Frank Bara

Frank Bara

Work experience

Work experience
Sep 2006 - Mar 2009

Director of Information Technology

One of the world’s largest internet and telephone retailer of floral and specialty gifts (

  • 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


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 (

  • 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


1994 - 1997


DeVry Institute of Technology



Microsoft Project

Microsoft Office



Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)


Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)