Jose Sonera

Jose Sonera

Work History

Work History
Jun 2011 - Present

Lowes Corp.

Lowes Corp                               

Charlotte, NC

Program Manager

Accountable for the delivery of large, complex programs in Lowe’s IT program portfolio.

  • Responsible for ensuring all project success factors are in place and maintained at optimal levels to enable delivery of the program.
  • Manage business and IT alignment, monitor and direct program/project management process execution, manage communication with the business and within each project
  • Provide an atmosphere for full disclosure and collaboration with all resources engaged on the program.

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Apr 2011 - Jun 2011

Bank Of America

Bank Of America                               

Charlotte, NC

Project Manager – Diversant Professional Services

Provide professional Project Management services to Bank of America – Home Loan & IT Release Management

  • Manage a portfolio of 14 projects in the Home Loan & IT area.
  • Work with the Home Loans & IT Service Delivery teams to ensure that proper implementation controls are followed during the implementation of independent and integrated software code.
  • Train SDM staff on the process and methodologies to report and monitor software code defects.
  • Produce executive reports during production and post-production implementations
  • Fully streamlined and automated the reporting process reducing the processing time from 1hr to 5 minutes (Total reduction time was 26.5 man hours). The automation included gathering defects data from Quality Center, linking a master document to other documents for almost real time reporting, generating mass mailing to executives, the development of smart worksheets to made project decisions and centralizing the documentation (training, communications & process) using SharePoint document sharing and Web Page features.
  • Familiar with the Enterprise Change Management System – (ECMS) used at BOA for project management and based on the DMAIC Six Sigma Methodology.
  • Manage virtual groups
Oct 2009 - Apr 2011

Wells Fargo

Senior Project Manager – Comsys Professional Services

Provide professional Project Management services to the Wells Fargo - Information Security Technology group.

  • Responsible for managing corporate Tier 1 projects (>$1M) to integrate Wells Fargo and Wachovia legacy security infrastructures. The initiatives included financial management, process mapping, development and standardization, security policies revisions (SOX and PCI).
  • Used Wells Fargo Enterprise Project Methodologies (EPM) to manage full life cycle projects. The initiatives required working with the sponsor to develop project charters, financial analysis, capacity planning and completion of internal project governance artifacts.
  • Worked with technical teams (SMEs) in a matrix/virtual environment to track project initiatives/assignments and develop EPM required documents such asProject Definition Documents (PDD), Statement of Work (SOW), Business Continuity Plan (BCP), Business Requirement Definition (BRD), Requirements Traceability, Functional System Design (FSD), risk analysis, training, resource management, testing, communications, implementation and transition planning.
  • Reported directly to the PMO Office for assignments, status reporting and escalation.
  • Supported the PMO office by providing guidance to other PMs and managed administrative tasks/escalations to upper management when necessary.
  • Conducted weekly sponsor/stakeholder meetings to report the status of all project managed by the PMO and to track issues, risk and action items.
  • Knowledge of Technology and Operations Project Methodologies (TPM).
  • Interacted with the internal auditing group to ensure adherence and compliance to EPM/TPM project controls and governance. Both the Tandem and iSeries projects were 100% in compliance.


  • Managed a program composed of 49 projects (3 active and 46 on the planning stage) to address security compliance recommendations.
  • Used MS products to perform centralized portfolio project management, perform data analysis and generate various automated status reports/smart worksheets required by the sponsor and the enterprise governance.
  • Coordinate meeting with Line of Business and stakeholders to review assessments and recommendations.


  • Implemented new HP NonStop™ security software products from the XYPRO Corporation such as Object Security (XOS), Security Compliance PRO (XSW), Safeguard Manager (XSM) and Merged Audit (XMA) across the Wells Fargo Tandem environment to provide increased access control security, additional monitoring capabilities and security administration consistency (XOS) across the legacy Wells Fargo and legacy Wachovia environments.
  • Implemented Compliant Monitoring Capabilities (XSW) supporting security industry “Best Practices”, PCI/SOX monitoring and reporting.
  • Provide “Real-Time” security event monitoring for all Tandem systems (XMA).
  • Implemented Microsoft-based security administration tool (GUI) to manage Safeguard environment and user administration (XSM).
  • Reviewed the BCP processes and properly updated the infrastructure across all the Tandem environments to meet standard disaster recovery processes.
  • Reviewed security standards and policies to implement security best practices across all environments.
  • Coordinated training and the update of internal technical documentation


  • Implemented Exit Point Control (EPC) through SafeNet/400 security product on iSeries systems surviving past 2010.Defined new roles and responsibilities between the Lines of Business (LOB), Access Management, and the System Security Engineering teams.
  • Developed processes to specifically authorize access to transactions
  • Defined EPC enforcement of transaction lockdown
  • Developed procedures to meet any audit requirements
  • Worked with the Access Management Group to update/define Access Management processes
Jul 1997 - Dec 2008


IT Project Manager – Charlotte, NC (2001 – 2008)

Responsible for a group of project managers and business analysts to implement corporate critical mission applications using SDLC methodologies. Developed process to manage customer project requests and assignments. Developed project tracking database to report and monitor project progress.

