Andrei Bernovski, Project Manager in Lisbon, Portugal
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Andrei Bernovski

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Lisbon, Portugal
Toptal Member Since
December 3, 2018

Andrei is a certified project and program management professional with over a decade of IT, software, and digital experience. He has a solid track record of leading complex programs from start to finish and overseeing delivery teams in fast-paced Agile environments. He has worked with some of the most reputable brands, namely Volkswagen, Unilever, Virgin Media, Investec, British Gas, and Audi, as well as innovative startups, leading on-site and remote teams.

Project Highlights

Fintech Platform and Risk Assessment Engine Build
Led the full rebuild of a personal lending platform and machine-learning-driven risk assessment engine
Virgin Media eCommerce and Mobile Operator Offering Roll-out
Led the plan and phased roll-out of Virgin Media's SAP-based eCommerce and mobile operation infrastructure transformation.
Unilever Re-platforming
Led a re-platforming of thousands of Unilever's web properties across over 60 local markets.


Work Experience


2017 - PRESENT
  • Co-founded a project management-focused B2B SaaS startup.
  • Led the company through two successful rounds of VC funding.
  • Spearheaded product development from the original idea to market roll-out and growing revenue.
  • Set up measurable sales and marketing processes to support growth.
  • Managed a growing team of developers, designers, and salespeople.
  • Oversaw the day-to-day operations of a growing business, including financial planning, hiring, and more.

Agile Delivery Manager

2021 - 2023
Teknicks LLC
  • Established and implemented a project management framework for an expanding SEO agency, contributing to enhanced organizational efficiency and streamlined operations.
  • Successfully delivered Agile leadership to the agency, providing crucial support to the senior executive team.
  • Established a comprehensive tracking and reporting framework for the agency, enhancing data visibility and analytical capabilities.
  • Successfully executed a multitude of marketing and SEO projects for various pivotal client accounts.

Head of Product | Project Delivery Manager

2020 - 2023
  • Contributed to the successful launch and growth of a leading loan application management platform, guiding it from the beta-testing phase to a thriving startup.
  • Successfully formulated and executed product strategy for optimal results.
  • Established and executed a product analytics strategy, implementing a robust reporting framework to guide and enhance product development initiatives.
  • Recruited and oversaw a cross-functional team comprising developers, designers, and QA engineers.
  • Successfully established and optimized the product delivery process, implementing efficient ticketing systems, communication strategies, and reporting approaches.

Project Manager

2021 - 2022
  • Managed a team of 14 software engineers, designers, and QA engineers, working alongside a product owner.
  • Set up an agile development process, established and drove ceremonies, set up Azure DevOps instances, etc.
  • Managed end-to-end delivery of key revenue-generating initiatives on a gaming platform with 250K Daily Active Users.
  • Worked with a group of stakeholders (internal and external) to define, prioritize, and scope product features.

Project Manager | Product Manager | Operations Manager

2019 - 2020
Agribusiness Risk Underwriters
  • Scoped, defined features, and prioritized tasks for a SaaS and cross-platform mobile application—from the initial idea, working closely with C-level execs and other stakeholders.
  • Helped recruit a team of designers and developers.
  • Contributed actively to the UX and design of a SaaS and mobile application products.
  • Set up an agile development process, establishing and driving ceremonies, setting up Jira instances, etc.
  • Promoted the culture of internal knowledge sharing and set up internal knowledge bases.
  • Managed the day-to-day tasks of a cross-discipline technology team.
  • Worked with a group of stakeholders (internal and external) to define, prioritize, and scope product features.
  • Established and automated the company's processes relating to core operations (non-development). Recommended, selected and implemented a set of internal tools to measure, track and continuously improve productivity and efficiency.

Senior Project Manager | Product Manager | Scrum Master

2019 - 2019
  • Worked in a product management capacity with C-level execs and BizDev to develop and prioritize features across a number of products (SaaS, Chrome extension, etc).
  • Oversaw the transitioning of a team of developers, designers and QA engineers to scrum from a place of no process—from educating the stakeholders and team to monitoring and improving the team's productivity.
  • Served as a scrum master—configuring Jira, driving all Agile ceremonies and serving as a liaison between the business and technology team.
  • Supported BizDev in Sales calls, carrying out product Demos and acting as a Sales Engineer.
  • Set up and configured automated UI testing tools for SaaS and Chrome extension products.
  • Managed the set up and configuration of analytics tools and tracking framework for SaaS and Chrome extension products.
  • Supervised the setup, configuration, and content population of support tools for SaaS and Chrome extension products.

