Marcos Saiz, Project Manager in Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
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Marcos Saiz

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
Toptal Member Since
June 7, 2019

Marcos has worked in diverse companies with different roles and methodologies. He founded a couple of startups, served as an advisor in others and sold a couple. He also worked as a senior consultant, leading the creation of enterprise systems for banks and oil companies. Lately, he performs due diligence and integration of acquired companies across different areas of specialization (engineering, support, finance, etc.).

Project Highlights

Feng Office Collaboration Platform Development
Managed the development until it became a feature-rich collaboration platform used by millions around the world.
Lead Discovery and PoC for Leading Radio Station
Lead discovery and MVP phases of a bigger project for a leading radio station.
Managed the Credit Platform Project for an International Bank
Lead the project from requirements gathering until months after go-live, ensuring the success of the project.


Work Experience

VP of Integration Management

2018 - PRESENT
ESW Capital
  • Managed due diligence projects and overall company integration projects for 30 companies for over $1bn.
  • Aligned 30 functional leaders and their teams to perform a complete and expedite 4-week due diligence and a 90-day full integration into ESW Capital processes.
  • Ran the company on par with the acquiring company CEO for 90 days.
  • Integrated and closely managed server migrations to AWS, creation of CICD pipelines, improvement of the overall software quality, source code migrations, compliance certifications, finance systems migrations, new support team training and more.
  • Managed communication across the organization using agile techniques, which includes the acquisition target and internal stakeholders ranging from CEOs to ICs.

Software Engineering Manager

2015 - 2018
Aurea Software
  • Orchestrated a 100-person team composed by engineering and managed services individual contributors, across 10+ teams with several projects per team.
  • Delivered strategic projects such as PCI compliance, data center to AWS migrations, full deployment automation, 50% hardware cost reductions initiatives.
  • Defined and implemented the standards for continuous integration and continuous delivery across the organization, using agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban.
  • Managed all projects focused on adding features and fixing defects in 4 different products of the portfolio.
  • Interviewed 100+ individual contributors, hired tens and had to release tens as well.
  • Managed a hosted EDI platform with 350 million transactions/year from 160 different sources.

Senior Consultant, Project Manager

2012 - 2015
Urudata Software
  • Led the team that created a credit platform for one of the biggest Latin American banks. Managed the project since requirements creation until users were trained and the system was stable in production.
  • Created the customer-facing waterfall project plan while running the teams internally using Agile.
  • Implemented the knowledge management system in the biggest Uruguayan oil company.
  • Managed the development of the directors' assistance application. Led the team that started with requirement collection up to the implementation and training of executives.
  • Led the development team that developed the document management solution sold by Urudata and implemented in the oil company.
  • Managed the overall project, defining deliverables for the customer, 3rd party vendors that provided other parts of the solution, and other project managers that the solution interacted with.

Founder, Director, Special Project Manager

2008 - 2013
Feng Office
  • Contributed to the definition of business model, strategic planning, market analysis, technology positioning, financial analysis, relationship with investors and supporting organizations.
  • Created the operations area, responsible for software development (web application and eCommerce site), server infrastructure, and customer relationship management.
  • Led a multidisciplinary team of 15 persons using Agile methodologies. Responsible for information architecture, design and implementation projects of Feng Office for more than 200 companies and organizations worldwide.
  • Defined the marketing and sales strategies, implemented process automation, defined tactics, and promotional campaigns. Developed the end to end strategy for advertising agencies.
  • Hired and trained tens of developers that were part of the team.
  • Managed sales and marketing projects aimed at increasing sales.
  • Managed several projects to decrease support ticket throughput.
  • Oversaw the server infrastructure, which included running several projects to increase availability and responsiveness while keeping costs under control.


2007 - 2009
Universidad de la República
  • Taught information security to under graduates.
  • Held information security labs for under graduates.
  • Taught the basics of programming.
  • Led the Web 2.0 course mastery for post graduates.
  • Served as an HCI Degree project tutor.

