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Lead PMO Specialist

Job Introduction

To support the Director of UK Funds PCMO in:

  • providing governance, portfolio, programme and project management control across the UK Funds Change Portfolio
  • transforming the way the UK Funds PMO team operate to achieve, and then maintain, the required PMO maturity levels

To be part of the team that enables and facilitates the increase in likelihood of successful delivery of portfolios/programmes/projects to time, quality and cost in UK Funds Change Management. By providing support across one or more portfolios/programmes, and with wider stakeholders within IFDS.

Role Responsibility

  • Own delivery metrics and identify opportunities to enhance metrics to improve decision making across the end to end delivery cycle including post live reporting
  • Carry out ad hoc analysis of metrics as required; providing insights/trends and recommendations
  • Run Quality Gate Reviews, Lessons Learned and Post Implementation Reviews (PIRs)
  • Develop, drive and implement continuous improvement plans to achieve realisation of benefits; lead change initiatives as required
  • Across the department provide coaching, mentoring and training on PMO controls, IFDS’s Enterprise Change Framework and Project Management practices
  • Troubleshoot and resolve complex risks and issues as required
  • Review and validate content of IFDS’s Enterprise Change Framework artefacts recommending changes as required
  • Ensure consistency of governance, reporting and control disciplines across UK Funds Change Management
  • Lead workshops and meetings to drive required outcomes
  • Carry out stakeholder management across portfolio and wider stakeholders within IFDS
  • Lead change initiatives and carry out ad hoc tasks as required
  • Manage Portfolio Support Officer(s) as required, ensuring they follow control discipline requirements when providing support across portfolio/programme/project(s) and across UK Funds PCMO
  • Deputise for the Associate Director PCMO, UK Funds Change Management as required

The Ideal Candidate


  • Understands and has practical experience of both running projects, and supporting programmes/projects in a PMO capacity 
  • Experience in combining delivering business as usual activities with defining and delivering transformation activities
  • Confident, assertive with the ability to influence those who are not direct reports
  • Experience of working in business and IT environments in Financial Services or have demonstrably transferable skills
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a pressurised and challenging environment
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to produce first draft of governance packs
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office suite including Microsoft Project and Visio 

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