Portfolio Management Office – Risk and Issues Manager

Fareham, Hampshire
£46,000 - £54,500
30 Nov 2020
06 Dec 2020
Clearance Level
Job Type

Are you flexible, able to adapt to changing priorities and keen to help us improve the way we work?
We are looking for enthusiastic, proactive individuals to join our Internal Portfolio Management Office.

You will be part of a small professional team where your skills and experience will ensure that the investment we make in our infrastructure and services maximises the benefit we provide to Science and Technology S&T and Defence and Security customers.

Through a set of five sub-portfolios the Internal Portfolio has Portfolio responsibility for projects including infrastructure, IT, equipment support to S&T, and other organisational change initiatives. We have seen increased capital investment in infrastructure and IT and our Programmes and Projects have recently delivered new explosive facilities that include the state-of-the-art Energetics Analysis Centre, which houses the Forensic Explosives Laboratory, Explosives Detection, Biometrics and Intelligence Capabilities; the UK’s first Defence Wargaming Centre at Portsdown West, a dedicated centre of excellence, that brings together expertise and technology from Defence, industry and other partners; and through one of our major change initiative critical work for the Home Office, Police, Fire and Border Force is now fully integrated with other Defence and Security S&T, providing a resilient, world-class capability to protect the UK from crime and terrorism following the integration of Home Office S&T into Dstl.

We offer a modern working environment, interesting work and the opportunity to make a real difference within the Project Management Office which is vital to the future Defence and Security needs of the nation. Job description

The Internal Portfolio is responsible for the Portfolio management of all of the Programme and Project based activity conducted within Dstl’s Operations Division. It ensures that the investment we make in our infrastructure and services is optimised to maximise the benefit we provide to S&T and Defence and Security customers.

The Internal Portfolio Management Office has a key role in ensuring risk management best practice is applied within the Portfolio. The Portfolio Management Office wishes to support the delivery of Projects and Programmes by maturing the approach to Risk and Issue Management, including the management of Dependencies. This role will champion Risk and Issue Management through the development and implementation of strategies, processes and procedures in accordance with best practice and Dstl’s risk approach.
You will provide expert advice on project delivery risks and issues across the Portfolio and senior leaders.
You will also support project delivery in Operations Division in identifying appropriate strategies for dealing with Risk and Issues.
You will have expert knowledge of Risk and Issue Management tools and techniques in order to advise project delivery professionals. In addition to this you will support management of operational and corporate risks which relate to the Internal Portfolio.


In this role you will:
-Provide advice and guidance on Risk and Issue Management best practice across the Portfolio, including the use of Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis.
-Develop a Portfolio approach to risk management and own the Portfolio Risk Management Strategy and Plan.
-Develop a Plan to mature risk management within the Portfolio and support delivery of this Plan.
-Support the Head of the Portfolio Management Office in managing the Internal Portfolio Risk Register and other operational and corporate risks relevant to the Portfolio.
-Co-ordinate, report on and develop the maturity of the Portfolio’s Dependency Management.
-Work with the Portfolio Management Office Change Lead and the P3 Capability Group Leadership Team to identify and provide training and awareness for teams on Risk and Issue Management to build a risk management culture.
-Work with the Portfolio Management Office Change and Assurance Lead, carrying out assurance across operations on the application of risk management within the Internal Portfolio.
-Be an active member of the Risk Community within the Operations Division and at a Dstl level.
-Be an active member of the Portfolio Management Office team, sharing knowledge and supporting colleagues to deliver tasks.


Risk Practitioner qualifications (IRM, MoR or equivalent)


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Please provide an example of how you have developed plans to mature risk capability across a business unit.
  • Please provide an example of how you have championed risk and issue management.


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a rolling 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Chartership and accreditation support.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary.
Onsite gyms and restaurants.
Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

DSTL recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
These include the following:
• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
• Faith and Culture Network
• Parents and Carer Support Network
• Alternative Working Network
• Gender Equality Network
• New Starters Network
• Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about DSTL please check out our LinkedIn page 

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is 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, Experience and Technical skills.

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a video interview on the 8th January 2021. Please prepare a 10 minute presentation on:

How you have approached maturing risk within an organisation and got buy in to support your approach.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

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.

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