Principal Consultant, Project Manager
NSW - Sydney Metro
Specialties
Consultant
Manager
Director
Associate Director
Associate

Over 18 years hands-on project management leadership developing and managing projects across various industry sectors and disciplines.

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IT Advantage - Principal Consultant, Project Manager
Professional Services & Others - Consulting & Strategy
NSW, Australia
Specialties
Consultant
Manager
Responsibilities
  • Conducting pre-sales meetings, preparing proposals and contracts.
  • Development of a solar generation business case utilising existing industrial properties.
  • Development of mine site accommodation management business case.
  • Advising organisations on the deployment of Yardi Voyager, property management application. This included guidance on vendor management, test strategy, end-user training, and technical troubleshooting.
  • Advising a start-up (Impact Marine Systems) on IT strategy and implementation of CRM.
  • Implementation of SyteLine ERP for Genea, including business analysis, compiling system documentation, and compiling End-User training materials.
  • Business project manager for a Real Estate agency (managing over $1 billion worth of assets) implementing Yardi Voyager, financial and property management system. This includes vendor management, contract negotiation, project planning, and project oversight and advisory.
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Australian Computer Society - Senior Member
Australia
Westpac Banking Group - Senior Project Manager
Australia
Specialties
Manager
Responsibilities
  • End to end project management of the transformation, migration, relocation and decommission of technology infrastructure across multiple data centers.
  • Managing multiple (6) project streams that will affect all technology across Westpac.
  • Developing strategies to achieve a ``hard'' project completion date, based upon the data center sale date.
  • Budgetary responsibility of over $8 million. ;
  • Team size of approximately 26 technical project staff, including multiple vendor teams.
  • Extensive third party and vendor management, including managing project variations, statement of works, regular project meetings, resourcing levels and vendor delivery issues.
  • Responsible for Westpac's first implementation of IBM's PureFlex platform (integrated compute, storage, networking, virtualisation and management) across two sites and four frames.
  • Compilation and on-going maintenance of the Project Management Plan, including adjustments to milestones, project team, scope, etc.
  • Chair project steering committee meetings with key stakeholders.
  • Discovery and development of the scope, including the compilation of device lists (initially over 1300 devices), the analysis of related inventory data, and verification of details through site visits.
  • Identification of potential decommissions and redundant devices.
  • The compile, review, comment on and approve technical architecture designs.
  • Preparation and management of the project schedule, including scheduling changes and adjustments for change embargoes.
  • Identification, review and management of risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies (RAID).
  • Financial management and project budgeting, including value and benefits realisation, timesheet approval, and invoice approval.
  • Preparation of technical options documents. ;
  • Stakeholder engagement through steering committee meetings, design reviews and risk workshops. ;
  • Regular status and progress reporting.
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Charter Hall Group - IT Applications Manager
Australia
Specialties
Manager
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Charter Hall Real Estate Management Services - IT Manager
Australia
Specialties
Manager
Responsibilities
  • Annual IT operational budget of over $1 million; and IT project budget of $3 million.
  • Member of the IT Steering Committee, a sub-committee of the corporate board.
  • Project Management of the selection and major upgrade of the key ERP, property management and general ledger system (Yardi Voyager), the first of its kind in Australia, delivered early and under budget. Budgetary responsibility of $2 million, negotiated savings of at least $200,000. This included the business case and cost model board presentation; project schedule; resource plan; communication plan; risk and issue management; critical vendor management; stakeholder management; back-out and roll-back plans, system and user acceptance testing; issue resolution; project budget; End-User and Administrator training; development of data migration and system cutover checklists, operational RunBook compilation, data migration, system cut-over, lessons learnt.
  • Designed and implemented the organisations first IT project governance structure, including the Project Board, status reports, project documentation and templates (schedules, risk and issues registers, resourcing plans, communication plan, etc).
  • Program management of over 30 key projects including OHS&E, corporate compliance management system, Trust and Investment Management, CRM.
  • Developed, negotiated and managed the CRM program of work for the implementation of Salesforce.com across multiple business divisions. Initially, this was focussed on Asset Management and Property Management tenant interactions integrated with the property management system. This included the direct management of the vendor consultancy resources.
  • Project management of the implementation of a new Human Resources, Payroll and eLearning system across the organisation.
