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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:09-06-2015
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     Current job:Project & Process Management, Quality Assurance Consultant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsIT Project and Program Management, Observatory Remote Control, System Engineering and Validation, Quality Assurance, Data Processing, Process Improvement and Quality Assurance
    CV

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    Jan 2012 - Present
    Project Manager & Consultant

    • Participated in PMO establishment for R&D department: establish, monitor and control schedules, resources allocation and reporting
    • Test management end-to-end improved methodology and software tools alignment: evaluation of software tools, definition of pre-requisites for test automation and connectors with requirements and defect management systems
    • Developed and organised trainings on test management tool deployment and usage for preparation and execution phases
    • Developed communication plans, maintained training materials for four large software projects
    • Consultant on optimisation of testing activities and management through project life cycle - agile and waterfall approaches using ALM solutions
    • Creation and development of Methodical Repository (MR) web-platform: library of standardised and improved company processes and practices
    • Organised and conducted induction seminars on MR usage for 500+ employees in Bulgaria and France
    • Evaluation of pilot projects activities and MR usage: lessons learned and improvements planning for the content and architecture of the platform
    CSC Bulgaria EOOD, 8 Gen. Yordan Venedikov Str., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.csc.com


    Jul 2007 - Oct 2011
    Project Coordinator

    • Coordinated planning, development, testing, deployment and maintenance activities for remote observatory control - MOnitoring NEtwork of robotic Telescopes and Siderostat projects
    • Defined requirements and specifications for Siderostat pointing model and telescope user interface functionalities
    • Managed observatory system validation, functional and user acceptance tests
    • Analysed and reported systems performance, provided on call users support
    • Coordinated co-activities with technical and IT departments of McDonald and Sutherland observatories, and University of Göttingen during software updates and hardware upgrades
    • Facilitated dry runs training with end users and the development team
    • Maintained technical and operations related documents using TRAC project management system
    • Responsible for safety regulations
    Tuparev Software EOOD, 3 Sofiyski Geroy Str., 1612 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.tuparev.com

    Sept 2004 - Present
    Project and Event Coordinator

    • Organised more than ten large public events from end-to-end on science and culture topics:
    ✓ Speakers arrangement and management of event programme
    ✓ Communication plan development and follow up
    ✓ Organisation and maintenance of web-resources
    ✓ Logistics: venue, travel and accommodation, insurance arrangements
    ✓ Media recordings and arrangements for interviews
    ✓ Preparation of equipment and support materials
    ✓ Coordination of joint activities with other NGOs, academia, universities, museums, public halls, etc.
    ✓ Financial management
    ✓ Lessons learned and event reports preparation and communication
    • Organised logistics for internal and external trainings/outdoor activities
    ✓ Venue, travel, accommodation arrangements
    ✓ Organisation of transportation
    ✓ Preparation and follow up of purchases for the trainings
    ✓ Training materials preparation, maintenance of equipment
    ✓ Feedback forms preparation
    ✓ Maintenance of internal pages and online resources
    HARTA, 38 Rachka Str., 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.harta.bg

    Feb 2007 - Jun 2007
    Physicist

    • Observed with 2-m RCC telescope in Coudé- and RC- systems for Chemically Peculiar Stars Programme at Bulgarian National Observatory “Rozhen”
    • Maintained operation of data acquisition systems
    • Data reduction and analysis of stellar spectra
    • Accomplished full bibliographic search of Am-CP1 stars using NASA/ADS, CDS, arXiv, etc.
    Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tsarigrasko Shousse Blvd., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.astro.bas.bg

    Apr 2005 - Jun 2007
    Physicist

    • Responsible for the public outreach at the Observatory of Sofia University
    • Lecturer on Solar system, Galaxy evolution, Introduction in Astronomy for 1st-12th grade students
    • Assisted in weekly seminars organisation: technical and administrative support
    • Member of LOC for an International Virtual Observatory Conference
    • Supervised students on digital libraries and virtual observatory utilisation
    Sofia University, Department of Physics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
    Academia, Physics and Astronomy

    Feb 2001 - Dec 2003
    Support Astronomer for 2-m RCC telescope at Bulgarian National Observatory “Rozhen”

    • Technical and software control of all devices in Coudé- and RC- systems
    • Preparation, execution and monitoring of scheduled astronomical observations
    • Software applications training, logs and data archive organisation
    • Troubleshooting
    • Public outreach: lecturer for daily visitors and media
    Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tsarigrasko Shousse Blvd., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.astro.bas.bg

