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  • Carlos J. Sousa Solutions Delivery ProfessionalA passionate, versatile and results oriented leader with 25+ years experience ensuringinvestments in products, processes and technology align with business strategy and deliverthe most business value What value can I bring ? My fundamental beliefs My professional experience - Summary My Detailed Experience My Education
  • What value can I bring?• Do you need to define or improve your strategy in aligning your technology investments, product development and operational processes with your business objectives?• Are you encountering challenges in managing these project portfolio components? – having consistent processes to manage your project portfolo – modelling to determine which projects should be on the portfolio and measuring ROI – consistent and ongoing governance of project prioritization – capturing status reporting which is reflective of the real project status – having project sponsors who understand their role and are committed to the success of their projects, or – negotiating the realignment of project resources when; priorities change, there is an unbalance between resource demands and resource supply or projects go off track Over the last 25 years I have experienced these same challenges and addressed them successfully with different teams, different products and with organizations which were at varying process maturity levels
  • My Fundamental Beliefs• All programs/projects must deliver revenue generation, expense reduction or risk mitigation• Clarity on the project goal, project deliverables and business value of the project by all project team members is critical• Project delivery methodologies may need to vary depending on the project team composition and how variable the project scope is• Project executive sponsor committees play an ongoing critical governance role in directing the project portfolio based on business and project priority changes and committing as a team to resource re- allocations• Technology innovation and stability can be a key differentiator but must be supported by a clear business strategy and clear tactical delivery plan• A balanced approach to Clients, Financials, People and Processes is important to managing the success of projects
  • My Professional ExperienceSummary• 15+ years of experience in aligning business strategy, business tactical objectives and client requirements with product, process and technology roadmaps and project portfolios. Experience in modeling project value to measure revenue, expense and risk mitigation• 10+ years of experience working with National and Global executives in matrix organizations to establish project portfolio management which ensures project status transparency, business oriented reporting, project governance and project portfolio flexibility• 25+ years consulting to large corporations, crown corporations and not for profit organizations on outsourcing of benefits, pension and employee communications products and services and process improvement• 25+ years leading people. Have managed teams responsible for project management office, program/project management, product management, architecture, development, business analysis, quality assurance, employee communications consulting, IT infrastructure, knowledge management and process management.• 20+ years of experience in developing policy and implementing processes on Project Management, Systems Development Lifecycle, security, privacy, business continuity and other ITIL and ISO worldwide de facto standards in service management
  • My Professional ExperienceDetailed 1 of 3Senior Director – National Solutions DeliveryMercerPublic Company; 10,001+ employees; MMC; Human Resources industryJuly 2007 – November 2011 (4 years 6 months) Toronto, Canada AreaClients• Key point of contact when meeting with clients on technology related services, products and processes. This also included addressing critical RFP/RFI questions, meetings with client auditors and representing the business on internal security, privacy and business continuity audits• Delivered new and enhanced product and technology solutions to clients in support of Pension, Benefits, multi-employer plans and call centre services. Products and technology included: , DB Pension systems, Flex Benefits systems, Total Benefits Web portals and SSO integration, Data Management platforms, multi-employer systems, workflow management, imaging services, computer telephony integration and Knowledge management products.• Delivered key client risk mitigation and service level processes such as: 99.9% Web product availability, business continuity/disaster recovery solutions, Web services monitoring, alerting and responses, security and privacy controls, service availability and performance reportingFinancials• Managed Product and Technology Budgets. Achieved P&L budget targets of $15M annually• Expanded resource pool and expertise on niche technologies by hiring offshore resources. Increased resource pool by 15 individuals while reducing the annual expenses by eliminating 4 contract positions• Planned and managed technology expenditure financials to enable amortization of new product development expenses (SOP98)• Negotiated new software agreements and maintenance agreements with various software vendors and partners. Resulted in cost savings below market level increases of 5% to 10%People• Coached program and project managers on complex programs and projects which were in trouble. Most projects completed successfully and some projects were cancelled after review of business value• Managed a team of over 60 professionals, onshore and offshore, consisting of product managers, business analysts, architects, project managers, developers, quality assurance, knowledge management and technology relationship managers• Set department and direct reporting annual goals and conducted regular performance reviews and personal development planning sessions with direct reports• Developed special plans and mentored high achieving individuals to ensure continuous personal development and promotion
