Max Ivanov, Developer in Lisbon, Portugal
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Max Ivanov

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

Lisbon, Portugal
Toptal Member Since
November 23, 2014

With a degree in computer science and over 13 years of experience in software engineering, Max is an expert in full-stack web application development. Over the last few years, his focus has been on building scalable and resilient applications in the cloud: AWS and Azure. He is an effective collaborator and performs extremely well both as a sole developer and as a contributor within a team.


Azure Functions, Azure API Management, Terraform, TypeScript, GraphQL, Node.js...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mocha, Chai, AWS CloudFormation...
Echo Alpha
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Redis, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Nuxt.js, Vue, AWS Lambda...




Preferred Environment

Terminal, OS X, Linux, Docker

The most amazing... I've designed is a distributed Redis-backed service holding popular content with a seamless 24-hour rotation.

Work Experience

Software Architect

2020 - 2021
  • Designed and deployed infrastructure components in Azure with Terraform and Terragrunt.
  • Designed and developed a GraphQL API in Node.js and deployed it to Azure Functions.
  • Configured continuous integration and continuous deployment with Azure DevOps and Github Actions.
  • Oversaw the development of the front-end application (Gatsby.js with dynamic routes for behind-the-login functionality). Coded a seamless access token refresh mechanism with Apollo Links.
  • Deployed Azure API Management in front of Azure Functions API for request quota enforcement.
  • Covered GraphQL resolvers with integration tests written in Jest.
  • Interviewed and onboarded a front-end engineer and a DevOps specialist. Coordinated and reviewed their work throughout the course of the project. Held daily standups to resolve any blockers.
Technologies: Azure Functions, Azure API Management, Terraform, TypeScript, GraphQL, Node.js, Docker, Azure DevOps, Terragrunt, PostgreSQL, Jest, DevOps, Cloud

AWS Architect | Node.js Developer

2019 - 2019
  • Used CloudFormation to deploy an AWS infrastructure comprised of VPC, RDS, SNS, S3, Lambda, and an API gateway for a HIPAA-compliant environment.
  • Built and deployed a REST API using the Lambda API framework with granular AWS permission for deployment and execution.
  • Covered the API with unit and functional tests (Chai, Mocha, NYC).
  • Performed the development, testing, and building and deployed environments fully platform-independent (all tasks are performed in Docker).
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Mocha, Chai, AWS CloudFormation, Relational Database Services (RDS), Node.js, Serverless, Docker, AWS Lambda, DevOps, Cloud, REST APIs

Software Architect

2017 - 2019
Echo Alpha
  • Oversaw the upgrade of the company's web presence from single-server hosting static websites to a multi-project scalable AWS Kubernetes setup.
  • Designed and launched a billing REST API shared among the company's multiple projects.
  • Implemented the transition of a live eCommerce server-side rendered (Symfony 3) app to a REST API and SSR Vue.js (Nuxt) setup.
  • Led a team of four developers, one QA engineer, and two DevOps engineers working on multiple internal projects. Interviewed and onboarded development team members. Made sure code quality and processes were up to high standards and best practices.
  • Launched two high-traffic company websites on AWS Lambda to minimize costs.
  • Introduced and took care of development best practices: code standards, code reviews, functional and unit test coverage, and CI/CD.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Redis, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Nuxt.js, Vue, AWS Lambda, JavaScript, Symfony 3, PHP, Docker, DevOps, Cloudflare, Cloud, REST APIs

Web Developer

2015 - 2017
Echo Alpha (via Toptal)
  • Designed and developed an internal asset management system from scratch.
  • Created various report importing/parsing/generation tools with visualizations made in D3.js.
  • Developed an automated schedule generator maintaining item randomness based on user-supplied rules.
  • Created an Angular Material-based guide website.
  • Designed database structure and set up multi-database synchronization with triggers.
Technologies: jQuery, CSS3, HTML5, D3.js, AngularJS, JavaScript, Symfony 2, PHP

