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Summary

Outstanding senior manager with specialist software expertise and over a decade of achievement in major multinational organisations, including seven years with market-leader Host Europe Group (HEG), now part of GoDaddy INC.

  • Demonstrates vision, leadership and exceptional day-to-day operational and financial management skills, underpinned by a solid technical and QA background.
  • Plans and implements innovative operational solutions across challenging business environments; pioneered group-wide agile methodology and launched Career Development Strategy to support and retain skilled staff.
  • Committed to driving quality at every level; realises business-critical efficiencies, substantial cost savings and consistent business growth.

Expertise

LIMS | WEB HOSTING | INTERNET | NEW MEDIA

Software Analyst

Software Quality Assurance

Strategic Planning

Project Management

Product Management

Brand Strategy

QA Programme Management

Scrum / Agile Methodologies

Multinational Training

Budgeting / Cost Oversight

Cost Reduction

Transformational Change

Career Development Strategy

Recruitment

Staff Supervision

Analytical Problem-solving

Communications

Professional Experience

apr 2015present

Business Development Manager

Simplica Corporation

Simplica is the worldwide leader in interfacing to and extending LabWare LIMS. Since 2002, Simplica has been LabWare's development partner responsible for LabWare's web offering including the recently launched LabWare 7 Web product.

Simplica's customers range from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized businesses and start-ups around the world: Caterpillar, Castrol, DuPunt, Hershey's, AirLiquide, Monsanto, Ecolab, Solvay Pharma, Bureau Veritas, Mérieux NutriSciences.

Appointed as Business Developer Manager to oversee Simplica's custom solutions development and the company's new SAAS solution.

Mar 2014Dec 2014

VP, Director of Domainmonster.com

HEG

The £1BN Group is a web hosting, email and domain name registrar with more than 1.5M customers and 7M+ domains under management, holding market leading positions in the UK and Germany. Brands include 123-reg.co.uk, heartinternet.co.uk, domainmonster.com, df.eu, hosteurope.de, hosteurope.es, webfuson.co.uk

Seconded from GM role to oversee brand revitalisation and brand strategy for Domainmonster.com. Responsible for ensuring that the products and services align with and enhance the future brand’s architecture.

  • Contributed significantly to definition of Group’s overall brand architecture and long-term growth.
  • Developed three-year strategy for Domainmonster and created robust plan for brand renewal based on strategy.
  • Proposed and launched highly innovative extension of scrum methodology, rolling this out not just to development teams, but to senior management, marketing and office management. Initiative has been well-received and is delivering company-wide benefits in terms of time-saving, effective performance. 
Mar 2009Dec 2014

General Manager

HEG

Internally promoted to head up Host Europe Services, a business unit of HEG, following highly-acclaimed delivery of HEG QA program. Responsible for all aspects of business, including strategy, marketing, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. Accountable for effective planning, staffing, organising and decision-making to meet corporate goals.

  • Increased team size by 700% and grew annual revenues from €110K to €2.5M.
  • Transformed Host Europe Services into the main resource pool for the Group based on cost and quality; consolidated the QA team as a Group function.
  • Achieved significant savings and efficiencies with creation of three new departments:
    • SEO: previously managed by an external provider, this is now a group function covering all brands in the Group. It generates approximately £300K annual savings.
    • Customer Support: the Support team of some 50 agents represents 40% of the UK support function and delivers all support for 123-reg.co.uk and webfusion.co.uk via email, tickets and chats.
    • Customer Services: the Service team provides assistance, branding and development services to customers with in-house and open-source software applications.
  • Grew staff motivation and substantially reduced churn with highly-effective Career Development Strategy; retained expertise within company through development of customer support staff skills and maximising their potential though personal assessment, training and promotion.
  • Reduced costs with development of in-house CRM software to replace 3rd party solution, now implemented on three of Group’s top brands. Roll-out as Group’s unified CRM platform planned for 2016.
May 2008Mar 2009

QA Manager

HEG

Headhunted by Host Europe Services (formerly Webfusion), a business unit of Host Europe Group, to introduce, implement and manage QA standards and practices group-wide.

  • Pioneered high-profile operational improvements; set up complete QA programme, including budgetary control; designed full process portfolio, including defect tracking, test case management and automated testing strategies.
  • Increased overall efficiency with complementary QA technology infrastructure; managed testing lab, used Test Director to develop and execute test cases and implemented defect reports via FogBugz.
  • Maintained consistently high performance levels; coordinated processes and activities across multiple R&D teams.
Nov 2005May 2008

Founder, General Manager

Smart Softworks

(Software testing company with 13 employees, providing a wide range of standalone and web application testing services, from independent software QA consulting to business solutions testing.)

Launched first company in Romania to offer an independent software testing / QA service. Marketed services to FXpress Corporation (acquired by Reval.com, Inc. in August 2009), a leading US treasury software provider to banks and financial institutions. 

  • Drove revenue growth with effective implementation of service strategy; implemented efficient software QA programme and managed budget, recruitment of engineers, staff training and supervision.
  • Delivered consistently excellent QA service to clients; optimised company performance with design and implementation of automated load and performance testing programme. 
  • Elevated corporate quality standards with first-class documentation, training material and user training sessions.
Mar 2004Nov 2005

Senior Software Tester, Software Tester

SYNYGY Europa, Bucharest

Subsidiary of global professional services firm, Synygy Inc., headquartered in US, providing sales performance management as a service to make managing change a simple and routine part of sales and sales operations.

Appointed by Synygy subsidiary, Ecstend Software, in 2004; moved to Synygy Europa following company restructure. In both companies, conducted manual and automatic testing procedures for J2EE web-based and InstallShield/11 applications, wrote and executed system test plans and test cases, managed defects and coordinated application testing on Solaris and Windows platforms.

  • Maintained company’s high reputation for quality solutions; performed all aspects of software quality assurance, including development of test plans and test cases, unit integration and acceptance testing.
  • Enhanced personal QA skills, knowledge and expertise through training and personal study; coached and supervised software QA staff from US, India and Romania. 
  • Improved quality assurance; identified and recommended new software purchases to uplift performance standards.
  • Streamlined international communications with creation of new report format, adopted by company for daily updates to US supervisors and managers.
Mar 2003Mar 2004

Quality Assurance Analyst

Sytron Technologies Ltd., Iasi

Company develops board and system level hardware, firmware and software and operates out of Israel and Romania.

Recruited to test Delphi applications; wrote and executed test cases using AutoIt and TestComplete. 

  • Boosted software quality company-wide: championed quality assurance and introduced quality control procedures and practices into company; studied and applied basic principles and implemented AQTime to optimise performance.

Education

2006in progress

BSc Computer Science

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi

Computer Science Faculty

Sep 1997Jun 2001

Diploma

Computer Science Highschool, Iasi

Technical Summary

Platforms: UNIX, Linux, OSX, Solaris 9/10, Microsoft Windows

Databases: Oracle, MySQL, MS SQL Server 2000/2003, MS Access, FoxPro

Programming environments: Borland Delphi, Visual Studio .NET, IntelliJ

Programming languages: C, C++, Pascal, Delphi, PHP, VB Script, UNIX Shell, HTML, CSS

Other software: VMWare, InstallShield X/11

personal

Fluent English, former professional athlete, dedicated programmer, terrible musician / drummer.