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Head of PMO

Job Title: Head of PMO
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Salary: Negotiable
REF: BS/AT/PMO_1531128637
Contact Name: Bhavna Sharma
Contact Email:
Job Published: about 1 year ago

Job Description

Head of PMO



An award winning, luxury organisation is looking for an experienced Head of PMO to join their dynamic business.


  • Leading annual portfolio planning, based on the company strategy, and long-range investment plans
  • Coordinating and preparing monthly PMO reviews with the Leadership Team
  • Supporting monthly reviews of the portfolio with the board
  • Ensuring the benefits expected from the portfolio of projects are being tracked and reported
  • Maintaining the demand management process for the company, assessing project proposals and making recommendations on prioritisation
  • Production of the fortnightly key projects report
  • Ensuring new projects are set-up for success, and that projects are delivering to their committed timescales, budgets, scope and quality
  • Conducting reviews and assurance activities for key projects
  • Reviewing project steering, to ensure appropriate stakeholder engagement in key projects
  • Facilitating post-project reviews
  • Taking a consolidated view of risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies for the delivery portfolio, identifying and addressing systemic challenges
  • Providing internal consultancy on business projects to project managers, business owners and sponsors
  • Maintaining the company's methods and standards for delivery in line with best practice
  • Training new project managers, business owners on the methodology and standards
  • Assisting with the recruitment of project managers when required
  • Maintaining knowledge on project delivery, seeking to ensure that lessons are learned, and applied to support continuous improvement

Skills & Experience:

  • Proven track-record in leading and developing PMOs
  • Experience of working in a global organisation and matrix environment, with the ability to build relationships with, and manage, stakeholders at every level
  • Experience of planning a portfolio of projects and ability to work with senior stakeholders to negotiate/influence project prioritisation, selection, and resourcing
  • Highly developed project/programme management and planning skills and experience
  • Commercial acumen and pragmatic approach
  • Willingness to take a hands-on approach, assisting project managers with planning tasks where required, and maintaining the project portfolio
  • A motivated and committed individual who leads by example demonstrating the company values and behaviours
  • The ability to inspire and empower others to deliver successful cross-functional change initiatives
  • The ability to establish and maintain governance structures that define clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, aligned with the needs and practices of the organisation
  • Proficiency in providing portfolio, programme and project reporting is essential
  • To be able to manage programmes of work, but also to be adaptable, managing specific projects in detail, when needed
  • The ability to understand the maturity of an organisation with respect to project, programme and portfolio management, and to assist the development of those capabilities
  • Identify, develop, adopt and adapt appropriate frameworks and methodologies to ensure consistent delivery of change initiatives
  • A recognised formal project management qualification (PMP/APMP/Prince2/P30 or equivalent) and/or demonstrable proficiency in the use of the associated methodologies is essential
  • To gather independent evidence that the information on the change initiative is valid, and whether the initiative will achieve its objectives.

If you would like to be considered for the role, please email your CV to - Suitable candidates will be contacted before shortlisting.

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