    Nov 2000 - Dec 2003
    Human Resources and Financial Specialist

    • Responsible for payroll, expense reports databases and financial statement preparations
    • Trained staff in financial policy and time management
    • Tracked the process of recruitment and selection of staff on legal matters - contracts, compensations and benefits
    • Monitored relocation of staff
    • Organisation of annual conferences and seminars
    Agape Bulgaria, 15 Jerusalem Str., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria
     

    EDUCATION

    Jan 2004 - Jun 2007
    PhD, All but dissertation

    Thesis subject: “Binaries with Am components”
    • Search for spectroscopic binary stars type 2 amongst metallic-line A type chemically peculiar stars
    • Investigation of possible dependencies between binary stars orbital elements and chemical peculiarities in their atmospheres
    • High-resolution spectral observations
    • Independent and team work
    Institute of Astronomy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tsarigrasko Shousse Blvd., 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria, www.astro.bas.bg


    Oct 1995 - Nov 2000
    MSc

    Thesis subject: “Photometric investigation of the galaxy HoIX”
    • Photometric observations
    • Photometric data reduction and analysis
    • Systematic bibliographic research
    • Independent and team work
    Sofia University, Department of Physics, 5 James Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

    QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING

    Nov 2015
    PMI-PMP Certified

    Mar 2013
    ISTQB Foundation in Software Testing Training

    • Fundamentals of testing
    • Testing throughout the software life cycle
    • Static techniques
    • Test design techniques
    • Test management
    • Tool support for testing
    CSC, www.csc.com


    Feb 2013
    FSG Global Project Management Certificate

    • Project Initiation - tailoring, definition, estimation, scheduling, metrics, resources planning
    • Project Execution - monitor and control of project schedule and status
    • Project Completion
    • Management support - risk management, change management, QA, financial management
    CSC, www.csc.com


    Jan 2012
    Project Data Management and Performance with MS Project 2007 Certificate

    • Resource pools
    • Multi-projects environments
    • Task dependencies, Baseline
    • Actual work, Actual cost
    CSC, www.csc.com


    Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
    HR Management Certificate

    • Recruitment skills. Interview and selection of high potential people. Training and induction of new employees.
    • Development of efficient appraisal systems, scoring models, KPIs and measurement
    • Organisational behaviour and communication channels
    Arthur Adams Business Training Centre, www.arthuradams.bg

    LANGUAGES

    English - Proficient user

    Russian - Proficient user
    French - Independent user
    Bulgarian - Native

     

    COMPUTER SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
     

    • Excellent with Mac OSX, Windows, Linux
    • Excellent with JIRA, MS Project, TRAC, XStudio - project/test management and bug/issue tracking systems
    • Familiar with mySQL
    • Proficient with iWork, MS Office, MS Publisher, Open Office, LaTEX
    • Excellent with astronomical data processing and analysis package Scisoft: IRAF, DS9, etc.
    • Familiar with CVS, CVL, XCode
    • Familiar with XML, Python languages
    • Familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JOOMLA
    • Very good with PHysics Of Eclipsing BinariEs - modelling tool for binary stars
    • Very good with GNUPLOT graphics

    Observational Experience:
    • 2-m RCC telescope at Bulgarian National Observatory “Rozhen”
    • 1.2-m MONET telescopes at McDonald Observatory and Sutherland Observatory
    • 70-cm Schmidt telescope at Bulgarian National Observatory “Rozhen”

    Professional Membership and Appointments:
    • Bulgarian Astronomical Society (SAB), Selected treasurer of SAB for 2 years
    • LOC member of Balkan Astronomical Meeting-2004, NAO-Rozhen, Bulgaria
    • LOC member of iAstroWorkshop2005, Sofia, Bulgaria
    • LOC member of annual conferences of SAB

    List of theses and publications:
    • 2008SPIE.7012E.100B, Bischoff, K., Hessman, F., Tuparev, G., Atanasova, E. et al, New robotic telescopes by Halfmann-Teleskoptechnik GmbH and Tuparev Technologies Inc.
    • 2008BlgAJ..10...55A, Atanasova, E., Iliev, I., Stateva, I., Two new SB2 systems among the Am binaries studied at Rozhen NAO
    • 2006ASPC..349..185A, Atanasova, E., Stateva, I., Iliev, I., Radial-velocity Curve of the SB2 System HD 434
    • 2006BlgAJ...8...73A, Atanasova, E., Iliev, I., Stateva, I., Barzova, I., A review of Am star studies recently made at the 2-m RCC telescope of the Rozhen NAO
    • 2001CRABS..54a...5G, Georgiev, T., Atanasova, E., Velitchkov, M., Photometry of Resolved Objects in the Edge-On Galaxy UGC 1281


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