Team Lead and Senior Software Engineer

2010 - 2015
  • Deployed code to a multi-server production environment with Capistrano.
  • Upgraded the codebase for newer frameworks, language versions (PHP 5.5), and databases versions.
  • Created a custom picture storage naming solution with Nginx and a dynamic resolve via Lua scripting.
  • Designed and tested a newer newsfeed service backed by Redis and Cassandra.
  • Conceptualized and implemented a distributed service for storing popular and current content (Node.js, Redis).
  • Worked on parts of an AngularJS client app tied to the website's REST API.
  • Created some core parts and implemented parts of the REST API used for a web app and iOS app.
  • Interviewed and onboarded new team members, held daily team meetings and helped plan and prioritize backlog with stakeholders, coordinated deployments and releases of the code.
Technologies: AngularJS, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Redis, MongoDB, Zend Framework, PHP, REST APIs

Senior Web Developer

2009 - 2010
  • Created new social services for the website (custom Zend Framework installation) including features such as friends, messages, and blogs.
  • Wrote functional and unit tests with PHPUnit and Mockery.
  • Tested and optimized performance with Zend Profiler and a MySQL query analyzer.
  • Built a newsfeed service (originally backed by MySQL, then by MongoDB).
  • Supported a search service backed by a Sphinx search server.
Technologies: Sphinx Search Engine, MongoDB, Redis, Memcached, MySQL, PHPUnit, NGINX, Zend Framework, PHP

Web Developer

2008 - 2009
Corporate Education Systems, CJSC
  • Supported a PHP-based, Postgres-backed online testing framework.
  • Refactored old procedural components to OOP.
  • Created a JavaScript word-tracking plugin.
  • Wrote an XLS reports generator.
  • Optimized PostgreSQL queries.
Technologies: PostgreSQL, JavaScript, PHP

Web Developer

2007 - 2009
  • Created an address book parser for email services.
  • Built an activity tracking service for popular social networks.
  • Designed a MySQL database structure and optimized queries.
  • Programmed a bookmarking service with website screenshot capture.
  • Developed an online payment processor based on Authorize.Net.
Technologies: JavaScript, PHP, MySQL

AWS Cognito Token Verifier
An open-source library to validate JWT tokens issued by AWS Cognito in Node.js and Lambda back ends. I wrote it because I couldn't find anything checking all the bellow-mentioned boxes for me:
- minimal dependencies
- framework agnostic
- JWKS (public keys) caching
- test coverage

Smiley Alarm for iOS
Went from idea to Apple App Store release as a producer (visual design and Objective-C code made by contractors). It's an alarm app where you need to smile to turn the alarm off. Nice way to start the day!

Quotts – Quotes Browser and Saving Tool for iOS

My first experience with iOS apps as a producer (coding and design by contractors). The app was launched in 2012 and made it to #2 in Top Free Russia. It had more than 200k downloads.
2003 - 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Polytechnic University - Saint Petersburg, Russia

APRIL 2019 - APRIL 2022

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate



102 MongoDB for DBAs



101 MongoDB for Developers



Node.js, REST APIs, Vue, Azure API Management, SendGrid API, D3.js, jQuery, Terragrunt, Backbone.js, Chai


GitHub, Git, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Terraform, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Terminal, IntelliJ IDEA, Azure Key Vault, Amazon Cognito, Mocha, NGINX, Snowplow Analytics, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)


Zend Framework, Symfony 3, Nuxt.js, Symfony 2, Bootstrap 3, Silex, OAuth 2, PHPUnit, AngularJS, TestCafe, MJML, Jest, Angular Material, Vue SSR


JavaScript, PHP, TypeScript, GraphQL, Sass, HTML5, CSS, SQL, CSS3, Octave, Lua


Object-oriented Programming (OOP), REST, Scrum, Model View Controller (MVC), DevOps, Agile Software Development, Test-driven Development (TDD), Microservices, Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Azure DevOps


AWS Lambda, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Azure, Azure Functions, MacOS, Ubuntu, Linux, Amazon EC2, OS X


MySQL, Redis, MongoDB, JSON, Elasticsearch, Memcached, PostgreSQL, Sphinx Search Engine, Cassandra, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), EdgeCast


Cloud, APIs, Back-end, Web Development, Serverless, Cloudflare, Amazon API Gateway, Relational Database Services (RDS)

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