Corey Patrick Jones, Project Manager in Madison, IL, United States
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Corey Patrick Jones

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Madison, IL, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 13, 2020

Corey is a certified project/program manager with over a decade of Agile-based, hands-on experience, leading small and large teams to discover and deliver value. Focused around open-source eCommerce, data assets, architecture, and enterprise digitization, he has extensive expertise in managing remote, international teams with a broad set of tools that carry across the spectrum of Waterfall, Agile, and everything in-between.

Project Highlights
Led the discovery and delivery of all aspects of this eCommerce website, which hosts millions of SKUs.
Data Management and Analytics
Accounted for and maintained very large data asset repositories that brought common understanding across an organization.
USDA Agile Transformation
Successfully merged a high governance Waterfall software development life-cycle with Agile.


Work Experience

Senior Expert Data Project Manager

2018 - PRESENT
Rose International - Bayer/Monsanto
  • Joined the team as a technical project manager to complete the delivery of B2B oriented capabilities.
  • Transitioned to lead the data management and analytics integration effort once Bayer bought Monsanto.
  • Served many teams, facilitated stand-ups, Agile training, ceremonies, and other workshops.
  • Maintained very large and complex project plan of over 4,000 lines.
  • Maintained very large and complex JIRA boards of over 1,000 stories.

Agile Project Manager and Agile Transformation Coach

2017 - 2018
United States Department of Agriculture - FSA
  • Coached a team of government employees and contractors on agile, QA, and modern project management.
  • Successfully shifted the USDA-FSA to use a specific approach utilizing JIRA and Confluence.
  • Migrated portions of one of the first databases into Java.

Chief Information Officer

2010 - 2016
Webbed Sphere Inc
  • Joined the small company as a data analyst, uncovering several ways to save the company millions of dollars.
  • Introduced agile to IT and implemented it successfully.
  • Was accountable for the IT and data discovery and delivery for all projects.
  • Led the organizational change across all departments (sales and marketing, finance, order revenue management, IT, fulfillment, supply chain, and property).
  • Designed key performance indicators along with OKRs. Chartered projects to measure them as the key stakeholder.

Led the discovery and delivery of all aspects of this eCommerce website, which hosts millions of SKUs.

Managed and facilitated a cross-functional team of developers, database experts, marketing professionals, and product owners toward developing fringe technology at the time, which led to exponential growth. was awarded Inc 5,000 status five years in a row. I was awarded employee of the year.

Data Management and Analytics

Accounted for and maintained very large data asset repositories that brought common understanding across an organization.

Project lead for the legacy Monsanto transnational data assets refactoring as part of Bayer's acquisition. Involved 150 APIs, managing a 40 person team, reviewing specifications, interfacing across the enterprise, global coordination, and much more.

USDA Agile Transformation

Successfully merged a high governance Waterfall software development life-cycle with Agile.

Managed over 20 developers and testers following rigorous governance standards. Provided QA guidance, Agile coaching, coordination with government officers, and regular status meetings with Washington D.C.

Digital Transformation Lead at Nestle Purina

Launched and managed the support and sustained model of an enterprise flagship product while improving the team's way of working.

Managed a team of over 30 developers, business analysts, and architects. Worked with the executive leadership of Nestle Purina to improve enterprise agility to deliver eCommerce sites via training sessions, immersing the team in agile status reporting and improving the relationship between Nestle IT and Purina Business Units.
2008 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in General Studies

Eastern Kentucky University - Richmond, KY

JULY 2020 - JULY 2023

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)


MAY 2020 - MAY 2023

Certified Disciplined Agile Practioner



SA - Scaled Agile Framework 4 Agilist

Scaled Agile, Inc


PSM - Professional Scrum Master

MARCH 2018 - MAY 2020

ACP - Agile Certified Practitioner

PMI - Project Management Insititute

JUNE 2016 - JUNE 2022

PMP - Project Management Professional

PMI - Project Management Institute


Jira, Trello, NetSuite, PostgreSQL, Slack, Confluence, GitHub, Google Docs, PhpStorm, JetBrains, Sublime Text, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project,, G Suite, Bugzilla, Excel 2016, Excel 365, Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Retail & Wholesale, Logistics, Asset Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Pharmaceuticals, Technology, eBay


Agile Delivery, Kanban, Agile Project Management, Implementation Project Management, Requirements Analysis, Agile, Waterfall Delivery, Servant Leadership, Azure DevOps, Lean, Iterative Development, Agile Software Development, Change Management, Key Performance Metrics, Data Science, DevOps, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI), Agile Product Management, Management


Magento, Magento 2, Azure, Azure IaaS, SAP HANA, Rackspace Cloud, Twilio, SharePoint, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Minimum Viable Product (MVP), eCommerce, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Consulting, Project Management, Web Project Management, Agile Coaching, Stakeholder Management, Technical Project Management, Requirements & Specifications, Project Budget Management, Project Timelines, Team Management, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Implementation, Requirements, Business Analysis, Product Ownership, Product Owner, Sprint Planning, User Stories, Story Mapping, Workflow, Knowledge Management, Accountability, Leadership, Organization, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Management Consulting, Change Leadership, Enterprise Project Management, Project Management Infrastructure, Project Delivery, Agile Program Management, IT Program Management, IT Project Management, Scrum Master, Project Management Professional (PMP), Waterfall Methodology, Manufacturing, Jira Administrator, Aha!, CIO, Scope Management, Scope of Work, Discovery, IT Business Analysis, Stakeholder Interviews, Software Development, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), Organizational Leadership, Structure & Organizational Design, Post-merger Integration, ITIL V3 Foundation Certified, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Project Discovery, PHP, MySQL, SAP, Data, APIs, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Agile Sprints, Retrospective Techniques, Supply Chain, LAMP, Teradata, Teams, Microsoft Teams, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Google Maps, Food Science, Digital Transformation Program Management, Digital Transformation, Cost Estimation, Project Estimation, Project Planning, Project Scoping, REST APIs, Python, Fintech, CTO, Director, Board of Directors, Agile Transformation, Product Delivery, Agile Product Delivery, Technical Product Management, eBay Listings, eCommerce Platforms, Remote Team Leadership, Technology Solutions, Web Technologies, Budgeting, Jira Administration, Smartsheet, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

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