  • Project managed the development of a system to load and calculate the occupancy cost of newly acquired assets.
  • Delivered the integration projects between the two IT organisations, including server, network, telephony remote sites and application consolidation.
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Macquarie Group - Associate Director, IT
Australia
Specialties
Director
Associate Director
Associate
Macquarie Real Estate Management Services - Associate Director, IT, Manager
Australia
Specialties
Director
Associate Director
Associate
Manager
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Real - Associate Director, Service Delivery, Manager
Australia
Specialties
Director
Associate Director
Associate
Manager
Responsibilities
  • Key technology escalation point and crisis manager across all technology platforms for the Macquarie Real Estate business.
  • Established the IT operating model that enabled a new subsidiary to continue to deliver what was needed today whilst building the organisation's future needs. This meant moving to a service-oriented delivery model and alignment with the business strategy. This approach stabilised and matured the IT function from its initial start-up phase. This model was based upon ITIL fundamentals.
  • Renegotiated the IT vendor contracts for server, desktop, helpdesk, and print services.
  • Project managed the remediation of the previous property management insourcing data migration. Delivered the key reports and system functionality and resolved data integrity issues. This included the review of existing service contracts, vendor negotiation, vendor service review, and remediation of over 350 outstanding issues down to below 100. This was a substantial improvement to the existing application support service and reduced the additional support services costs from $30,000 per year to zero.
  • Project managed the implementation of Straight Line reporting across the office portfolio.
  • Project managed the implementation of industry recognised occupancy cost calculations in all key reports.
  • Program managed the change of data network providers across 12 sites (including the outsourced data center).
  • Redesigned and implemented the budgeting and forecasting business process for the property accounting team to take advantage of the efficiencies available in the property management system.
  • Redesigned, reconciled and implemented a new outgoings calculation structure. Rationalised the expense groups from 130+ groups down to 25. Enabled reporting and cross property comparisons based upon expense pools to identify business best practices and expense trouble spots.
  • Project managed the implementation of a SharePoint document management solution across the business.
  • Program managed the key financial and property management application upgrade, plus a series of business critical reporting enhancements and operational risk reviews.
  • Program managed the switch from Palm Treo Smartphones to Blackberry. Successfully transitioned over 40 local and remote users.
  • Program management of improvement projects, including improvement of document management operational efficiency, deployment of SalesForce.com, document classification structure review.
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JPMorganChase - Project Manager
Australia
Specialties
Manager
Responsibilities
  • Led the infrastructure project stream. Responsible for the delivery and configuration of over AUD$3.5 million worth of hardware, software and services as part of a major upgrade and re-platform project of the HiPortfolio/3. The first to succeed in Australia.
  • Ensured the vendor met the project timeframes for the delivery of the required hardware.
  • Successfully relocated Disaster Recovery HiPortfolio/3 servers to a new data centre site. This included the scheduling, change requests, site preparation, arranging hardware transportation, and updated operational documentation.
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Citigroup - Vice President, Manager, Fixed Income Unix Support & Projects
United Kingdom
Specialties
Manager
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Citigroup - Vice President, Manager, Fixed Income Unix Support & Projects
Australia
Specialties
Manager
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Citigroup - Assistant Vice President, Team Leader
Australia
Specialties
Team Leader
Responsibilities
  • Negotiated and implemented a 24x7 ``first-line'' support service from the key vendor of Citigroup. This included contract negotiation and service implementation reviews to ensure value for money was achieved.
  • Implemented an Acceptance process from projects to support (BAU) to minimise poor project implementation, minimise new project outages and reduce the time spent by project resources providing ``warranty'' support.
  • Project managed various internal compliance remediation projects to ensure operational risks were reduced and future audits results were positive.
  • Led the effort to maintain the stability and deploying the replacement Value at Risk (VaR) system for the Credit and Risk business, resulting in the successful release of substantial (approximately USD$1 billion) cash reserves for the Bank.
  • Developed a weekly change approval and reporting process to ensure executive management were notified of the status of high profile weekend production changes affecting the Capital Markets businesses. This covered all technology infrastructure groups.
  • Project management of numerous key Audit remediation projects in compliance with Sarbene-Oxley, including superuser password security.
