Mike Jansen, Project Manager in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Mike Jansen

Project Manager in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Member since December 1, 2018
Mike has more than 25 years' experience managing large software programs and technology projects for multi-nationals like SAP, GTech, and Standard Bank. In addition, he's managed PMOs, numerous smaller software projects and rollouts. He's fluent in both traditional (Waterfall, SDLC) and modern (Agile, Scrum, Kanban) project methodologies and favors freelancing for the variety of projects and the personal freedom it gives him.
Mike is now available for hire

Project Highlights


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  • Lead Project Manager

    2020 - 2020
    • Coordinated software development with an external contracted organization.
    • Managed contractors for new laboratories and refurb of existing laboratories for processing Covid-19 tests.
    • Delivered plans for lab proof of concepts for three pilot labs across the USA.
    • Liaised with software development organization on requirements and compliance with HIPPA.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2020 - 2020
    Anglo American Ltd
    • Led regional transport and logistics optimization.
    • Managed a data scientist and the acquisition and use of master data for spend patterns and load patterns.
    • Managed inbound and outbound logistics for the establishment of 14 new Covid-19 testing laboratories, which helped ensure RTO and that their mining operations were able to resume, whilst keeping workers safe and healthy.
  • PMO Consultant

    2018 - 2018
    • Created a virtual PMO-in-a-Box and all artifacts therein, which enabled the roll-out of standards and a consistent way of managing projects across the globe.
    • Validated concepts of PMO with Global COO, obtained buy-in and proceeded with establishment of PMO.
    • Socialized concepts and benefits of PMO with Regional Managers.
    • Obtained sign-off and approval for all artifacts created.
    • Rolled-out the PMO to all global offices for implementing SAP on-prem and cloud.
  • Lead Project Manager

    2017 - 2018
    Loinette Leasing
    • Managed the greenfields SAP B1 and FleetPro integration projects.
    • Managed the conversion of data from legacy platforms.
    • Kept stakeholders informed and managed the communications to shareholders and expectations to both groups.
    • Managed the data take-on and parallel runs.
    • Agreed criteria for go/no-go decisions and acceptable deviations when balancing accounting components.
  • Lead Technology Partner

    2014 - 2017
    Absa Technology
    • Managed roll-out of Salesforce into Absa.
    • Managed Deloitte resources on Salesforce project and coordinated all configuration and testing.
    • Managed remediation projects to comply with SA Reserve Bank instructions.
    • Managed re-platforming program for all messaging platforms, including email, SMS and in-app notifications.
    • Managed team of project managers delivering the BOC and ESP and RCD projects.
  • Senior Project Manager BR7

    2014 - 2014
    Standard Bank - CIB division
    • Project Management responsibilities for CIB’s components within the SAP Core Banking Transformation Programme.
    • Managed tho progress within the CBT Programme.
    • Liaised with SAP for confirmation of functionality.
    • Participated in the program steering committee.
    • Managed business stakeholders both within CIB and the larger program.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2013 - 2013
    Gordon Institute of Business Studies
    • Managed the implementation of MS Dynamics CRM as GIBS' back office system for their student administration purposes.
    • Managed stakeholders' expectations.
  • Bid Director

    2013 - 2013
    Igwija Gaming (Pty) Ltd
    • Managed the response to the Department of Trade and Industry’s 3rd request for proposal for the 7-year National Lottery license.
    • Created response timeline and project plan to ensure adherence to date to submit.
    • Interviewed and hired bid writers for various sections of the bid.
    • Managed technology partner's efforts on the technology sections and shipping of lottery terminals to accompany bid submission.
    • Managed the efforts of the financial modeling team and how the various scenarios matched all the written submissions, including the game launch timetable.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2012 - 2012
    Sasol (Pty) Ltd
    • Assessed applications' maturity.
    • Managed stakeholders.
    • Manged analysis of all applications in conjunction with Deloittes.
  • Senior Project Manager

    2010 - 2012
    DStv Mobile (Pty) Ltd
    • Concurrently managed projects implementing 3G streaming for several mobile operators in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Managed internal and external vendors and resources.
    • Managed outsourced Agile development team.
  • Senior Project Manager & Interim Manager

