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JoAnn Strugala
6 Marc Drive, Dayton, NJ 08810
732-221-1348
j_strugala@yahoo.com
Highly accomplished professional with over 15 years of diverse experience in the human resources,
benefits, payroll and recruitment fields, with a strong client/customer focus. Highly motivated and
energetic individual with proven ability to strategize and prioritize effectively to accomplish multiple
projects and tasks under strict time constraints. Knowledgeable in project management, processes,
tools and techniques.
Exceptionally organized and disciplined; possess well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to
motivate and direct others in a supportive cooperative team environment. Skilled in building excellent
rapport with cross-functional teams and vendors, delegating effectively and motivating team members
to achieve on-time project completion. Highly adaptable to ever changing circumstances. Analytical
problem-solver, able to pro-activately identify issues, recommend resolution and improve efficiency.
Exceptional focus, follow-through and coordination skills. Dedicated to understanding and meeting
client’s needs with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
CORE COMPENTENCIES
HR, Benefits, Recruitment & Payroll Software Project Management
Key Account Management Team Leadership & Training
Policy & Procedure Administration Problem Resolution
Professional Experience
HCL AXON – Virtual (Remote) 7/2014 – 9/2015
HCM Senior Solution Consultant
• Manage multiple customer specific engagements to implement Ceridian Dayforce HCM
solutions
• Lead and guide project team through all stages of implementation lifecycle
• Responsible for delivery of services according to project scope, timeline & budget
• Set & manage customer expectations, identifying risks & issues and determine resolution
plans
• Develop a constructive working relationship with the customer to ensure customer
satisfaction
• Manage teams of Implementation Consultants and their assigned activities
• Monitor communication between functional IC’s and technical team to support interfaces,
carrier feeds & other requirements
• Ensure client acceptance criteria is executed & signed off for all phases(Discovery, Sandbox,
Parallel, Data conversion & Go-Live)
_____________________________________________________________________________
JK GROUP – Plainsboro, NJ 9/2013 – 6/2014
HR Implementation Consultant
• Assisted Implementation Dept with setup of new clients with HRIS/Philanthropic Software
Programs
• Created PowerPoint Presentations – Overview of Software Programs
• Created agendas & timelines for Kickoff Meetings
• Conducted Kickoff Meeting with Clients
• Internal setup of company information/registration
• Configuration setup of Software applications for all new clients
____________________________________________________________________________
NOVO NORDISK INC. – Princeton, NJ 4/2012 – 9/2012
HR Recruiting Coordinator Contract Position
High Volume Sales Expansion Project –
• Key role in the recruitment process by reviewing resumes, screening candidates for 800+
open sales positions; to ensure they met specific job/eligibility requirements
• Prioritized & evaluated candidate documentation in a fast paced & high volume capacity
• Communicated timely decisions to the Screening Consultants, Regional Recruiting Managers
& Novo Nordisk Management team
• Team Leader for a group of 12 Document Review Specialists. Oversaw the daily
implementation process, ensured deadlines were met according to the project plan
• Provided training and guidance on the process & procedure for accurately reviewing the
documentation & updating statuses in the Applicant Tracking System (Brass Ring – Kenexa)
________________________________________________________________
DOW JONES INC. – South Brunswick, NJ 2/2010 to 4/2010
HR Project Coordinator/Manager Contract Position
HR Benefits Outsourcing Project –
• Managed the daily implementation including plan development, created project timelines and
ensured milestones were met according to schedule
• Tracked issues, facilitated resolution and conducted daily status calls with client teams, internal
teams & third-party vendors
• Proactively managed changes in project scope, identifying potential crises and escalated to
senior management. Created project workflows, agendas and documented daily/weekly
statuses
POINTS NORTH CONSULTING – Duluth, MN
2006 to 2009
Virtual Project Manager (HR/Payroll Implementation)
Managed the planning, execution & finalization of multiple implementation projects according to strict
deadlines and within budget constraints. Defined the project objectives and oversaw quality control on a
daily basis throughout project life cycle.
