Portfolio & Operations Director

Job Description:

Dow Jones Technology is looking for an experienced Portfolio & Operations Director that is responsible for managing the capital project portfolio, operational functions and strategic initiatives within the Technology function. As an experienced, hands on Technology manager and project delivery practitioner with a consulting background and mindset, your job is to provide governance capabilities to the Technology department through planning, analysis, forecasting and reporting. The Portfolio & Operations Director works with the senior technology and non technology stakeholders and internal partners to ensure the design and operating effectiveness of capital program governance controls and operational processes to ensure department outcomes are achieved.

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Capital budgeting planning processes within Technology to ensure alignment between Technology and Business stakeholders
  • Ensure capital is requested and portfolio projects are funded
  • Provide insight into portfolio performance through analysis and weekly reporting
  • Oversee capital management by monitoring forecasts
  • Ensure the design and operating effectiveness of department level controls
  • Proactively identify, manage and resolve issues and risks
  • Actively manage relationship with senior technology and non technology portfolio owners
  • Working with and coaching people, program and project managers across the group to improve project management, stakeholder engagement, delivery approaches, communications and reporting, and, risk management.
  • Liaison with internal cross-functional teams – Finance, Product, Technology, Infrastructure , Legal, Information Security, etc
  • Ensure portfolio stakeholders and management are kept appropriately informed of project status and that there is sufficient record of meetings and decision-making
  • Provide clear and thorough verbal and written communications to stakeholders

Operational responsibilities

  • Ensure there is adequate transparency and reporting across Technology
  • Partner with Finance and HR to ensure timely execution of financial and people related processes such as budgeting, planning and reviews
  • Ensure appropriate accountability across the senior technology management team
  • To foster a culture of collaboration and transparency
  • Identify areas of process improvement
  • Develop and deploy management metrics

Strategic initiatives

  • Partner with the senior technology leadership team to execute strategic
  • ally important initiatives including scoping, scheduling, financial management and resourcing
  • Deliverables may include development of business cases, capability and maturity assessments and other consulting style deliverables
  • Proactively identify, manage and resolve issues and risks
  • Provide clear but thorough verbal and written communication to stakeholders

Skills & Experience

  • 8-10 years program & project management experience managing all phases of multifaceted IT projects including planning, cost management, resource management , communications and quality measurement
  • Worked in the consulting industry (Highly Desirable)
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Management of budgets $25m – $35m
  • Effective team player with exceptional organizational and communication skills. Able to communicate successfully to technology and to non-technology stakeholders
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information clearly and insightfully (e.g. dashboards and analysis)
  • Able to build strong personal relationships and trust with peers and senior leaders
  • Able to facilitate disparate stakeholders and team members and drive 
consensus in meetings, workshops and one to one interactions.
  • A thorough, appropriate and timely communicator. Able to clearly communicate complex technical subjects to business and technology stakeholders.
  • Worked through the entire technology delivery lifecycle from inception to release and maintenance
  • Workedin an Agile or Waterfall environment and have a solid understanding of SDLC
  • Strong familiarity with technical concepts and tools such as: software architecture platforms, database tools, web and internet applications and mainframe applications
  • Ideal candidate is a self-starter, confident, energetic, positive, focused, dependable, adaptable, proactive, resourceful and possesses a “can do” attitude
  • Attention to Detail – focused on the finer details that make the difference.
  • Delivery Focus – pragmatic and driven to get solutions live.
  • Leadership – provide thought leadership in your area. Leading by example – selling the company’s vision – and coaching and mentoring others.
  • Resilience – Ability to work well under timeframe pressure, handling multiple tasks/initiatives at the same time and posting colleagues on progress regularly

Company Overview:

Dow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 125 years and today has one of the world’s largest news gathering operations globally. It produces leading publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, DJX, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. EEO/AA/M/F/Disabled/Vets

Requisition ID 2016-28828

Job Locations USA – NY-NEW YORK

Job Function IT Development


Job Area1 Technology

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