Andris Akmentins, Project Manager in Riga, Latvia
Andris Akmentins

Project Manager in Riga, Latvia

Member since July 9, 2018
Andris is a senior project manager with more than a decade of international experience—the bulk of his work consisting of implementations, data migrations, and product development. He's been recognized for his pro-active attitude and excellent communication skills and has a proven track record in leadership, strategic, operational, and financing areas.
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Project Highlights

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  • Project Manager | Delivery Lead

    2019 - 2021
    Luminor
    • Managed the implementation of core banking system across all functional areas (accounts, deposits, packages, cards, payments, and lending).
    • Delivered full suite of payments functionality to a variety of digital channels: internet bank, iOS and Android native mobile bank apps, corporate digital channels, and file exchange.
    • Implemented Jira and Confluence based requirement gathering process that would track requirement from origination to deployment to production with appropriate versioning for easy tracking.
  • Head of Consulting and Projects in Baltics

    2017 - 2019
    Zalaris
    • Ran programs and projects across the Baltic region.
    • Managed a team of consultants throughout the region.
    • Managed projects using a mix of Agile and Waterfall methodologies.
    • Led the HR part of the program for a merger of two regional banks, consisting of an HRMS implementation, carve-out, a data migration, and a service takeover.
    • Created proposals to potential clients and responded to RFPs.
  • Project Manager

    2016 - 2017
    X Infotech
    • Ran projects, starting from discovery to post Go-live support.
    • Created project proposals, plans, and budgets and responded to RFPs.
    • Led a team of four developers, two testers, a business analyst, and two implementation experts.
  • SAP Consultant | SAP Finance Community Lead

    2010 - 2016
    Accenture
    • Created implementation project plans with the Waterfall methodology.
    • Supervised project teams.
    • Led a SAP FICO community.
    • Acted as a Scrum master for an application development and support project.
  • System Analyst

    2008 - 2009
    IBM Latvia
    • Managed Lotus Notes projects.
    • Analyzed customer needs and processes and then implemented it into information systems.
    • Created test cases for an application relocation project.
    • Functional-tested applications relocated from customer servers to IBM's servers.
  • IT Project Manager

    2005 - 2008
    JSC "Balta"
    • Designed, implemented, and managed the delivery process.
    • Managed Lotus Notes projects.
    • Worked on the full project lifecycle starting from a requirement analysis and processes definition, statement of work and project definition report creation, functional design of the processes, development management, testing, to the after Go-Live support.

Project History

  • Luminor New Bank Platform Build
    Served as the delivery lead of the implementation of a new core banking system and a payment system.

    I led the digital transformation and implementation of the new core banking system and all payment-related products: SEPA, SWIFT, internal payments, and salary payments.

  • Web Application for an Investment Fund
    Led the creation of a web application for an investment fund in Africa.

    I created and implemented a web application for an investment fund in Africa.

    Main Tasks:
    • Created the MVP and roadmap.
    • Managed the backlog and stakeholders.
    • Oversaw and managed a distributed remote team.

  • Field Management System
    Led the creation and implementation of a field management system for a Middle Eastern communications company.

    I was the agile project manager who led the creation and implementation of a field management system, where incidents would be registered and assigned to field engineers.

    Incidents would be either registered in the external system and integration done to FMS or directly registered in a web app. Field engineers would receive notification in a mobile app, and could do all their tasks there, including task management, time management.

    Main Tasks:
    • Led a distributed remote team.
    • Oversaw the product backlog.
    • Performed stakeholder management.

  • Luminor Bank | Merger of Nordea and DNB (Banks in the Baltic States)
    Led the HR part of a merge of 2 banks across 3 countries in 3 areas—system carve-out, data migration, and service takeover.

    The overarching project involved the merger of two banks in the Baltic region with more than 15 legal entities across three countries. The individual sub-projects consisted of an HRMS carve-out, a data migration, and a service takeover by a customer (from the BPO to in-house data employee management).

  • Groov.it
    Led the entire creation of a new product, including the development, of a jukebox reincarnated in a digital form.

    I led the creation of a new digital product: a jukebox but reborn digitally called Groov.it. I helped the product owner and acted as the scrum master. The product consisted of a web app for bars and other entertainment venues, and a mobile app for customers who can simply choose a song and order it—essentially, bringing the good old jukebox into the 21st century.

  • Borealis | M&A of DEX Plastomers
    Led the FICO integration part of a DEX Plastomers acquisition by Borealis.

    I led the SAP FICO process integration and data migration for DEX Plastomers integration into a Borealis SAP environment.

  • Morfius (Merger of NSN and Motorola Networks)
    Led accounts payable team of data migration to merge Motorola networks into NSN

    I served as the lead consultant in the accounts payable area for s data migration.

    Main Tasks:
    • Analyzed source and target systems.
    • Managed the ETL process along with its deliverables.
    • Led the AP team.

  • Bernstein
    Implemented an insurance system, supported the project substreams, and also led a sub-stream.

    I implemented the Alice Insurance engine, based on SAP, for an international insurance company. The goal of the project was to create the insurance system's global template and implement in the first country.

    The project had already been twice delayed by the time our team was asked to step into the project to oversee the completion of the global template and its implementation. After we came aboard, the project was finished on time and we achieved a technical go-live for the first country.

  • Technical Project Manager for an Investment Fund Implementation
    Led the creation and launch MVP for an investment fund.

    • Managed the creation and implementation of MVP for an investment fund, starting from project discovery to MVP implementation.
    • Led the project discovery, ideation, and product backlog creation along with being responsible for the resources and timeline.
    • Managed day-to-day and weekly activities and scrum ceremonies including the go-live planning and migration activities.

  • Senior Project Manager - Teknicks, Digital agency
    Managed several agency clients, WordPress sites, and the integration of different tools.

    Acted as a senior project manager managing the IT solutions part for a digital agency and their customers. I was responsible for WordPress sites and other site development and maintenance, as well as for the integration with a third-party tool and APIs like Amazon API.

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Administration
    2007 - 2012
    Stockholm School of Economics in Riga - Riga, Latvia
  • Earned Credits for a Bachelor's Degree (Exchange Student) in Economics and Business Administration
    2009 - 2010
    Universidad Cardenal Herrera (CEU) - Valencia, Spain
  • Bachelor's Degree (Unfinished) in Information Technology
    2005 - 2008
    Riga Technical University - Riga, Latvia
  • Earned Credits for a Bachelor's Degree (Exchange Student) in Information Technology
    2006 - 2007
    Engineering College of Copenhagen - Copenhagen, Denmark

Certifications

  • Prince2 Practitioner
    AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2021
    AXELOS Global Best Practice
  • Prince2 Foundation
    MAY 2018 - PRESENT
    AXELOS Global Best Practice
  • SAP Certified Application Associate - Financial Accounting with ERP 6.0 EhP6
    JULY 2014 - PRESENT
    SAP

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