Manager, Innovation Portfolio Management(Telecommute)

Date: Sep 13, 2022

Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US

Company: Inland Empire Health Plans

Job Requisition ID: 8017 


Position Summary/Position


The Manager, Innovation Portfolio Management is responsible to coordinate all initiatives across the Innovation Acceleration Team. This position will lead the management of the enterprise portfolio spanning multiple strategic and organizational innovation initiatives to maximize value creation and execution for goal attainment. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining the tools, and operational framework for continual intake, monitoring, and prioritization of enterprise initiatives. The Manager, Innovation Portfolio Management establishes and maintains sustainable reporting processes and communication, acting as a primary resource to stakeholders at many levels (e.g. business owners, executive leadership, technology partners, community partnerships) for the reporting of state and performance of initiatives / experiments within the portfolio. The incumbent provides and escalates data on achieving an optimized mix among experiments and initiatives.

Major Functions (Duties and Responsibilities)


1. Facilitate and coordinate the efforts of leadership towards the establishment of the Innovation portfolio definition, structure, and processes. This includes demand management and strategic alignment of efforts; evaluation, selection and prioritization; execution, tracking and measuring achieved results.
2. Conduct portfolio review with senior leaders, stakeholders, governance teams and other relevant bodies. 
3. Oversee and coordinate dependencies across initiatives in the portfolio and resolve or escalate conflicts.
4. Implement data driven portfolio decision making.
5. Build metrics, dashboards, and reporting mechanisms using Power BI, or other platforms to track activity and tie to outcomes. Use insights from this data as a feedback loop to improve and refine the program.
6. Provide guidance with scalable mechanisms to support new hire onboarding, mentoring, and continuous enablement.
7. Oversee the capture of learnings from innovation initiatives (incl. case study preparation, reference development).
8. Develop reusable assets that can be used to engage and build awareness around the Innovation program amongst external and internal partners.
9. Develop mechanisms for capturing and codifying learnings from program engagements and team-wide experiments to allow for more scaled / programmatic delivery.
10. Manage operational governance of Innovation team – knowledge sharing, team meetings, project planning, key program deliverables for planning, and tooling (i.e., Jive, Wiki, Miro, etc.).
11. Drive end to end management of business goals through operating autonomously.
12. Support ongoing monthly, quarterly, and annual operating cadences of the team; to include the annual strategic planning process and monthly reviews.
13. Conduct risk management, forecasting and portfolio planning.
14. Manage the development and maintenance of communications and reporting about the Innovation portfolio, their contents and the performance of initiatives.

Major Functions (Duties and Responsibilities) Cont

Supervisory Responsibilities

Leader: Administers Hires, Terminations, and Performance Reviews

Experience Qualifications


Minimum of ten (10) years of experience with program or portfolios across major projects and programs. Experience with product, project and program delivery methods. Experience driving change and facilitating collaboration and action in highly distributed organizations. Experience with product management and solution development.

Preferred Experience


Health plan experience preferred.

Education Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required.

Preferred Education

Professional Certification


Certifications in technology-related and project management disciplines preferred. Project management professional (PMP) certification preferred.

Professional Licenses

Drivers License Required

Yes, must have a valid California Driver's License.

Knowledge Requirement


  • Strong understanding of project and portfolio management techniques.
  • Understands the interaction of organizational strategy, resources and financial goals and prioritization techniques
  • Knowledge of PPM practices, tools and data.
  • Health plan practices knowledge
  • Knowledge of product management practices

Skills Requirement


  • Leadership skills with the ability to develop and communicate the portfolio objectives, inspire and motivate staff and maintain alignment with strategy.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication abilities, including the ability to explain portfolio goals and objectives to business and technical teams and leadership.
  • High level of empathy and the ability to vary styles of interaction to match the needs of a variety of business and technical audiences, as well as temperaments and personalities.
  • Influencing and negotiation skills
  • Ability to develop portfolios and deliver them against financial and resource constraints. 
  • Strong project and portfolio management skills, including demonstrated ability to think end-to-end, manage long-term projects and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Develop summary and education material for organization or specific partners or potential partners

Abilities Requirement


  • Ability to effectively interpret and act on data visualizations and analytics, particularly regarding trends in portfolio performance and activity
  • Champions portfolio goals and objectives organization wide.
  • Mobilizes others within and outside of the portfolio to support and enable change efforts within experiments and initiatives
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to reflect on the direction of work, and imagine future scenarios 
  • Ability to conduct research into experiment and portfolio issues as required.
  • Highly self-motivated and directed.
  • Passion for changing healthcare
  • Fearless.  Ability to speak truth to power.
  • Systems thinking.  Ability to see work in context to larger whole, and organization objectives.  Work across team to iterate on Innovation roadmap

Commitment to Team Culture


The IEHP Team environment requires a Team Member to participate in the IEHP Team Culture. A Team Member demonstrates support of the Culture by developing professional and effective working relationships that include elements of respect and cooperation with Team Members, Members and associates outside of our organization.

Working Conditions


Position is eligible for telecommuting/remote work location model upon completing the necessary steps and receiving HR approval. The incumbent approved to telecommute may periodically be required to report to IEHP’s main campus for mandatory in-person meetings or for other business needs determined by IEHP leadership.

Work Model Location


Physical Requirements

Hearing: One-on-One - FREQUENTLY
Communicate: Information/ideas verbally - FREQUENTLY
Near Visual Acuity - FREQUENTLY
Regular contacts: co-workers, supervisor - FREQUENTLY
Understand and follow direction - FREQUENTLY
Regular and reliable attendance - CONSTANTLY
Keyboarding: 10-Key - FREQUENTLY
Keyboarding: Touch-Screen - FREQUENTLY
Keyboarding: Traditional - FREQUENTLY


Starting Salary: $118,248.00  - $150,779.20  

Pay rate will commensurate with experience


Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is the largest not-for-profit Medi-Cal and Medicare health plan in the Inland Empire. We are also one of the largest employers in the region. With a provider network of more than 7,000 and a team of more than 2,500 employees, IEHP provides quality, accessible healthcare services to more than 1.5 million members. And our Mission, Vision, and Values help guide us in the development of innovative programs and the creation of an award winning workplace. As the healthcare landscape is transformed, we’re ready to make a difference today and in the years to come. Join our Team and make a difference with us! IEHP offers a competitive salary and a benefit package with a value estimated at 35% of the annual salary, including medical, dental, vision, team bonus, and state pension plan.


Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles