Projects


Role: Rollout Manager
Client: Adam Opel AG
Date & Location: May 2017 – Present | Rüsselsheim, Germany

The "Adam Opel AG" is a German automobile manufacturer, subsidiary of the French automotive company Groupe PSA since March 2017 after being bought by General Motors in 1929.


Role: Project Manager
Client: ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice
Date & Location: October 2013 – March 2017 | Cologne, Germany

The "ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice" (formerly known as GEZ) is a joint organization of Germany's public broadcasting institutions, located in Cologne, Germany. They are responsible for the collection of license fees, which need to be paid by every household, company and institution in Germany. This service therefore maintains one of the most comprehensive databases on the population of Germany. I was a PM for the development and the launch of the "Service Portal für Unternehmen", a web application allowing corporate customers to register and maintain their fees account.


Role: Project Manager, Portfolio Manager
Client: MRM worldwide
Date & Location: August 2010 – June 2013 (2 years 11 months) | Frankfurt, Germany and Detroit, USA

Project Manager for the "General Motors World Platform - GMWP", a CMS-Platform for all General Motors B2C websites worldwide (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Opel, Vauxhall). For this client I was involved in several projects:

  • Project management of the system integration tests during the migration of www.buick.com
  • Project management for the re-launch of www.cadillac.com
  • Project planning for www.gmc.com and www.chevrolet.com
  • Project management of the development of a CRM tool.
  • Technical project manager for the rollout of the international Chevrolet websites (mobile and desktop) in EMEA and Asia, coordinating the work of teams in Frankfurt, Shanghai and Chicago.
  • Portfolio manager for General Motors International Organization in Shanghai.

Within these projects I also managed the work of external suppliers (CMS Development, Data Centre and others). Project locations were Frankfurt/Main (main location) and occasionally Detroit, USA.


Role: Consultant
Client: Otto Group
Date & Location: June 2010 – June 2010 (1 month) | Hamburg, Germany

Short term consultancy: Evaluation of a Web Content Management Systems (CMS) for the re-launch of the corporate website www.ottogroup.com and the career portal of the Otto Group, Management consulting and analysis of internal data interfaces. The client implemented the proposed solution later on.


Role: Project Manager, Coach
Client: Hansgrohe AG
Date & Location: November 2009 – February 2010 (4 months) | Schiltach, Germany

Re-launch of the corporate website www.hansgrohe.com. The project team consisted out of staff members of the client from the IT department and the corporate communications department. Furthermore there were 2 external suppliers in the areas of marketing strategy and CMS-Development. All together I managed a team of about 25-30 persons. Together with the sub project managers of the external suppliers I developed the overall project plan. In parallel I coached 2 members of the leadership team of the client who took over the project after its first phase. As overall project manager I was responsible for the project budget, the weekly management reports, change management, stakeholder management, the management of the external suppliers and all other relevant aspects of the project.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Trainer
Client: TATCOT - Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists
Date & Location: October 2009 – November 2009 (2 months) | Moshi, Tanzania

Short term consultancy to support a German development co-operation project in Tanzania. I managed the creation of the first version of a website for this training centre together with local staff. In parallel I also trained a webmaster and content editors and defined the sustain-processes of this site. Furthermore I did an analysis of the existing IT infrastructure and gave recommendations for the future - with a focus on eLearning activities.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant
Client: Henkel Corporation
Date & Location: May 2004 – May 2009 (5 years 1 month) | Düsseldorf, Germany

For this client I was involved in several projects:

  • Re-launch of the Henkel Corporate Websites www.henkel.com including its 50 country versions. Within this project Henkel changed the technical platform from Cold Fusion to the Red Dot CMS (now Open Text) - at the same time the sites were also migrated to a new data Centre. Within this project my role was technical project manager and IT consultant, my major tasks were: Project planning of all technical work packages, product evaluation to identify a new CMS as well as a new Product Information System (PIM). Furthermore I prepared a pitch between CMS Development partners and Data Centres (RfP and bidders conferences). In the implementation phase I coordinated the work of the external suppliers and supported the overall project manager in the area of budget administration and led most negotiations between Henkel and all external service providers involved in this project. The average team size was 15 - 20 persons. Furthermore I was tasked to define OLAs and SLAs and to define ITIL-compatible sustain processes. After the initial launch I was also responsible for change management.
  • Document Management for Henkel and Dial. Together with a Henkel project manager I led the creation of a pre-study in that area. Once the project was approved I was responsible for creation of the necessary tender documents as well as the planning and execution of bidder’s conferences. I was also responsible for the design of the technical infrastructure and prepared the decisions for the Henkel leadership team.
  • Legal Contract Management for the Henkel Law Group. In this project I was responsible for the requirement analysis, the creation of specifications, test plans and the execution of the system tests.
  • Re-launch of www.prittworld.com and about 20 country versions of this brand website. In this project I consulted in the selection of the external service providers for development and hosting as well as in an evaluation to find a suitable Web Content Management System.

Role: Consultant
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Date & Location: October 2004 – November 2004 (2 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Short-term consultancy at the Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists, a project of the GTZ: Evaluation of IT infrastructure, enhancements of their statistics software package. This mission was a follow up on a previous analysis done in 2003.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst – DED
Date & April 1999 – December 2003 (4 years 9 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Part time for the German Development Service office in Hanoi: Website design, development and maintenance, LAN design and configuration, general IT cosultancy of their development co-operation projects, user support and others.