Feng Office Collaboration Platform Development

Managed the development until it became a feature-rich collaboration platform used by millions around the world.

Feng Office was born as my end of career project while studying systems engineering. I developed it with a colleague as an open source project under the name of OpenGoo. It was rated with the highest grade and was the basis for the venture. The project was recognized and supported by international organizations such as Prosperitas Capital Partners, Allied Venture, and IDB. Uruguayan supporter institutions include the National Agency for Research and Innovation, the Fondo Emprender, the Banco de la República Oriental del Uruguay and the Fundación Ricaldoni. International press articles, over a million visits to its website, more than 300,000 users and translations to 25 languages make Feng Office one of the world's most popular cloud-based project management systems.

Si Quiero Wedding Gifts Portal

Relaunched the portal to make it a fully operating business.

Acquired the portal, renovated it, relaunched it, and sold it.

Lead Discovery and PoC for Leading Radio Station

Lead discovery and MVP phases of a bigger project for a leading radio station.

Lead the discovery phase which resulted in requirements being defined. Successfully managed the development of the MVP using agile methodologies and handed over to a peer to continue development for the full scope.

Infocasas Team Building and Development Team Ramp Up

Design of the operations area including engineering, SaaS, and support.

My responsibilities included key team members recruitment, the definition of internal procedures for development, server management areas, advise on angel investment round and successful elaboration of funding plans and training of the future CTO.

Infocasas is a VC-backed real estate portal for homeowners and real estate agents that wish to sell or rent properties. It currently operates in several Latin American countries and is backed by a Malaysian VC fund.

Managed the Credit Platform Project for an International Bank

Lead the project from requirements gathering until months after go-live, ensuring the success of the project.

My duties started with requirement gathering, solution architecture and design, leading the implementation team, training users and ensuring the system implementation was a success.

The customer was the most valuable Latin American bank.
2010 - 2010

Post Graduate Courses in Finance, Economics, Operations, HR

ORT university - Montevideo, Uruguay

2002 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering

Universidad de la Republica - Montevideo, Uruguay


DevOps Leader

DevOps Institute


Jira, Visual Studio .NET, Jenkins, TeamCity, JavaScript Debugging, Amazon EBS, AWS SDK, MySQL Workbench, MySQL Performance Tuning, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2015, Zoom, Asana, Trello, JavaScript Testing, PostgreSQL, Visual Studio 2012, TFS, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, GitHub, Git, Subversion (SVN), CVS


Windows, Amazon Web Services (AWS), MacOS, Amazon EC2, Xamarin


Scrum, Kanban, Waterfall Development, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Agile, Web Architecture, Agile Project Management, Waterfall Delivery, Design Thinking, Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Test-driven Development (TDD), Behavior-driven Development (BDD), CMMI

Industry Expertise

Software, Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Venture Capital, Law, Entertainment & Leisure, Real Estate, Energy, Pharmaceuticals


Technical Project Management, Project Tracking, Business Requirements, Stakeholder Management, Software as a Service (SaaS), Global Team Management, Project Management, Program Management, Software Development, Software Development Management, IT Systems Architecture, Cross-functional Team Leadership, GitFlow, Project Management Office (PMO), Startups, Data Analysis, Migration, Cloud Migration, Risk Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Post-merger Integration, Due Diligence, Customer Support, MySQL, SQL Server 2016, PMO, Agile Sprints, Scrum Master, Web UI, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft SQL Server, CakePHP, Data Center Migration, Website Migration, Data Migration, Database Migration, Waterfall Methodology, BlueJeans, Finance, Web Application Architecture, JavaScript, Mobile, Mobile Web, Web UX, Mobile UX, AWS HA, Oracle 11g, Microsoft, Visual Studio 2017, jQuery, AngularJS, PCI Compliance, GDPR

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