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Portfolio Manager

  • Job reference: TR-002180
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Leatherhead
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Who are we?


We are part of a consortium including Atkins and Egis Road Operations UK – creating Connect Plus Services, a unique partnership with a collective strength in highways asset care from finance, through to design, build, maintenance as well as day to day operation.

As part of our 30-year remit to manage and improve the capital’s orbital motorway network, we deliver major improvement projects, such widening 38 miles of the M25, refurbishing tunnels and bridges, and installing hundreds of variable messaging signs and gantries, helping to maximise the use of the network and deliver more reliable journeys. We also manage the Dartford River crossing, and operate and maintain 440 kilometres of motorway providing our customer and road user with a world-class highway service.


We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) and a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture.


We are also Silver Award holders in the Ministry of Defence ‘Employer Recognition Scheme’ and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.


We are now looking for a Portfolio Manager to join us, working out of our Leatherhead offices.

The Portfolio Manager delivers CPS’ objectives with respect to Project Delivery and focuses on the six key areas of performance: Health & Safety, Quality, Cost, Environment, Delivery and People.

The Portfolio Manager epitomises our core values: One Team, Trust, Customer Focus, Respect, and Excellence and the behaviours that support them, which underpin everything we do.

Each Portfolio Manager is responsible for an area of delivery either created geographically, by client interface or by asset type. Portfolio Managers work as a team to ensure the whole is effectively and efficiently delivered and hold each other accountable to maintain a high level of performance.

Key Responsibilities/Duties:

  • To ensure responsibilities and objectives set in each year’s Zero Harm Plan are met during delivery on each project in their portfolio and demonstrate leadership in continuous improvement of the culture of their team.
  • To ensure responsibilities and objectives with respect to CDM regulations are met during the complete delivery on each of project in their portfolio.
  • To develop a high quality relationship with all other Portfolio Managers to embrace the requirements of the one team approach.
  • To develop good relationships with all other teams and clients to ensure that all parties’ project requirements are understood and accounted for.
  • To support the Asset Team in the production of the Asset Management Forward Plan (AMFP) or input into Highways England’s Regional Investment Strategy through advice, influence and leadership. The final product should have an achievable programme, budget and scope for each of the projects for the Portfolio Manager’s teams to deliver.
  • To review on a monthly basis all costs with their appointed Senior QS and reach agreement on the final report. Advise senior managers through Change Control any changes to scope or budget, continuously reflecting back to the aims or constraints set for the project or financial year.
  • To review on a monthly basis all programmes and budget forecasts with their Project Managers, analyse performance trends, identify issues and agree reporting level and quality.
  • Work with the Asset Team and M25 supply chain community to improve and reduce our use of environmental resources through application of best practice, innovation and technological advancement. Ensuring a Whole Life Cost approach is applied to all schemes.
  • To define and control the boundaries of their works, responsibilities and objectives. This is to be achieved by liaising with the other Portfolio Managers, Planner(s) and Construction Manager by agreeing the planning and delivery of their proposed schemes. These activities should include the following: Develop achievable timescales for delivery; Agree clear lines of communication and responsibility; Coordinate Project Manager, Designer and Framework Contractor’s resources; Define and agree measure of ’quality’ to evaluate performance ; Agree priorities, identify risks in delivery and their ownership, and when necessary present to senior managers to arbitrate priorities.
  • To share knowledge and resources when required across the Project Delivery Team, to maximise efficiencies and to limit risk exposure to the business.
  • To coordinate supply chain/framework resources across the M25 supply chain community. This is to minimise delivery risk to the DBFO and maximise the continuity of works where possible to the benefit of the supply chain and Framework Contractors, creating a sustainable business culture, delivering value to our clients.
  • To support develop all members of their portfolio team by setting challenging tasks in line with their Personal Development and Performance Development Plans.
  • To support other Portfolio Managers in the development their staff, where identified as adding value to the business.
  • Live the Connect Plus Services Values
  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm
  • Support the delivery of the business’ Sustainability activities

Qualifications / Skills / Experience:

  • Drive and a desire to deliver excellence
  • The appropriate skills to advise others when something needs immediate redress together with the tenacity and drive to ensure that the necessary action is taken
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with an ability to form effective relationships
  • A desire to continuously pursue innovation and development, with a focus on engineering excellence, the customer and the business
  • Civil Engineering / Construction qualification
  • Relevant knowledge of engineering and knowledge of what ‘good looks like’
  • A working understanding of other engineering and construction disciplines, along with a willingness to challenge ‘the norm’
  • IT literate skills
  • A working understanding of NEC Contract Management
  • A valid CSCS card

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