Role: Consultant
Client: VIETCOT - Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists
Date & Location: October 2003 – November 2003 (2 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

IT systems analysis and support for the Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists, a project of the GTZ: System review, analysis of databases and knowledge systems, recommendations for backup and recovery, client pc setup and others.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: German Embassy Vietnam
Date & Location: January 2003 – May 2003 (5 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Re-design of the Website: Requirement analysis, information analysis, development, implementation, training of webmaster.


Role: Project Manager, IT Architect
Client: VIETCOT - Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists
Date & Location: August 2002 – December 2002 (5 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Project management of the Software Development of an Administration and Statistics Package for the health sector, the implementation was done at FPT-Soft, Vietnam's largest software company.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Date & Location: September 2002 – November 2002 (3 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Planning and setup of a VPN (Virtual Private Network), connecting the GTZ Office Vietnam with the head quarter in Germany. In this project I coordinated the work of various service providers.


Role: Consultant
Client: Goethe Institut
Date & Location: August 2002 – September 2002 (2 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Consultancy, Staff Training and Quality Assurance for the Goethe-Institut Hanoi


Role: Trainer
Client: Grant Thornton Vietnam Ltd.
Date & Location: October 2000 – June 2002 (1 year 9 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

For Grant Thornton Vietnam and Bourne Griffiths Vietnam: Training of Vietnamese accountants - Information systems module of the ACCA-program, a multi module education leading to the status of a Certified Chartered Accountant.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Date & Location: October 2001 – February 2002 (5 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Website for the GTZ, Hanoi Office (Information analysis, design, development, implementation). I managed the whole project, compiled the contents together with the local staff and trained a webmaster and content editors. Furthermore I analyzed the existing IT infrastructure and gave recommendations for enhancements.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant
Client: SME Promotion Project (GTZ), Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
Date & Location: July 2001 – January 2002 (7 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

General consultancy and quality assurance on a study about the Vietnamese Software Industry, jointly conducted by SME-Promotion (a project of the GTZ) and the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).


Role: Trainer
Client: Bourne Griffiths Vietnam
Date & Location: November 2001 – November 2001 (1 month) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Project Management Training for the middle management of Vietnam Post & Telecommunication (VNPT).


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
Date & Location: March 2001 – March 2001 (1 month) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Website for the German Academic Exchange Service, Hanoi Office (Information analysis, design, development, implementation). I managed the project, compiled the contents together with the local staff and trained a webmaster and content editors.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, IT Architect
Client: VIETCOT - Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists
Date & Location: November 2000 – December 2000 (2 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Development of an application design for a software package (Administration and statistics) for the Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists, a project of the GTZ (Information analysis, specification of requirements, functional and database design, tender documents, evaluation of quotations).


Role: Trainer
Client: FPT Software
Date & Location: October 2000 – October 2000 (1 month) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Workshop for the team leaders of FPT-Soft about Customer Relationship Management.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: German Embassy Vietnam
Date & Location: June 2000 – September 2000 (4 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Website (Information analysis, design, development, implementation) for the Germany embassy. I managed the complete project, compiled the website contents together with the leadership team and trained a webmaster and content editors.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: VIETCOT - Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists
Date & Location: April 2000 – May 2000 (2 months) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Website (Information analysis, design, development , implementation) for VIETCOT. I managed the complete project, compiled the website contents together with the local staff and trained a webmaster and content editors.


Role: Trainer
Client: FPT Software
Date & Location: February 2000 – February 2000 (1 month) | Hanoi, Vietnam

Workshop for the team leaders of FPT-Soft about IT Project Management. FPT-Soft was at that time the largest Vietnamese IT service provider.


Role: Project Manager, Consultant, Developer, Trainer
Client: Computer Science Corporation (CSC)
Date & Location: January 1990 – March 1999 (9 years 3 months) | Cologne, Germany

For more than 9 years I was a permanent full-time employee of CSC Ploenzke, the German division of the Computer Science Corporation (CSC). In various roles (software developer, project manager, project consultant, analyst, trainer and others) I was working for the Cologne branch for industry and trade for the following projects:

  • Project Management and Management Consulting: Development of 2 Intranet Systems for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany: a virtual Year 2000 Office and and a Management Information System about SAP and Business Process Re-engineering.
  • Project Management: Development of an intranet-based finance reporting tool for Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany (Technical environment: IBM-MVS, DB2, SQL, IBM Web Server, Net.Data, HTML, Javascript)
  • Management Consulting: Study about Back-up/Disaster recovery Strategies and High-availability Lotus Notes Cluster Solutions for the Bayer Pharmaceutical Research Divison in Wuppertal, Germany.
  • Standard software evaluation for Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf, Germany (business processes analysis, tender documents, evaluation of quotations, implementation)
  • Management Consulting: Development of a Network strategy for the Bayer Pharmaceutical Research Divison in Wuppertal, Germany (study about Server and Client operating systems, Helpdesk solutions, Maintenance, Systems management). The solutions suggested in this study were later on successfully implemented by the client.
  • Design and development of a mobile data communications system for the sales division of Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf, Germany. The systems functions were order-recording, daily work reports, statistics, e-mail and others (technical design, development and testing, impelmentation, technical environment: MS-DOS, UNIX, C and Oracle). For this client I also developed various other Client-Server-based systems in the area of sales and marketing.
  • Re-engineering of a mainframe-based material logistics system for Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Germany (fine-tuning, development and testing, technical environment: IBM-MVS, JCL, DB2, SQL, IMS-DC, COBOL).