governance and standards are being followed. Ensuring that any deviations are detected quickly and recovery plans are put in place as soon as possible.

- Portfolio Support - To help size and flexibly scale a portfolio support team to support multiple large value streams. Oversee other tasks needed to support the portfolio such as assisting in recruitment and onboarding of resources.

- Portfolio Performance Reporting - Maintain working level portfolio and report weekly to Head of IT Platform Change and Transformation in conjunction with the Change Delivery Manager and ensure weekly Value Stream and Workstream reporting is completed by Delivery Leads.

- Portfolio Shaping and Planning - Co-ordinate integrated planning with Platform Owners and Senior Delivery Leads. Work with key senior stakeholders to consolidate planning inputs into investment proposals to shape the quarterly asks against portfolio for finance and resources.

What do I need?

- Extensive experience in a leadership role driving cadence on a large complex technical portfolio with ability to create a high performing digital portfolio team that can support a large technical portfolio.

- PPM or equivalent Agile qualifications such as Lean Portfolio to support a hybrid delivery framework.

- Extensive experience in production of high-quality governance/standards and managing senior stakeholders and governance boards.

- Experience in leading portfolio change through introducing PPM tools and processes.

- Strong stakeholder management and excellent communication skills is key for this role along with the ability to engage with stakeholders across all levels.

About our Business

SSE IT underpins the technology needs of all the different businesses that make up the SSE group. From emerging technologies to data and analytics to cyber security - we power SSE's growth and enable it to generate value, while keeping it secure. As a trusted business partner that helps SSE lead in a low carbon world, we are proud of our service. Working for SSE IT is all about equipping SSE for now and the future.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

Further actions

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact David on 01738 275846.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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