01 Oct 2016
Merry Player is available contact +44 7774212819
Global Software Development Manager
•A highly business driven, resilient and commercially aware Software Development Manager with over 15 years’ experience of the full ownership of sections/departments in the Financial, Aerospace, Government, Rail, Software, Manufacturing, FMCG, and Teleco’ sectors.
•Superb references in managing IT programmes, projects and departments, small and medium. Team member and leader in multi-location teams including The US, Australia, India, Russia and other off-shore locations.
•Skilled in customisation of software, hardware and systems for diverse sets of customers using Agile methods.
• Accomplished in effective stakeholder management and different work stream peer engagement. Been nominated for IT Directorship at NFC and Main Line Rail. Takes business objectives through to realisation.
•Confident at reporting to and managing expectations of Director/President/CIO level, with full commercial awareness and adaptability to CEO / company change. Skilled in managing quality, cost and delivery.
•With a financial accounting background has core values of timeliness, honesty and profit hunger. SOX experience from Virgin group, and Virgin trained in Senior Management values and abilities.
•Has a history of turning IT teams and peer groups, software products, and systems into superb systems with complete governance from concept through to after-care, and future requirement ready.
•Proven experience in delivery of high profile IT programmes including the £25m system replacement for HMC&E, the de-materialisation suite for the Bank of England (£85bn), and the AI systems for McDonnell Douglas. Was team lead for the US/USSR Joint Space Centre software language development centre. Created and managed the Strategic FMCG suite for Britvic, and recently (2015/16) managed the Global resolution of Pick to Web Systems through 80 country wide systems for SAI Global and HCL (India).
•IT System, Change Development Management
From Business Objectives, Budget approval, through to Sign Off and Benefits analysis, implementing procedures to agreed scope, quality, and resource allocation. Reporting at board level, Programme Manager of software development and IT systems, communications, hardware, operating systems, languages and specific deliverables to agreed dates. Managing and owning all IT Risks and Issues to compete resolution. Experienced in Waterfall, Agile and Prince2, IT project methodologies. Expert at bespoke software from IT Expert support at company site/meetings, through to Delivery, bespoke training and working with users and IT teams.
Has worked well with 3rd parties in supplier and customer environments. Used to international agreements, and different international legal requirements. Worked closely with software suppliers in several continents, and across the EMEA in software implementations of bespoke ERP and MRP systems for US Top 100 Corporation.
•Programme Management of Teams and Projects
Effective management of Project Managers, technical architects, design, development, and test teams to develop and build the best IT systems possible. Responsible for System changes to meet corporate objectives. Skills in managing additional bespoke product development of systems, communications, software, server technologies, languages and hardware. Manager of end to end system design and integration with external systems. Managed the redesign of databases, front-ends, and processing into new integrated systems using corporate and bespoke technical system architecture. Aware of the need to grow the internal and commercial customer, and prepare for future growth and development of both systems and relationships. Fully database astute, and treats development and technical teams as peer groups. Engages at all levels, and directs teams to fulfil agreed delivery.
Chosen as interface between supplier and internal/external customer requirements within businesses. Deputises as required by IT Directors and technical implementations consultant generating confidence in proposals. Aware of how a company benefits from software implementation, and the hidden costs. Open and candid where appropriate with company bottom line paramount. Still revelling in many long term customer relationships, has references from customers and employees alike. Used to getting the best from the IS teams, and Senior Management. Has managed internal customers on board with UAT and profiling within the corporate environment. Externally customer facing, and confident within the client base.
•Delivery and Implementation Management
Constructing implementation budgets, Estimates, plans and strategies to deliver IT solutions and change that are fit for purpose and thoroughly tested by all parties concerned. Managing the handover to BAU teams enabling future development with ease. Ensuring full documentation and support. Managing testing processes through unit, system and integration testing; managing customer/User acceptance testing prior to go-live. Managing IT budgets afterwards ready for future developments.
•Fellow of The Institution of Analysts & Programmers
•Member Institute Management of Information System.
•MBA Xmt at Omnia Business School, Oxford
•Derby Uni, ACCA Parts A&B and ICMA Parts A&B
•APM Cert, MAPM, Taught SSADM (Prince1) at Training Consultancy Ltd. Currently working on AAPM.
•First person in the UK to gain the Software Specialist Certificate (Computing and The Times)
Global Senior IT Programme and Project Manager