University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Project Portfolio Manager

United Kingdom

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Project Portfolio Manager

(Internal candidates only)

Do you want to work with a skilled and enthusiastic team, in a people-centric institution that makes a meaningful contribution to medical research? The Clinical School Computing Service (CSCS) is a specialist IT division of 40 staff, supporting the medical researchers, educators and professional service teams of the School of Clinical Medicine, which is both the largest School within the University of Cambridge and a part of the growing Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

As CSCS Project Portfolio Manager you will work directly with the Head of Department and our specialist technical teams and other professional services groups to deliver IT solutions for strategic Clinical School projects, ranging in nature from technology adoptions to the development of new buildings for emerging medical institutions, often involving significant budgets. In the last five years we have delivered IT for flagship initiatives such as the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre and the recently opened Heart Lung Research Institute, a unique initiative in collaboration with Papworth Hospital with an IT budget of £1.6m.

You will report to the Head of Department and be a key member of the CSCS Management Team, setting project management strategy for CSCS and working with managers on adoption of procedures within their teams.

You will manage and be assisted by a Project Manager, together forming our Project Management Team. CSCS operates on a cost recovery model, such that opportunities for project funding can be used to add additional roles to the team (e.g. Business Analyst, Junior PM, etc.)

You will supervise technical staff assigned to your projects and liaise with their line manager as needed.

Examples of current and upcoming projects at CSCS:

  • Expansion of Microsoft 365 services for our 3500 customers.

  • Provision of IT research infrastructure in the forthcoming Cambridge Children's Hospital and Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, in partnership with the Hospital IT Teams.

  • Roll out of a new Digital Assessment platform for Cambridge Medical Students.

  • Several Cybersecurity Initiatives

  • Although most projects are technical in nature, you are not expected to be technical yourself, though some understanding of IT fundamentals is helpful. Our technical staff are usually more than happy to explain when required, and training will be provided; we offer an external training budget and provide access to online learning platforms.

    Experience with agile tools and techniques is advantageous, as is a proven ability to choose the right methodology for the project at hand. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as you will be representing the University and CSCS to a wide variety of stakeholders, as well as producing reports for and advising Project Boards.

    This is a permanent role.

    For informal queries about the vacancy or the application process, please contact us on [email protected]

    Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and a CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

    Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

    The closing date for applications is: 1st October 2023

    The interview date for the role is: To be confirmed

    Please quote reference RY38447 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    13 September 2023

    Closing date

    1 October 2023

    Job details


    Project Portfolio Manager


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    September 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 01, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Computer Science,Engineering,Medicine

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