Shantul Sharma

Shantul Sharma

Works at:

edge IPK

Location in:

Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

Shantul Sharma

Shantuls connections

Currently

Works at:
edge IPK
Location in:
Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

Bio

Experienced product team leader with more than ten years of experience in leading, designing and developing web-based applications for major multi-national clients, largely in Agile environments. Proven ability to deliver reliable solutions and to excel in various roles, including team leading, business analysis, requirement gathering, design and development. Currently in the final year of a three-year, flexible-learning Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Henley Business School, having passed the first two years with distinction. Permanent resident of the UK based in Reading, Berkshire.

Key Skills:

Considerable experience of gathering business requirements and converting them into clear coherent specifications using user stories, acceptance criteria and any other supporting documentation.

Extensive experience of working at various stages of product lifecycle including business analysis, estimation, prototyping, customer liaison, technical architecture, development, QA liaison and deployment.

Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills with experience of conversing with various business stakeholders, customers and technical teams.

Excellent understanding and experience of designing valuable, feasible and effective user experiences through the creation of wireframes and early prototypes.

Excellent interpersonal skills with experience of being the communication channel between product managers and the development team.

Strong understanding of Agile principles, especially Scrum activities such as sprints, use of task boards, daily stand-up meetings and creation and maintenance of product and sprint backlogs.

Strong technical background in web development, user experience design and enterprise applications.

Shantul has worked/studied in

  • India
  • United Kingdom

Shantul speaks

  • English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati

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Work

2008 – present

Team Leader

edge IPK Limited , United Kingdom
  • Responsible for leading teams at various stages of the project lifecycle, gathering customer requirements, wireframing screen prototypes, defining architecture with technical leads and working closely with customers, project managers and QA team to deliver quality projects. Extensive knowledge of general and commercial insurance domains as a result of working with major insurance providers such as Allianz Insurance, Zurich Insurance (Latin America), Liverpool Victoria as well as retail banks such as ABN Amro.
  • Conducted extensive research on various business aspects of the organisation such as people and performance management, process management, corporate finance and governance, strategic marketing and strategic direction as part of the MBA assignments.
  • Led a team of onsite (UK) and offshore (India) team members through various stages of the project lifecycle to create a new website for Arval UK, a leading fuel card company. Responsible for guiding team members in the use of Agile and Kanban techniques such as online task boards and daily stand-up meetings.
  • Liaised with the customer in defining the business and technical requirements analysis for the Arval UK project through the creation of wireframes as well as prototype screens using edge IPK’s product, edgeConnect. Confidently demonstrated implemented features to all stakeholders at regular intervals, taking feedback and translating them into requirements.
  • Responsible for defining processes such as the client-onshore-offshore communication process, defining project document templates and assisting the project manager in the estimation of requirements.
  • Led a small team on a rebranding project for the insurance company LV= (Liverpool Victoria). Championed Agile principles to the team and the customer through the successful implementation of task boards, daily stand-up meetings and iterative development
2011 – present

Team Leader

edge IPK
  • Responsible for leading teams at various stages of the project lifecycle, gathering customer requirements, wireframing screen prototypes, defining architecture with technical leads and working closely with customers, project managers and QA team to deliver quality projects. Extensive knowledge of general and commercial insurance domains as a result of working with major insurance providers such as Allianz Insurance, Zurich Insurance (Latin America), Liverpool Victoria as well as retail banks such as ABN Amro.
  • Conducted extensive research on various business aspects of the organisation such as people and performance management, process management, corporate finance and governance, strategic marketing and strategic direction as part of the MBA assignments.
  • Led a team of onsite (UK) and offshore (India) team members through various stages of the project lifecycle to create a new website for Arval UK, a leading fuel card company. Responsible for guiding team members in the use of Agile and Kanban techniques such as online task boards and daily stand-up meetings.
  • Liaised with the customer in defining the business and technical requirements analysis for the Arval UK project through the creation of wireframes as well as prototype screens using edge IPK’s product, edgeConnect. Confidently demonstrated implemented features to all stakeholders at regular intervals, taking feedback and translating them into requirements.
  • Responsible for defining processes such as the client-onshore-offshore communication process, defining project document templates and assisting the project manager in the estimation of requirements.
2008 – 2011

