Project Description

Syed Hussain

Senior PMO Consultant

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Program Reporting and Governance
  • PMO Process improvement
  • Financial Management
  • Project Planning
  • Schedule Management
  • Document Management
  • Risk and Issues
  • Change Control
  • Procurement and Vendor Management

Education:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting – RMIT University
  • Bachelor of Business Management – RMIT University

About Syed

Syed is an experienced PMO Consultant with 10 years’ experience on large complex transformation programs within banking, superannuation, insurance, telecommunication, and the public sector. Syed has proven project management experience in various PMO, program analyst and delivery support roles.


What Syed brings

  • Financial reporting & analysis, developed financial tracking workbooks, dashboards and models.
  • Advanced planning and scheduling skills working with MS Project & Primavera P5/P6
  • Proven experience in Portfolio/Program Reporting and PMO process improvements.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office suite, PPM, EPM365, Clarity, JIRA, Confluence, MS Teams, PowerBI (intermediate), SharePoint, SAP (financials and procurement)
  • Extensive experience and working knowledge of project life cycle and understanding of PMBOK, PRINCE 2, Agile, Waterfall, SDLC
  • Strong experience managing risks and issues using various Portfolio Management Tools

Key Clients:

  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Telstra
  • Super Partners
  • ANZ
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Sura

Key Achievements:

As Senior Portfolio/PMO Analyst at NAB, Syed worked on the Financial Crime Change Program planning and coordinating monthly submissions of the Project Status Report, Portfolio Project Delivery Committee (PDC) and Steering Committee/Executive packs (including financials, risks & issues, schedule/plan on a page, change requests and decisions). Syed developed various cost reporting and tracking tools to facilitate cost and forecast analysis including assisting program director/PMO lead in quarterly funding submissions to investment committee. Syed was instrumental in producing month end financial reports for the Portfolio highlighting key variances for each Program. Syed helped to develop Portfolio Reporting dashboard reports and conducted training/workshops on PMO processes, tools, and templates and supported the continuous review of PMO processes to enhance project management methodology, processes, templates, and frameworks.


As PMO Analyst for Telstra, Syed worked on the Wi-Fi Nation Program, where he was responsible for consolidating and quality review of weekly program status reports for 20+ projects. Producing weekly program dashboard, including program and projects RAG status, critical risks and issues, supporting the Program Director, PMO Manager and E2E PM’s in producing and submission of funding requests. Syed worked with PMO and Finance to develop a financial tracker to track project financials, resources/FTE profile, SoW’s, P. O’s and rolled out the financial management process, procedures and guides for PM’s.


As Senior PMO Analyst at SuperPartners (now Link group), Syed was responsible for project and program status reporting. He collated and produced various governance reports for the Project Lead including weekly status reports, project and portfolio reports and program steering committee packs. Syed advised Program Managers on adherence to the scheduling standards, ran schedule review meetings with senior Program Managers and Portfolio Leads as required ensuring any slippage was managed effectively. Syed worked closely with Finance to manage monthly accruals and month end activities and produced full year forecast/budgeting for multiple projects.


As Senior PMO Analyst/Cost Lead at NAB, Syed worked on the NextGen (DBR and Release 1), ensuring the program was following EPMO project management standards and frameworks and the project domains were using the correct templates and tools (financial workbook, risk and issues, scheduling, CR’s, document templates). Syed trained and mentored the project management community and other stakeholders in the application PMO processes and project management framework and monitored projects, programs, and portfolio to ensure consistent and appropriate use of the PMF, through governance monitoring, stage gate reviews, and other reviews.


As Senior PMO Analyst at ANZ for the REFORM Program, Syed supported the Operations Manager to ensure high quality outcomes were delivered in alignment with REFORM Governance framework and standards. Syed produced fortnightly reports to track project deliverables, resource chargeability and finance reports for the PMO/Operations team to create visibility and decision-making. He developed SOW deliverable plan for the PMO team to ensure deliverables were tracked and updated regularly through engagement with REFORM Project Managers and developed Vendor Management resource reports for the PMO team to track resource chargeability, days billed, ETC and variance.


As Project Officer at Department of Treasury and Finance, Syed worked on ITS refresh Program supporting multiple steams/projects providing PMO support in reporting, financials, risks and issues, document management, scope management (change requests) and schedule management. Syed also provided advice to Project Managers in applying the Department’s project management methodology and ensured PMO processes are followed across the Program. Syed was actively conducted various PMO Processes and Tools training sessions to uplift project management capability across the Program.


As PMO consultant at SURA, Syed worked on Project Sirius supporting multiple steams providing PMO and delivery support. Syed was critical in producing a high level schedule for the Project, successfully managed daily the transition plan with multiple external parties, setup and managed risks, issues and change request registers, produced a weekly status report for project leadership team, ran bi-weekly status meetings with stream leads and ensured actions are tracked and completed on time. Syed was also the point of contact to co-ordinate and consolidate responses in relation to questions, queries from external parties. Syed also provided critical delivery support in organising critical product review sessions, workshops with multiple external parties, liaise with external parties to resolve issues, obtain critical data, provided post implementation support (hypercare) by raising and managing tickets (bugs, change requests, improvements) in JIRA so any issues, system changes can be tracked, implemented effectively.


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