Project Portfolio Director
Johnson Inc.
Toronto
4d ago

Position Overview :

The Project Portfolio Director is responsible for the ideation, planning and implementation of all projects and operational initiatives within the Line of Business’ Portfolio.

Serves as the strategic liaison between the Business and IT, Finance and Operations to ensure alignment of the Business’s project portfolio with the corporate operational planning cycle.

Will ensure that projects and operational initiatives are completed to plan and in line with the prescribed Project Management Life Cycle while ensuring initiatives are identified, business cased and planned for continual improvement and corporate success.

Leads a team of Project Managers individually assigned ownership of Program(s) / Project(s) within the Portfolio.

Who you are

Your enthusiasm is infectious. You challenge the status quo. You find solutions to problems. You go the extra mile to exceed customers’ expectations.

You get things done the right way. You represent our brand with passion and pride. You are a team player. You have fun and you make work fun for those working around you.

What you will achieve in this role

  • Strategic Activities :
  • oProvide oversight to all programs and projects within the portfolio. A PPM will be assigned to one of each of the Lines of Business : Johnson, PI Broker, Commercial, Claims, Enterprise, etc.

    oWorks directly with the Business to identify areas of opportunity and supports the development new ideas and business cases when appropriate

    oLeads the Business Planning and Delivery team comprised of the PPM, OCM lead, FP&A member and ITBP to ensure strategic alignment of identified / planned Portfolio initiatives with the annual operational planning cycle

    oWorks with the business to prioritize all Programs / Projects within the Portfolio to maximize business value and impact and reports on progress against plans

    oEnsures strategic direction of the business is clearly understood and agreed to by all key stakeholders

    oLeads change within the Portfolio as business needs and strategy evolve, while maintaining a highly functioning operation

    oContributes proactively and creatively to containing or reducing costs with the Portfolio

  • Project Portfolio Management Activities :
  • oEnsure the quality and timely completion of Program / Projects within the Portfolio

    oEnsure that all Programs / Projects within the Portfolio are following the Project Management Life Cycle and its associated processes, methods and tools accordingly

    oEnsure relevant business stakeholders are aware of the Portfolio and its activities and challenges; solicit input from stakeholders on business issues and needs related to the Portfolio

    oServes as the liaison between the Business and IT, Finance, Operations and any other impacted functions to ensure end to end delivery for the business

    oResponsible for providing timely Portfolio level reporting at all levels (Project, Program and Portfolio) of status, issues, risks and financials to all key stakeholders

    oIdentifies Portfolio / Program / Project risks / issues and supports the creation and execution of mitigation strategies.

    Communicates these in a timely manner to key stakeholders for review and decision

    oDevelop resourcing and budgeting requirements to meet the known commitments of the Portfolio

    oAssists the Program / Project Managers in managing and resolving any challenges that arise (i.e. resourcing constraints)

    oResponsible for keeping abreast of current Project Management tools and techniques, making improvement recommendations to the ePMO and IT teams for consideration

  • Team Leader Activities :
  • oDevelop a team of Program / Project managers and provide routine and constructive feedback on performance. Maintain a skills inventory on each to ensure effective project assignments

    oLeads a team of Program / Project Manager assigned to support the Line of Business and works with Human Resources as required to support and develop the team

    oWork with Human Resources to ensure team compliance with all local policies

    oEnsure all required training completed and development needs are addressed

    oEnsure team is effectively handling a work / life balance

    oRun critical metrics for each Program / Project Manager and provide mentorship to support continual growth and development

    oProvide coaching, guidance and mentoring to Program / Project Managers & Coordinators through following established review processes, both formal and informal, and supporting team members’ individual learning needs and career goals (i.

    e. employee development guides, providing challenging and rewarding assignments)

    oLead in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of highly trained and experienced team members

    What you bring to this role

  • At least 10 years of experience in Project Management
  • At least 10 years of progressive experience in various aspects of Information Technology delivery or related business roles
  • Thorough knowledge of Project Management practices (one or more methods) and thorough knowledge of various SDLC models
  • Good overall knowledge of property casualty insurance business from a business process perspective
  • Active and enthusiastic leader including personal development and seeking out teaching / coaching opportunities
  • Good financial and business acumen
  • Strong communication skills, oral and written
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating experience including stakeholder management
  • Leadership presence and ability to interact with the VP and Executive levels
  • Experience working with outsource service providers and contracted vendors
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • Strong facilitation & project management skills
  • Ability to multitask and to be able to change directions / priority quickly while working under pressure for sustained periods of time on potentially multiple projects
  • Education :

  • University or College degree / diploma, or equivalent training or experience, in the areas of in Business, IT, Operations, Finance or in a related field
  • Professional designation in Portfolio / Program / Project Management such as the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) designation or similar is preferable
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