Responsible for the on-time, cost-effective and right-quality delivery of business value through programs. Structure and manage the portfolio of change ensuring that it is balanced, healthy, value-focused and consistently steered to deliver the intended business impact.
Manage delivery teams by maintaining oversight of the overall program execution, enforcing adherence to standards, acceptable risk judgement and a business value-driven approach to the deployment of resources across the portfolio.
Collaborate with all relevant stakeholders within the delivery domain to ensure that desired business benefits are well articulated and that the portfolio deliverables are unambiguously mapped to such benefits.
Ensure business impact of projects is measurable, well-managed, monitored and constantly refined to ensure that investments are optimally targeted and strategic intentions achieved.
Promote a culture of execution excellence, risk-consciousness and a relentless focus on ROI / business value.
Strategic / Tactical :
Collaborate with IT strategy team and other demand management roles to ensure that program objectives, deliverables and timing are focused on business objectives based on impact & priority;
Enhance the overall economic value of the portfolio in order to get the optimal return on investment.
Collaborate with required EMTS project sponsors / executives and teams for assessment of value delivered vis-a-vis project objectives.
Implement framework for quantifying benefits for each initiative in line with business case and measurement of time to value.
Ensure clear communication of expected business value and the timing of project objectives by project sponsor and clearly understood by project delivery organization.
Support executive decision making on programs and projects based on company-specific criteria. These criteria may include : how does the initiative fit in the defined enterprise architecture,how do risks and interdependencies come into play, how does the organization deal with compliance initiatives, etc.
Portfolio Prioritization, Selection & Delivery :
Manage IT program pipeline by working with IT Management in selecting, prioritizing and orchestrating programs to deliver benefits that ultimately contribute to business success
Convert approved programs to detailed project deliverables and requirements, align same with program delivery organization objectives and prioritize based on business value, exigencies and risk
Ensure that project delivery organizations are fit-for-purpose in terms of structure, ability to deliver to EMTS' expectation, taking into account capacity, capabilities, and various dimensions of risk
Influence & negotiate the allocation of resources from EMTS stakeholders to deliver program objectives and contribute to overall business success.
Consistently ensure that the environment incentivize the project delivery teams to deliver value in a timely manner
Portfolio Governance :
Plan and coordinate all IT Program Board meetings for effective tracking and review of project progress against agreed plans
Prepare and publish periodic program portfolio health dashboard / project reports to relevant stakeholders and provide insights into potential issues & risks with appropriate recommendations
Deploy exception management processes for failing or high risk projects
Work with IT Program board to resolve conflicting priorities and ensure that business value is foremost by focusing decisions and actions on the things that matter most to the organization
Ensure follow through and closure of agreed actions and decisions taken by the IT Program Board
Ensure all projects comply with required documentation and other standards, policies and procedures
Stakeholder &Communication Management :
Manage commitments across stakeholders and ensure clear understanding of requirements and consistent communication across all parties
Influence both EMTS and vendor stakeholders and create positive relationships through the appropriate channels to manage expectations and agreed objectives.
Engender and sustain cross-functional alignment
Responsible for timely escalation of potential risks and issues and renegotiation of commitments between project sponsors and delivery teams
Management of Portfolio Risks :
Evaluate portfolio performance and interdependencies periodically in a bid to determine and quantify the probability and impact of risks within projects and across the overall portfolio
Advise Management / stakeholders on matters of risk & issues that are projects related and recommend actions to mitigate such
Manage Program Quality by collaborating with IT Risk Management & other QA teams in defining and documenting standards, processes and procedures to guide and assure the quality delivery of projects and programs.
Maintain Portfolio Knowledge Base :
Ensure that the knowledge base for all project implementations, including lessons learnt, are maintained and properly indexed / catalogued for audit and reference purposes
Provide adequate feedback mechanisms on process improvement initiatives to ORM, which is an outcome of project oversight responsibility
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director, IT Demand Management & Planning
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college / university preferred. Possession of an advanced degree, preferably an MBA, will be an advantage;
Experience, Skills & Competencies :
9 to 12 years of combined work experience in IT / Engineering with up to 8 years in Portfolio Management or related activities (i.
e. project / program management);
At least 3 years experience in a managerial role.
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project and / or equivalent tools;
Experience with program / multi-project management; governance and decision-making; business case development; budget and resource management;
initiative portfolio management
Experience in working through complex issues and providing alternative solutions.
Ability to lead, influence and gain the confidence and respect of senior executives, functional leadership, BRMs, business sponsors, and team members;
Sound knowledge of internal business processes, outsourcing, program management and the mobile telecommunications industry;
possesses a broad based operational perspective and provides solutions for all forms of business risk;
Recognized program management authority with good risk management awareness who can negotiate trade-offs and is dynamic, proactive and decisive.
Adapts well to and initiates change in the organization;
Highly developed business communication skills (verbal and written), team player, change agent, strategic and creative, excellent project management skills and the ability to drive performance, risk consciousness and compliance from all areas within the company;
Ability to cope and deliver at satisfactorily high levels when under pressure;
Exceptional analytical, quick-learning and critical thinking skills.