Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager

A Portfolio Manager is responsible for managing groups of projects, programs and/or sub-portfolios. They focus on understanding the impact of numerous business interventions on the bottom line of the business.  Strategy translation, trade-offs, scenario planning, portfolio balancing, and benefits measurements all form part of the role. The Portfolio Manager monitors the progress of the portfolio and reports back to senior management.

  • When the number of projects and Project Managers performing projects reaches a critical number, a Portfolio Manager’s role becomes critical in ensuring the efficient delivery of the portfolio.
  • Size of the projects are not as important as the number of projects and/or the complexity around the interrelatedness of the projects, e.g.: numerous simple projects at the same site/location might require a portfolio manager.
  • A Portfolio Manager plays a key role in freeing up senior management’s time as less reporting/decision-making items will be required from them. The decision-making is quicker, as a Portfolio Manager’s core focus would be the delivery of a set group of projects which is not the case for senior management.

Key Functions

Portfolio Manager

Provide scenarios of the optimal set of projects/deliverables within defined constraints.

Portfolio Manager

Practical application of different type of decision-making models e.g., Weighted Factor Scoring, Analytical Hierarchy Process, Monte Carlo Simulation, Real Options.

Portfolio Manager

Provide governance criteria e.g., business case frameworks, procedures & standards.

Portfolio Manager

Conduct risk analyses (qualitative and quantitative).

Portfolio Manager

Monitor, report and recommend optimal portfolio progress to senior management.

Portfolio Manager

Rework the portfolio when changes in the internal and external environment take effect.

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