Senior Digital Portfolio Manager

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 3rd July 2022



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£49,171 - £64,656
London: £54,067 (Min) - £64,656 (Max) and National: £49,171 (Min) - £59,589 (Max). A Digital Allowance may be payable to exceptional candidates


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Information Technology
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



This role will be based in Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester or Newcastle. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.


Are you confident operating as a senior leader, engaging and influencing at executive level?

Are you experienced in leading a programme or portfolio management office of a major transformation programme?

Do you want to work within some of the biggest digital transformation in the UK currently?

If so, this role may be perfect for you!

DWP Digital is transforming DWP’s services by unlocking the potential of leading-edge technologies and ways of working. With our partners, we’re focused on building and running innovative digital technology solutions that meet and respond to the changing needs and expectations of millions of people. We want to make it quicker, easier and less costly for DWP’s customers to get the support they need.

Portfolio Management is key within DWP Digital in ensuring that decisions surrounding the timing, structure, prioritisation and delivery of projects & programmes, are correctly planned and managed.

As a Senior Digital Portfolio Manager you will ensure that your Director’s portfolio of digital projects are planned, prioritised and effectively delivered. To do this, you will need to integrate your portfolio with others within DWP Digital, as well as with Portfolios in other parts of the Department, by working closely with Digital delivery teams, understanding dependencies, and maintaining a strong awareness of the ‘bigger picture’ of DWP and DWP Digital strategy.

Job description

Within this role you will be responsible for assuring successful delivery of a portfolio of projects and programmes within a delivery function or the central Digital Portfolio team.

This will include managing demand, tracking delivery progress against roadmaps, ensuring inter-dependencies are visible and delivered, preparing and analysing portfolio status reports, managing governance and assuring delivery of outcomes within your portfolio, supporting agile delivery teams in accelerating delivery, unblocking issues and ensuring proper controls and risk mitigation procedures are in place and across multiple projects within a portfolio.

• You will ensure services are compliant with service and technology standards and adhere to all governance and assurance activity for the Service Teams, supporting delivery of clear product and governance roadmaps.

• You will lead the team in identifying, capturing (using portfolio management tooling) and managing inter-project dependencies, ensuring where delivery is at risk, actions are in place to mitigate.

• You will analyse and identify risks and blockers, using data you have gathered, experience and insight to spot planning and delivery risks, escalating to senior leadership as necessary.

• You will be responsible for identification and prioritisation of new work, ensuring it aligns to the department's digital strategy, including identifying and supporting the resolution of resource contention.

• You will provide expert insight and advice during the project setup process, including managing and prioritising demand through the Digital Front Door and ensuring resources are available to deliver.

• You will provide assurance to your Director, that delivery of their portfolio is on track.


The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.


A recognised Portfolio or Project Management qualification such as:

• ITIL v3 Foundation
• Management of Portfolios (Foundation & Practitioner)
• Prince2
• MSP Foundation & Practitioner
• APM PMQ (formerly APMP)
• PMI (Project Management Institute)


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Relationship Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Business Analysis
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27% For further information please click here.
• Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
• Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
• Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring.
• An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.

Salary Information

Salary for this role in London is from £54,067 (Band min) to £64,656 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £64,656 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £1,731 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Salary for this role in National locations is from £49,171 (Band min) to £59,589 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £59,589 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £6,798 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

Successful candidates will be made an offer within the advertised range, which may include digital allowance if required. Your offer will be based on our assessment of the capability you demonstrated at interview. Higher scoring candidates are likely to get an offer in the higher portion of the advertised range, and an exceptionally strong demonstration would be required for an offer of the maximum value advertised.

Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.

Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.

Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Stage 1: Application

Applications must include:

1. A completed Personal Details application form.

2. A curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements.

When giving details in your CV you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

• Demonstrable experience in a senior portfolio management or senior project management role within a complex Digital or Change environment.

• Strong leadership and influencing skills, leveraging strategically built relationships across professional boundaries to lead and influence diverse senior stakeholders.

• Experience of integration planning and dependency management including managing complex internal and external dependencies, identifying and removing blockers.

• Ability to analyse multiple data sets and deliver complex messages with clarity and authenticity, being persuasive when required.

• Experience of complex governance regimes, identifying and managing constraints ensuring activities remain aligned to strategic priorities.

When giving details of your CV, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Important information

• Please attach your CV as a separate additional document in either PDF or word format.
• Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
• Please do not include any personal details in your document title.
If your CV contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.

Stage 2: Interview

If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the following Behaviours and Technical Skills:

• Leadership

• Communicating and Influencing

• Relationship Management - Influences stakeholders and manages relationships effectively. Builds long term strategic relationships. Facilitates and delivers the business outcomes.

• Portfolio Management - Leads the definition of a portfolio of programmes, projects, and/or on-going service provision. Engages and influences senior managers to ensure the portfolio will deliver the agreed business objectives. Plans, schedules, monitors and reports on activities related to the portfolio to ensure that each part of the portfolio contributes to the overall achievement of the portfolio. Collects, summarises and reports on portfolio KPIs often through the deployment of business management processes and systems. Identifies issues with portfolio structure, cost, risk, inter-dependencies, impact on current business activities and the strategic benefits to be realised. Notifies projects/programmes/change initiatives of issues and recommends and monitors corrective action. Reports on portfolio status as appropriate.

• Business Analysis - Responsible for investigative work into problems and opportunities in existing and new services. Drives the analysis and collection of information and creation of to create recommendations for service improvements. Analyses large amounts of complex information and uses it to produce solutions.

You will also be assessed on strengths.

You will be asked to do a short (5 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Interviews will take place from mid-July 2022.

Other information:

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made. Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.

Further information:

Sift dates to be confirmed

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Richard Hanley
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission.

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