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Manager, Strategy and Portfolio Planning

  • Job Number: 506364
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Categories: Consulting and Strategy, Project/Program/Portfolio Management

Manager, Strategy and Portfolio Planning 
Full time

Hello. We’re Virgin Australia. And we’re back (in a big way).

We’re the airline that’s always done things a little different. Our way. The Virgin way. For us, flying is so much more than simply taking off and landing (although we understand that is quite important). It’s about going the extra mile, in the air and on the ground, to create authentic experiences that put our guests firmly at the heart of everything we do. 

What you’ll be doing:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a complex environment, where you can utilise your skillset in strategic development and passion for driving and informing what needs to be done. The objective of the Manager, Strategy and Portfolio Planning role is to plan, develop and execute an IT strategy that is aligned to VA's transformation objectives and reflective of business needs; considering IT departmental goals, processes, and resource allocations. Bringing together multiple lenses such as divisional business requirements and priorities, VA transformation objectives, current technology landscape, industry trends, etc. from various internal and external sources in order to develop strategic options. With the VA strategy team you will develop and govern the IT portfolio from business outcomes, overall budget, benefit realisation, workforce planning, prioritisation perspective and provide insights on industry trends, market analysis and technical expertise.

Key responsibilities -

  • Manage IT portfolio including IT Investment, business case and initiative prioritisation in conjunction with the business and IT leadership team
  • Develop and govern the IT portfolio from business outcome, overall budget, benefit realisation, workforce planning, prioritisation perspective
  • Drive and maintain clarity in the strategic level portfolio and roadmap 
  • Drive planning of prioritised roadmap initiatives via the Quarterly strategic portfolio planning process 
  • Manage and report on portfolio delivery and roadmap execution
  • Report strategic roadmap resourcing/financial KPIs
  • Resource capacity modelling and planning 
  • Refine and align IT strategy with VA's transformation objectives and divisional goals

The ideal candidate:

You have come from Big 4 or a top tier firm, where your knowledge and passion for tech consulting, and strategy and operations has evolved your abilities for strategic thinking, whilst working in a complex and changing environment.  

You have a passion for IT Strategy, Innovation and Emerging Technologies, paired with a demonstrated experience in strategy development, specifically execution in IT strategy development and solution design. You will acquire working knowledge of an IT environment composition, industry leading technologies, market trends, project management methodology and frameworks. Having worked in a large scale IT transformation, you are confident in managing portfolios and working in complex stakeholder environments. 

Experience and skills

  • Experience in IT risk management (2nd line or 3rd line)
  • Outstanding communication, influencing and relationship management skills 
  • The ability to maintain a high-level, customer-focused, strategic outlook but get into the detail when it is required 
  • Leading technology projects/program with a deep understanding of project /program management challenges and methodologies
  • A broad knowledge of various IT technical domains 
  • The ability to translate between technical concepts and business benefits
  • Portfolio management including resource capacity modelling and planning (would be desirable)
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline - Information Technology, Information System, Business Information, Business Management
  • Experience in Big 4 or top tier 

What you’ll get from us

We’re committed to looking after you, with some of the best benefits and conditions in the industry – including (but not limited to):

  • Heavily discounted air travel for you and your loved ones (including $1000 worth of travel credits per year)
  • Flexible working arrangements (including work hours and work from home)
  • Discounts on travel insurance, car hire, accommodation and experiences worldwide
  • Discounted Virgin Australia Lounge membership
  • Hospitality, retail, technology, beauty services and wellness discounts
  • Wellness support, including the betterme digital wellbeing platform
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential coaching and support from qualified professionals for all aspects of life – physical, mental, social and financial
  • Dress for Your Day – enjoy the freedom to wear whatever is appropriate for the type of work you do and the day you have ahead of you

Equality rules

We’re all individuals. We love that. That’s why we encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those from diverse cultural backgrounds, our friends in the LGBTQI+ community, and anyone else who wants to join our family.


The safety and security of our people, guests and operations come first. Always. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive ‘Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy’. In a nutshell, to work with us, you’ll need to comply with our (and the airport’s) rules and regulations. And be fully vaxxed.

Ready to apply?

We’re ready to hear from you. Apply now.


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