DevOps Portfolio Manager/PMO job in Swindon or Fareham

DESIGNATION: DevOps Portfolio Manager/PMO

Company: Zurich

Location: Swindon or Fareham or UK remote working



DevOps Portfolio Manager/PMO – (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)




We’re the #1 best place to work in the insurance industry!


We’re delighted to have been awarded a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice award, recognising us in the top 20 UK’s Best Places to Work in 2022 and the only UK insurer to make the list. The Employee’s Choice award recognises employers that shine brightest according to those who know a company best – the employees.




Description of the team and role:




The UK DevOps team is part of the UK Operations and IT function which drives technology delivery and change across the UK business.  The DevOps team consists of a Mendix low-code and a Salesforce development and operations capability; a MuleSoft API team and a SmartComms digital document team.  The DevOps team has fully embraced new ways of working including Agile, DevOps practices, API-led development, cloud-first, and establishing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery pipelines (CI/CD).




The opportunity:




An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the DevOps team as the DevOps Portfolio Manager.  You will play a pivotal role in identifying, capturing, prioritizing, reporting, and scheduling a portfolio of projects, opportunities and resources as they flow through the various technology stacks of the team.  You will build relationships with the DevOps management team, project sponsors, product owners and project managers as well as maintain close links with the UK Portfolio team to ensure consistency in the process.  You will also ensure that project schedules are estimated by the team and visible, and that preparation activity for projects to start is complete.  You will be a trusted advisor to the business – explaining how DevOps and Agile work, how the business can engage with the team, how projects are prioritized and scheduled, and explain various DevOps services including Operations and Small Change.




This role is available part-time, job-share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time.  Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.




Key Responsibilities:




This opportunity is no ordinary Portfolio Manager role – Zurich has positioned the DevOps team as major internal application development and maintenance capability in the UK business.  Agile portfolio management deals with how an organization identifies, prioritizes, organizes and manages the delivery of technology products and activities.  The DevOps team has entered a period of rapid expansion and as a result needs a dedicated role to lead on the prioritization, initiation, coordination and organization of technology workstreams to deliver value (products and projects) to the business.  You will understand and follow Agile portfolio management best practices through continuous planning, aligning projects and products with strategic objectives, program management, resource management, iterative release management, finances and light-touch DevOps governance.  Further, you will support the DevOps management team in the evolution of its DevOps governance and delivery practices and have the opportunity to line manage junior members of the team.



We are looking for an enthusiastic, driven, proactive, confident self-starter who will thrive in a fast-paced environment to join our highly successful DevOps team.  If you are interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment, for a company that recognizes and rewards your creativity, initiative and contributions, just click “Apply online”.



Your skills and experience:



Over two years of experience in working in a PMO or portfolio management role; and experience in technology delivery, digital transformation and consulting.

Experience in generating, analyzing and prioritizing a portfolio of project opportunities with dependent workstreams.

Analytical skills, with proven ability to synthesize data from multiple sources to assist in decision-making.

Line management experience, with the ability to motivate and support staff to deliver.

Strong commercial management and governance demonstrating the ability to make key prioritization decisions based on empirical data.

Good commercial acumen to support team leads with project costing and estimation work.

Partnership management and evidence of building and maintaining strategic relationships in a corporate setting.


Desirable but not essential:



Agile PMO experience (although training will be provided for those candidates with traditional PMO experience)

Experience of working in an Agile environment (training provided if required)

An understanding of Design Thinking and Agile product development

Financial services experience



The reward:



The salary offered for this role is between (£48,000 – £65,000) depending on experience. As well as this we offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes:



12% pension

25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days

Annual company bonuses

Contribution to medical cover

Discounted technology offers

Virtual GP appointments

Discounted gym membership,

Free flu jab

Discounted gadget insurance



At Zurich, we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring.  Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours.  Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you may need.



Who we are:



With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you’re interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions – then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees – people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We, therefore, look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.



You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.



Further information:



At Zurich, we are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.


Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.


With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organization.


We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

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