Head of Project Management Office

The Marlborough Group Bolton United Kingdom Project Management

Company Description

Marlborough Group is a successful investment business that manages over £10 billion for over 200,000 clients and employs some of the UK’s most respected fund managers. The Group has its headquarters in Bolton and offices in London, Lichfield, Peterborough, Bristol and Dublin.

The Group employ more than 235 people across its business lines being:

  • Marlborough Limited – The Group’s investment management business
  • Investment Fund Services Limited – The groups Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) Authorised Fund Manager business
  • IFSL Administration – The Group’s platform business

Marlborough Group’s success has been built on a reputation for excellence in active fund management, with the Group leading the way in industry expertise, service quality, product understanding and added value for our investors.

As we continue with our ambitious growth plans, we are looking for talented people who share our values and will grow and develop as financial services professionals. That means putting our investors at the forefront of everything we do and constantly striving for excellence in the service we deliver.


As Head of Project Management Office, you will be responsible for the design, setup and ongoing management of Marlborough Project Management Office (PMO). The purpose of this is to ensure that we have effective and robust project delivery across Marlborough,

strengthening our impact across the Group.

Through the development of our 2022 Strategy, Marlborough has made a significant commitment to changing the way we work so that we can increase our sustainability, impact and continue to move closer to achieving our mission. In this role, you will lead the establishment of a central Project Management function, supporting the organisation to deliver our strategic ambitions.

You will line manage a small pool of project managers, Coordinators and Administrators overseeing their deployment to manage our largest and most complex projects. You will be responsible for resource planning and providing ongoing support and escalation for the project managers, as well as maintaining oversight of live projects and reporting on performance to senior stakeholders.

You will be accountable for the continuous improvement and embedding of Marlborough’s Project Management model (3-DR). As a key focus in the role, you will be responsible for building strong project management capabilities across teams, working with the Change Management, Developers, Business Analysis, Efficiency teams, HR, Learning & Development to identify gaps in capacity and capability.

The PMO is situated within Marlborough Organisational Business Transformation team, which is accountable for mobilising change across our work to achieve our strategic ambitions. As Head of Project Management Office, you will work closely with the wider businesses based in the UK, Ireland and Guernsey.


Essential Skills:

  • PC literate
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Logical approach to problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong numerical skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Soft skills associated with people management

Beneficial Skills:

  • Intermediate/Advanced MS Excel skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office programme suite

Essential Qualifications:

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A-C (must include Maths and English)

Beneficial qualifications:

  • IOC qualification, or willingness to study towards it
  • Completed or working towards professional qualifications in project management

Essential Experience:

  • At least 5 years project management experience
  • At least 1 year supervisory of a Project Management office

Beneficial Experience:

  • Previous experience in a similar role within the financial services industry.

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Positive attitude
  • Friendly, approachable and professional manner
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Leadership skills

Other information


  • Competitive salary with annual salary reviews
  • 25 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays
  • 9% non-contributory pension
  • Annual discretionary bonus scheme
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Death in Service at 5 x annual salary
  • 35 hour working week
  • Training for IOC and other relevant qualifications
  • Exam completion bonus £500 (IOC)
  • Study leave
  • Cycle 2 work scheme
  • Eye test reimbursement
  • Your birthday off
  • Christmas party and paid for social events during the year
  • 13 weeks fully paid maternity leave
  • 2 weeks fully paid paternity leave

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