Areas Of Expertise:
- PMO Uplift and Management
- Program Financial Tracking
- Resource Tracking
- Project Management
- Risk Management
- Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science), University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University
About Saad Syed
Saad joined Seven as a Graduate in February 2020 and is dedicated towards building a strong foundation in PMO Consulting and Management. He was recently engaged in a PMO Uplift assignment at AMP Life where he supported the team with central financial and resource tracking, in addition to creating and streamlining PMO artefacts and processes.
Saad is a strong education professional with a Bachelor degree focused in Project Management in Civil Engineering Science from University of Sydney. Highly proficient and effective in establishing and maintaining professional relationships in addition to demonstrating ability in effective communication and cross-cultural teamwork.
What Saad brings
- Financial Tracking (including variance analysis and reporting) on a project, program and portfolio level
- Ability to assess multiple data sources to identify gaps and draft recommendations
- Resource Tracking on Portfolio level
- Skilled in Microsoft Office, with advanced knowledge of Excel including tables and data visualisation
As PMO Analyst at AMP Life, Saad worked towards creating new artefacts and processes as well as optimising existing ones. This included creating new templates for PMP, Closure Report and PIR; streamlining existing templates for Project Brief and Business Case, developing program-level risks, issues and assumptions log as well as processes for approval of various project artefacts. Saad also worked towards creating a central finance tracking tool to assist with the visibility and reporting of program financials to senior stakeholders and later supported towards collating resource data from project managers and used it to create a resource tracking tool with dashboard capability, which was a single source of truth for the storing program-wide resources. He also assisted with administration work which included arranging weekly meetings with the client, recording meeting minutes and maintaining Planning Board on Microsoft Teams.
As PMO Consultant, Saad was involved in assessing the EPMO capability at GBST. During the three weeks of engagement, he facilitated interviews with senior stakeholders including the business division heads and C-level executives. All responses from the interviews were stored in a central repository which were later used to derive recommendations for improvement. Those recommendations were then prioritized to cater to client’s objectives which then formed the basis for the final EPMO Proposal. It was later presented to the GBST executive team for approval. He also worked towards estimating the work effort that was expected for the EPMO implementation and operation.
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University
GradConnection Top100 Future Leaders in Australia – Jacobs Engineering Consulting Award
Energy Consumption Project; This project was a renewable energy project, where Syed was part of a team responsible for analysing the major risks throughout the planning, constructions, operations and maintenance phase. He also devised the innovation strategy for the project which aimed at optimising the overall energy generation process.
Civil Engineering Liaison Committee Representative – Responsible for representing the Civil Engineering undergraduate students in University of Sydney, suggest and implement improvement measures to enhance the overall academic experience
Tutor – TLG (NGO) Worked on bridging the gap in educational disparity in NSW. Provided one-to-one tutoring in mathematics and science to the students of Wee Waa Public School. All subjects were taught with respect to the NSW curriculum.
University Marketing Coordinator; Dawn Expo 2016, an international education fair in Karachi, Pakistan. Syed assisted the international students team in promoting the university in terms of prospective student recruitment. It was a huge success as they witnessed a record number of international student applications that year.
Taleem Sab Ke Liye (NGO); Organised and successfully ran a standardised school system for the underprivileged children of Karachi, Pakistan. Syed worked with a team who wanting to bring educational change to the region. The students were taught basic language subjects such as English and Urdu (native) along with technical subjects including science and mathematics. Total community service hours were 147.
The Aga Khan University Hospital; Assisted a research team from the Johns Hopkins University on a project based on pre-hospital care. Syed interviewed organisations responsible for running the ambulance networks in Pakistan. Syed completed 263 hours of voluntary service in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Interchange 2018; Syed worked on building up a startup which addressed the key issues faced by international students in Australia, as part of Interchange Program 2018. The idea of the project revolved around building a platform which would provide better opportunities to the fashion and design students, enabling them to express themselves and have a brand of their own.
Machine Learning and Personalised Advertising; Presented a poster as part of his course “Science, Technology and Society”, which discussed the pivotal role that machine learning played in the e-markets. It focused mainly on the use of machine learning in personalised advertising by high tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple.