Deputy Head of People Portfolio

Venn Group
London, South East England
£500 per day
19 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Professional / Specialist
Contract Type

Deputy Head of Portfolio - SC Cleared
Location: Central London
Length: 7 Months
Daily Rate: Negotiable
IR35 Status: Inside

A high-profile Central Government organisation is seeking an experienced programme management professional to lead a multidisciplinary team of civil servants, contractors and consultants in the development of a new portfolio by Autumn 2019 that will enable the organisation to prioritise activity, balance resource investment and better understand progress and benefits delivery.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Refine plans for delivering the new portfolio by Autumn 2019, including key milestones and resource requirements along with the design/blueprint for the new portfolio office
  • Develop the detailed operating framework, processes and reporting for the portfolio
  • Establish clear portfolio governance and reporting/analysis (and associated tools)
  • Finalise tools for assessing the alignment of the portfolio with relevant policy and strategy teams
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to generate and manage a pipeline of projects and make recommendations to the portfolio boards on the shape/scope of the portfolio
  • Work with the other portfolios in the organisation to ensure coherence of portfolio operation and understanding of good practice
  • Engage with communications and business change teams to deliver the communications and behavioural change stakeholder management required for successful portfolio implementation

Essential requirements:
  • Excellent delivery and team leadership skills
  • Comfortable in setting direction in uncertain and ambiguous environments
  • Experience of project/programme delivery and ideally portfolio creation/operation
  • Strong project management skills to organise and lead complex work
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management/influencing skills
  • Able to explain complex ideas simply and build constructive relationships quickly
  • Experience of working in Central Government, or delivering in similarly large/complex organisations
  • Possess valid SC Clearance

If you have experience to match the requirements, or if you would like more information on the role, please contact Will Curwen or Tom Rees on and email your CV to

*Venn Group's "Recommendation Scheme": if you recommend a candidate who is subsequently placed by Venn Group (for a minimum of 2 weeks) you will be eligible for £25 worth of vouchers from a choice of high street organisations.