Andris Akmentins, Project Manager in Riga, Latvia
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Andris Akmentins

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Riga, Latvia
Toptal Member Since
July 23, 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.

Project Highlights

Field Management System
Led the creation and implementation of a field management system for a Middle Eastern communications company.
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.
Groov.it
Led the entire creation of a new product, including the development, of a jukebox reincarnated in a digital form.

Expertise

Work Experience

Project Manager and Functional SAP Expert

2022 - 2024
Yara
  • Led the implementation of SAP Concur in several countries in the EMEA and NA regions and supported currently implemented countries with new improvements.
  • Led the implementation of an audit management system across the company.
  • Ran security, data privacy, and integration assessment projects.

SAP Project Manager

2021 - 2024
Gategroup
  • Migrated SAP systems from an on-prem environment to SAP Private Cloud Environment on Azure.
  • Created and presented a business case for the management board regarding the viability of the migration.
  • Supported the business in business process transformations and adapting the systems to the new environment.

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.

WaterBear 2.0 New Platform Implementation

https://www.waterbear.com/

Planned and managed the implementation of the WaterBear 2.0 platform, which included rebuilding the back-end CMS, web and mobile apps, analytics integration, and SAP Emarsys and Cognito user base migration.

I led the full platform rebuild from an outdated version to a new highly scalable, user-friendly, and easy-to-manage and maintain platform by rebuilding all the key components, from user authorization and user experience to all backed functions and analytics.

Luminor New Bank Platform Build

http://www.luminor.ee

Served as the delivery lead of the implementation of a new core banking system and a payment system.

I led the digital transformation, merger and implementation of the new core banking system, correspondent banking, 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.
2007 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business Administration

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga - Riga, Latvia

2009 - 2010

Earned Credits for a Bachelor's Degree (Exchange Student) in Economics and Business Administration

Universidad Cardenal Herrera (CEU) - Valencia, Spain

2005 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree (Unfinished) in Information Technology

Riga Technical University - Riga, Latvia

2006 - 2007

Earned Credits for a Bachelor's Degree (Exchange Student) in Information Technology

Engineering College of Copenhagen - Copenhagen, Denmark

OCTOBER 2021 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)

Scrum.org

SEPTEMBER 2021 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)

Scrum.org

AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2021

Prince2 Practitioner

AXELOS Global Best Practice

MAY 2018 - PRESENT

Prince2 Foundation

AXELOS Global Best Practice

JULY 2014 - PRESENT

SAP Certified Application Associate - Financial Accounting with ERP 6.0 EhP6

SAP

Tools

Slack, Confluence, Microsoft Project, Jira, Trello, SAP FI, Rally, SAP Concur, Figma

Platforms

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Windows, iOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Android, SAP HANA

Paradigms

Agile Project Management, Waterfall Development, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), PRINCE2, Agile, Scrum, Requirements Analysis, Agile Product Management, PMBOK, Kanban, Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C), Functional Analysis

Industry Expertise

Financial Services, Software, Telecommunications, Insurance, Education Technology (Edtech), Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Digital Agencies

Other

Project Rescue, Software Project Management, Teams, IT Project Management, Due Diligence, Project Reporting, Estimation & Planning, Projects, Consulting, Project Management, SAP, Enterprise, Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Business Analysis, Finance, Scope Management, Process Flows, Communication, Waterfall Methodology, Mobile Apps, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Project Timelines, Business Transformation Project Management, Team Leadership, Software Development, Mobile App Development, Project Coordination, Payroll & Benefits, Accounting, Technical Requirements, Project Scoping, Project Tracking, Project Scheduling, Enterprise Project Management, Web Platforms, Web & Mobile Applications, Product Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Cross-functional Collaboration, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), eCommerce, Discovery Workshops, Project Discovery, Program Management, Scrum Master, Backlog Management, Delivery Management, Vendor Management, Planning, Forecasting, Project Planning, IT Program Management, APIs, Integration, API Integration, Startups, Technical Project Management, Project Management Office (PMO), Human Resources (HR), Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), Fintech, Data Migration, Project Estimation, Data Management, Hybrid Project Management, SaaS, Client Delivery Management, Digital Project Management, Product Management, Product Owner, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Post-merger Integration, Business Strategy, Product Ownership, Team Management, Coaching, Web Applications, Process Improvement, Compliance, User Stories, Software as a Service (SaaS), Feature Prioritization, Web Project Management, Budgeting, Critical Path Analysis, Learning Management Systems (LMS), PMO, Certified Project Manager, Payment Gateways, Roadmaps, Agile Coaching, Sprint Ceremonies, Sprint Planning, Investments, Social Networks, IT Consulting, IT Projects, PRINCE2 Project Management, P&C Insurance, Online Payments, Digital Payments, Mobile Payments, International Payments, Electronic Payments, Offshore Team Management, Distributed Team Management, Strategic Planning & Execution, Business Administration, Information Technology, Lean Startups, Quality Assurance (QA), SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Financials, Financial Systems, Security, Cloud Computing, Swift, Notion, Process Automation, Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), Database Migration, Data Center Migration, Business Process Modeling, Business Process Analysis, Lending, Functional Requirements, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP HR, Search Engines

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