  • Managed the migration of Windows 2000 to Windows XP. A total of 6000 devices were migrated within the established target dates.
  • Managed a Project Management group to implement corporate applicationschanges. The initiative required meeting very aggressive, critical mission goals and deadlines of a fast changing environment. The group accomplished in excess of 60+ application implementations a year.
  • Directed the implementation of a data encryption (Safeboot) process to protect customer and corporate critical data in the event a laptop landed in unauthorized hands. 3500 devices were protected within the established project deadlines.
  • Directed the implementation of a firewall to protect customer and corporate devices from Internet threats. 3500 devices were protected within the established project deadlines.

IT Manager/Project Manager – Charlotte, NC (1998 – 2001)

Responsible for providing second and third level support while maintaining excellent customer relationships to further understand business requirements and expectations. Implemented software delivery products (Tivoli/Marimba) to automated applications installations reducing onsite support visits. Produced performance metric to ensure adherence to Service Level Agreements (SLA).

  • Managed the Second Level Support and Service Request groups to meet established customer Service Level agreement of 80%. The group consistently exceeded their target by 10%.
  • Successfully directed a group of Technical and Business Subject Matter experts on the implementation of an associate’s on-boarding process methodology focused on reducing cycle time by 71% (5 Days) and a reduction in operational overhead of $750,000 a year.
  • Led the implementation of an automated process using Marimba to deliver workstations images to remote sites reducing the need of having on-site support by 100% thus creating an operational cost reduction of $1.8M.
  • Led the project to implement the software distribution portion of the Tivoli Framework to delivery software applications changes to the main sites located at NY, Denver and Charlotte reducing on site support by 30%.
  • Led the Software Distribution group responsible for corporate software distribution. The group averaged 400,000 distributions a year.

IT Consultant- New York (1997 – 1998)

Hired to manage the project to implement a network infrastructure using Novell’s Network Directory Services (NDS) for two major sites and 30+ offices. Developed, documented and established server/NDS standards using corporate policies and industry best practices. Implemented an automated auditing process to ensure adherence to standards.

  • Spearheaded the migration of Novel servers to Network Directory Services (NDS) for three major sites and 30+ Regional offices. The initiative required the acquisition and configuration of 36+ servers, designing and configuring the NDS schema, replication processes, staff training/development and access rights administration.
  • Established, documented and monitored server configuration standards using an automated auditing tool (Bindview) to monitor any deviations to NDS objects, administrative access, logins scripts and server configuration settings. The standards were reviewed by Arthur Anderson two consecutive years with no deviations reported.
  • Implemented an application to leverage administrative functions to First Level support allowing Second and Third Levels to engage 20% more time on high level support initiatives. 
Jan 1991 - Jul 1997

Banco Popular De Puerto Rico

Manager, Change Manager, Project/Program Manager

Acted as a Change Manager to open the lines of communications between the business and IT while implementing new technical solutions or maintaining current ones. Managed mission critical projects using standard project management methodologies. Managed applications development, system migrations and migration using SDLC methodologies.

  • Received the performance of excellence merit recognition (1997) for leading IT and Business associates in the technical and operational acquisitions of additional branches as part of the overall expansion plans to meet corporate growth goals. The initiative required systems and operational integrations to successfully deliver products to the customers.
  • Received the medal of performance excellence (1993) for leading a team of IT and Business professionals on the System Development Life Cycle to implement a Branch Office automation tool to open and process accounts on-line while delivering all required banking regulatory documents. Cycle time to open an account was reduced from 2-4 hours to 15 minutes.
  • Received the medal of performance excellence (1991) for the outsourcing of banking systems to a service bureau (EDS) with a budget of $9M. The initiative included product selection by ways of negotiating vendors RFP’s, IT and business process revision/integration, project cycle management, monitoring and controlling the environment to identify process improvements opportunities, transaction processing and financial recording.

  • Directed the implementation of a Banking Methods and Procedures documentation process using ISO 9000 standards and Process Improvement methodologies. The process eliminated the need for excessive usage of paper documents, increase information availability and enhanced the process of maintaining procedures.
1989 - 1997

Adjunct Professor

Developed a training program to introduce Continuing Education students to personal computers and standard office applications. Taught Microsoft Office, Visio, Project, Basic, Pascal, C++, Lotus, Word Perfect and other computer related classes.


Jan 1982 - Jan 1994

Bachelor of Science

Herbert H. Lehman College







MS Access

MS Project




CSSBB - Certified Six Sigma Black Belt


TQM Consultant and Trainer Certified

Systema Group

Certified Network Engineer, CNE®


CSSGB - Certified Six Sigma Green Belt


Information Technology Infrastructure Library, ITIL®


Project Management Professional, PMP®