  • My Professional ExperienceDetailed 2 of 3Processes• Developed annual product and technology roadmaps and acted as the sponsor for programs and projects to deliver annual roadmaps. Established and oversaw a technology PMO. On average delivered over 15 large projects per year with most being on time and on budget• Met with program/project managers on a weekly basis to evaluate status of project portfolio. Reported to the global executive team on status of project portfolio and modified project portfolio based on changes to business priorities, resource availability and resource conflicts• Acted as the escalation point on complex programs and projects in trouble and led critical response teams on operational critical service outages.• Oversaw project management, development and technology operational processes to ensure the semi-annual CICA5970 level II audit controls, client controls and internal controls were met. These audits s covered: logical and physical security, privacy, accessibility, business continuity, systems development life cycle, project life cycle, change management and other technology operational processes. Result was that the CICA5970 level II certification was maintainedMember of Executive Committees• Canadian Outsourcing leadership executive team. This team was responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Canadian Outsourcing business• Global solutions delivery leadership team. Representing Canada in the alignment of technology products, services, people and processes for Outsourcing, worldwide• Global risk management committee. Responsible for developing and governing risk management controls across all business units• Canadian leader’s technology committee. Representing Outsourcing in the management of all aspects of Mercer National technology.• Canadian business continuity committee. Development of a Mercer national business continuity strategy and operational governance• Technology offshoring leadership committee. Management of the offshoring strategy and operational governance for Outsourcing worldwideNational Operations ManagerMercer HR ConsultingPublic Company; 10,001+ employees; MMC; Human Resources industryJanuary 2004 – July 2007 (3 years 7 months) Toronto, Canada Area• Delivered over 30 new and enhanced product and technology operations process policies using ITIL and ISO best practices and deployed new processes nationally to attain CICA5970 level 2 (now CSAE 3416) audit certification. This certification provided a strategic advantage over other competitors who did not have the certification and eliminated the need for most clients to audit outsourced operations
  • My Professional ExperienceDetailed 3 of 3Global IT Program ManagerMercer HR ConsultingPublic Company; 10,001+ employees; MMC; Human Resources industryJanuary 2003 – December 2004 (2 years) Toronto, Canada Area• Oversaw global (US, UK, Canada and Australia) projects on product assessment, vendor selection, vendor licensing negotiations, program/project management standards and governance for workflow, case management, imaging and data management products. Program managed the build, integration and implementation of these systems and the transition to operations. All products selected are still in use and are continuing to be the global standard across the companyNational IT Infrastructure Services DirectorMercer HR ConsultingPublic Company; 10,001+ employees; MMC; Human Resources industrySeptember 2002 – December 2003 (1 year 4 months) Toronto, Canada Area• Managed over 100 staff in 12 locations across Canada. Delivered Mercer Canada infrastructure and processes nationally, including: network and Internet engineering, operations and desktop support, client relationship management, network communications, change management and helpdesk technical services nationallySenior Project ManagerWilliam M. MercerPublic Company; 10,001+ employees; MMC; Human Resources industrySeptember 2001 – September 2002 (1 year 1 month) Toronto, Canada AreaPrincipalMorneau Sobeco Deloitte & TouchePrivate Company; 800+ employees; Human Resources industryJanuary 1997 – September 2001 (4 years 9 months) Toronto, Canada AreaVP MISMorneau Coopers & LybrandPrivate Company; 800+ employees; Human Resources industryJanuary 1990 – December 1996 (7 years) Toronto, Canada Area
  • My EducationSchulich School of Business - Masters Certificate, Project Management2001Ryerson University – Computer Science1979 - 1982Completed a number of professional development courses including:• Agile Project Management• Professional Presentations• Executive Business Writing• Enhanced Communications Styles• Managing People and Performance Management• Project Estimating