Senior Developer

edge IPK
  • Led a small team on a rebranding project for the insurance company LV= (Liverpool Victoria). Championed Agile principles to the team and the customer through the successful implementation of task boards, daily stand-up meetings and iterative development.
  • Delivered the rebranding of LV=’s Home and Motor insurance products on-time using edgeConnect in conjunction with jQuery, AJAX, JavaScript and CSS.
  • Key member of the development team on Quote SME, a major legacy system replacement for Allianz Insurance. Single-handedly responsible for liaising with the customers to draw up the requirements and then prototyping and developing Clause Editor, a major component of Quote SME. Played an important role in the latter stages in the analysis, tracking and fixing of defects up to system “go live”.
  • Individually responsible for designing and developing the Cross-Border Risk Assessment functionality in ABN Amro’s internal client assessment application. Proactively improved upon the existing design of certain other areas of the project and co-ordinated the development of the changes with the team members.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader

Mastek Limited , United Kingdom
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader / Senior Developer

Mastek Ltd
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader / Senior Developer (Mastek Contractor)

Capita SIP Services
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2004 – 2006

Software Engineer

Rave Technologies
  • Designed and developed J2EE applications for UK-based customers while working both onsite as well as offshore (India). Gained initial exposure to Scrum and XP.
  • Key member of a bespoke web services enhancement project using technologies such as SOAP, EJB, Hibernate, Websphere 5.1, JUnit, XMLUnit, DBUnit and CruiseControl for TietoEnator Financial Solutions.
  • Gained exposure to Scrum and XP techniques such as test-driven iterative development, pair programming and sprints.
2002 – 2004

Senior Software Engineer

Vaman Technologies
  • Joined as a trainee Java developer and progressed through the ranks to become a senior developer and then a team leader for the front-end development team.
  • Involved in the development of an indigenous Relational Database Management System, which combined the functionality of a database, web and mail server into one product.
  • Part of the team building front-end tools for the RDBMS using Java Swing, JDBC.
  • Member of the Core Technical Committee that took key decisions regarding the development phases and product features.

Work

2008 – present

Team Leader

edge IPK Limited , United Kingdom
  • Responsible for leading teams at various stages of the project lifecycle, gathering customer requirements, wireframing screen prototypes, defining architecture with technical leads and working closely with customers, project managers and QA team to deliver quality projects. Extensive knowledge of general and commercial insurance domains as a result of working with major insurance providers such as Allianz Insurance, Zurich Insurance (Latin America), Liverpool Victoria as well as retail banks such as ABN Amro.
  • Conducted extensive research on various business aspects of the organisation such as people and performance management, process management, corporate finance and governance, strategic marketing and strategic direction as part of the MBA assignments.
  • Led a team of onsite (UK) and offshore (India) team members through various stages of the project lifecycle to create a new website for Arval UK, a leading fuel card company. Responsible for guiding team members in the use of Agile and Kanban techniques such as online task boards and daily stand-up meetings.
  • Liaised with the customer in defining the business and technical requirements analysis for the Arval UK project through the creation of wireframes as well as prototype screens using edge IPK’s product, edgeConnect. Confidently demonstrated implemented features to all stakeholders at regular intervals, taking feedback and translating them into requirements.
  • Responsible for defining processes such as the client-onshore-offshore communication process, defining project document templates and assisting the project manager in the estimation of requirements.
  • Led a small team on a rebranding project for the insurance company LV= (Liverpool Victoria). Championed Agile principles to the team and the customer through the successful implementation of task boards, daily stand-up meetings and iterative development
2011 – present

