Project Description

Syed Hussain

PMO Lead

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Program Reporting and Governance
  • PMO Process improvement
  • Cost & Financial Management
  • Project Planning
  • Schedule Management
  • Resource Management
  • Document Management
  • RAID Management
  • Change Control
  • Procurement and Vendor Management
  • Health Checks
  • Project Closure


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

About Syed Hussain

Syed is an experienced PMO Consultant with 14 years’ experience on large complex transformation programs, working in various PMO’s within banking, superannuation, insurance, telecommunication, and the public sector. Syed has proven project management experience in various PMO roles, program analyst and delivery support roles.

What Syed brings

  • Proven experience in Portfolio, Program, Project Governance and Reporting, setup new and improve current PMO processes using various Portfolio Management Tools.
  • Financial reporting & analysis developed financial tracking workbooks, dashboards and models.
  • Advanced planning and scheduling skills working with MS Project & Primavera P5/P6.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office suite, PPM, EPM365, Clarity, JIRA, Confluence, MS Teams, PowerBI (intermediate), SharePoint, SAP (financials and procurement), and Daptiv.
  • Extensive experience and working knowledge of project life cycles, including PMBOK, PRINCE 2, Agile, Waterfall, and SDLC.

Key Clients:

  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • AirServices Australia
  • SURA
  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Telstra
  • Super Partners
  • ANZ
  • Department of Treasury and Finance

Key Achievements:

As PMO Lead at WorkSafe, Syed worked on the Strategic Delivery Program which included multiple programs of work (Prevention, Claims & Recovery, Enterprise Data Hub). Syed was responsible for managing and leading several PMO forums including change control/scope management, RAID management, governance and reporting, vendor management, plan on a page, release checkpoint gate meetings and document management. Syed enhanced several PMO processes (Change Control, RAID management, Schedule Management) to ensure processes align to EPMO and are fit for purpose from a Strategic Delivery Program perspective. He also provided tool, process training to Senior PM’s, EPMO, business and product owners for the PMO processes to ensure processes are fully implemented and adhered to by the Program. Syed provided key support to PMO manager, Program Director, and the Program Leadership team in preparing of Steering Committee and board papers; and was also responsible for onboarding new resources within the PMO team and that new resources are upskilled with the required PMO process, tools knowledge. Syed worked closely with Program delivery teams (CI/CD, Release Management) to provide a high-level plan on a page release/step update to program leadership team.

As Senior PMO consultant at Airservices Australia, Syed worked on CMATS Strategic Alliance Contract Negotiation & Implementation ‘Due Diligence’ phase where he supported the Program Lead, Director and Program manager with Program Management activities. He was responsible for setting up a number of initial interviews, workshops and assisted the Program Director and Program Manager in producing a detailed Due Diligence report. As part of the report Syed proposed recommendations from a PMO perspective including status reporting, project governance structure, risk and issues management, schedule management, financial/cost management. Syed was also responsible for tracking of actions, day to day administration, produced a high level WBS for the next phase of work, and a detailed Financial and Resource estimate for the next phase of work.

As PMO consultant at SURA, Syed worked on Project Sirius, a Transition Project to allow SURA to become the managing agent for a new client. Syed provided PMO and delivery support across the project including producing a high-level schedule, managing the transition plan with multiple external parties, setup and managed risks, issues and change request registers, and produced a weekly status report for project leadership team. Syed ran the bi-weekly status meetings with stream leads and ensured actions were tracked and completed on time. He also coordinated and consolidated responses in relation to questions from external parties. Syed organised critical product review sessions, workshops with multiple external parties, and liaised with external parties to resolve issues, obtain critical data, coordinate post implementation support (hypercare) in JIRA to ensure system changes were tracked and implemented effectively.

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.

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