• Defined project scope, goals and deliverables that support business model in collaboration with
senior management. Developed best practices and tools for project execution and management.
Developed full-scale project plans for internal & external projects. Developed communication
documents used in project life cycle
• Managed implementation projects for payroll and hr software applications from conception to
completion. Managed project teams including programmers, implementation specialists, and internal
project staff
• Developed project timelines and ensured milestones were met according to schedule. Tracked
issues, facilitated resolution and conducted weekly status calls with client teams, internal teams &
third-party vendors
• Prepared and presented timely status reports to client and internal teams and internal senior
management
• Proactively managed changes in project scope, identifying potential crises and devised contingency
plans
AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING — Dayton, NJ 1999 to 2006
Implementation Consultant
Implemented Autopay(PC-based payroll), PayXpert (web-based payroll) and Benefits Xpert (benefit tracking
software) to new clients and additional features to existing clients for Major Accounts & EBS Sales divisions.
• Utilized extensive payroll and human resource knowledge to coordinate and manage multiple
complex implementation projects simultaneously
• Proven ability in project and time management to work independently under pressure & meet strict
timeframes
• Communicated effectively to external clients including upper management, 3rd
party vendors and
internal clients such as Sales, Client Services, Financial Services & Regional Management
• Provided technical support and on-the-job training for new implementation specialists
• Coordinated & scheduled training of client personnel to provide proper and effective utilization of the
ADP payroll/hr products and provided on-site instruction to clients during 1st
input visits
• Proven ability in problem resolution and follow up skill set to ensure client satisfaction and client
retention
______________________________________________________________________________________
COVANCE — Princeton, NJ
Payroll Manager
1997 to 1999
WAKEFERN FOOD CORPORATION — Edison, NJ
SHOPRITE FINANCIAL SERVICES
1994 to 1997
Lead Payroll Support
TECHNICAL SKILLS:
Proficient in Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Internet Explorer, MS Office: Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Project and HRIS, Benefit & Payroll Software (ADP Payroll/HR solutions, Ceridian
Dayforce HCM solutions (WFM, Payroll, HR, Benefits), Applicant Tracking Systems (Kenexa- 2XB-
Brass Ring, & Taleo)

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jstrugala resume2016

  • 1. JoAnn Strugala 6 Marc Drive, Dayton, NJ 08810 732-221-1348 j_strugala@yahoo.com Highly accomplished professional with over 15 years of diverse experience in the human resources, benefits, payroll and recruitment fields, with a strong client/customer focus. Highly motivated and energetic individual with proven ability to strategize and prioritize effectively to accomplish multiple projects and tasks under strict time constraints. Knowledgeable in project management, processes, tools and techniques. Exceptionally organized and disciplined; possess well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive cooperative team environment. Skilled in building excellent rapport with cross-functional teams and vendors, delegating effectively and motivating team members to achieve on-time project completion. Highly adaptable to ever changing circumstances. Analytical problem-solver, able to pro-activately identify issues, recommend resolution and improve efficiency. Exceptional focus, follow-through and coordination skills. Dedicated to understanding and meeting client’s needs with a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. CORE COMPENTENCIES HR, Benefits, Recruitment & Payroll Software Project Management Key Account Management Team Leadership & Training Policy & Procedure Administration Problem Resolution Professional Experience HCL AXON – Virtual (Remote) 7/2014 – 9/2015 HCM Senior Solution Consultant • Manage multiple customer specific engagements to implement Ceridian Dayforce HCM solutions • Lead and guide project team through all stages of implementation lifecycle • Responsible for delivery of services according to project scope, timeline & budget • Set & manage customer expectations, identifying risks & issues and determine resolution plans • Develop a constructive working relationship with the customer to ensure customer satisfaction • Manage teams of Implementation Consultants and their assigned activities • Monitor communication between functional IC’s and technical team to support interfaces, carrier feeds & other requirements • Ensure client acceptance criteria is executed & signed off for all phases(Discovery, Sandbox, Parallel, Data conversion & Go-Live)
