Portfolio Manager at Ministry of Defence, Corsham/Remote, 10 Months, £Contract Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • Hybrid (Corsham, UK)
  • Jul 08, 2024
6 Months or more Management

Contract Description



Portfolio Manager (Inside IR35)

Contract Term: Until 13.05.2025

Contracting Authority: MoD

Location: Corsham/Hybrid


“SC Clearance is an essential requirement for this role, as a minimum you must be eligible and willing to undergo these checks.”

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is a central government department with a mission to protect our country and provide the ultimate guarantee of its security and independence, as well as helping to protect its values and interests abroad.

To do this we have an annual budget of almost £40 billion and a workforce comprising 193,000 people, almost 59,000 of whom are civilians. We currently manage more than £11 billion of spend every year.

Our work really matters; we offer engaging roles which have a direct impact on the quality of services we provide. We employ people in many different roles and in many locations across the UK and abroad. We have jobs in policy, finance, HR, IS/IT, commercial and project management and all the types of jobs you would expect to find in a government department, or indeed in the private sector. We also employ doctors, dentists, teachers, police, fire service, quantity surveyors, and engineers to name a few. There are many opportunities to develop and progress both within MOD and across the wider Civil Service, whether you’re a permanent appointee or an interim.

A service owner is accountable for the quality of their service. They adopt a portfolio view, managing end-to-end services, which include multiple products and channels. You will be expected to operate at scale and provide the connection between multidisciplinary business areas and stakeholders.

As a Portfolio Manager, your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Ensure MI is fit for purpose to support day-to-day management and overall governance of project and programme delivery performance, expanding to include live service performance.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand user needs and develop and maintain appropriate MI artefacts based on prioritised demand.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the portfolio data set and determine what good looks like.
  • Support the team to define metrics and translate reporting requirements into criteria for development
  • Champion automated MI and its benefits across Defence Digital to support organisational change, effectiveness and efficiency
  • Ensure that MI visuals are regularly reviewed for accuracy and usage to maintain a valuable set of products.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that the Management Information service team is seen as a key point of expertise.
  • Ensure necessary business processes are followed
  • Participate in the governance of the service, including acting as a point of escalation
  • Manage the budget of the service based on your decisions about priorities. Where required undertake commercial practices to support with the onboarding of resource or support contracts, and to ensure value for money.
  • Communicate the benefits and performance of your service
  • Be responsible for the successful operation and continuous improvement of the service
  • Develop the service strategy and roadmap, ensuring alignment and integration with Defence Digital’s Chief Data Officer
  • Ensure that Defence Digital has a clear and consistent approach to the production of portfolio management information as a single source of truth that can be relied upon to inform decision making.
  • You will be responsible for line management of the Management Information service area team, supporting their personal and professional development and maintaining a talent pipeline for MI & Data skills.
  • You will work as part of the Defence Digital portfolio team senior leadership team, enabling collaboration and prioritisation to achieve our outcomes as a collective, as well as supporting the ongoing transformation of the team’s ways of working.
  • Lead integration with the Chief Data Officer (CDO) data programme and transition of the Data Warehouse (DWH) to CDO.



  • You have a strong understanding of portfolio data sets and know what good looks like.  You understand howMI is fit for purpose to support day-to-day management and overall governance of project and programme delivery performance, including live service performance. You understand automated MI and its benefits to support organisational change, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • You know how to coach and lead teams in Agile and Lean practices, determining the right approach for the team to take and evaluating this through the life of a project. You can think of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes. You are able to act as a recognised expert and advocate for the approaches, continuously reflecting and challenging the team.
  • You know how to anticipate problems and how to defend against them at the right time. You understand how the problem fits into the larger picture. You can articulate the problem and help others to do it. You know how to build problem-solving capabilities in others.
  • You know the tools, terms and concepts used to deliver a product and how they can be adapted and applied to different phases of delivery.
  • You know how to give direction on which tools or methods to use. You are experienced in meeting the needs of users across a variety of channels. You can bring insight and expertise in how user needs have changed over time to ensure these are met by the business. You know how to apply strategic thinking in how to provide the best service for the end user.