Embedded Portfolio Analyst

Job Title: Embedded Portfolio Analyst
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Reading
Salary: £36550 - £45000 per annum
Start Date: 2019-07-05
Reference: 4446
Contact Name: Robyn Smith
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 05, 2019 17:35

Job Description

About the role:

The Embedded PMO Support role supports the effective management of the portfolio activities and is responsible for the quality assurance of programmes and projects within their allocated section the portfolio.

This role is to support Thames Water’s Digital delivery. The role is to ensure adherence to project management procedures, methodologies, guidelines, and best practices of the Digital Portfolio Management Office. Ensuring consistent application of an effective project management methodology ensures portfolio reporting mechanisms are adhered to with regard to planning, budget, resources, RAID, change, progress and quality.

The role is responsible for ensuring that projects and programmes are compliant with month end financial and status reporting, appropriate project delivery methodology and that project / programme status is accurately reflected in Portfolio supporting tools.
Provide support and guidance on portfolio, programme and project management processes, procedures, software, tools and techniques for Project Managers.

Provide assurance of Programme and Project Management reporting and tracking of programme / project progress and performance from a quality assurance perspective.
Administrative services to project boards, project assurance teams and quality review meetings.

Support for the ongoing governance and assurance arrangements in line with Central PMO guidance. Coordinate project gate reviews with the Project Managers, providing quality assurance of gates in preparation for review and sign off.

Assurance that the Project and Programme Managers are following the appropriate Thames Water and Thames Digital commercial processes.

Assurance of the quality of RAID items, with insistence of updates/mitigation and closure where possible. You will provide support for escalated issues and ensure change control methods and processes are embedded and followed.

Assist with the management of cross-portfolio dependencies, ensuring they are being actively managed and the dependency log is accurately maintained by Programme and Project Managers.

Develop an understanding of the relevant section of the portfolio and related business areas in detail.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:
  • You will be Prince2 or MSP Practitioner qualified.
  • You will be P30 Practitioner qualified.
  • You will be fully familiar with industry standard programme and project management techniques and their application in a real project environment.
  • You will have experience of applying standard project management frameworks (tools, techniques).
  • You will have Project Management Experience in projects with an IT component.
  • You will be proficient in MS Project, Visio and MS Office.
  • Experience of Microsoft Project Online and Power BI is advantageous.
What’s in it for you:

You will be working closely with senior stakeholders in Digital Delivery. This unique opportunity allows you to play a major part within Thames Water’s Digital department’s Portfolio Management Office and change the way we operate.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, 26 days holiday per year increasing to 30 with length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community around Swindon, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

About us:

Thames Water is the largest water and waste-water services company in the UK. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley and we are going through a period of exciting change. On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.

We are focusing like never before on delivering brilliant services and providing our customers with a great experience. We are in the process of transforming our business in order to achieve this. To help us succeed, we need a range of new skills and capabilities and will be recruiting for these in the coming months. We are on the lookout for talented people across our entire region who are interested in helping us to become the best water and waste-water company in the UK.

Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer, welcoming applications from all walks of life to join our diverse team. We’re also leading the way with our award-winning mental health and wellbeing.