Integration Portfolio Planning Lead

Birmingham (Wythall)

£38,000 - £48,000 + circa 10% bonus + benefits

Closing date: 27 July 18

Reference: 3152

Working pattern: Permanent

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Phoenix Group are currently going through an exciting period of growth, over the last two years we have acquired AXA Wealth and Sun Life, Abbey Life and recently announced our intention to acquire Standard Life Assurance and create a new strategic partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen in a £2.93bn deal. We are currently looking for an Integration Portfolio Planning Lead to work on our integration portfolio of projects and programmes to help shape the overall group moving forward.

This exciting role can be based in either London or Birmingham and will require extensive to travel to both sites as well as the Standard Life office in Edinburgh.

About the role

This unique opportunity within Phoenix will help successful delivery of the Phoenix integration portfolio of projects and programmes by developing the planning standards and templates, facilitating planning workshops, and engendering a culture of continuous improvement across the portfolio

Working directly in support of the Head of PMO, Integration Portfolio you will:-

  • Develop and maintain the planning standards and disciplines required to operate a robust, yet cost effective governance and control framework across the Phoenix integration portfolio (c. £50m - £100m budget).

  • Provide oversight, guidance and support to project and programme managers on plan development and plan management.

  • Facilitate planning workshops as appropriate to drive identification of key milestones, the critical path, dependencies, and planning risks and assumptions.

  • Support the Head of PMO, Integration Portfolio with the mobilisation of new integration programmes, working with the programme lead(s) to identify and plan all activities required through to deal completion and subsequent separation and transition , as appropriate.

  • Create and maintain executive-level MI for senior internal and external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, separation and transition plans, portfolio roadmaps and milestone trackers.

What we’re looking for 

  • Excellent understanding of project management disciplines.

  • Knowledge of governance, controls and reporting mechanisms to an auditable standard

  • Expert knowledge and demonstrable experience in planning (high level vs detailed, WBS, critical path, scheduling).

  • Good approach/understanding to the delivery and tracking of project benefits.

  • In depth understanding and application of financial management of project costs including tracking and reporting.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully mobilise and run project/programme offices on large projects/programmes.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with and influence stakeholders from across the business.

 About the company

We value our employees and have been certified as one of 'Britain's Top Employers' for seven consecutive years.  We put people first in everything we do and are always looking for new professionals to join our talented teams.  Our funds are closed, enabling us to focus on areas that other businesses can't. This means that, among the many benefits of working at Phoenix, our staff can enjoy exposure to a diverse workload not found elsewhere.  We're proud of what we do, and we offer excellent training opportunities, career development and company culture.

Flexible working

Flexible working at Phoenix is: "A lifestyle that fuses your personal and professional life." We believe in a culture of flexibility, depending on the role we may be able to offer working arrangements that suit your needs. In today's world of work/life challenges we recognise getting this right is important to our employees and the success of our business.

Examples of this may include but are not exclusive to the following:

  • Part-time: You would work less than full-time hours for the business, perhaps by working fewer days or hours per week.
  • Flexible hours: Still working your contracted hours, you would have flexibility to start and finish within agreed core working times.
  • Job share: Where the role allows you would voluntarily share the duties of one full-time position with another colleague, splitting the hours on a pro-rata basis.
  • Home working: You would undertake some, or all, of your working duties from home or anywhere else other than the standard allocated place of work (including other Phoenix locations).


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Birmingham (Wythall) office

1 Wythall Green Way
B47 6WG
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What we offer

At Phoenix, we’ve built a hugely successful, well respected and rapidly developing business by putting our people first. Because we believe attracting, developing, motivating and inspiring exceptional people benefits our customers, our shareholders and ultimately, our performance.

So, join us and you can look forward to challenging and rewarding work, alongside highly skilled, expert colleagues. And, whether you’re based at Wythall near Birmingham, or our London office near St Paul’s Cathedral, or Basingstoke, you can expect excellent career development opportunities, outstanding rewards and benefits, and an unrivalled working environment.

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