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PMO Assistant Manager – D

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID139067BR
Job TitlePMO Assistant Manager – D
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationWatford
FunctionKPMG Business Services
Service LineExCo and Leadership
Service Line Information

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job DescriptionThe PMO Assistant Manager will work with IT Services to deliver value to the firm in accordance with the IT Strategy. The PMO with support delivery of the ITS Portfolio through leveraging and ongoing maintenance of the portfolio registers, project frameworks, methods, tools and technology, resources, project budget and cost reviews, initiation and planning.

The PMO Assistant Manager will sit within the Transformation Centre of Expertise for the Firm, focusing on servicing the ITS Portfolio. The TCoE focus is to deliver value and efficiencies to the Firm by professionalising the way we identify, assess and deliver internal change. The PMO Assistant Manager will form part of the Transformation CoE Team and will be a key point of contact for the change portfolio.

The Role:

Portfolio Delivery and Execution

- Responsible for maintaining the Project Portfolio Register administered through PPM tool
- Work with Programme level Management Offices to track, monitor and assure project activity
- Work with Portfolio Office lead to help define the Portfolio ensuring clear categorisation and prioritisation of projects. Support prioritisation and timing recommendations of projects using rules based assessment
- Support tracking the Firm’s spend on Projects and make recommendations to drive efficiency of spend
- Support the maintenance of central view of project resource and a capability register
- Contribute and maintain the Portfolio Risk Log, Action Log, Decisions Log, and Issue Register
- Work with projects and programmes to ensure the appropriate programme benefits are identified, quantified and their realisation planned
- Support the financial reporting process whilst ensuring that the programme and projects adhere to the corporate financial processes
- Ensure cross-programme dependencies are managed and the dependency log is accurately maintained
- Oversee project closure to distil good practice and ensure lessons learned are logged and applied
- Work across and build strong relationships with project and operational leads to understand and build project activities into a firm wide portfolio plan
- Oversight of the project methodology delivery cycle, liaising with the Quality management team to ensure project templates are maintained and relevant.

Governance and Reporting:

- Work with the Head of ITS, Technology Delivery Director and Portfolio Office Lead to define KPMG portfolio project reporting requirements, driving efficiency and consistency of approach
- Help support and prepare reporting for senior governance forums including the Technology Projects Oversight Group
- Work with Firm-wide governance owners to ensure forums are streamlined with clear terms of reference
- Engage with stakeholders across projects ensuring they meet governance requirements
- Escalate potential issues with proposed controls, to effectively mitigate impact
- Document governance meeting outcomes and actions, holding senior stakeholders to account as required
- Contribute to Portfolio financial and KPI information

Desired Skills & Experience :

- Experience operating within a portfolio office or enterprise level PMO
- Experience of maintaining and facilitating programme or portfolio level governance forums
- Involvement of resourcing or capacity management within larger project or programmes
- Proficient at producing and presenting senior executive level reports
- Able to handle complex programme dynamics and changing business priorities
- Experience working in a large and politically complex organisation
- Experience of managing the complete lifecycle of a project including planning, executing, controlling and closing projects and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with minimal supervision
- Experience of project management using PRINCE2 methodology (or equivalent)
- Strong skills in creating and maintaining project and programme plans, including risks, actions, issues, dependencies
- Knowledge of benefits and dependency mapping, risk management and resource planning
- Highly proficient IT skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS project
- Experience of working in virtual teams
- Excellent written/oral communication skills for reports and presentations
- Diplomatic ability to influence others
- Ability to build lasting relationships with key stakeholders
- Experience of Programme and project level financial management

Desired Behaviours:

- Enthusiastic about Portfolio and Programme management
- Ability to solve complex problems and provide clear solutions
- Be flexible and thrive in a rapidly changing environment
- Be open to learning new things
- Customer service focus
- Ability to clearly communicate complex issues
- Confidence to make new contacts, deal with senior individuals and provide challenge
- Strong team–player who is supportive of colleagues
- Flexible working style, thriving on new opportunities
- Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles for the good of the programme

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.


‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.



Returning to work after a break
At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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