Portfolio Analyst, Arts.
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Business Solutions
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Salary: Payband 7, starting at £26,406 per annum. Contract length: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract. Location: Based in any UK office (London, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast). Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: Sunday 15th September 2019 at 23:59 UK Time,

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.

Portfolio Analyst - For the Portfolio Managements and Operations. 
Two Year Fixed Term Contract.



The Opportunity.


This is an exciting role within Arts that specifically supports the work of the planning and operations functions within the Portfolio Management and Operations team to implement effective portfolio and programme management processes and standards supported by appropriate project portfolio management (PPM) software.


 The role also generates, analyses and interprets portfolio management, business planning and performance data. This is designed to enhance our planning and performance monitoring activities ensuring consistency with corporate requirements, processes and standards. 


 The main areas of focus for the role is, but are not limited to:


 · Lead on the sourcing, integration, modelling and analysis of planning and operational data and insights to support Arts SBU quarterly reporting: this through standard monitoring and reporting systems including collating existing programme reach and impact data, financial performance data, risk management intelligence, and, compliance data.


 · Develop templates and tools in support of Portfolio Management and Operations team activity particularly related to programme management, financial analysis, programme performance, partnership development and operational compliance.


 ·Lead for the Arts on the technical specifications for any future bespoke PPM software for British Council wide use


 ·Support strategic projects undertaken by the Performance Management and Operations team particularly from a PPM perspective. 



What we require from the successful candidate, but is not limited to:


  · Demonstrable experience of, and expertise in, PPM software and specifically in SharePoint including fluency in: managing meta-data, search and filter functionality, document control, managing user permissions, and, creating libraries, folders and lists 


 · Demonstrable experience of supporting projects that require in-depth data analysis and insights to address business opportunities and challenges or make informed.


 Strong communication skills with  the ability to mentor a wide range of colleagues in the use and understanding of technical software.


 Strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills and the ability to work effectively across teams and with a variety of internal stakeholders in a complex environment.


 If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the attached documents:




 If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you.


 Please apply by Sunday 15th September 2019 at 23:59 UK Time.


  In your supporting statement, please ensure you evidence against the job specifications in the role profile.


 Interviews are planned for the week commencing 30th September 2019.


About Us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. 


 We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. 


Our Equality Commitment:   


 Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 



 The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.