Craig

CraigRothwell

Solution Architect / Developer / Functional Analyst / Project Manager / Coach

ABOUT ME

I was born in South Africa, lived most of my childhood in Ireland, early adulthood in Germany and then Finland. I have also lived 2 1/2 years in Sydney, Australia.

  • Date of birth
    October 16th 1974
  • Languages
    English, Swedish, some Finnish, German and some French
  • Hobbies
    Football, Coding, Music, Cooking, Reading and Travelling
  • Websites

Hello and thank you for taking the time to have a look at my resume. I'm an Irish guy living in Finland since 1998. I live in Karjaa in Finland with my wife and 3 fantastic children.

I "got stuck" in Finland like quite a few foreigners before me. Its a great place to live, things work as they should (generally), the education is great and there is a level of safety and integrtiy that is quite rare in this world. I am very much involved in my local community and do a lot of voluntary work with the schools and local sports clubs, especially football. I coach the 2007 team in the local football club, BK46. I also help out with their website management.

As for the professional side, from the Resume section, you can see that most of the roles I have held so far in my career have been between the tech and business domains. This is where I am strongest and most comfortable. I am always interested in new opportunities to bring people, processes and technology together to do something new and cool or to improve on what was there before.

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WHAT CAN I DO

Solution Architecture

I have been operating in the Solution Architecture space since 2007. The bulk of my experince comes from the TELCO/IT world. I have help roles which were purely solution architecture and also other roles having sales support, funtional analyst, lead development and project management components included.

Project Management

I am PMP certified and am a member of the PMI Finland organisation. I have held a number of project and program roles in my career. The types and scopes of the projects has varied quite a lot. I have managed projects in Canada, Colombia, Germany, Africa, Australia, Middle East and Russia. I have had local teams as well as remote teams picked from resource pools.

Development

I am hugely interested in software development technologies. I started software development in Nokia in 1998 building user interfaces in C++. My most recent project is a football tournament management tool called tourno.fi. I have used this project to learn PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, AngularJS and Angular (6). I am currently looking into creating a simulator using a MEAN stack approach.

Coaching / Mentoring

Taking a person or people from one level of understanding to a higher level of understanding to help them achieve their goals has always been a passion of mine. I guess that is also why I love training kids football teams. I have done quite a lot of public speaking in my life and career so far and want to keep doing this.


EXPERIENCE

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Solution Architect - Folksam (Insurance Provider)

2013 to present

Solution and Project Management of data migration parts (components and process) and integration parts of a larger Business Transformation project. Folksam are/were in the process of replacing core Insurance and Claims systems with the overall goals of automating the business of insurance provision and claims handling by up to 80% AND paving the way for greater customer interaction initiatives in the future.

Owner/manager of the solution from an IT support perspective. Responsible for training of Folksam Personnel on the use of the system. First point of contact for all business groups within Folksam for business related issues, initiatives and data (reporting) requirements. Largely responsible for the seamless integration with legislative bodies in Finland to ensure that the implemented solution aligns well with legal requirements. Responsible for integration with 3rd party portals through which Folksam insurance products are sold or claims submitted.

Manager - Solution Architecture - Comptel Oyj (now a part of Nokia)

2012

Managing a team of 7 talented customer facing Solution Architects practicing in the Nordic/Scandinavia, Russia, East Europe and Turkey regions.

The Solution Architect responsibilities encompass support of all aspects of customer and deal acquisition including presales, environment analysis (scoping), solution definition and technical proposal. In addition, the Solution Architect was responsible for the initial high level project planning and project delivery guidance and support.

Project Manager - Comptel Oyj (now a part of Nokia)

2012

Comptel corporate strategy included heavy focus on the use and application of customer intelligence. This Project Manager role primarily entailed the transfer/development of delivery competence to the East Europe region.

In addition to competence develop, the Project Manager role was also responsible for the delivery of solutions (as well as proofs of concept) within the region.

Solution Consultant / Program Manager - CBOSS Oy

2010-2012

Program Manager towards two large, strategic customers in South America and Australia. In addition to Program Management functions, I performed all project deliveries (Project Management role).

  • Sale and Delivery/Implementation of Software to a customer in Australia. Management of contract (delivery and support) of core SW which generates in excess of AUD $130 million per month for this customer. Contract signed within a very challenging, politically charged environment.
  • Sale and Delivery/Implementation of Software to a customer in Colombia. Management of contract and overall responsibility for the delivery of new platform software which generates in excess of USD $100 million a month for this customer. The project ran over 6 months and required consistent onsite presence. The project completed within budget and ahead of schedule. The success of this delivery led to follow on sales in excess of USD $3.5 million in the following 2 months alone.
HP CMS Account Principle - South Pacific - HP Australia

2010

Responsible for sales within the Asia Pacific Region. The main focus of this short term role was to revive dormant opportunities and also to finalise in flight deals.

  • Managed the sale (financed deal over 5 years) of HW and support services to Telecom New Zealand.
  • Managed the sale of implementation services to Vodafone Fiji (required the establishment of a HP partner agreement with a UK company in order to facilitate invoicing due to HP local market restrictions).
  • Initiated account planning/creation for a new provider VHA (merge of Vodafone and Hutchinson). Generated interest for HP's fraud management and other portfolio offerings.
  • Focused on the objective of closing inflight deals and reviving those considered dormant.
Lead Solution Architect - HP Australia

2008-2010

Lead Solution Architect towards a major Australian Telco. Responsible for architecture, sales support and delivery of a high end, mission critical prepay system.

Within this role I worked very closely with the customer marketing, product, operations network, systems, test and configuration personnel in order to ensure smooth deliveries of HP hardware, software and services.

  • Delivered core Solution Architecture services to the leading Australian prepaid communications provider.
  • Collaboration with customer Marketing and Operations teams to drive ideas and initiatives (originating from local market research and foreign market tracking) to provide the necessary solution architecture to bring them to market. Managing the end to end sales and delivery of all related products and services.
  • Introduced and implemented the concept of revenue pulses which allowed the provider to secure large amounts of revenue within a short time.
Software Engineer, Solution Manager, Training Manager - CBOSS Oy

2000-2008

Various developer roles including user interface design and creation (telco service creation environment), customer data transfer/management, Service Delivery Platform functionality and development of real time charging environments (C, C++, Java, CORBA, ORBIX, Enterprise Java Beans and Microsoft technologies (MCSD))

Created new portfolio items and saleable training products to compliment software product and services sales. Managed the sales and delivery of standard and customized training products to CBOSS international customers. Training was delivered on 5 continents. Provided a sales support function which opened a customer a consultation channel available during the entire sales phase.


EDUCATION

University of Limerick

1992-1996

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering majoring in Aircraft vibrations and Materials

Project Management Institute (PMI)

2013

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Ongoing .....

It basically validates the ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies


SKILLS

Business skills

Business Solution Architecture
80%
Project Management
75%
People Management
50%
Customer / Account Management
80%
Technical Sales Support
80%
Presentation Skills
75%

Technical skills (Current)

HTML5 / CSS3
70%
JavaScript
65%
jQuery
70%
PHP
80%
AngularJS / Angular 6
60%
SQL
75%

CONTACT

I live in a small town called Karjaa (Karis in Swedish) which is about about 75-80 kms from Helsinki.

  • Phone
    +358 50 5436400
  • E-mail
  • Address
    Kukkakuja 3, 10300 Karjaa, Finland

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