Senior Portfolio Manager

Milton Keynes
13 Jun 2019
19 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
As the Senior Portfolio Manager for Argos Financial Services, you will responsible for the delivery of the Argos Financial Services (AFS) change portfolio allocated to the AFS delivery team. You will be our figurehead for the AFS change community, adapting the way change is delivered by moving towards DevOps, leveraging Agile delivery methods to improve change velocity and quality in line with both Sainsbury's Bank and Sainsbury's Argos frameworks. It will be a priority for you to effectively collaborate and develop positive relationships across Sainsbury's Bank, Argos Retail and J Sainsbury, to successfully deliver the AFS change portfolio.

You will be joining Argos Financial Services where our aim is to make life better every day for Argos customers. We help customers afford and protect what matters most, offering products and services including Credit, Warranties & Insurance. We are part of Sainsbury's Bank, part of the wider Sainsbury's Group, we're an exciting and growing organisation and as our customers seek more innovative services and technology, being part of one of the UK's most trusted brands brings our colleagues exciting opportunities to fulfil their potential. Here, you can be part of something bigger and help to create a new approach that puts the customer at the heart of everything we do.

As the Senior Portfolio Manager, you will;

Work collaboratively with AFS leadership teams to effectively shape, mobilise and deliver the AFS change portfolio to agreed budget.
Be responsible for end-to-end delivery of the aspects of the AFS change portfolio that are managed by the AFS Delivery team.
Drive the adoption of practical and effective governance across the AFS portfolio.
Lead, develop, recruit and coach a team of 15+ change professionals, with a focus on skills attainment and team development. You will inspire high-performing, cross-functional and multi-skilled change delivery teams to successfully deliver the AFS change portfolio.
Drive effective delivery resource assignment and utilisation, in line with fluctuating demand, to ensure optimal productivity, cost efficiency and colleague development.
Collaborate closely with Sainsbury's Argos IT and Digital colleagues to drive effective management and performance of 3rd parties, to deliver the change portfolio.
Own and adapt the AFS change methodology, in conjunction with the Technology Head of Delivery, moving towards DevOps, leveraging Agile delivery methods, building a culture of continuous improvement, shared learning and collaboration.
Inspire colleagues to adapt to the changing environment that Sainsbury's Bank and AFS operate within.
Advocate for, and help mature, the use of waterfall and Agile methods, as appropriate for different types of projects.
Be the escalation point for delivery risks and issues.
Manage AFS investment, ensuring value is delivered often and early.
Manage the AFS change portfolio budget, circa GBP20m.
Adhere to the conduct rules as specified by our regulators (PRA and FCA).

As the Senior Portfolio Manager, you will have;

Extensive change management and transformation experience, being an advocate for change.
Experience in Agile methods (e.g. SCRUM, SAFe etc.) and waterfall hybrid environments.
Excellent relationship management skills, including a proven ability to influence at a Senior Management and Executive level. You'll have the ability to challenge colleagues in a collaborative and constructive manner, have the courage to pose questions to ensure the right, fact-based decisions are always made and be able to represent the perspective of all internal and external stakeholders.
Proven experience of leading with passion and authenticity, creating an engaging environment that amazing people want to be part of. Your values should include enabling and empowering your team.
Excellent commercial expertise to lead procurement and on-going budgetary control activities.
Analytical rigour, the ability to grasp and work through complex problems.
Strong instincts and be deeply aware of the need to manage your messages.

As well as the opportunity to join a great team you will also receive a competitive salary & bonus, 27 days' holiday, and a range of other great benefits including the option of either a car allowance or company car, healthcare and pension. We will support you in developing your skills to build the career you want through access to personal development tools.

There's never been a more exciting time to join Argos Financial Services. We are capitalising on our success and going through a great transformation. It's a period of expansion and rejuvenation; we're shaking things up and creating more opportunities than ever before.

As this role involves working in a regulated environment any offer made will be subject to satisfactory background checks including criminal record check, credit check, fraud check and employment references.

We know that candidates may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that 'normal' office hours aren't always doable, and while we can't accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked. So if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren't sure if you are 100% there yet??? why not apply and see how it goes?

Here at Sainsbury's Argos we're a proud equal opportunities employer that values diversity at every level of our business. Inclusion and Diversity are fundamental to our culture and values, fostering an innovative, collaborative and fast paced work environment that means we can build a better future for our colleagues and our customers. Everyone is welcome at Sainsbury's Argos. Want to find out more? Then visit our Diversity & Inclusion page on our Careers site -