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IT Portfolio Manager

Date:  06-Dec-2022


Type of work:  Hybrid

Job Overview

At the Bridgestone IT PMO, the IT Portfolio Manager:

  • Supports organizational and IT leadership in overseeing, managing and using the entire life cycle of investments and initiatives to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Acts as the primary resource for the investment council, steering committee and senior executives for reporting the state and performance of initiatives within the portfolio
  • Helps focus leadership efforts
  • Provides and escalates data on achieving an optimized mix among project investments, making the best possible use of all resources and delivering the maximum value and benefits from projects and programs within the portfolio
  • Identifies, prioritizes and coordinates project and program resources engaged with all or many of the initiatives within the project portfolio

Primary Responsibilities and Activities

  • Ensure adherence to the appropriate governance functions relating to the portfolio. Do so on behalf of the portfolio investment council and steering committee, and in accordance with the organization’s guidelines, policies and practices.
  • Facilitate and coordinate the efforts of senior leadership toward the establishment of the project portfolio definition, its structure and processes. This includes:
    • Demand management and strategic alignment of projects and programs
    • Portfolio categories and criteria
    • Evaluation, selection and prioritization
    • Execution, tracking and measuring the achieved results
  • Conduct reviews quarterly — or at other specified intervals — with senior business and IT executives, stakeholder committees, the steering committee and other relevant bodies. Do so to validate and assess the project portfolio, execute change and reprioritize as necessary to meet business needs.
  • Conduct regular meetings with the senior executive bodies. Inform them of any issues with the performance of individual projects within the portfolio. Confirm that the use of resources and funding is on plan, and highlight any variances.
  • Lead reviews of any significant initiatives, projects or programs that have run into challenges. Provide recommendations as to whether they should be continued, changed significantly, placed on hold or discontinued.
  • Provide criteria for prioritization at the appropriate level aligned to the goals of the investment council and steering committee. Become the point of escalation and arbitration if necessary.
  • Collaborate with senior business and IT executives to identify opportunities for applying technology developments to address the challenges from increasing digitalization.
  • Oversee and coordinate dependencies across the initiatives in the portfolio, and resolve or escalate conflicts.
  • Ensure and balance the availability of the required skills and competencies across project and program teams within the project portfolio, as mandated and resourced by leadership.
  • Direct the development and maintenance of communications and reporting about the project portfolios, their contents and the performance of individual initiatives to stakeholder and governance council(s), the steering committee and senior executives.
  • Direct the creation and maintenance of the required portfolio documentation and artifacts.
  • Support and advise executives on actions required to balance the portfolio of existing assets and services.

Primary Contacts

  • Steering committee
  • Portfolio or investment council or committee
  • C-suite, including the CIO and CFO
  • Portfolio sponsors
  • IT leadership team and staff
  • IT and business executives
  • Resource managers or team leaders
  • Other functional group executives

Job Requirements


A bachelor’s or master’s degree in information systems, business administration or a related field, or equivalent work experience.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to develop and communicate the portfolio objectives, inspire and motivate staff, and maintain alignment with business strategy.
  • A high degree of political sensitivity, astuteness and the ability to use the informal power structure of the organization to overcome obstacles and achieve portfolio success.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain and “sell” the portfolio goals and objectives to the business and to technical leadership.
  • Strong business acumen, including industry- and domain-specific knowledge of the organization and its business units. Familiarity with industry trends and innovation, and how other organizations are using them to drive digital business.
  • A high level of empathy and the ability to vary styles of interaction to match the needs of a variety of business and technical audiences, as well as temperaments and personalities.
  • Influencing and negotiation experience and skills in an environment with high competition for resources.
  • Excellent analytical, conceptual strategic planning and execution skills. Familiarity with financial analysis and associated reporting tools.
  • Ability to develop portfolios and deliver them against financial and resource constraints.
  • Familiarity with the use of reporting tools to monitor portfolio activities and analyze portfolio performance.
  • Familiarity with multiple delivery methodology or framework, such as:
    • PMI standards
    • PRINCE2
    • Agile
    • Lean
    • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)
  • Experience across a range of projects and programs.
  • Understanding of current and emerging technologies and how organizations may apply them to drive digital business.


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