Diana S.

Project Manager

485 dollar
14 years
Bucharest, ROMANIA

My experience


BCRJuly 2013 - June 2019

Head of Retail Project Management team/Senior project manager
May 2017 – Jun 2019

    Hands on, continuous involvement in setting up and leading activities in bank’s most strategic and complex IT projects (George- online banking, Digital Onboarding, Digital Mortgage process/Casa Mea– 1st Agile delivery project in BCR)
    Accountable for finance management, budgeting and forecasting for all projects in own portfolio (>30m EUR/year)
    Act in handling critical situations or resolving delivery risks
    Accountable to Board members for projects delivery in scope, on time and on budget
    Hire, coordinate, supervise, mentor, coach, evaluate project managers (internal and external employees), deliver regular feedback supporting their professional and personal development
    Worked closely with consultants, Erste Group experts, PMI Romania chapter to continuously improve used project management toolkits(PPM, JIRA, Confluence) and methodologies
Head of Portfolio Management
Jan 2015 – Apr 2017

  Worked closely with senior management to identify, define and subsequently report status of bank's strategic initiatives and was accountable to ensure alignment of IT portfolio with overall bank priorities
Responsible to:
- coordinate prioritization and resource allocation (FTEs and budget) via building what-if scenarios  
- build and maintain the integrated projects timelines and interdependencies
- asses current and planned projects on a routine basis to recommend the optimum mix for future resourcing
- perform project audits and ensure compliance with PM standards
- organize Projects and IT Committee, prepare relevant materials and deliver structured and effective reporting of IT portfolio to senior management, enabling informed decision making
 - ensure definition and implementation of the methodological framework (and supporting IT applications - JIRA, SharePoint) required to administer bank’s project portfolio
Supervisor of Portfolio Management team/Project manager
Sep 2014 – Dec 2014

   Coordinated team of portfolio managers and had close collaboration with peers from business and IT divisions in order to ensure best definition, approval, prioritization, selection, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programs, projects and change requests.
Accountable that IT portfolio relevant risks, issues, actions, costs, schedules, benefits are documented and tracked at initiative level;
Ensured that the IT portfolio work is compliant with documented standards, templates and frameworks, and captured in agreed toolsets;
----  Between February 2014 and March 2015 I acted also as local Project Manager for a Group driven project, aiming to implement a CRM application to service Group Large Corporate segment for entire Erste Group. Project was implemented on time, on budget for the entire approved scope.
Portfolio Manager
Jul 2013 – Aug 2014

•Responsible for change management governance for projects in own portfolio
•    Responsible for early warning signals definition and monitoring for portfolio health deterioration
•    Create, maintain and continuous improve reporting dashboards
•    Enable cross-functional alignment in order to identify & manage inter-dependencies between projects
•    Closely collaborate with IT to manage changes, analyse impact and propose corrective actions where appropriate
•    Stay permanently in touch with the other departments from the bank that through their work affect the central business area allocated to the portfolio

Citibank RomaniaOctober 2011 - July 2013

Primary responsible for Flexcube(core banking system) technology related matters for Romania, as part of CEE cluster;
     Leading local business projects and contributing to major strategic technology projects in the country, working to ensure completion on time and on budget;
     Work closely with in country, regional and global support teams, in a time-critical environment with tight Service Level Agreements.
     Interacting with a demanding customer-base at operation and product levels and ensuring credibility is maintained through solid delivery against commitments;

BCRJuly 2007 - September 2011

July 2007- Feb 2008 PM for project of setting up new change management process for retail loan approval application, resulting in signing an SLA in which the parties(business, 3 Internal IT Divisions, vendor) have agreed their new responsibilities
        Aug 2007- June 2008 Responsible for end to end change management of retail loan approval application, SPOC between BCR and the external provider, drafting and approval of specific work documents, negotiating new contract, payments and budget monitoring.
       Lead BA in complex IT Project - implementation of Customer Relationship Management tool
- Offer support in the development and the testing of the agreed IT solution
- Assure technical know-how transfer from project phase to business as usual phase, in order to avoid business disruptions after launching new it developments.

BRDAugust 2004 - July 2007

Business Analyst/ Project manager
Jan 2005 – Jul 2007
Responsible for the loan approval application for private individual clients: system administration, end to end change management (defining specifications, liaise with vendors, testing, deployment), 2nd level support
Credit Counseller
Aug 2004 – Jan 2005

My stack


Team management, Project Management, Waterfall, Problem Solving, SDLC, Spanish, Customer relationship management, Business Analysis

Analysis methods and tools



Portfolio Management, Application development, Software Development Life Cycle, English, French

My education and trainings

Masters Degree, Marketing and bussines communication - University of Economic Studies2005 - 2007

Bachelor Degree, Statistics and Informatics - University of Economic Studies1999 - 2004