Fernando Pérez, Project Manager in Monterrey, Mexico
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Fernando Pérez

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Monterrey, Mexico
Toptal Member Since
May 19, 2022

Fernando is a program and project manager with 30+ years of experience planning and executing IT, development, SAP, infrastructure, and data center projects, some with million-dollar budgets. He has managed SAP implementations for Coca-Cola FEMSA and Xerox and spearheaded a program to establish a $2.2 million center for AI consulting and innovation. Luis is also an experienced business development professional and has managed service delivery for a business unit.

Project Highlights

SAP Payroll in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil
Managed the SAP payroll implementation for 50,000 employees, including legacy integration, benefits, and special payments.
CII.IA Planning and Execution
Designed and established the $2.2 million Center for Industrial Innovation in Artificial Intelligence from concept to implementation. This initiation lasted eight months.


Work Experience

Head of Business Transformation Tech

2021 - PRESENT
  • Managed a portfolio for a customer Saas integration and partnership, integration, and special features definition.
  • Performed new business development for an enterprise customer with $1.5 million in sales.
  • Served as the key account manager for enterprise customers, managing new requirements and incremental sales.
  • Managed a project for a B2B sales and credit integration.

CEO and Program Manager

2018 - 2020
Center for Industrial Innovation in Artificial Intelligence
  • Managed the planning and implementation of the Center for Industrial Innovation in Artificial Intelligence (CII.IA) with a budget of $2+ million.
  • Served as the general manager and program manager for customer projects. Focus areas included retail sales predictions, purchase planning, recommendations, and computer vision and machine set up automation for manufacturing.
  • Defined an Agile Scrum method for AI projects based on a time-boxed idea.

SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud Program Manager

2013 - 2018
  • Performed resource planning for new customer support, onboarding, and migrations and portfolio management.
  • Managed a project that increased customer satisfaction from 2.5 to 4.5 on a 5-point scale in four months through review, automation, peer review, and analytics.
  • Grew a team from five to 200 to onboard and support a userbase that grew from zero to 1,500 clients in the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud division in the Americas over five years.

Senior Program Manager

2008 - 2013
  • Project managed SAP infrastructure migration and support for several customers, providing remote support of SAP basics, server and database management, and networking.
  • Managed projects, coordinated, and coached the SAP migration team, supporting escalations and junior project managers.
  • Led a data center construction and migration project.
  • Managed a portfolio of SAP infrastructure, implementation, and migration projects.

IT Manager

1997 - 2008
Coca-Cola FEMSA
  • Progressed from an IT specialist to a project manager and drove the technical team for major projects.
  • Managed the company's SAP payroll implementation in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, including process definition for HR, employee self-service and support for 100,000+ employees, integration with other systems, and the first FI-CO-MM integration.
  • Planned and executed material management and payroll implementation projects, managing diverse teams, including functional, technical, and ABAB and web-based software developers.
  • Implemented project management techniques for integrations of SAP with legacy systems and online updates.

SAP FI-CO-MM Migration and Legacy Integration

Coordinated the SAP ABAP team and data for the migration and integration of SAP with legacy systems.

I provided all the initial information for the migration and interfaces for integrating legacy systems with the new SAP implementation. I also coordinated the site-by-site rollout in Southwest Mexico, as the systems were located in different locations rather than on a central server.

SAP Payroll in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil

Managed the SAP payroll implementation for 50,000 employees, including legacy integration, benefits, and special payments.

I lived in Argentina and Brazil while planning and executing these SAP projects, including legal and financial considerations. Reduced the overall cost by 10% for a subsequent project with a budget of $2 million.

CII.IA Planning and Execution


Designed and established the $2.2 million Center for Industrial Innovation in Artificial Intelligence from concept to implementation. This initiation lasted eight months.

As part of the region's Industry 4.0 and digital transformation plan, I defined the concept and collaborated with other founders to source the project. After the idea was accepted, I ran the project for the purchase and implementation of the center. While serving as the program manager, I focused on service design and planning, expert hiring, purchasing, and installation.
1993 - 1997

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology Management

Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco - Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico


Agile Software Development

University of Minnesota (via Coursera)


Creating Your Sales Process

LinkedIn Learning


Design Thinking: Venture Design

LinkedIn Learning


Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy

MIT Sloan Executive Education


Step Up To Management

HBR Online

FEBRUARY 2009 - MARCH 2016

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)