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United Kingdom
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Company-i - Senior Associate, Consultant
United Kingdom
Specialties
Associate
Consultant
Responsibilities
  • Consulted to the top UK companies, including major investment banks and various government organisations.
  • JP MorganChase - Data Center Program and Project Manager - working across all lines of business to deliver data center consolidation. Challenges included: identifying and relocating over 300 hundred servers and devices, limited inventory and ownership details; managed and co-ordinated 22 individuals, interfacing with over ten third-party organisations. My initial project responsibilities covered a program of over 15 months and in excess of GBP 1 million (AUD$ 2.5 million, at the time). This included:
  • Development and presentation of the business case and benefits to initiate the data center consolidation program.
  • Compilation and on-going maintenance of the Project Management Plan, including adjustments to milestones, project team, scope, etc.
  • Management and oversight of two project managers. ;
  • Discovery and development of the scope, including the compilation of device lists, the analysis of related inventory data, and verification of details through data center audits and visits.
  • Identification of redundant devices, and development of a decommission process. Over 30% of moves were decommissions.
  • Preparation and management of the project schedule, including scheduling changes and adjustments for change embargoes.
  • Represent and champion changes through the change process.
  • Identification, review and management of risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies (RAID).
  • Financial management and project budgeting, including value and benefits realisation.
  • Third party and vendor management, including managing resourcing levels.
  • Stakeholder engagement through ad hoc meetings. ;
  • Regular status and progress reporting. ;
  • Development and implementation of migration checklists for ``pre-flight'', ``in-flight'' and ``post-flight'', to ensure a consistent approach.
  • Development of back-out and contingency plans. ;
  • Adherence to data center operating procedures to ensure no unscheduled outages.
  • MorganStanley - Data Center Project Manager & Storage Project Manager- server relocation and data center consolidation as the organisation commissioned a new datacentre, including ensuring minimal business disruption, all technology standards were adhered to, external service providers delivered timely and effective service. This included:
  • Compilation and on-going maintenance of the Project Management Plan, including adjustments to milestones, project team, scope, etc.
  • Discovery and development of the scope, including the compilation of device lists, the analysis of related inventory data, and verification of details through data center audits and visits.
  • Preparation and management of the project schedule, including scheduling changes and adjustments for change embargoes.
  • Represent and champion changes through the change process.
  • Identification, review and management of risks, assumptions, issues and dependencies (RAID).
  • Third party and vendor management, including managing resourcing levels.
  • Stakeholder engagement through ad hoc meetings. ;
  • Regular status and progress reporting. ;
  • Adherence to data center operating procedures to ensure no unscheduled outages.
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme - Web Project Manager - Implemented the Yahoo for Doctors web portal for Israel in Hebrew.
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Computer Sciences Corporation - Regional Team Lead
United Kingdom
Responsibilities
  • Project managed the upgrade of core customer database system. Ensured the multi-layered software compatibility was successfully addressed and the tight time frame required by the client with minimal down time was met. This included business case preparation and presentation, project budgeting, customer negotiation, stakeholder management, resource management, third party contract management and status reporting.
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- - Team Leader
Australia
Specialties
Team Leader
BHP Service Companies - Team Leader
Australia
Specialties
Team Leader
BHP - Information Technologist
Australia
Responsibilities
  • Led the remediation of over 50 systems for Year 2000 compliance. ;
  • Successfully project managed the configuration, installation and deployment of Health and Safety systems into remote Central Queensland coal mines, with a budget of over AUD$2 million. ;
  • Project lead for the Standardisation Project, to reduce costs across the national organisation.
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Newcastle Rugby Union Incorporated - Board Member
Australia

Education and Qualifications

Year Qualifications Level Institution
2007 Master of Business Administration EMBA Cass Business School No
1995 Bachelor of Computer Sciences Bachelor Degree University of Newcastle No

Tickets, Permits and Licences

Year Name Institution
2016 MSP Practitioner APMG No
2016 ITIL V3 Foundation APMG No
2008 PRINCE 2 Practitioner APMG No
2008 Certified Professional Australian Computer Society No

Achievements and Awards

GMAT 640 NSW Branch Executive Member CIO Executive Pathways Program (ACS Scholarship) Senior Member ACS Associate Fellow AIM Member AICD

IT Skills

Software Skills

  • Word (Advanced)
  • Excel (Advanced)
  • PowerPoint (Advanced)

System Skills

  • Yardi (Advanced)

Coding Skills

  • SQL (Advanced)
  • Shell (Advanced)