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Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC

Portfolio Office Senior Manager


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Posting Date

Aug 26, 2023

Role description

We are looking for aPortfolio Office Senior Managerto oversee the development and implementation of an organisation-wide framework, processes, and operating model for project delivery, including the establishment of an organisation-wide Change Approval Board (CAB) to assist the safe initiation of new projects and delivery of in-flight projects.This important rolewill establish the central portfolio office as a centre of excellence for project delivery and will provide the visibility and insight required to enable decision makers to make more informed decisions

Who we are
We are one of the most famous clubs in world football, with a rich heritage and history of success – read more about our history,here.
Beyond that, we are passionate about ourlocal communityand, behind the scenes, we have a wide variety of opportunities and career paths for all. We have a very defined purpose: to act for a winning team, culture and community. We achieve this by ensuring we are courageous in the pursuit of progress, we champion our community and each other, and that we do the right thing (even when no one is looking).

Your day-to-day

Establishing an organisation-wide standard framework for project delivery, including a set of standards and templates to assist successful delivery.
Establishing organisation-wide processes of project reporting and control.
Supporting the establishment of an organisation-wide Change Approval Board to assist the safe initiation of new projects and delivery of in-flight projects.
Establishing and leading a Portfolio Office responsible for:

Maintaining the overall project pipeline for the club, supporting projects through the project lifecycle, preparing and managing CAB meetings and facilitating the change request process.
Understanding project resource requirements (internal and external), advising on any upcoming resource pinch-points, identify, and helping close any capability gaps.
Creating portfolio level status reports and dashboards for the Exec, highlighting areas of concern or progress, identifying any key dependencies and trends in project risks and issues.
Coaching PMOs and project teams on risk management, assisting with developing effective risk management and issue treatment strategies, creating and managing a portfolio level risk and issue log and escalate to the CAB as required.
Helping projects maintain their benefits case throughout the project lifecycle, reviewing project benefits in advance of each stage-gate and report any changes.
Developing and maintaining project standards, guidance, templates, and tools for the club, providing training and coaching to project teams, continually reviewing and applying best-practice to ensure the governance process is adding value, be an ambassador for good project delivery across the club.

Providing PMO support for Operations to support programme and project managers to adopt the framework for project delivery, tracking and reporting on status and objectively assess project performance to assure benefits delivery.
Supporting all projects to understand and apply the club requirements for brand, culture, sustainability, diversity and inclusion and other priorities as required. Addressing any risks or identifying opportunities to ensure our project portfolio supports the overall ambitions of the club.

What we are looking for

A P3O Practitioner Qualification.
MSP and/or PMQ and/or PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification.
Demonstrable experience of running a Project Management Office (PMO)in a non-delivery focused organisation.
Experience of setting up PMO functions.
Ability to support both traditional and agile project delivery methodologies.
Able to collect, analyse and present data in clear, cogent style.
Experience of running RAID management and Planning workshops.
Previously developed and managed Change Approval Boards.
Experience of reporting to executive level boards on portfolio status, issues, and success.
Training Needs Analysis and training materials production experience.
Experience of recruiting and managing a small team.
Ability to build teams and lead collaborative working organisations.
Easy, clear, and concise communication style.
Demonstrates “open and inclusive” leadership approach.

Why choose us
At Arsenal, we want everyone to feel a sense of trust and belonging, so we are proud of both our club values and also what we offer to our employees. As one of our Gunners, you will receive:

An exciting reward and recognition scheme
Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service
Great internal learning and development programmes
A flexible hybrid working model
Priority access to apply for match tickets
A competitive health and wellbeing benefits package
A leading Employee Assistance Programme
Great discounts with some of our Partners

Arsenal for Everyone
Arsenal for Everyone is our commitment to promoting and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion, so that everyone connected to the club feels like they belong to the same Arsenal family. We believe that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. 

Disability Confident Leader
We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If you need disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.
If you are likely to meet the definition of being a ‘disabled person’ according to theEquality Act 2010, we will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a role. Please choose the option of a guaranteed interview on your application form.The information you share with us about your health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.

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