Luka Horvat

Luka Horvat

Osijek, Croatia
Member since June 4, 2018
Luka is a seasoned engineer, leader, and manager who has several years of hands-on experience in the software industry. Over the past few years, he has guided engineering and operational teams ranging from 2 to 20 people. His unique blend of expertise and experience enables him to see every project and situation from multiple angles and quickly align the execution to a common goal.
Luka is now available for hire
Project Highlights
Expertise
  • .NET
  • Agile Product Management
  • C#
  • Remote Team Leadership
  • Technical Project Management
Education
Employment
  • Head of Developer Vertical
    2018 - 2019
    Toptal, LLC
    • Managed the matching and screening aspects of the developer vertical at Toptal.
    • Collaborated with growth and sales teams on achieving continuous growth of the vertical's revenue.
    • Closely oversaw the enterprise matching team and their daily operations.
    • Oversaw the hiring for the roles in the developer vertical, including leadership positions.
    • Trained and mentored new members of the team as well as the team leaders.
  • Head of Talent Operations
    2017 - 2018
    Toptal, LLC
    • Acted as a liaison between product and operations teams—ensured that operations teams get tools they need to be as successful as possible in their daily work.
    • Created feature specifications and oversaw design, planning, and testing phases of projects across several different teams.
    • Led a "Labs" team and managed all aspects of all of its projects. The task of the team was to experiment and move very quickly with implementing tools outside the platform that would be used by different teams.
    • Managed several enterprise accounts and worked with them on creating and filling remote teams.
    • Oversaw the efforts of launching Toptal's blockchain specialization. This included the creation of dozens of theoretical and practical tests, screening processes, documentation, learning materials, and public articles.
    • Spearheaded the technical side in organizing a "Blockchain Challenge" event which saw several dozens of participants solving different blockchain-based puzzles and assignments. The goal of the challenge was to provide fundamental knowledge for already experienced talent to start learning blockchain technologies.
  • Director of Engineering
    2015 - 2017
    Toptal, LLC
    • Interacted with clients and managed engagements between clients and Toptal freelancers.
    • Assessed client requirements and defined project feasibility and potential costs.
    • Ensured that clients are matched with the right talent for every engagement by utilizing Toptal's proprietary talent database and matching algorithms.
    • Provided feedback to the product team on what kind of enhancements Toptal's clients and talent would need to be able to use the platform in a better way.
  • Head of Engineering
    2013 - 2015
    Farmeron
    • Introduced new processes to the company like code reviews, modular task tracking, sprint planning, backlog grooming, and others, which in turn optimized delivery pipeline and transparency.
    • Acted as the technical authority when it came to software architecture and code quality.
    • Established code reviews as a means to teach new employees and ensure persistent quality.
    • Implemented Visual Studio analysis tools to identify bottlenecks in the system and improve system overall performance.
    • Organized learning and knowledge transfer activities for the engineering teams.
  • Project Leader
    2012 - 2013
    Farmeron
    • Developed the back-end design and implementation of complex features in a custom ERP project based on VB.NET and C# technologies.
    • Led engineering teams and managed multiple cross-functional projects.
    • Created multiple simulations for animal profitability and herd expansion rates which were based on extrapolation and current scientific research.
    • Provided technical assistance, debugged code, managed the deployment pipeline, and worked on all other day-to-day development tasks.
  • Co-founder
    2010 - 2012
    Bazinga Team
    • Designed and developed a multipurpose scientific calculator which was first of its kind for mobile devices.
    • Implemented dynamic mathematical function plotting with zooming and data extraction capabilities.
    • Designed and implemented an application that evaluates complex expressions of Boolean algebra.
    • Provided PR and technical support.
    • Deployed Symbian mobile applications.
Project History
  • Toptal | VMS Integrations
    Managed the integration between Toptal and two VMS systems.

    Toptal integrated with SAP Fieldglass and another major VMS in 2018.

    My role in these projects was to provide the overall solution architecture as well as the process architecture and mappings from the VMS processes to Toptal processes. During the development and execution of the projects, I took on the role of a project manager and ensured both integrations get delivered per specification.

    The projects were completed successfully and both integrations were verified by the integration departments of the VMS providers.

  • Toptal | Blockchain Specialization
    Launched Toptal's blockchain specialization.

    Toptal's developer vertical is divided into several specializations, based on the areas of expertise. Back in 2017, as crypto was taking off, Toptal decided to get into the blockchain space too so I was tasked with creating the specialization.

    During the launch process, I devised a dozen theoretical and practical tests for blockchain and cryptocurrencies, screened initial talents, and hired the first screeners that would conduct the tests. I also created various training materials and acted as the public face of Toptal for blockchain.

  • Farmeron | Farm Management System
    Led the teams that delivered multiple critical technical solutions such as a farming operations scheduler and the mobile API.

    As the head of engineering, I worked in the capacity of a technical project manager and a software architect on an enterprise-grade SaaS application that was used by the largest dairy farms in the US.

  • Slack Channel Tracker
    Delivered an app that tracked Slack usage and guided the work in the channels of critical importance.

    The Slack channel tracker app helped Toptal's operational teams to stay on top of their daily work by reminding them of the pending actions with each of the units of work.

    The app also enabled staff to make notes of significant situations and review them on a channel basis later down the line.

    I took on the roles of project manager and solution architect for the project. I worked closely with the operational teams that were using the tool as well as the development team that built it.

Education
  • Master's degree in Process Computing (Computer Engineering)
    2011 - 2013
    University of Osijek, Faculty of Electrical Engineering - Osijek, Croatia
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (Computer Engineering)
    2008 - 2011
    University of Osijek, Faculty of Electrical Engineering - Osijek, Croatia

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