Project Description

David Johnson

Program Director

Areas Of Expertise

  • Extensive experience leading IT and Business focused Programs using waterfall, hybrid and agile processes


  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) – since 2005
  • SAFe SPC 4.5 (2017) Certified

About David Johnson

David is an experienced Program Director, who joined Seven Consulting’s Sydney team in July 2015. He has a proven track record in managing large and complex Business and IT projects to schedule, quality, and cost. David has successfully managed whole systems replacement and outsourcing projects using all project methodologies. 

He has over 35 years’ experience in managing change in both Federal and State Government organisations together with some of Australia’s largest finance institutions.

What David brings

  • Extensive Management experience in whole system replacement and integration.
  • Strong and total focus on achieving the key goals of any project.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong relationships between Clients and Suppliers.
  • Extensive problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Total end to end understanding of Banking Products, their use and system interaction.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large numbers of staff in an operational production role.
  • Strong design and development background delivering enhanced value to clients.

Key Clients

  • InvoCare Pty Limited
  • NBN Co Limited
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Hewlett Packard
  • EDS Australia
  • Colonial Services
  • Colonial State Bank
  • State Bank

Key Achievements

As Program Director at InvoCare, David successfully negotiated Oracle support, software, and Infrastructure extensions within the required timeframes during times of significant organisational change resulting from the purchase of InvoCare by a third party.

As Program Director at InvoCare, reporting to the CIO, David successfully transitioned key application support from the current provider to a new supplier in an aggressive timeline to satisfy linked business dependencies. The project achieved its stretched delivery target and satisfied benefit and quality obligations.

As Program Director at NBN Co, reporting to the CFO and his senior leadership team David managed the Finance response to an amended way of working resulting from the implementation of a new workflow and payment system needed to satisfy the terms of a new significant Build and Service contract. The focus was risk and issue management with the responsibility of driving a resolution.

As Program Director at NBN Co Limited, David ran an Agile Release Train (ART) tasked with delivering a key Finance Program with scope aimed at enabling data accuracy, controls, and assurance across payments at scale. As well as delivery responsibilities the role included lead accountability for synchronizing the Agile Release Train (ART) outcomes into the Corporate Project Management Office Function.

As Program Lead for NBN Co Limited, David ran an Initiative that was tasked with recovering a failing Project by creating a re-plan and approach together with securing funding to deliver the remainder of the program scope via an Agile Release Train (ART) based on the SAFe methodology of delivery.

As Capability Lead for Macquarie Bank, David led the Project that established and deployed an end-to-end Payments Solution focusing on integration with an SAP Product offering to provide Mortgage functionality.

As overall Release Lead for Macquarie Bank, David had responsibility for a Core Banking Transformation Program aimed at delivery of Retail Home Loan capability on SAP. Accountability was across 8 workstreams delivering both Business and Technically focused outcomes.

As Program Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, David had responsibility for the Technology approach, plan and estimate for the Project tasked with refactoring the Banks Payments Landscape (both software and infrastructure).

As Program Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, David led the team in the creation of an end-to-end solution for staff assisted payments in a major Australian Bank. A 30-month Program focused on implementing a new technology stream across a development and testing team of more than 200 staff located in 2 countries.

As Program Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, David managed the team that had responsibility for the integration of a Business Channel portal through a Payments Hub to SAP. This was an 18-month Project with responsibilities for over 70 development and testing staff across multiple suppliers that satisfied its performance and quality stretch targets.

As Deployment Lead for the Commonwealth Bank, David, as part of the Core Banking Modernisation Project, led the successful implementation of 8 releases covering 80 different systems over a 12-month period. The key focus was the implementation and integration of SAP Software and related Infrastructure that culminated in the migration of over 10 million accounts.

As IT Program Manager for Hewlett Packard, David led the team with responsibility for the creation of a Debit Card solution for a major Australian Bank, responsible for 8 Project Managers and 85 development staff across three countries. The program was delivered successfully to a compressed ambitious schedule under budget and satisfying all quality objectives.

As System Lead for EDS, David successfully projects managed quarterly releases to a large and complex Banking system that processed more than 10 million transactions daily for more than 5 million accounts. These projects were fully developed lifecycle and involved managing work across three time zones for this critical system.

As Program Manager for EDS, David over a period of 18 months managed the Online Interface Work stream across three countries as part of the Cards Processing capability establishment in the Asia Pacific Region. The work stream achieved all budget, quality, and time obligations.

As Program Manager for EDS, David project managed a System Development Project that was included in the successful Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 accreditation Audit and review.

As a member of the Senior Management Team for Colonial Services, David coordinated the integration of all Trust Bank of Tasmania Banking systems into the Colonial Group Systems.

As Program Manager for Colonial State Bank, David managed the Liabilities Portfolio for the Imax Project. The project aim was to replace and outsource all Colonial Banking Systems. The role was management of the Bank and external IT Teams charged with moving all the Bank’s savings, cheques, overdraft, and term accounts to their new target system managed by an external provider.

As Program Manager for State Bank NSW, David managed the creation of a centralised Loan Document Centre. At the completion of this successful project, he was then appointed Senior Manager of the centre with responsibilities for 300 staff working three shifts over seven days a week.

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