Assistant Portfolio Project Manager


Cambridge, GB

Category:  Business Systems and Projects

Job Title: Assistant Portfolio Project Manager

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £28,400 - £35,500

Location: Cambridge, The Triangle


What it’s about

The Cambridge English’s PMO team is developing and growing, so if you are passionate about project reporting, assurance and helping the smooth delivery of projects, the Assistant Portfolio Project Manager role may be for you!


If successful, you will be part of a new team that works closely with Project Managers acting as their critical friend, identifying dependencies between projects and helping to unblock, developing and maintaining project management tools and providing assurance to senior managers on the health of the Portfolio.  You will not be bored, but this also means you have a range of opportunities from developing and testing tools, communicating with project sponsors, project managers and specialists, learning new tools e.g. Project Online to name a few.


Ultimately you will be part of a new but important team that ensures Cambridge English is doing the right projects, at the right time with the right resources.

If this catches your interest, then the role of an Assistant Portfolio Project Manager, may be for you!


What you’ll be doing:

  • Supporting project managers – act as the Project Manager’s critical friend and provide insight / intelligence from across the portfolio through reporting and ad hoc communication.
  • Supporting the CE Portfolio - Using tools to analyse project health, using this information to support preparation of reports for use by governance boards.
  • Supporting documentation – ensuring that all projects/programmes are documented and controlled using agreed project/programme methodologies, policies and standards. Assisting with project reviews and health checks where required.
  • Supporting business improvement - Participate and play an active role in internal projects.


What we’re looking for

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience 
  • P3O, PRINCE2 or other Project Management Foundation qualification 
  • Able to use own initiative (Essential)
  • Excellent problem solving skills, make decisions where necessary but escalate decision-making or governance decisions where appropriate. (Essential)
  • Manage multiple concurrent work tasks to tight deadlines. (Essential)
  • Communicate (verbal and non-verbally) clearly, concisely, and frequently, being aware of the audience.
  • Work collaboratively with and influence a broad range of stakeholders, and to build excellent collaborative working relationships. 



Who we are

Cambridge Assessment English is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. We are the global leader in English language assessment. We help people learn English and prove their skills to the world. We provide exams in English for speakers of other languages taken by over 5 million candidates worldwide each year, as well as the leading range of qualifications for language teachers.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.



In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.



We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches leads to innovation and creates an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 21/10/2018 and interviews will be held on 6 November.

If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.



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