Portfolio Manager (Digital Lead - Secondment)

Guy's and St Thomas' Charity

Location SE1 1NA

Position Full time 37.5 hours per week

Salary Secondment

Application deadline 31 August 2019
The application deadline for this role has passed

Job title

Portfolio Manager (Digital Lead - Secondment)

Secondment opportunity (6-12 months)


Do you want to help tackle the major health challenges facing London in the 21st Century?

At Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity we are building a new way of working. We think it is possible to reduce health inequalities in inner-city areas. Our investments empower people to lead healthy lives in Lambeth and Southwark and demonstrate the power of a long-term approach to complex health issues. We improve health working jointly with Lambeth and Southwark residents, local and national government, community and private sector partners. By doing this, we aim to inspire others in the UK and abroad to create better health.

We currently focus on two health issues (childhood obesity and multiple long-term conditions) and run ground-breaking long-term funding programmes which will invest over £60 million over the next ten years to help tackle these challenges. We plan to add two new programmes to our portfolio in the next 18 months.

We aim to be at the cutting-edge of approaches to funding impact – drawing on insights from data and innovative practice to ensure that we have the greatest impact for and with our communities.

As part of this ambition, we’re looking to provide secondments for individuals from a digital and technology background to work as a Portfolio Manager (Digital Lead) in our Funding Team. The secondment will focus on strengthening the use of digital and technology throughout our programmes – from advising the team on start-up digital health ventures through to helping us design partnerships with major government and corporate partners to tackle childhood obesity.

Job description

Are you an impact-focused, self-reliant manager who can juggle a portfolio of projects? Do you have a background in the technology or digital sector?

We’re looking to provide secondments for individuals from a digital and technology background to join our talented multi-disciplinary team. Portfolio Managers lead the design, development, execution and evaluation of the projects we fund. The secondment opportunity will focus on strengthening the use of digital and technology throughout our programme portfolio. Your work will be varied, rewarding and interacting with many different stakeholders. You will be encouraged to pitch and progress ideas through each stage of our investment process and make them a reality in line with our strategy.

We invest in solutions of all shapes and sizes to reduce health inequalities in Lambeth and Southwark using a blend of grants, debt, equity investment and non-financial support. This means Portfolio Managers have the freedom to work with everyone from grassroots community groups and social enterprises through to digital health ventures, public sector leaders and the corporate sector. Your portfolio will stretch from work in local neighbourhoods and the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, to pan-London, national and international initiatives.

For example, you may be scoping a venture fund backing new brands to improve healthy food environments in lowest-income neighbourhoods. Or, you might help a new community space to grow, bringing together assets and resources under one roof to help people living with long-term conditions connect with the support they need.

Our Portfolio Managers come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are assisted by Programme Directors to assemble and lead a portfolio of projects which speaks to their strengths. Because we are a small team, we do not work in silos. So, if you enjoy variety and pace, this job will offer you exposure to a breadth of health issues and to all parts of the organisation.


·       Build a pipeline of investment opportunities:  ensure we are scanning the digital and technology horizon and lining up future work for the coming 1 to 2 years by sourcing, originating and co-designing future digital and technology projects with partners. You hone ideas by advising partners on a project’s strategy fit, risk, budget, complexity, impact potential and ability to be evaluated.

·       Lead the internal investment process: enable us to make quality, high impact investment decisions by presenting investment cases (including aim and strategic fit, due diligence, project plan, evaluation and governance) to our internal Executive Investment Committee for funding.

·       Guide existing investments: be the go-to person for partners who deliver live projects. Problem-solve, advise and manage a portfolio of active funding contracts, enabling the charity to deliver frontline impact on time and to budget.

·       Co-own successful delivery of programmes: collaborate with colleagues who support programme success by delivering high quality research and evaluation, communication of insights, policy engagement, tailored investment mechanisms and grant management.

·       Be our ambassador: represent the Charity with partners, manage and nurture external relationships, contribute to refining and evolving the strategy of our programmes, and deliver thought leadership and influencing work aligned to our goals.

Person Specification

Experience (essential)

·       A track record of independently managing a portfolio of inter-related projects

·       Experience taking digital and technology projects from design to delivery to completion on time and on budget

·       Experience working in the digital and technology sectors, building partnerships that involve a variety of people and organisations

Experience (desirable)

·       Experience in programme / strategy development – particularly around solving complex social problems

·       Experience of supporting products or services to go to market

·       Experience of developing project budget forecasts, cash flow projections and interrogating management accounts for different types of organisations

Skills, abilities and attributes

·       Self-reliant and resilient – enjoys freedom to create, manages uncertainty and navigates changing environments

·       Clear strategic thinker – can critically appraise projects’ merit and link into wider programme and organisational strategy with ease

·       People person and relationship manager – who enjoys building and nurturing networks and uses strong interpersonal skills to motivate others

·       Excellent communicator – ability to cut through complexity and communicate concisely and in plain English to a broad range of audiences in written and verbal form

·       Ambitious and determined individual – setting high standards and working hard to achieve them

·       Efficient multi-tasker – able to manage a complex range of projects and competing priorities

·       Influencer – persuasive in situations without direct levers to pull


Enterprising - looks at things from different angles, with willingness to experiment and test

Collaborative - gives time and attention to people and ideas, and motivates others

Delivery minded - is willing to get stuck in and takes ownership for results

To apply

We are looking to identify candidates for a start date towards the end of summer/early autumn.  There is no closing date for applications, although we may close it any time after the beginning of July depending on interest in the opportunity. For further information, you can download the full job pack here. You can also contact for more information or apply via the Applied platform here. 

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