Project and Product Manager

2019 - 2019
  • Helped select and build a project team consisting of developers, designers, and DevOps.
  • Prioritized and scoped SaaS product features while working closely with a group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Helped develop personas and conduced user research interviews.
  • Created project budgets and tracked financial details.
  • Defined the agile development process and set up for the team and stakeholders.
  • Handled the day-to-day management and supervision of the project team.
  • Reported the project status to stakeholders regularly.

Head of Business Operations

2015 - 2017
  • Led the strategic planning and delivery of a technology platform underpinning £100 million personal finance business.
  • Built and line-managed a world-class team of project managers, product owners, and business analysts (consisting of about 20 people).
  • Created, coordinated, and continuously improved MYJAR delivery processes bringing together technology, product, marketing, underwriting, customer service, and business stakeholders.
  • Created a reporting framework delivering key insights for executives and business stakeholders.
  • Represented business operations, technology, and delivery functions to C-level executives internally and externally.

Program Manager

2014 - 2015
  • Provided day-to-day leadership on a multimillion-dollar account.
  • Oversaw and set the strategic direction for the delivery, tech, design, and content teams.
  • Defined and implemented agency-wide delivery standards and end-to-end agile processes to achieve a flexible yet confident delivery framework.
  • Owned and improved the reporting framework for status, risk management, and financial tracking.
  • Led diverse project teams in various work streams (infrastructure, BAU, platform development, content production, localization, global campaigns, UX research, and user testing). Addressed delivery and performance issues while boosting team morale.
  • Successfully implemented recovery processes for project crisis situations.
  • Managed the P&L responsibility for over $15 million in annual billings—maximizing the revenue and margin across multiple streams of work.
  • Owned client relationships alongside the client partner.

Program Manager

2012 - 2014
Wunderman Thompson
  • Drove, planned, and coordinated software development programs across engineering teams in dynamic complex stakeholder environments.
  • Worked with senior client stakeholders in the marketing and IT departments to define the roadmap and advise on the product strategy.
  • Built and maintained strong client relationships at the most senior level.
  • Structured and ran multiple work programs comprised of different types of revenue streams (T&M, project retainer, aftercare, and so on).
  • Developed and implemented a company-wide delivery process and tools for scope management, financial tracking, resourcing, and reporting.
  • Provided direction and guidance to cross-functional teams of 25+ people in an agile environment.
  • Implemented P&L responsibility for over $10 million in annual billings.
  • Line-managed a team of technical project managers.

Senior Project Manager

2012 - 2012
  • Oversaw a variety of complex software development and digital projects as part of a multimillion-dollar work program.
  • Provided senior leadership to the cross-functional project teams.
  • Led local and nearshore teams of 15+ people across a number of disciplines to ensure maximum performance and highest quality output in an agile-led environment.
  • Improved the content delivery and deployment processes in the agency.
  • Built and maintained strong client relationship at a senior level.

Senior Project Manager

2011 - 2012
Publicis Sapient
  • Managed complex work programs to an acceptable level of risk by balancing scope, time, cost, and quality.
  • Provided team leadership, inspiring and informing the creative and technical teams.
  • Ensured that the solution being built addressed the client's business requirements by engaging with the clients in senior marketing, technical, and executive management.
  • Led local and globally distributed teams of 35+ people to ensure maximum performance.
  • Implemented status and financial tracking process improvements to drive operational excellence and efficiency.

Project Manager

2010 - 2011
Tribal DDB
  • Oversaw large web projects and providing input across multiple projects within creative, UX and production teams.
  • Provided project leadership on a multimillion-dollar account.
  • Managed multiple vendors and was responsible for building the vendor relationships.
  • Implemented quality assurance practices on the account.
  • Handled significant client liaison responsibilities to ensure that client expectations were managed and met.

Senior Project Manager

2008 - 2010
Modera Consulting
  • Managed complex technical web projects including CMS, CRM, intranet, and extranet-based projects.
  • Oversaw the full lifecycle of project delivery from requirements gathering to QA.
  • Facilitated cross-functional teams' work on multiple projects.
  • Served as a liaison between the client and the internal teams.
  • Line-managed five associate and junior PMs. Provided mentoring.

Fintech Platform and Risk Assessment Engine Build

Led the full rebuild of a personal lending platform and machine-learning-driven risk assessment engine

MYJAR is one of the UK's leading personal finance providers.

I led a two-year-long program to fully rebuild the CRM and the credit risk assessment and product management systems from a monolith application to a microservice-driven platform.

I also ran the business operations team and was involved in the full lifecycle of the program, from planning to hiring a team to the iterative rebuild and roll-out of system components, ensuring there's no disruption to the ongoing business and that the main systems stay operational throughout the process, issuing 1,000 loans a day. Platform Development

Led a work program to build out a platform for Tourism Ireland across 20 local markets.

