Lead Digital Portfolio Manager

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Listed on

6th February


Blackpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle OR Sheffield / Hybrid


£69,869 - £89,995

Salary Notes

Competitive + Benefits



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Two of the advertised roles may be located in one of the following locations; Blackpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield. The other role may be located in one of the following locations; Blackpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle or Sheffield. 

Do you want to lead on some of the biggest digital transformation in the UK currently?

Are you an inspiring and engaging leader?

If so, please apply for our Lead Digital Portfolio Manager role.

DWP Digital is transforming DWP's services by unlocking the potential of leading edge technologies and ways of working. With our partners, we are focused on building and running innovative digital technology solutions that meet and respond to the changing needs and expectations of millions of people. We want to make it quicker, easier and less costly for DWP's customers to get the support they need.

Portfolio Management is key within the department in ensuring that decisions surrounding the timing, structure, and prioritisation of projects & programmes, are correctly planned and managed.

Job description

As a Lead Digital Portfolio Manager, you will have a deep understanding of and be able to promote, the strategic and organisational plans for Digital, including in depth knowledge of a Director's Business Plan and broad understanding of Digital's Strategic aims and objectives.

You will have excellent organisation skills and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple streams of activity including drafting board level papers, analysing complex information reporting on delivery, whilst ensuring a complex portfolio of projects is on track, helping to embed the use of tooling and management information to spot planning and delivery risks, escalating to senior leadership across the department where necessary. 

You will professionally manage stakeholders including leading senior Board and Director level meetings, setting agendas for Board level meetings, tracking issues to be addressed, overseeing delivery of Board decisions and actions and taking ownership of all aspects of reporting, using multiple data sets and ensuring a common understanding of the status of delivery, risks and issues.

You will lead your team in ensuring your Digital portfolio delivers optimal outcomes, specifically in contributing to the department's aims, whilst delivering on its Digital Strategy. You will set standards for delivery, assurance and financial planning processes, identifying KPIs and OKRs to determine whether the scope of the Digital Portfolio is being delivered within funding constraints. Optimisation will be through analysis, learning, assessment and experience, leveraging tooling as required to deliver efficient outcomes.

You will develop and implement  mechanisms to assure delivery of a broad Digital portfolio, leading in tracking and governing delivery, as well as ensuring the use of effective controls, unblocking and escalating issues up to Board level, mitigating risks and tracking dependencies. This will involve maintaining a holistic view of your portfolio, identifying delivery blockers relating to specific projects and programmes, identifying risks and issues and ensuring proportionate change and assurance controls are in place and being adhered to.

You will work with the business management team to support financial planning for your portfolio, ensuring that SLT approval is achieved prior to any investment decisions or commercial approvals.

You will review impacts to forecasts resulting from changing functional demand, working with Finance Business partners and Product Owners to understand the latest delivery forecasts and to address productivity challenges.

You will act as an SME in supporting teams to ensure compliance with governance and controls, creating governance roadmaps to safeguard effective delivery, scrutiny and accountability ensuring where delivery is at risk, actions are in place to mitigate.

You will lead in managing new work demand, advising and/or producing appropriate planning strategies, whilst taking ownership for identifying and prioritising new work that aligns to the department's digital strategy, working across the department and with service teams in selecting projects based on a reliable assessment of the value that they will bring.

You will be a leader in the Digital Portfolio Management Job Family, committed to building the practice community and their capability identifying appropriate training and setting the standards and frameworks for your team. You will forge links with other Lead Digital Portfolio Managers and also form close alliances across organisational boundaries, e.g. Departmental Governance, to learn and share best practices.

Person specification 

When giving details in your employment history and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

  • Proven experience of leading large-scale digital portfolios within a complex organisation.
  • Proven experience of operating at a senior level including drafting Board level papers, reporting and influencing up to Senior Executive level
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing organisational governance, financial and assurance frameworks including taking accountability for and delivering critical improvement activity to strengthen and comply with existing governance and assurance controls.
  • Experience of identifying and responding to complex issues, using excellent stakeholder managements skills and appropriate methods to unblock and resolve.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret multiple data sets to create board level reports and positively influence board level stakeholders, demonstrating highly developed interpersonal and strong communications and presentation skills to tell a compelling story.
  • Experience in building successful relationships across organisational boundaries with diverse senior stakeholders using their strong leadership and communication skills to build, manage and influence key strategic relationships


You must hold a recognised Portfolio or Project Management qualification:
o Management of Portfolios (Foundation & Practitioner)
o Prince2
o Portfolio Management Institute
  • An employer pension contribution of up to 27%
  • Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
  • Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring.
  • An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women's Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post. 


Applicants should apply for suitable posts where they can travel to and from their home office location daily within a reasonable time.   

Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas. Relocation costs will not be reimbursed.

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