Project Description

Paul Low

Paul Low

PMO Consultant (Master Scheduler)

Areas Of Expertise

  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Reporting
  • PMO

Education

  • Certified SAFe 4.6 Agilist
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Communication Engineering), RMIT

Key Clients

  • NAB
  • Origin Energy
  • Fonterra
  • Australian Wheat Board (AWB)
  • Telstra
  • AGL Energy
  • Alinta Asset Management
  • Linfox
  • Coles Myer
  • Shell Australia
  • Unisys (MSC)
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Victoria Department of Justice and Regulation
  • City of Melbourne
  • St Vincent Hospitals Australia

About Paul Low

Paul is a skilled PMO Consultant (Master Scheduler) and offers significant experience in developing & managing complex master schedules. He also brings experience in managing project financials, demand forecasting, and supporting Project Management Office service implementation.

Paul’s broad experience has allowed him to develop a number of key skills including, facilitating work stream planning workshops, supporting resource planning and forecast, maintaining a one page view on the progress of major program deliverables, supporting change control process, automating change requests, maintaining RASCI and deliverable approval registers, supporting document management standard and process, maintaining program asset registers, managing program events and supporting program management.


What Paul brings

  • Extensive experience in project management office functions, processes, and tools including implementing PMO services and reporting on progress of all work streams and projects.
  • Advanced Project Scheduling skills developed over 18 years performing the role of Master Scheduler, including establishing and maintaining the Program Master Schedule, Reporting Framework and Quality control of projects schedules.
  • Coaching Project Managers & team members in effective use of Project Schedule templates, development, maintenance and procedures.
  • Resource planning, levelling and capacity management.
  • Sound experience in risk & issue management, and project health checks by monitoring and follow-up of all risks and issues across whole programs.
  • Tools expert – in-depth knowledge of using MS Project and Jira.

Key Achievements

As PMO Consultant at NAB, Paul worked with the HLEX Portfolio Team establishing Tribe Central services across the portfolio – supported PI planning and created the consolidated Jira boards for cycle time and portfolio roadmap reporting. He has also supported HLEX in the transition of home lending portfolio using Scaled Agile framework from the current pilot state to the future state.


As Program Scheduler at NAB on eCommerce ATO simplification (eASi) program, Paul developed the schedules for eContribution, MIX, MAAS and MATS with a combined budget of over $40m. This included the proper schedule structures, stage gates checklist, custom fields and views to support various PMO reporting requirements as well as being compliant with NAB Wealth Enterprise Release guidelines.


As Program Scheduler at Origin on a significant HR Transformation, Paul defined and developed governance structures to support the PMO and scheduling function on a critical $100M SAP program. This included change process, dependency management, project plan structure, earned value / schedule reporting requirements, schedule tracking processes and necessary templates.


As a program scheduler for Fonterra’s Project Catalyst, Paul developed and implemented PMO processes and tools to support the program management office and facilitate Project Managers in project reporting, risks and issues management, earned value analysis, resource loading and forecast, timesheets and project actuals tracking.


As program scheduler for Fonterra, Paul developed and maintained the Master and Sub schedules for a large enterprise wide SAP transformation program spanning across Australia & New Zealand. He also developed and implemented SharePoint workflows, executive reporting, and testing metrics to ensure governance on a high-profile initiative.


As program scheduler for Telstra’s Transition and Transformation Office, Paul created & maintained project schedules to manage the transition of network services for Tabcorp and Medibank. This incorporated a high degree of complexity through the existence of numerous internal and external dependencies. Paul had accountability for performing detailed analysis of scheduling processes and providing capability uplift services to senior stakeholders for complex programs with hard deadlines.


As a Technical Project Analyst at Coles, Paul integrated multiple project plans from infrastructure, procurement, automation, IT and operation plans into a single master schedule to facilitate critical path tracking & reporting. Maintained the project schedule progress including the production of internal and external client reports. Validated data and created project reports for all levels of management throughout the organisation.


As Project Specialist at Shell Australia, Paul was responsible for promoting and implementing Shell’s MAPS project management methodology for their newly created PMO. This required providing capability uplift services across all levels around scheduling concepts/ tools and governance processes. Also ensured overall consistency within program reporting.


As Master Scheduler at Linfox, Paul created and maintained the integrated schedules from multiple business units to support business transition of services and assets from Aurizon to Linfox. Developed project status report templates and schedule dashboard to support Steering Committee and Team Meeting update. Tracked and monitored the deployment of cut over activities.


As PMO Consultant at Unisys (MSC), Paul was responsible for maintaining schedules and coordinating project deliverables, issues and risks register, change request documents and program events for the GMPC consortium to implement the Malaysia Government Multiple-Purpose Card Pilot (RM 270 million). The chip and biometrics-based Malaysia National Identity Card (GMPC or MyKad) is now issued to all Malaysian citizens. It has successfully transformed many government services and improved the ease for Malaysians to conduct routine transactions with Government and private companies.


As Master Scheduler at Victoria Department of Justice and Regulation (DOJR), responsible for uplifting the department’s scheduling capability by providing schedule template, tool, standard and guidelines. Paul was later engaged by Victoria DOJR and City of Melbourne to turnaround the schedules for the Melbourne Protective Security Enhancement (MPSE) Program.


As Master Scheduler at City of Melbourne, responsible for creating the schedules for 6 sites of the Melbourne Protective Security Enhancement (MPSE) Program. Managing the dependency and critical path from multiple government agencies, vendors and external stakeholders. Driving the team to deliver the high priority zones by Dec 2019.


As Master Scheduler at St Vincent Hospital, Paul was responsible for quantifying the resource requirement and optimizing the resource pool for the Data Centre and End User Computing environments transformation projects, plus numerous extensive system remediation activities and BAU functions.


As Resource Planner at Alcatel-Lucent, Paul developed and had end to end ownership over the resource planning on their Titan Program. This included all aspects of forecasting, managing resource demand & timelines, and managing the critical paths to identify issues impacting delivery of the program. Also provided guidance and governance regarding future planning and quality of resource forecast / demand matrix.


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