Team Leader

edge IPK
  • Responsible for leading teams at various stages of the project lifecycle, gathering customer requirements, wireframing screen prototypes, defining architecture with technical leads and working closely with customers, project managers and QA team to deliver quality projects. Extensive knowledge of general and commercial insurance domains as a result of working with major insurance providers such as Allianz Insurance, Zurich Insurance (Latin America), Liverpool Victoria as well as retail banks such as ABN Amro.
  • Conducted extensive research on various business aspects of the organisation such as people and performance management, process management, corporate finance and governance, strategic marketing and strategic direction as part of the MBA assignments.
  • Led a team of onsite (UK) and offshore (India) team members through various stages of the project lifecycle to create a new website for Arval UK, a leading fuel card company. Responsible for guiding team members in the use of Agile and Kanban techniques such as online task boards and daily stand-up meetings.
  • Liaised with the customer in defining the business and technical requirements analysis for the Arval UK project through the creation of wireframes as well as prototype screens using edge IPK’s product, edgeConnect. Confidently demonstrated implemented features to all stakeholders at regular intervals, taking feedback and translating them into requirements.
  • Responsible for defining processes such as the client-onshore-offshore communication process, defining project document templates and assisting the project manager in the estimation of requirements.
2008 – 2011

Senior Developer

edge IPK
  • Led a small team on a rebranding project for the insurance company LV= (Liverpool Victoria). Championed Agile principles to the team and the customer through the successful implementation of task boards, daily stand-up meetings and iterative development.
  • Delivered the rebranding of LV=’s Home and Motor insurance products on-time using edgeConnect in conjunction with jQuery, AJAX, JavaScript and CSS.
  • Key member of the development team on Quote SME, a major legacy system replacement for Allianz Insurance. Single-handedly responsible for liaising with the customers to draw up the requirements and then prototyping and developing Clause Editor, a major component of Quote SME. Played an important role in the latter stages in the analysis, tracking and fixing of defects up to system “go live”.
  • Individually responsible for designing and developing the Cross-Border Risk Assessment functionality in ABN Amro’s internal client assessment application. Proactively improved upon the existing design of certain other areas of the project and co-ordinated the development of the changes with the team members.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader

Mastek Limited , United Kingdom
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader / Senior Developer

Mastek Ltd
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2006 – 2008

Project Leader / Senior Developer (Mastek Contractor)

Capita SIP Services
  • Member of the initial application development and implementation team for Capita Life & Pensions’ CSIPS Web Portal project. Developed the web portal using technologies such as Weblogic Portal 8.1, Servlets, JSPs, and Origo and FIXML standards.
  • Designed and developed the fund trading module of the application which enabled the users to place real time trades in the fund market and get latest valuation of the portfolio.
  • Led the onsite team to upgrade the application to handle multiple investment products and was involved in the design, development and implementation of the solution.
  • Responsible for requirements analysis, estimation of change requests and impact analysis of changes and bug fixes.
  • Performed the role of a Technical Analyst on a Management Information System (MIS) project for Capita. Worked closely with the Head of Technology in analysing the various components and third-party deliverables on the project and writing technical documents defining the scope and requirements of each deliverable.
2004 – 2006

Software Engineer

Rave Technologies
  • Designed and developed J2EE applications for UK-based customers while working both onsite as well as offshore (India). Gained initial exposure to Scrum and XP.
  • Key member of a bespoke web services enhancement project using technologies such as SOAP, EJB, Hibernate, Websphere 5.1, JUnit, XMLUnit, DBUnit and CruiseControl for TietoEnator Financial Solutions.
  • Gained exposure to Scrum and XP techniques such as test-driven iterative development, pair programming and sprints.
2002 – 2004

Senior Software Engineer

Vaman Technologies
  • Joined as a trainee Java developer and progressed through the ranks to become a senior developer and then a team leader for the front-end development team.
  • Involved in the development of an indigenous Relational Database Management System, which combined the functionality of a database, web and mail server into one product.
  • Part of the team building front-end tools for the RDBMS using Java Swing, JDBC.
  • Member of the Core Technical Committee that took key decisions regarding the development phases and product features.

Education

2010 – 2013

Henley Business School

MBA (MBA)
2001 – 2002

National Centre for Software Technology

FPGDST
1998 – 2001

University of Mumbai

B.Sc.

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