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Head of Capital Portfolio Management

Organisation/Entity:  Transport For NSW
Job Category:  Senior Executive
Job Location: 

Sydney, NSW, AU, 2020

Job Ref No:  42639
Employment Type:  Permanent Full-Time
Salary Range:  An attractive remuneration package

About us


Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is the lead agency of the NSW Transport cluster. Our role is to lead the development of a safe, efficient, integrated transport system that keeps people and goods moving, connects communities and shapes the future of our cities, centres and regions. We work with several government agencies to coordinate metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail, road and maritime services, always keeping the safety and comfort of our customers at the heart of what we do.



About the team


Finance and Investment are the chief stewards of Transport’s finances, empowering our stakeholders to achieve Transport’s outcomes by providing strategic advice supported by finance systems and processes that work. We oversee the governance, development and implementation of financial management strategies, systems and processes across the Transport cluster.



The opportunity


We are seeking a Head of Capital Portfolio Management, to realise the full value of assets and investment spanning the current $73 billion spend over the next 4 years and $110 billion pipeline across the Transport cluster. The role will drive the delivery of capital projects via portfolio optimisation and provide strategic advice, insights and reporting focused on optimised outcomes and capital portfolio reform.


Reporting into the Group Chief Financial Officer, the Head of Capital Portfolio Management, will lead a newly established team in Capital Portfolio Management and oversee the Governance and Decision Support, Portfolio Optimisation and Insights and Reporting functions. The role will work in partnership with the broader Transport executive, to help manage Transport’s large and complex capital program by enabling a portfolio-level approach to capital management and prioritisation.  


What you will be involved in:


The Head of Capital Portfolio Management, will provide leadership, direction and effective management of the new Capital Portfolio Management function to enhance delivery and performance and ensure a financially sustainable, future capital and investment program focused on outcomes. This is a key strategic and highly commercial leadership role, with a strong change management component,  centred around how we think in terms of optimised outcomes.


Specifically the key accountabilities will include:


  • Advise the CFO and Secretary on all matters relating to the ongoing achievement of a strategic approach to portfolio management of the Transport Investment Plan (TIP) to enable the Transport cluster to deliver its capital project pipeline on time and on budget as well as maximizing opportunities for obtaining new funding from the State and Federal Governments.
  • Lead and motivate a team of employees – including developing cohesion across the branch – to deliver the Capital Portfolio Management Branch functions.
  • Oversee the Governance and Decision Support function, to provide consistent processes, rigorous content and timely control mechanisms that allow TfNSW senior leadership to exercise their decision-making and governance responsibilities through the portfolio and sub-portfolio investment committees.
  • Oversee the Portfolio Optimisation function, to maintain alignment of TfNSW capital programs and projects with long-term strategies, through assessment, prioritisation, risk evaluation, and management of the strategic reserve.  In addition, ensure close alignment with the budget process, Asset and Services Plan and the Outcomes Business Plan.
  • Oversee the Insights and Reporting function, employing systematic data to perform analysis of portfolio metrics that generates insightful reporting within TfNSW and externally.
  • Consult and negotiate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, as well as effectively manage executive relationships, to balance competing and conflicting priorities and influence decisions related to portfolio management.
  •  Act as a thought leader, remaining abreast of current and emerging capital portfolio management issues and trends, including domestic and international best practice, innovative approaches and opportunities to support the achievements of the business objectives.
  • Apply Transport aspirational culture, five ways of leading and values united in the delivery of integrated planning frameworks and associated plans aligned with TfNSW business strategy, and Government goals.

This is a two-year, fixed-term, full-time opportunity.


Please click here to view a copy of the role description.



About you


You are a commercially astute, solutions focused, collaborative leader with gravitas, who is highly skilled at liaising and influencing in an advisory manner at senior executive levels. You will have extensive knowledge and experience in managing significant capital and investment portfolios, with an infrastructure bias.  Moreover you will possess advanced leadership skills, executive level stakeholder management expertise and the proven ability to influence and optimise capital portfolio and investment performance, in a complex, politically, and commercially sensitive environment.


The Head of Capital Portfolio Management provides a rare opportunity to play a pivotal and highly influential role across the Transport cluster and contribute to the creation of a lasting legacy for our state.



Salary and benefits


This is a Transport Senior Service role (TSSE 3) offering an attractive remuneration package.


For more information on Employee Benefits at Transport for NSW please click here.





Joining Transport for NSW, you’ll have access to a range of unique government benefits in a flexible work environment like no other. If you’re ready to step into this meaningful and rewarding role, we want to hear from you!


How to apply?


To apply for this position, please submit a resume and brief covering letter (no longer than two pages) which addresses:


a) how your skills and experience suit the role, and;
b) your most significant and relevant achievement.


Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 5th December 2021



We are the community we serve

We are committed to being an inclusive, diverse and flexible workplace where differences are valued.  We welcome people of all backgrounds, experience and abilities.

We enable our people to work in ways that work for them and their teams. Working virtually and from different locations including regional locations, staggering work hours and job sharing are just some of the ways our people can work flexibly.

Please contact the Talent Specialist below if you require any adjustments to be made to how you interact with us throughout the recruitment process or would like to discuss flexible work options. ​

For any enquiries, please email Charly Roels at CHARLY.ROELS@TRANSPORT.NSW.GOV.AU. ​

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All Transport workers are required to have:

  • at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 6 December 2021 and two doses by 7 February 2022; or

  • an approved medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing this role.

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