Alexander Portera, Product Manager in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Alexander Portera

Product Manager in Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Member since May 24, 2019
Alex is an enthusiastic product manager with a passion for developing products that solve user problems and products that users love. Throughout his career, he has used his instincts to optimize and streamline inefficient processes as well as implementing a structured and systematic approach of getting things done to help numerous teams succeed. Creating a shared vision to align and motivate teams is of foremost importance to him.
Alexander is now available for hire

Project Highlights

  • Assessed the digital readiness of the company-wide divisions and created a specific action plan.
  • Owned the project—leading the product strategy, design, and development.
  • Delivered four product launches in one year.



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  • Digital Product Manager

    2018 - 2019
    Switzerland Global Enterprise
    • Spearheaded digitalization initiatives with the goal of digitalizing their offerings, improving internal efficiency, and increasing customer engagement.
    • Performed a digital scan of the organization.
    • Adapted the company 2017-2022 strategy to achieve a business transformation—both technological and cultural.
    • Created an action plan for each business unit to achieve the 2022 strategy.
  • Product Owner

    2016 - 2018
    Appway AG
    • Led the product ideation and development of four products in the company's product portfolio.
    • Coordinated the technical modularisation of the products.
    • Partnered with marketing, presales, and sales in the GTM strategy.
    • Defined the team's structure, processes, procedures and initiated the team to Scrum (later switched to Scrumban).
    • Managed a cross-functional team across different locations.
  • President

    2014 - 2015
    OBIS (ETH Zurich)
    • Led the rebranding and repositioning of the organisation to increase relevancy and attract new audiences.
    • Managed sponsorships and developed contacts with the entities at the organization's boundaries.
    • Represented 200+ students in front of the professors and the managers of the department.
    • Led a team of eleven board members.
  • Co-founder

    2014 - 2015
    EyeSpoke Glasses
    • Drove the product roadmap, definition, and analysis.
    • Modeled and coordinated the production of 3D printed glasses.
    • Pitched the concept to prospective clients and competitions.
  • Assembly Planning Consultant

    2012 - 2013
    Audi AG
    • Created a prediction model for faulty vehicle run-ups with respect to completion time, needed surface area, and personnel.
    • Optimized the assembly process to achieve a throughput of 1,200 cars per day.
    • Supported the project management of the Golf 7 and Audi A3 Sportback.
    • Oversaw and was responsible for knowledge transfers between Germany and China.

Project History

  • Digital Scan
    Assessed the digital readiness of the company-wide divisions and created a specific action plan.

    Alexander performed a scan on the digital readiness of Switzerland Global Enterprise. The scan was based on the digitalization achievements between 2017 and 2019 and on industry best practices. It included an assessment of the company’s operations, marketing, strategy, business line, culture, HR, and governance.

    The result of the digital scan was used to adapt the company 2022 strategy and to create company-wide objectives and an action plan.

  • EyeSpoke Glasses
    Owned the project—leading the product strategy, design, and development.

    EyeSpoke Glasses was an eyewear startup that had the goal of merging existing technologies—mobile 3D scanner, augmented reality, and 3D printing—to offer one-of-a-kind sunglasses, fitted to the customer's face along with a customized design.

  • Appway Product Portfolio
    Delivered four product launches in one year.

    As part of the company's expansion strategy, my team was asked to launch multiple digital products to create a product portfolio. We developed four new products for the banking industry, and they have been built modularly to increase the release speed and leverage existing knowledge.

    One of the products, client onboarding, was the market leader in the wealth management banking sector.


  • Master's degree in Management, Technology, and Economics
    2013 - 2016
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Design Automation and Manufacturing
    2010 - 2013
    Tongji University - Shanghai, China
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering
    2009 - 2012
    Politecnico di Torino - Torino, Italy


  • Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)
    JULY 2017 - PRESENT

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