Head of Portfolio Governance

Camperdown, Australia
06 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed-term opportunity until 31/12/25 for an experienced Head of Portfolio Governance to join the Central Program Management Office within the Strategy Portfolio
  • Define and manage the governance, plans and structure of the Portfolio Governance team to ensure programs and projects deliver the objectives of the University and the 2032 Strategy
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are in a period of exciting development within our Central Program Management Office (Central PMO), striving to achieve an integrated service offering aligned with the university's ambitious 2032 Strategy.

The Strategy outlines the vision for the next decade and is based around what the University wants to be known for in 2032. When people speak about the University of Sydney in 10 years' time, we want it to be about the extraordinary power our world-class research and teaching has to transform people's lives - and for the pride it generates throughout our city, our state and our nation.

The Central PMO will play an important role in defining and supporting the programs and projects that will help deliver the Strategy's key outcomes. As a result, we are looking for a Head of Portfolio Governance to implement a forward-thinking approach to portfolio syncing, pipeline management, prioritisation, benefits mapping, quality assurance, risk reporting and portfolio performance. As part of establishing the University Portfolio management approach for the University, you will work closely with a wide range of stakeholder to influence and coach to achieve consistent practices and to accelerate strategic outcomes.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • establish and lead the of the portfolio governance team to support and improve the successful delivery of University's projects and programs
  • provide leadership, direction, and advocacy across the University at a senior leadership level, to define and manage the governance, plans and structure of portfolio governance
  • work closely with the Head of Delivery and the Project Partners to enable them to manage performance and outputs of delivery and capability within the business units and project teams
  • drive consistent methodology and approach to tracking, monitoring, and delivering benefits and outcomes within the 2032 Strategy and the broader project portfolio
  • lead the development and delivery of the Portfolio Management stakeholder plan, influencing business areas (Faculty/PSUs) to align and adopt a university approach
  • coordinate program reporting, and present insights and recommendations to the Strategy and Transformation Board and University Executive.

About you

  • extensive experience in successfully implementing an effective project quality assurance function in a complex environment of transformational change and where stakeholders have conflicting demands
  • proven success in mentoring, coaching and motivating a high-performing team of professional project practitioners
  • capability to build internal project expertise, capability and collaboration to develop outcomes and provide services and advice which support optimal organisational performance while meeting all governance and compliance requirements
  • an absolute commitment to collaboration and comfort working in partnership and across interdependencies
  • capability to operate with a high degree of tact and professionalism across all levels of diverse internal and external environments, with the ability to network, lead and direct project managers and sponsors
  • outstanding presentation, communication and influencing skills to drive key messaging insights and recommendations.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role-required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a university community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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Applications Close

Sunday 19 February 2023 11:59 PM

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