  • 2. _____________________________________________________________________________ JK GROUP – Plainsboro, NJ 9/2013 – 6/2014 HR Implementation Consultant • Assisted Implementation Dept with setup of new clients with HRIS/Philanthropic Software Programs • Created PowerPoint Presentations – Overview of Software Programs • Created agendas & timelines for Kickoff Meetings • Conducted Kickoff Meeting with Clients • Internal setup of company information/registration • Configuration setup of Software applications for all new clients ____________________________________________________________________________ NOVO NORDISK INC. – Princeton, NJ 4/2012 – 9/2012 HR Recruiting Coordinator Contract Position High Volume Sales Expansion Project – • Key role in the recruitment process by reviewing resumes, screening candidates for 800+ open sales positions; to ensure they met specific job/eligibility requirements • Prioritized & evaluated candidate documentation in a fast paced & high volume capacity • Communicated timely decisions to the Screening Consultants, Regional Recruiting Managers & Novo Nordisk Management team • Team Leader for a group of 12 Document Review Specialists. Oversaw the daily implementation process, ensured deadlines were met according to the project plan • Provided training and guidance on the process & procedure for accurately reviewing the documentation & updating statuses in the Applicant Tracking System (Brass Ring – Kenexa) ________________________________________________________________ DOW JONES INC. – South Brunswick, NJ 2/2010 to 4/2010 HR Project Coordinator/Manager Contract Position HR Benefits Outsourcing Project – • Managed the daily implementation including plan development, created project timelines and ensured milestones were met according to schedule • Tracked issues, facilitated resolution and conducted daily status calls with client teams, internal teams & third-party vendors • Proactively managed changes in project scope, identifying potential crises and escalated to senior management. Created project workflows, agendas and documented daily/weekly statuses POINTS NORTH CONSULTING – Duluth, MN 2006 to 2009 Virtual Project Manager (HR/Payroll Implementation) Managed the planning, execution & finalization of multiple implementation projects according to strict deadlines and within budget constraints. Defined the project objectives and oversaw quality control on a
  • 3. daily basis throughout project life cycle. • Defined project scope, goals and deliverables that support business model in collaboration with senior management. Developed best practices and tools for project execution and management. Developed full-scale project plans for internal & external projects. Developed communication documents used in project life cycle • Managed implementation projects for payroll and hr software applications from conception to completion. Managed project teams including programmers, implementation specialists, and internal project staff • Developed project timelines and ensured milestones were met according to schedule. Tracked issues, facilitated resolution and conducted weekly status calls with client teams, internal teams & third-party vendors • Prepared and presented timely status reports to client and internal teams and internal senior management • Proactively managed changes in project scope, identifying potential crises and devised contingency plans AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING — Dayton, NJ 1999 to 2006 Implementation Consultant Implemented Autopay(PC-based payroll), PayXpert (web-based payroll) and Benefits Xpert (benefit tracking software) to new clients and additional features to existing clients for Major Accounts & EBS Sales divisions. • Utilized extensive payroll and human resource knowledge to coordinate and manage multiple complex implementation projects simultaneously • Proven ability in project and time management to work independently under pressure & meet strict timeframes • Communicated effectively to external clients including upper management, 3rd party vendors and internal clients such as Sales, Client Services, Financial Services & Regional Management • Provided technical support and on-the-job training for new implementation specialists • Coordinated & scheduled training of client personnel to provide proper and effective utilization of the ADP payroll/hr products and provided on-site instruction to clients during 1st input visits • Proven ability in problem resolution and follow up skill set to ensure client satisfaction and client retention ______________________________________________________________________________________ COVANCE — Princeton, NJ Payroll Manager 1997 to 1999 WAKEFERN FOOD CORPORATION — Edison, NJ SHOPRITE FINANCIAL SERVICES 1994 to 1997 Lead Payroll Support TECHNICAL SKILLS: Proficient in Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Internet Explorer, MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project and HRIS, Benefit & Payroll Software (ADP Payroll/HR solutions, Ceridian Dayforce HCM solutions (WFM, Payroll, HR, Benefits), Applicant Tracking Systems (Kenexa- 2XB- Brass Ring, & Taleo)