    2008 - 2010
    SA Taxi Finance (Pty) Ltd
    • Managed a range of projects and programs of work across various divisions within the company.
    • Contributed to projects including implementing a new collections system, IP telephony, and loan management system replacement.
    • Interim-managed the establishment of a new department of functional processing.
    • Managed stakeholders.
  • Deputy Bid Manager

    2005 - 2008
    Uthingo Management (Pty) Ltd
    • Co-managed the entire response to the DTI’s RFP for the 2nd 7-year National Lottery license.
    • Advised on strategy during judicial review of RFP process and license award.
  • ITM

    2002 - 2004
    Standard Bank - CIB Division
    • Held global P&L responsibility for the IT delivery of all systems for the business online, HR division, and three other business units within Standard Bank (wholesale).
    • Managed stakeholders across all the business units for whom he was the tech partner.
    • Part of global steerco for wholesale IT.
  • Telco Services Director

    2001 - 2001
    Protek Flagship (Pty) Ltd
    • Held P&L responsibility for the technical implementation of billing and customer care programs and projects in Africa.
    • Managed budget, personnel, and customer satisfaction in the Africa region.
    • Acted as country general manager during the prolonged absence of GM.
  • Regional Software Director

    1998 - 2000
    GTech Southern Africa (now IGT)
    • Held joint P&L responsibility for the technical implementation of the entire lotto program start-up.
    • Managed 45,000 manhours of software deliverables in the African region.
    • Oversaw regional budgets, staff, and customer satisfaction.
  • Business Systems Manager , previously HR Projects Manager

    1996 - 1998
    SAP Southern Africa
    • Managed business systems for the organization in order for it to become an information-based company.
    • Achieved ISO9002 accreditation.
    • Managed the team of HR application consultants, acquiring HR projects, and liaison with business partners,.
    • Led the country-specific HR development for SAP Southern Africa’s areas of responsibility.

Project History

  • Establishment of Covid-19 Laboratories
    Managed in- and outbound logistics of dozens of PCRs, RNA extractors, and thousands of testing kits for 15 new labs.

    Anglo American proactively decided to create their own laboratories (15) to enable them to continuously test and retest ~50,000 employees at their mining operations, in order to ensure a safe and healthy workforce

  • iXerv PMO in a Box
    Delivered a complete virtual project management office-in-a-box for an SAP implementation partner firm.

    Created end-to-end process flows, templates, plans, presentations, and all other documentation to enable consistent implementations across the globe and in all of their offices.

  • Legacy Messaging Re-platforming (Absa)
    Acted as a product manager (and owner) for re-platforming of five legacy messaging platforms, including SMS and emails.

    Worked closely with the scrum masters (and dev teams) to deliver a new enterprise messaging platform, using Amazon Web Services short message services and cloud storage.
    Annual savings of $3 million run-costs for development costs of $1 million.

  • Mobile Streaming TV
    Led the introduction of mobile streaming TV (on 3G networks) in three countries.

    Liaised with mobile network operators and in-country regulators to coordinate the first-to-market live streaming of TV to subscribers in three sub-Saharan countries.

    Managed remote Agile teams of developers and testers working on both front- and back-end components, and integration across the networks.

  • Loinette Business Management System
    Implemented new front-end (Fleetpro) and back-end (SAP B1) systems to replace legacy accounting and fleet systems.

    Managed two remote teams of engineers implementing their respective systems initially.

    Conducted customer creation and take-on of all existing deals and customer balances.

    Accounted for any variations between the legacy and new systems, whilst the customer reviewed and agreed with the results and processes followed.

  • SA National Lottery Gaming Software Development Project
    Delivered $4 million gaming software development, ahead of schedule and with additional functionality.

    Managed 35 developers and test engineers co-located across Europe, the US and South Africa to develop 35 000 man-hours effort of fully-tested customized gaming software, for the launch of the new SA National Lottery.

    The software was additionally certified by the regulator, as producing the correct results in-line with the independent verification system, to prevent any fraud or ability to post-draw inject dummy winning combinations into the results file.


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