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Interim Director of Change Portfolio Office

Change Portfolio Office

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Fixed Term until 30/12/2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1441021JT

The University of Southampton has an exciting opportunity for a full-time, experienced Interim Director to lead its Change Portfolio Office through to the end of 2022, reporting into the Chief Operating Officer.

The Change Portfolio Office (“CPO”) is responsible for managing the successful delivery of the ambitious portfolio of major projects designed to help deliver the University’s strategic goals. The CPO also acts as the University’s organisational portfolio office and centre of excellence for project and programme management. The CPO is a trusted and valued professional service, currently with approximately 20 staff and growing. The project portfolio includes significant change initiatives covering all aspects of the University’s agenda, now also including future ways of working post-COVID.

You will have significant experience of project, programme and portfolio management and the delivery of complex change, be confident working with the University’s senior leadership and display excellent communication skills with the ability to think strategically. You will be a strong people manager, able to manage and motivate the CPO team and balance resources and priorities to deliver most effectively. You will be able to support and steer the development of new ideas through to robust business case and implementation, maintaining a focus on the achievement of strategic objectives.

You will have a skill level (including experience and other qualifications) equivalent to achievement of a professional qualification or postgraduate degree. A PRINCE2 Practitioner or equivalent agile or traditional project and/or programme management qualification is also required. 

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Richard Middleton, Chief Operating Officer, via email

Application Procedure
You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. Please submit details for 3 referees and include your CV and publication list with your application. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1441021JT on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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