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Southern Water
Salary: Up to £66,734
Location: South East
Job type: Permanent
Category: Management Jobs
Location / Base of Work:

Falmer, East Sussex

Salary range:

Up to £66,734

Employment type:


Closing date:

29 Jul 2021


Why Water?

Without water, life as we know it would be impossible. Every day, we rely on it for drinking, washing and cleaning. It helps create the energy we need for heat and light. It’s also essential to the products we enjoy and the natural world we depend upon.

Yet the South East faces a future of more people and less water. Our population is growing fast, and climate change is bringing greater risk of both drought and flooding.
In the water industry, your work will help to address these challenges and give people access to sustainable, high-quality water and wastewater services for decades to come.

The South East is also home to over 700 miles of coastline, two National Parks, four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and some of the world’s rarest chalk streams. As well as working within these breath-taking environments, your activities will help preserve them for generations to come.

Why Southern Water?

Each day, over four million people across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight count on us for their essential water or wastewater services. Our work is vital, because we’re providing water for life.

Do you want to make a difference? At Southern Water, you work will help to enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve the environment and sustain the economy. You’ll also play an important role in helping us deliver a resilient water future for the South East.

Are you a natural collaborator with a strong moral compass and high standards? If so, you’ll fit right in. Everything we do is underpinned by three values: succeeding together, doing the right thing and always improving.

Do you want to bring your authentic self to work every day? We do too. That’s why we’re building an inclusive culture and are proud to offer equal opportunities regardless of age, cultural background, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, political belief, race, religion or sexual orientation. We believe the unique perspectives and experiences each of us brings make us stronger.

About the Role:

Job Title: Portfolio Integration & Optimisation Manager
Location: We are changing our policies to reflect new ways of working following the pandemic. The post will be flexible. The post holder can work at home but will attend our Falmer office in East Sussex as required, up to 2 to 3 days per week.
Perm/FTC: Permanent
Hours: 37
Salary: Up to £66,734 p/a, subject to experience + £400 monthly car cash allowance and further attractive benefits.

Role Overview:

The Portfolio Optimisation & Integration Manager is a key functional role within the Engineering & Construction Programme Management Office (PMO). Working directly for the Head of PMO, the role has a direct and material impact on the performance and success of the complex Southern Water Capital Programme.

The key elements of the role are:

Provision of support to SW Sponsors and Delivery Teams regarding the systemised development and release of Capex Programmes of works within defined organisational constraints, considering strategic programme objectives and governance – as well as consideration of integration with Operations and the Supply Chain into this process.

Custodian and responsibility for consistent application of best practice processes and procedures for Portfolios, Programmes and Projects where appropriate.

Continuous improvement mind set – working in an integrated fashion with other PMO functions and wider key stakeholders.

Inclusive but not exclusive to development of delivery tranches, Commercial Strategy (i.e. allocation of Supply Chain), and efficient, timely and controlled release of investment.

Development and provision of lead programme insight for Sponsors and Delivery in order to identify key programme success criteria threats and opportunities, provide areas of focus, and drive performance of the Capital Programme across key metrics such as financial performance, schedule performance, benefits (e.g. efficiency) and achievement of regulatory obligations. Communication of this to Senior Leadership Team with options and recommendations for mitigations.

Assurance of key elements such as Programme development (Execution Plans), and Asset lifecycle Deliverables such as Investment Decision products and inputs.

SME PMO role to provide expertise, guidance and mentoring to the wider PMO community across PMO disciplines.

Major accountabilities of role:

1. Lead the Portfolio Optimisation & Integration Team to Support the Water and Waste Sponsors in the planning of our future Investment Programme(s) and their associated Strategies.
2. Work as part of the PMO Leadership Team to coordinate all PMO functions in order to best support the business via a defined service provision – including cohesive processes and procedures.
3. Provide detailed, expert insight to enable strategic decisions to be made on the Investment Programme.
4. Assess across a number of programmes or projects to identify gaps, overlaps and conflicts, and eliminate
5. Provide support to Delivery Teams in the early development and set up of Projects and Programmes.
6. Regularly and proactively review and assess Project, Programme and Portfolio performance and provide general support to the Programme Sponsors to ensure projects, programmes and portfolios remain in line with expected outcomes.
7. Provide independent assurance of the Water and Waste Portfolios, tracking progress and variance of critical Programmes and any slippage into future AMPs, as well as specific ALP products (e.g. Investment Papers).
8. Own the development and implementation of best in class Programme Management Processes, Procedures and Governance – including template and tools (within the remit of the role – specific processes)
9. Coach, Mentor and share knowledge with, the Investment PMO Team.
10. Support Managing the interface between the PMO and the Investment / Sponsorship Group

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate the following:

• Extensive experience managing a Portfolio Optimisation / Investment Function within a PMO
• Experience of working within a Programme Management environment.
• Experienced in working across a complex Project and Programme delivery cycle
• Proven track record to Management level in similar role.
• Programme Management Qualification or equivalent desirable – e.g. MSP.
• Membership with relevant professional body.
• Experience in the development of Project and Programme Management capability
• Ability to lead, coach and mentor a team
• Ability to engage and build productive relationships with key Stakeholders
• Ability to engage with the wider business across multiple levels
• Present and discuss with confidence the Investment Programme to key Senior stakeholder groups.

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