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Service Portfolio Manager, Operations

by Western University

Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Feb 23, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Service Portfolio Manager, Operations

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

Western Technology Services (WTS) at Western is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective technology-related services and solutions in support of the campus community. Infrastructure Services, as a division of WTS, is responsible for providing faculty, staff and students with a technology infrastructure comprised of hardware and software that supports the teaching, learning, and administration needs of the campus. 

The Infrastructure Services division is tasked with the design, implementation, and maintenance, of the referenced infrastructure which includes the foundational components, Data Network, Data Center Operations, Central Servers and System Administration.


The Service Portfolio Manager provides expertise and functional guidance to the operations team accountable for data operations, mentoring the senior operators and operators in the development of their work methods and expertise.  The role will oversee the design, modification and integration of processes and methodologies to support the performance of the operations and infrastructure teams. The role will provide technical leadership for centralized monitoring, management, and capacity planning of the data center systems (power, ac, racks, etc.) . The Service Portfolio Manager will provide leadership based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience, and will influence staff and clients towards innovative/integrated solutions.  The role will oversee the services that support incident management, job scheduling, routine maintenance, installation and de-installation of equipment in the data center.




  • University Degree majoring in Computer Science or an Information Technology field
  • Enrolled in ITIL certification program
  • ITIL Certification preferred 
  • Exposure to COBIT framework is preferred 
  • Exposure to Lean 6 Sigma is preferred 


  • 10 years experience in enterprise service operations environment, including Data
    Centre management, ITIL, and network monitoring/analysis tools
  • Experience providing technical leadership for large-scale and enterprise-wide operations and services
  • Experience in large scale data centers is preferred 
  • Experience in electronics, system programming and communications preferred 
  • Experience using scripting languages (Shell, Perl, Python, etc.) is preferred 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Advanced understanding of network concepts, systems security and administrative procedures in a large production environment
  • In depth knowledge of various operating system environments
  • Familiarity with use of scripting languages
  • Attention to detail with an ability to retrieve, analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of data while ensuring that information is accurate and comprehensive
  • Capacity to understand the consequence of errors, and when they occur, take initiative to recognize and address the error 
  • Ability to write clear, concise procedural and technical documentation
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively interact with technical and non-technical users in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to resolve problems and escalate issues with suggestions for further investigation and options for consideration as required
  • Initiative to seek and share relevant information, opinions, and judgments
  • Demonstrated organizational skills including ability to manage multiple competing priorities working to tight timelines with appropriate supervision
  • Ability to handle frequent interruptions
  • Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with peers, contacts with access to information, and key business partners
  • Ability to carry out work off hours as required independently with appropriate guidance and training
  • Ability and willingness to stay abreast of technological development and adapt efficiently to emerging priorities and changing work methods

Background Checks

While transcripts are not required for the interview, they are mandatory prior to any offer of employment.

Please note, successful applicants may be required to produce current record check(s) (e.g. vulnerable sector, criminal record and police information) from a police service prior to commencing employment.

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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