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Governance Lead – Enterprise Portfolio Management Group

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Provides the highest level of business expertise and consultation to the business to meet department, cross-department and enterprise-wide goals. Along with the Senior Director-Governance, accountable for monitoring the enterprise portfolio and highlighting risks, watchpoints, and tradeoffs within and across Investable Structures for review. Includes running multiple different projects within EPMG (Enterprise Portfolio Management Group) as needed.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Critically reviews the Investable Structure Reports for risks, watchpoints, tradeoffs, and objective and key result status.
  • Supports development of agendas and prepare materials for the Enterprise Portfolio Management Committee (EPMC) and Quarterly Business Review (QBR).
  • Will Support EPMC and QBR by preparing summaries related to outcomes and decisions, preparation and executing meetings, and developing and preparing communication plan
  • Responsible for documenting and completing changes within the enterprise portfolio and Investable Structures.
  • Commits to transparency on program objectives, priorities, and measures. Develops solutions/recommendations to unique and sophisticated problems and ensures program solutions are consistent with organizational objectives. Identifies, assess, and mitigates program risks and issues and removes impediments.
  • Develops strong and positive relationships with business clients to lead program expectations and implementation.
  • Makes connections across teams and workstreams to drive identification and facilitation of inter-dependencies.
  • Responsible for gathering and delivering metrics required by the program. Uses data to make successes and challenges clear and to drive insights and action plans to continually adjust and pursue program goals.
  • Uses extensive knowledge of business requirements to understand the key business drivers as they relate to the programs.
  • Conduct analysis to identify scope and nature of program results.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in, Business, Project Management or related field preferred OR a significant amount of directly-related work experience beyond the minimum required for the position
  • Minimum 7 years of related experience.
  • Ability to work with general direction to scope, plan and manage cross-department or multi-department programs
  • Proven ability to lead and handle large and highly sophisticated assignments including those with enterprise-wide impact.
  • Ability to prioritize work and balance multiple tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Seen as a team player and is supportive of group decisions and ideas.
  • Written and oral communications skills with the ability to build rapport within the company, field and /or outside vendors.
  • High degree of personal initiative and motivation.
  • Ability to distill information for a senior leader audience (ELG and SLT)

Our Benefits!

  • Highly competitive compensation, including annual bonus opportunities
  • Medical/Dental/Vision plans, 401(k), pension program
  • Tuition reimbursement, commuter plans, and paid time off
  • Extensive Professional Training Opportunities
  • Excellent Work/Life Balance

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Please note that this is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you work or would be working in California, Colorado, New York City, Washington or outside of a Corporate location, please click here for information pertaining to compensation and benefits.


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