Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) was founded in 1479 and consists of 6 faculties, 36 institutions, and more than 200 research centers. KU has a total of 9,763 employees and is associated with 9 Nobel laureates.
Physically, the University of Copenhagen is spread across 4 campus areas in Copenhagen, as well as 10 museums and research gardens, including the Zoological Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Medical Museum, and the Øresund Aquarium.
The University of Copenhagen houses a wide range of scientific environments organized into academic fields called faculties. These faculties serve both as administrative units and academic communities for education and research. The university also hosts numerous centers, cross-disciplinary projects, and other units.
For many years, the University of Copenhagen has been the highest-ranked university in Denmark, and through its research and education, it plays a significant role in Denmark’s development and economy. Sustainability will be a key parameter shaping the university’s future development, including construction projects.
You will become a part of the Campus Construction (CB) section, which is the University of Copenhagen’s (KU) building owner unit. CB consists of a total of four groups and is led by the chief building officer.
You will join a team of 16 dedicated colleagues, primarily project managers, where you will have opportunities for collaboration, development, and a work environment characterized by good cooperation and an open atmosphere.
You will report to one of our group leaders in the Client Group AB. The groups are part of Campus Construction, which, in addition to maintenance projects, also acts as the client representative in the very large projects where we have external clients, such as the State Natural History Museum and the Niels Bohr Building.
At KU Campus Construction, you will get:
• A job with challenges and development potential, both professionally and personally.
• A workplace with a strong culture of collaboration, where work is organized within reasonable working hours.
• A professionally diverse and informal environment with committed and skilled colleagues throughout the section.
The construction projects are primarily maintenance and renovation projects that vary in size and complexity, ranging from small projects to a few major projects with budgets up to approximately DKK 60-70 million. KU also places a strong emphasis on internal sparring, so we work closely with colleagues in the section who are involved in the commissioning of the university’s major construction projects such as the Niels Bohr Building and the State Natural History Museum.
About the Portfolio Manager Position
As a Portfolio Manager at KU Campus Construction, you will be part of a team dedicated to managing a wide portfolio of construction and maintenance projects. You will play a significant role in developing the construction department and portfolio management in a positive direction.
As a Portfolio Manager at KU, you will help develop the portfolio management function in Campus Construction, and your tasks will include managing planning, coordination, and monitoring of our portfolio of maintenance and construction projects. We carry out approximately 240 large and small construction projects annually, totaling around DKK 360 million, with a strong focus on budget control.
Your task will then be to create an overview of the portfolio and support our management, project managers, and finance department with follow-up reports and data. You will also be our point of contact with the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants (Bygningsstyrelsen), which owns most of the university’s buildings, and with which we coordinate our activities. We work with many stakeholders and have various types of allocations, so it is important to be able to juggle many tasks at once.
You will have a broad overview of all our projects – existing and future – and will naturally be a focal point for our client team. Therefore, it is essential that you thrive on working with people and are good at collaborating and also setting requirements for your colleagues when necessary. Additionally, you will have a significant impact on developing your areas of responsibility and role in the organization.
Responsibilities as a Portfolio Manager
Tasks and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Maintaining a broad overview of all our projects – existing and future – and serving as a natural focal point for our team.
- Ensuring effective management of the entire portfolio of construction projects, including resource allocation, scheduling, and cost control.
- Collaborating closely with management, project managers, and the finance department with follow-up reports and data. Additionally, you will have extensive cooperation with the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants in your role as a portfolio manager.
- Building and maintaining effective communication between project teams, stakeholders, and management to ensure transparency and informed decision-making.
- Ensuring sufficient and appropriate resource allocation for each project in the portfolio.
You have a relevant education, such as property management, project management, financial management, or equivalent, along with several years of relevant professional experience, at least 3-5 years.
- It would be a significant advantage if you have several of the following skills and experiences:
- You can handle large amounts of complex data in Microsoft Excel and can present it clearly and comprehensibly.
- Experience in financial management and reporting to various target groups.
- Knowledge of project work in general and preferably also in construction projects and processes. At KU, we use our own project model based on Prince2. Experience in this area would also be beneficial.
- A desire and ability to work in a politically led organization.
- You can see your tasks from a strategic perspective and are interested in getting involved in the development of the area.
- By nature, you are open, positive, and self-driven in a position with freedom and responsibility.
- Finally, but not least, you are a person with a good sense of humor who can create a positive atmosphere around you.