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Technology Portfolio Manager

Crawley, West Sussex  Further Information
Job Type
Information Technology
Salary: competitive + excellent airline benefits (depending upon experience)
Contract: Permanent, Full Time
Working Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:30 (flexible working arrangements available)
Location: Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date: 30 June 2017

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In a nutshell

This is a great time to join us in Technology at Virgin Atlantic as we embark on a number of exciting projects and our newly formed Technology Centre of Excellence.
Working as part of the Technology Centre of Excellence Leadership Team, you’ll be accountable for all Infrastructure related projects and complex activities for Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays, and the successful delivery of projects/programmes on time, to budget and to the required standard.You’ll provide guidance and ensure that the project portfolio lifecycle process is adhered to from ideation, through prioritisation, project execution and closure.The role will also be accountable for delivery of programmes and/or large projects as required and will play a key part in defining the future project Technology portfolio for infrastructure related projects.

Day to day

Maintain a strategic view over a set of projects, providing the framework for implementing infrastructure technology initiatives in order to achieve successful delivery and business outcomes, ensure benefit realisation plans are in place.
Identify, plan and coordinate a set of related projects within a portfolio of technology infrastructure change, and manage their interdependencies in support of specific technology strategies.
Ensure projects have detailed plans and milestones and that progress against plan is effectively tracked, delivered and recorded. Where deviance from the plan occurs then this is dealt with swiftly and effectively, risks and issues identified and mitigation plans put in place.
Accountable for overall long term resource and delivery plans for assigned projects/programmes within the portfolio.
Adhere to best practice and ensure continuous improvement initiatives are identified and adopted and drive efficiencies and effectiveness.
Ensure projects/programmes have defined enough of the solution detail at key stages to substantiate their plans for the next stage in order that milestones are robust and achievable.
Ensure a structure for programmes is created to deliver against a clear scope and deliverables to meet the company’s strategic goals.
Assist in the running of the Technology Portfolio Review Group, working closely with the Technology Leadership Team – prioritising projects, escalating blocking project issues, and reporting on resource capacity vs demand planning.
Manage and lead a team of Technical Project Managers and Business Analysts to ensure project delivery according to agreed time, cost and quality requirements within the bounds of the iterative project management methodology.
Plan and coordinate the resources necessary for the successful delivery of projects, balancing a team of Project Managers, Business Analysts and any other assigned technical resource.
Coach Project Managers and Business Analysts across the business in best practice and have clear development and progression plans in place for the immediate team.

About you

With previous portfolio/programme management experience gained within a complex and challenging environment, you will have an ability to plan and prioritise resources as well as the people management skills to be able to inspire, guide, coach and develop your teams. Previous experience working with third party suppliers, including offshore resources would be an advantage.
With strong portfolio management skills and a recognised qualification (APMP, MSP, or MoP), you will show a good breadth of business understanding and commercial acumen and be able to make rapid and well informed decisions under pressure. Your stakeholder management and networking skills will be vital to your success in this role as well as the flexibility and adaptability to juggle and prioritise and the requirement to constructively challenge and influence others.
This is a strategically important and challenging role where you will need the commitment, enthusiasm and passion to succeed. If you are self motivated with a driven approach to deliver solutions and can communicate effectively at all levels, we would love to hear from you!

The perks

Our pioneering spirit and passion keeps our brand vibrantly alive. That's why we give our people the rewards that they deserve. We have a whole host of benefits in place to help you enjoy life to the full, as well as a world of travel opportunities including up to seven flights a year to a wide range of fabulous Virgin Atlantic global destinations. Beyond a whole world of travel opportunities, we also offer a competitive benefits package including pension and private medical schemes, life assurance, child care vouchers and excellent discounts across the Virgin Group of companies.

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