Simon Finch

Simon Finch : Project Delivery, Business Development

Simon Finch

Project Delivery, Business Development

Simon has 30 years’ experience in various business sectors including industrial, utilities, construction and infrastructure.

Simon has wide experience across domains including Education, Government, Banking, Telecomunictions, Logistics Resources and Media. Simon has a BA Arch from RMIT.
A Senior Project/Program Manager with the business and technology acumen required to deliver business-critical projects, to specification, on time and within Budget whilst ensuring project visibility, predictability and accountability. Simon draws upon fifteen years experience assisting business and IT groups achieve their goals via successful projects, in the Resources, Sales & Marketing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Government, Education, Utilities, SME, Media and Entertainment sectors.

Recognised for successful delivery of large and complex software, infrastructure and business projects, through the effective application of project management methodologies and stakeholder management. Broad exposure to business, infrastructure, application development and package system integration projects throughout project lifecycle; from the concept development stage, through business case resolution, design and delivery, testing, deployment to operational support and benefits delivery.

Established a high performing team of vendor consultants, permanent staff, contractors and student interns, which deployed the WIL system across 23 Schools in Australia and Vietnam over 14 months on schedule, in record time and within budget.

Successfully implemented a virtual team approach, using video Hangouts and cloud-based document management tools to enable team collaboration across multiple time zones and geographies.

WIL Skills Community: Used social media tools to establish social infrastructure, substantially increasing the flow of opportunities and shared learnings across distant arms of the university. The time required for an employer to find a student intern collapsed from months down to days as a result.

WIL Stories: Generated a series of one-minute YouTube videos sharing success stories and best practice to inspire and lead the desired behaviours across the staff and student populations.

Future Shoring: Implemented an innovative blended-team model, sending jobs to the future instead of sending them offshore. By employing student interns alongside experienced consultants at a ratio of 50/50, future-shoring has achieved a blended resource cost rate on the Project that is competitive with offshoring blended rates, whilst developing the professional capacity of local students

Technical Specifics

  • Established project team
  • Established onsite Infrastructure and stood up first implementation
  • Implemented InPlace version 2.6.17 including Single Sign-on & Student Records system Integration
  • Upgraded to InPlace 3.4.8
  • Integrated 2nd Student Records System from Vietnam Campus
  • Deployed to over 100 staff and 75,000 students across 23 Schools in Australia and Vietnam
  • Developed internal methodology for InPlace Deployments at scale across multi-site campuses.
  • Established and led Organisational Change Management and stakeholder engagement. Worked with Vendor to develop a series of functional product enhancements and integrations