Project Description

Nadja Schulze

Nadja Schulze

PMO Manager

Areas Of Expertise

  • Set up and restructure of PMO’s
  • Introducing or improving project governance
  • Senior stakeholder engagement
  • Process re-engineering

Education

  • Master of Science in International Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Prince 2 Foundation & Practitioner

Key Clients

  • AMP
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • TUEV SUED, Germany
  • Sasol, South Africa
  • European Union, Belgium
  • German Government, Germany
  • DP DHL, Germany
  • Deutsche Telekom, Germany

About Nadja Schulze

Nadja Schulze is an experienced PMO Manager who joined Seven Consulting’s Sydney Practice in September 2017. She brings ten years’ experience in international Project and PMO Management for the private and public sector.

She has successfully managed large scale delivery PMO’s in Australia, Europe and South Africa and contributed substantially to achieving time, quality and budget program objectives across multiple industry sectors.


What Nadja brings

  • Effective communication skills; concise and succinct whilst ensuring a common understanding of status and issues.
  • Significant experience in strategy, design, development and support of program and project management solutions to ensure successful business outcomes.
  • Exceptional time management and scheduling skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and executing reporting cycles over all management levels.
  • Strong leadership skills with significant experience in setting up and running successful PMO teams.

Key Achievements

As Implementation Manager at AMP, Nadja supported the Command Centre through two Dress Rehearsals and Production Cutover of AMP Life Insurance Separation Program for Day 1 (legal separation of funds with shared operations). Her main responsibilities were the development of the integrated Master Runsheet covering 22 streams including refining and reforecasting of activities between dress rehearsals and cutover; the tracking of progress against the Master Runsheet and communication to key stakeholders via 6 hourly checkpoints with 2 other implementation managers over a 3 shift 24/7 period for the dress rehearsals and cutover; and providing status reports stating the highlights, milestone reports and defect status.


As PMO Manager at CBA, Nadja set up and managed the IT PMO for Finance and HR applications for a demerger project with a budget of $12m within a demerger program at CBA (Sale of CommInsure). During the project execution a second demerger project (budget $5.5m) was initiated and executed by the same team to create synergies and enable faster ramp up (Sale of Global Asset Management). While the sale of Wealth was in flight the same team was engaged again to manage the set up and initiation of this third demerger program until it was cancelled (budget would have been $31m). The PMO managed by Nadja and supported by one PMO Consultant supported the 3 demerger projects with all PMO Services including Status Reporting, Risk and Issue Management, Scheduling, Preparation of SteerCo Papers & Financials by implementing standardised governance, processes and templates. During a quieter phase Nadja also supported the program for the Sale of Count Financial by building and managing the program schedule.


As a PMO Manager at T-Systems International GmbH, Nadja had end to end responsibility for PMOs for programs within the international private sector and public institutions in Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium.


As PMO Manager at the German Government, Nadja led a specialized team of up to 40 people for a three-year program with over 350 FTEs and $690M revenue. She also developed and implemented improvements to program communication and reporting towards customer and C-Level management resulting in regaining trust and authority from internal and external stakeholders.


As PMO Manager at European Union Department of Migration and Home Affairs, Nadja was engaged to turn around the PMO within a large troubled program ($67M). This was successfully achieved by restructuring the entire PMO, establishing high-performance teams, and increasing governance visibility. PMO resources were spread over Germany, Slovakia and Hungary with additional streams in Belgium, Great Britain and France. Nadja was able to enhance the visibility of the virtual PMO by improving the governance of the complex multi-region program through simplifying PMO processes and establishing a highly capable and credible team focusing on forecast quality, improving processes, and ensuring that strict governance structures were implemented and adhered.


As PMO Manager at a key German Government client, Nadja restructured and enlarged a PMO from 6 to 23 team members for a $225M program. Nadja successfully expanded project governance and PMO processes to allow teams to focus on specific areas to deliver the product and achieve corporate KPI goals.


As PMO Specialist at TUEV SUED, Nadja successfully delivered the Change Management component and a highly critical Documentation Process to support a complex re-negotiation for a $37M program. The contractual negotiations were at Board level between T-Systems International GmbH and the multi-national Customer and were strategically significant in enabling the continuation of the project. As a PMO Specialist for Deutsche Telekom, Nadja managed all critical PMO Reporting and Communications for a complex $120M program. In addition to the above, Nadja performed contractor management for the program with significant budgetary responsibilities.


As Deputy Head of PMO at DP DHL, Nadja had ownership over all aspects of Document Management and Project Planning for the high profile 15M€ program.


As PMO Specialist at Sasol Nadja had principal responsibility for reporting and communication for the complex program. This was the largest program in South Africa at the time. Nadja established comprehensive program reporting for the initiative which significantly enhanced transparency across the executive stakeholder group and supported on time, quality, and budget delivery.


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