Ajit Shinde, Developer in Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Ajit Shinde

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Drupal Developer

Pune, Maharashtra, India
Toptal Member Since
September 5, 2022

Ajit has been a Drupal expert specializing in this field since 2011. He has decoupled Drupal installations, migrated data from Drupal 7 sites into newly architected Drupal 8 sites, and developed enterprise projects implementing headless solutions. Ajit is a technical lead who understands how to guide teams through complex projects while keeping stakeholders connected and involved. He enjoys contributing to open source projects and inspiring others in the world of Drupal.


Drupal 8, Drupal 9, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Drupal 10, PHP, Drupal, Docker...
CoLab Coop
Drupal 7, Drupal 8, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Remote Work, PHP, Drupal, Docker...
Drupal, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Jira, Project Management, PHP, PHP 7




Preferred Environment

MacBook, Linux, Docker, Vagrant, PhpStorm, Drupal 6, Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal 9, Drupal 10

The most amazing...

...things I've developed are enterprise-level projects by implementing headless solutions and deployments.

Work Experience

Senior Drupal Consultant

2019 - PRESENT
  • Led an enterprise project which required travel to the US to work onsite.
  • Expanded into new technical areas in Drupal for specific project needs.
  • Developed enterprise-level projects by implementing headless solutions and deployments.
Technologies: Drupal 8, Drupal 9, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Drupal 10, PHP, Drupal, Docker, PHP 7

Senior Drupal Consultant

2017 - 2019
CoLab Coop
  • Coordinated with stakeholders to plan the development and deliverables of the project.
  • Collaborated directly with the clients to ensure smooth project completion.
  • Contributed multiple modules back to the Drupal community.
Technologies: Drupal 7, Drupal 8, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Remote Work, PHP, Drupal, Docker, PHP 7

Technical Lead

2013 - 2017
  • Led client projects, communicated with non-technical stakeholders in simple terms, and translated the requirements into solid information architecture.
  • Assisted in the hiring of new yet experienced developers.
  • Trained several internship batches of size six by creating and conducting the training material.
  • Presented sessions and organized and conducted workshops at different open source events.
  • Contributed to Drupal core and created several new modules whenever there was an opportunity to make a generic solution in the project's scope.
Technologies: Drupal, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Jira, Project Management, PHP, PHP 7

Drupal Consultant

2012 - 2013
MSC Software
  • Developed a project with a team of two and reported to a manager unfamiliar with Drupal. The project involved migrating the current documentation from Atlassian Confluence to Drupal.
  • Implemented features such as SSO and PDF export of pages and sub-pages, bagging the prestigious hall-of-fame award. I collaborated with other teams to implement this feature.
  • Established an online presence in the community through a profile on Drupal Stack Exchange, earning a reputation of over 3,000 points in a year.
  • Updated the notify module in the form of bug reports and patches to the issue queue on the official website drupal.org.
  • Spearheaded the deployment of the site to the developer stage and assisted in production deployment.
Technologies: Drupal 7, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Drupal, PHP 7


The client is one of the biggest media companies in India.

I developed the site from scratch and provided significant improvement to their current site. I contributed a social statistics module that got me the Git vetted user access on drupal.org.

Unitarian Universalist Association

I collaborated with the client’s technical team and other developers as a mixed team to develop the main website and intranet site. I oversaw the site building, custom module development, migration, and reviews.


The site provides a means for average citizens to donate to their representatives.

As the technical lead and developer on the project, I oversaw the automatic addition, updating, and search of the legislators from which we implemented the Sunlight Foundation API.

Hone & Strop

A full-fledged eCommerce site for fashion. A perfect example of commerce driven by the content business model. I contributed as a technical lead and developer.

Novartis Brand Lab

I served as the technical project manager and technical lead on the project. It was a redesign project and implementation of the new brand guidelines. It required me to decide the tasks, break them down and provide the technical implementation ideas. Live deployment happened after each sprint.

Vermont Law School

Served as the senior developer to create the custom architecture for the site, completed custom module development, migrated the data from the existing Drupal 7 site to the new Drupal 8 site, and performed code reviews.

American Association for Advancement of Science

I served as the senior developer and technical lead to guide the client's technical team on designing the technical approach, integrating the style guide using Pattern Lab, and migrating the data from the existing Drupal 7 site into the newly architected Drupal 8 site.

The Children's Place

It was a project where we used Drupal on the back end in a decoupled architecture. As the senior developer and technology lead, I was responsible for the development, reviews, maintenance, deployment, and team management of the decoupled Drupal installation.
2007 - 2012

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Pune - Pune, India


Acquia Certified Developer





Jira, PhpStorm, Vagrant, Pattern Lab


PHP, PHP 7, JavaScript, CSS


Linux, Docker, Drupal, Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal 6


Generic Programming



Industry Expertise

Project Management


MacBook, Data Structures, Drupal 9, Remote Work, Migration, Drupal 10, Networking

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