I led a project to plan, build out, and roll out in phases a new platform for The program involved a full array of disciplines: strategy, creative, content, and engineering with a team of 40. The program required constant communication with Tourism Ireland's 20 local markets to coordinate regional launches.

Virgin Media eCommerce and Mobile Operator Offering Roll-out

Led the plan and phased roll-out of Virgin Media's SAP-based eCommerce and mobile operation infrastructure transformation.

Virgin Media is the UK's leading fiber-optic broadband and TV operator. I planned, managed, and rolled-out their SAP Commerce Cloud (previously Hybris) based eCommerce offering which sees tens of thousands of transactions a day.

In addition, Virgin Media has started the process of moving from being a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to a separate mobile network operator with their own infrastructure. Even though the hardware and software parts of the program were carried out by Huawei and Accenture, I acted as a client-side program manager, managing and bringing multiple vendors together, being ultimately responsible for coordinating the overarching program.

Audi UK Platform

Led the development and roll-out of the next-generation of the Audi UK platform.

Building on my success with Volkswagen's platform, I led the development of the next-generation of the Audi UK platform. In addition to the marketing website, the program also included a car configurator, service booking, and finance offer engines build.

Unilever Re-platforming

Led a re-platforming of thousands of Unilever's web properties across over 60 local markets.

Unilever has undergone a massive re-platforming process, uniting all of their brands' web properties across 60 local markets under a single multi-tiered content, marketing, and product management system.

The program included extensive planning, was heavily constrained from a timing perspective and involved more than 400 people across three continents. I was responsible for a cross-functional team of 40 people, both internal, as well as the off-shore team and had a significant input in the planning, management, and rolling out of the platform nodes for many of Unilever brands.

Volkswagen UK Platform

Led a transformation of the whole VW UK platform with multiple integrations into the external systems.

The platform upgrade program for VW UK comprised of a number of projects over a period of 1.5 years. It started with coordinating a full revamp of the website and continued on to the developing the strategy, creating the design, UX, and copywriting and ending in a multi-release build.

I was part of the project the entire way, managing the build of complex apps that were integrated into VW's own product management and retailer management systems (including live 3D car configurator, test drive booking, service booking, and more).
2005 - 2008

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree in International Business Administration

Estonian Business School (EBS) - Tallinn, Estonia


PRINCE2 Practitioner

APM Group


TOEFL Certification



Microsoft Project, Primavera, OmniGraffle, Axure RP Pro, YouTrack, Jira, Confluence, Insta Page, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Adobe CQ, Adobe CC, Final Cut Pro, Google Analytics, Adobe Illustrator, Git, Subversion (SVN), Basecamp, Harvest


Windows, MacOS, Azure, Android, iOS, SharePoint, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP),


Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall Delivery, Waterfall Development, PRINCE2, Agile, Agile Product Management, Change Management, Iterative Delivery, Requirements Analysis, Agile Project Management, B2B, Digital Marketing Best Practices, Design Thinking, UI Design Standards & Best Practices, UX Design, Software Testing, On-page SEO, Azure DevOps

Industry Expertise

Marketing Programs, Automotive, Digital Agencies, Professional Services, Consumer Finance, Telecommunications, Digital Marketing


Stakeholder Management, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Software as a Service (SaaS), Product Development, Startups, Microsoft 365, Project Tracking, Project Finance, Project Lifecycle, Project Delivery, Project Planning, Project Timelines, IT Projects, Software Consulting, Program Management, Technical Program Management, Technical Project Management, Team Leadership, Team Building, Team Management, Team Productivity, Team Mentoring, Software Project Management, Mobile/Web Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Project Leadership, Discovery, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Time Management, Project Budget Management, Budget Controls, Budget Management, Budgeting, Costing, Cost Management, Cost Estimation, Estimations, Project Controls, Process Design, Process Optimization, Delivery Management, Business Requirements, Functional Requirements, Feature Prioritization, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Workshop Facilitation, OmniPlan, Axure, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), B2B Lead Generation, Client Delivery Management, Waterfall Methodology, Project Management, Agile Program Management, Workshops, Business Analysis, Vendor Management, Fintech, Marketing, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Web UX Design, eCommerce, Scrum Master, Contract Drafting, Risk Analysis, IT Consulting, Prototyping, Google Tag Manager, Interface Design, Online Gaming, Gaming Platforms, Business to Business (B2B), Design, Software QA, SEO Content, SEO Tools, Video Editing, User Research, P&L Forecasting, English, PRINCE2 Project Management, IT Project Management, Angular, Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Startup Funding, Angel/Seed Funding, Property Insurance, Jira Administrator, Operations, Business Operations, Web Project Management, Product Ownership, Communication, Leadership

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