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Programme Manager

Business Unit:  Discovery Health
Function:  Programme & Project Management (Technical)
Date:  7 Feb 2024

Discovery – Health Systems


Programme Portfolio Manager



About Discovery 


Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. We seek out and invest in exceptional individuals who understand and support our core purpose, and whose own values align with those of Discovery. Our fast-paced and dynamic environment enables smart, self-driven people to be their best. As global thought leaders, Discovery is passionate about innovating in order to not only achieve financial success, but to ignite positive and meaningful change within our society.


About Discovery Health Systems and the PMO


Discovery Health Systems strives to be a world leading healthcare technology organisation. We pride ourselves in creating world class solutions through our curious, innovative people who employ technical excellence to fully realise the immense potential of digital health technology to promote health and wellbeing for all South Africans and our customers globally.


Our high-performance organization prides itself in attracting the finest talent while continually challenging ourselves to create solutions that make a difference in our customers world. Our environment is energetic, high-tempo and supportive of motivated people striving to find excellent and relevant solutions.


The Project Office provides a world class service to internal and group customers by delivering through portfolios, complex programme and projects that support the strategic objectives of our business. The skills and expertise in the team allows a diverse offering in delivery of end-to-end services with expertise in portfolio and programme management – initiatives typically focused on elements such as strategy, product delivery, business transformation, technical & software development. 



Key Purpose

  • Taking a portfolio view, the Portfolio Programme Manager will manage business transformation programmes, as per defined methodology to ensure that the Programme goals and objectives are achieved within the overall scope, that overall delivery takes place within time and budget and ensure that product value is provided to the Health business to meets its objectives
  • They will be a key member of the PMO Management team that actively drives strategy definition and implementation, including measurement of projects and monthly\bi-annual reporting on all project deliverables in the department.  
  • Mentoring and coaching of PMO staff with the view to grow and development the team. May include direct line management responsibilities.



Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to



  • Responsible for successful management of business portfolio against business objectives (based on portfolio metrics that are pre-defined)
  • Producing reports and artefacts on Portfolio initiatives 



  • Facilitate in defining the product and programme objectives for business case approval
  • Responsible for successful implementation of programme against business objective
  • Planning and Management of interdependencies between projects and features (includes project and product roadmap) 
  • Manage programme progress. Manage and drive at epic and sprint level goals being achieved.
  • Manage the delivery backlog
  • Reporting and presenting showcases of programme progress 
  • Leadership & stakeholder engagement
  • Resource management and allocation on the programme
  • Management of programme risks, quality
  • Programme budget management 
  • Programme closure & learnings
  • Programme Benefit Management and returns tracking         Leadership & Line Management role in the PMO, including: 
  • Manage a team of project managers on the Programme
  • Line Management responsibilities of PMO staff
  • Mentor & guide the programme team and PMO colleagues where required
  • Participate in PMO Peer Reviews
  • Contribute to PMO Strategy & Objectives




Personal Attributes and Skills


  • Tenacity
  • Manage Ambiguity
  • Cultivate Innovation
  • Drives results
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills 
  • Solid understanding of systems development life cycle
  • Knowledge of Discovery Products and legacy systems environment
  • Evangelist for progressive and fit for purpose Programme and Project Management and governance 


Education and Experience


  • BSc. IT/Engineering/Computer Science or equivalent from a recognised University
  • OR BCom Information Systems
  • Software project management/delivery experience
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience managing projects in a systems development environment
  • User interface analysis and/or Usability experience advantageous
  • Agile solution delivery experience
  • Good communication skills (written/oral and presentation).
  • Solid understanding of SDLC (traditional and agile), including phases, technical jargon, and artefacts (input and output).


The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.

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