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     Date Submitted:17-10-2012
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     Current job:Senior Software Engineer and Senior Project Manager at NASA DSN
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsBusiness and customer oriented professional offering a combination of experience working as Senior Software Engineer and Senior Project Management.
    CV

    EXPERIENCE

    Senior Software Engineer & Senior Project Manager
    (2009 – today) Aerospace Engineering Services - INSA / INTA / NASA

    • NASA / JPL Deep Space Network (DSN)

       - Project Manager and Senior Software Engineer at NASA Aerospace Ground Segment.
       - Estimated projects using Function Points + Cocomo II.
       - Designed and Presented the Software Architecture for high availability, Distributed and Service Oriented Applications (nTier, use of the complete J2EE spec., Flex UIs, Webservices, JMS).
       - Promotes and Applies User Centered Design Methodology to improve User eXperience at DSN.
       - Early project presentations to final users to assure maximum acceptance of solutions delivered.
       - Knowledge of NASA QA standards and ECSS.
       - Worked from management and team leading / support to UI design and programming tasks.
       - Good knowledge of complete project lifecycle.
       - Used SCRUM methodology.

    • Ministry of Justice

       - Managed Information System interoperability projects.
       - Applied PMBook, CMMI QA and Metrica methodologies.
       - Devised and designed new interoperability systems for public institutions that interoperate with courts.

     

    Senior Project Manager
    (2006 – 2009) Capgemini – French Multinational Consultancy firm

    Sectors: Public administration, education -business schools-, editorial and insurance.
    Projects: eLearning platforms, content and document management, IT consultant.

    • Reached new project agreements on educational an editorial sectors.
    • Managed public and business school sectors projects (ESADE, IESE, Gov.).
    • IS/IT strategic and transformation plans, and process reengineering consultant.
    • Managed off-shore teams.

     

    Chief Information Officer
    (2002 – 2006) Virtual University of Barcelona, Bosch i Gimpera Foundation and IL3-UB

    • Developed IS/IT 4 years strategic plan and budget, aligned with company goals.
    • Designed ad-hoc CRM increasing prospect-client conversion rate and profits.
    • Deployed ERP and B2B solutions with customers and holding company.
    • Improved business processes and customer oriented services.
    • Identified new business opportunities and increased service portfolio.
    • Applied Personal Data Protection Act (LOPD) and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (LSSICE).

    - Member of the University e-Learning Board
    - Member of the University website content Committee.

     

     Team and Project Manager
    (1998 - 2002) Autonomous University of Barcelona

    • Managed, designed and developed the first Virtual Campus of the University.
    • Earned inter-universities and Latin America business contracts.

     

    Chief Technology Officer

    (1994 - 1998) HOVISA - Multinational Japanese Company

    • Accounting and Asset control departments process reengineering.
    • Increased profit by negotiating renting and purchases contracts.

    Teacher
    (2002) University of Barcelona Multimedia Master

    Teacher
    (2002) Politechnical University of Catalonia DIDSI Master

     

    COURSES

    (in progressProject Management Professional 
    Project Management Institute

    (2012Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE
    Oracle University

    (2012Business Component Development with EJB Technology
    Oracle University

    (2012Building Database Driven Applications with JPA, Java EE 6
    Oracle University

    (2007Engagement Manager Certification (equivalent to BSc + MSc)
    Capgemini

    (2006Reading Accounts & Deploying Appropriate Resources
    The Complex Sales Inc.  (Edinburgh)

    (2003Communication, Negotiation, Organization and Time management Techniques
    University of Barcelona

    (2002IT Outsourcing
    IE Business School

    (2002IT Projects Direction
    JJEC

     

    EDUCATION

    (2009-2010) Computing Engineering (BSc + MSc equivalent)
    Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

    Software Engineering, Quality Assurance and IS Direction  specializations.

    (1995-1999) Computing Systems Technical Engineer (BEng equivalent)
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

     

    LANGUAGES

      Spanish. Native.

    Catalan. C2 level.

    English. C2 level.

    German. A1 level.

     

    SKILLS

    • Experienced building, leading and motivating teams identifying individual skills which increase group cohesion, responsibility and productivity.
    • Oriented to obtain quality solutions which fit customer expectations assuring customer loyalty for future projects.
    • Problem solving creativity. Proficient in change management.
    • Expert in projects life cycle whith technologies and methodologies like:
      Content and document management systems (Vignette, Tridion, Fatwire, Joomla, MS SharePoint, Moodle, etc.), BI, BPM, Software Architect (SOA, design patterns), Java technologies (J2EE), .Net, PHP, Flex, AJAX, Databases (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL…), User eXperience aplying User Centered Design methodology, accessibility, UML, NASA QA, ECSS, CMMI, ISO15504, ITIL, PMBOOK, SCRUM, RUP, Metrica, Function Points + Cocomo II, WBS Gantt planning...
    • International project management.

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