Project Portfolio Support Manager (Fixed Term until Dec 2022)

Birmingham City Centre/ Flexible Location
£27,000 -£30,000 + Benefits
Closing date
31 Aug 2022

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Utilities / Energy
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Portfolio Manager, Project Manager

The Energy Systems Catapult

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working.


Energy Systems Catapult created the Energy Launchpad to draw on our capabilities (and those of our partners) to provide innovators with both universal and tailored support to help address systemic barriers, de-risk innovation, help businesses scale and secure investment. Energy Launchpad is a three-tiered programme developed to support innovators at different levels.

First tier is Universal Support– free of charge standardised support offered to all SMEs. It comes in a form of publications, insight reports, information on funding calls, events and signposting – connecting innovators with other support programmes and organisations.

The second and third tiers are Incubation and Acceleration - these can be accessed through Innovator Challenges which are launched at least twice a year. Through these two tiers ESC can provide tailored support to a smaller number of innovators.

In addition to the tiered approach, Energy Launchpad also delivers innovation support to a number of 3rd-party programmes, such as the Climate Innovation Platform, delivered by University of Birmingham and supported by HSBC UK.  These external programmes coupled with our own incubation and acceleration support, means we now expect to be working with a large number of innovators/SMEs. This has provided the opportunity for a new Project Portfolio Manager (PPM) to join our team to help manage and coordinate the portfolio of projects involving SMEs.

The Role

At any one time, we envisage the Energy Launchpad team could be working with 30-40 SMEs concurrently, so keeping track of these separate SME projects is core the PPM role.

Although the projects and the needs of the involved innovators vary, we intend to take a streamline approach in managing and coordinating all activities and projects using an agreed framework and process.  The PPM will provide portfolio management to the Energy Launchpad platform within this framework/process whilst helping to further refine/improve.

Once project scope is defined based on SME needs, the PPM will work with the project team members (such as the Capability delivery teams) from across the organisation to track resource and budget forecasts, timeline as well as working with the Incubation Managers to capture the desired impact and outcome of each project as well as the associated KPIs.

The PPM is responsible for ensuring that appropriate processes are followed, tracking progress on projects throughout delivery and ensuring that teams are keeping to project deadlines and budgets, and that impact is captured throughout.

Key Work Activities

  • Reporting into the Energy Launchpad Programme Manager, but working closely with Incubation Managers, keeping track of a high volume (c. 30-40) of separate SME innovator projects in a coordinated and efficient manner
  • Support the Energy Launchpad team in delivering 3rd-party programmes for SME innovator support or our own Innovator Challenge calls.
  • Supporting the project setup in the relevant Catapult business processes as appropriate, standardising approaches where possible.
  • Working with project teams drawn from the Energy Launchpad, Capability delivery teams and external partners, to track timelines, resource forecasts and budgets – highlighting deviations from plan quickly and efficiently.
  • Secure required resource for delivering the portfolio of projects using the appropriate internal processes for resource allocation.
  • Ensure project is appropriately documented and all relevant documents are kept up to date.
  • Monitor the project delivery from a time, cost and resource point of view.
  • Ensure that the portfolio of SME projects are delivered in accordance to the appropriate Energy Launchpad processes, including identifying areas for further streamlining where appropriate.
  • Ensuring that required data is captured in the correct format through the life if the projects and shared quickly – experience of MS Teams and Salesforce advantageous
  • Ensure impact is captured throughout project delivery, working closely with the Catapult’s Impact Team.
  • Ensure outputs are issued in relevant client templates where appropriate and support provided to client invoices or grant claims
  • Provide regular and ad hoc progress reports and status updates on the portfolio, including financial forecasting, budgets, resourcing, timelines and impact capture 

What credentials are we looking for?

  • Experience of running or monitoring a high volume of concurrent discrete projects, including data capture and reporting
  • Extensive organizational and time management skills, with experience in resource allocation and budget management. 
  • Experience in producing data and reports to programme leads in order to set priorities based on the client needs and programme common goals.
  • Degree level education in a relevant discipline, from engineering and science through to business and commerce.
  • An organised, proactive, self-starter, able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and coordinate activities with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to multitask and coordinate the activities on a large number of projects simultaneously
  • Evidence of developing and managing project/programme budgets, including forecasting, cost monitoring and ensuring scope and objectives are being met to time, cost and quality.
  • Ability to anticipate risks and issues and escalate in a timely manner
  • Team player and comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities.
  • Evidence of managing internal and external resourcing requirements, including external subcontractors.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Project, Excel, PowerPoint and Word – experience of CRM (e.g. Salesforce) and using MS Teams for collaboration, documentation management and tracking an advantage.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 31st July 2022

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

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