Jira, Slack, Microsoft Project, Google Docs, SAP Plant Maintenance (PM), Trello, SQL, ETL, Project Management & Work Tracking Tools, Confluence, Microsoft Power BI, Salesforce, Asana, Financial Data, SAP Ariba, Excel 365, SAP Materials Management (MM), SAP FI, HubSpot


SAP HANA, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Connectivity Platforms, Monday.com, Blockchain, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Scrum, Design Thinking, Kanban, Requirements Analysis, Agile Project Management, Data Science, Waterfall Delivery, Functional Analysis, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Agile, Change Management, Agile Leadership, Agile Product Management, B2B, Marketplace Platforms, Implementation Project Management

Industry Expertise

Software, Technology, Industrial & Manufacturing, Industrials, Banking & Finance


Loom, Project Management, Artificial Intelligence (AI), New Business Development, Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Fintech, IT Management, IT Program Management, SAP, PMI, IT Outsourcing, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Complex Program Management, Business to Business (B2B), Business Transformation Project Management, Team Management, ABAP, SAP Payroll, People Management, IT Project Management, Project Scoping, Project Planning, Cost Modeling, Business Processes, Technical Project Management, Project Timelines, Enterprise Project Management, Project Scheduling, Technical Program Management, Discovery Workshops, Agile Data Science, Enterprise SaaS, Financial Software, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), User Journeys, Sprint Planning, Waterfall Methodology, Project Leadership, Project Management Professional (PMP), Feature Backlog Prioritization, Reporting, Project Management Operations, Communication Management, Jira Administrator, Remote Team Leadership, Operations Management, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Estimation & Planning, Backlog Management, Project Reporting, Stakeholder Management, Project Delivery, Staffing, Web App Development, Program Management, Human Resources (HR), User Requirements, Business Cases, Business Process Re-engineering, Business Process Optimization, Process Improvement, Process Optimization, Business Process Improvement (BPI), Process Improvement Project Management, Outsourcing, Operations Improvement, Business Process Modeling, Vendor Selection, Process Analysis, Business Analysis, Project Finance, Financials, Project Budget Management, Enterprise, Communications Management, IT Projects, Consulting, Project Management & Delivery, Process Management, Data Management, Business Reporting, Data Migration, Data, Requirements, Database Migration, Project Tracking, Digital Transformation, Integration, Project Estimation, Strategic Initiatives, SAP S/4HANA, Implementation, System Implementation, Software Implementation, Stakeholder Engagement, Agile Program Management, PMO Development, Build Processes, Communication, Operational Efficiency Improvement, Process Design, Operational Workflow, Project Coordination, Presentations, User Feedback, Feedback Review, Digital Transformation Program Management, Business Operations, Process Flows, Distributed Team Management, Vendor Management, Risk Management, Machine Learning, Planning, Agile Transformation, Training, Innovation, Manufacturing, Budget Controls, ERP Implementation, Financial Operations & Processes, Solution Design, Functional Specifications, Leadership, Organization, Complex Problem Solving, Budgeting, Risk Analysis, System Migration, Process Documentation, Request for Proposal (RFP), SAP ERP, Process Development, Product Launch, Request for Information (RFI), Standard Operating Procedures Development, Digital Project Management, Data Delivery Management, Certified Project Manager, Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS), IT Infrastructure, Scope of Work, Hybrid Project Management, Creative Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Gantt Chart, Customer Success, System Integration, Web Development, Software as a Service (SaaS), IT, SAP Basis, Startups, Data Analytics, Workflow, Documentation, Technical Requirements, eCommerce, Product Roadmaps, Product Development, Release Management, User Stories, Web Applications, Software Development, Agile Coaching, Roadmaps, Operating Models, Technology Consulting, Data Analysis, Cloud, Cloud Infrastructure, Process Mapping, Exploratory Data Analysis, SaaS, Data Visualization, User Interface (UI), Java, User Experience (UX), Post-merger Integration, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Scaling, Workflow Tools, Discovery, Legacy Software, Freelancing, Web Project Management, Lean Startups, Frameworks, Team Mentoring, Training & Training Content Development, Opportunity Assessments, Digital Payments, Technical Design, Python, Platform as a Service (PaaS), APIs, Best Practices, Priority Job Queue, Software Release Management, Scrum Master, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Dashboards, Internet of Things (IoT), Business Development, Industrial Equipment, Engineering, Spanish-English Translation, Analytics, Workshops, Venture Design, Sales Process Management, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Business Strategy, Project Management Office (PMO), Product Strategy, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), JavaScript, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT)

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