Frank Bara

Frank Bara

Work History

Work History
Sep 2006 - Mar 2009

Director of Information Technology

FTD.com

One of the world’s largest internet and telephone retailer of floral and specialty gifts (www.ftd.com).

  • Directed daily project and support activities of staff of 11 java (EJB, J2EE)/web (HTML, JSP) developers and business analysts, including third-party vendors and contractors.
  • Increased application development and staff productivity while decreasing time-to-market for new consumer and business-oriented applications.
  • Ensured project teams followed established SDLC procedures, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards, and performed Risk Analysis.
  • Managed daily schedule of multiple, concurrent projects from conception to implementation.
  • Develop project estimates and budgets, assist business leaders in defining project scope, requirements; manage development team and timelines; create testing strategy and deployment plans; responsible for vendor communication and scheduling.
  • Communicate with major stakeholders, including senior management and QA teams, regarding project plans, budgets, timelines, and global IT strategy.
  • Implemented major projects to decrease product shipping costs by 30% and increase product availability to consumers, resulting in less product waste and non-delivery costs.
  • Perform staff mentoring, coaching, training, and evaluation; responsible for hiring; promotions, and salary recommendations.
  • Improved application development build, release, and deploy schedules by 40% for 4 major software releases and numerous defect releases per year in a fast-paced development environment.
2002 - 2006

Assistant Vice President

ABN AMRO

Application Support Team Lead, (2004 – 2006) Managed 27-person application support group supporting 80 applications for Trust, Consumer, Treasury Management and Cash Management divisions.

  • Responsible for daily activities of local, long distance, and off-shore software support team
  • Directed and scheduled application support in a 24/7 environment
  • Ensure incidents and defects were addressed in timely manner with minimal business interference
  •  Developed and implemented plan to transition application functions to two off-shore organizations; retained key staff to assist in transition and limit impact to business units
  • Perform staff mentoring, coaching, training, and evaluation; responsible for hiring; promotions, and salary recommendations

Application Development Manager, (2002 – 2004) Managed 12-person application development and support team for the Cash Management Division (www.cashpro.com).

  • Responsible for daily activities and on-going project scheduling for team of project managers, application developers, architect, and database administrator
  • Increased application development output by 200% in two years
  • Decreased time-to-market and improved software development quality
  • Managed multiple, concurrent projects with budgets ranging from $300,000 to $3,000,000
  • Increased application development output at a time when staff number was decreasing
1997 - 2002

Senior Managing Consultant

Software Architects, Inc. (currently Sogeti, Inc.)

Managing Consultant, (1997 – 2002)Coordinate, manage, and administer several medium- to large-sized software development projects and teams.

  • Lead application development consultant at client location, responsible for mentoring staff, acquiring new business, and managing projects
  • Create written documentation to support project decisions and provide both oral and written reports to senior staff
  • Point-of-contact for generation of new business within client area
1990 - 1997

Deputy Sheriff - Patrol

DuPage County Sheriff's Police

Defend and protect the people and property of the County of DuPage.

  • Active member of the county SWAT team
  • Provide daily activities with minimal supervision and make life-and-death decisions
  • Assisted in the creation of the Sheriff’s department’s first gang-crime division

Education

Education
1994 - 1997

BA

DeVry Institute of Technology

Skills

Skills

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Office

Certifications

Certifications

Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)

Microsoft

Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)

Microsoft

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)