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Kinnelon, New Jersey, United States
August 17, 2018

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Francis (Skip) Cavagnaro

* ***** **** **** ********, NJ 07405 201-***-****

Project Management Executive

High Profile Technical Projects Client Relationship Management Process Improvement

Transformational leader, respected technical manager, and result-focused professional with demonstrated success in leading the entire life cycle of responsibilities associated with the design, development, implementation, and support of high-profile, complex technical projects, with focused experience working with Fortune 500 companies.

Straight-forward and decisive with the knowledge, intelligence and experience to recognize opportunities for improvement, eliminate deficiencies and build strong consensus in favor of project goals.

Highly skilled in assembling effective project teams, aligning unique talents, capabilities, and qualifications to the needs of specific projects.

Actively pursuing a leadership role in IT with a world-class organization where visionary leadership, tactical planning, expertise in technical projects, and proven success in delivering results are held at a premium.

Leadership Attributes and Competencies

–Effective Project Management

–Managing Technical Vendors

–Skilled in Leading COTS Deployments

(ERP, LIMS, HR/PR, Finance)

–Build, Lead and Inspire Implementation Teams

–Expertise in Data Migration/Consolidation

–Coordinate and Leads Training

–Developing Strategic Roadmaps

–Communicating Project Status to Leadership

–Upgrading/Migrating/Integrating Systems and Platforms

–Driving Continuous Improvement


rofessional History


Operational and Financial Software Application Selection

-Identified Vendors specializing in Commercial Construction and facilitated review process using structured methodology. Completed Vendor Selection process.

-Developed an strategy for consolidated application reporting and application integration

-Developed a work plan for infrastructure migration to Microsoft Cloud.

-Developed complete Data Migration toolset and comprehensive project plan using MS Project.


Project Manager for ERP Implementation (Deltek Costpoint)

Lead Role for guidance manufacturing company implementation of CostPoint ERP

–Defined Environments for Development, Testing, Training, and Production.

–Requirements Development for Financial Operations, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing Workflows.

–Test Plan Creation, Review, and Validation.

APRIL 2017 to JULY 2017: Privately held Companies BERGEN COUNTY NJ

Web Site Design and Interface Development

Lead Designer for two privately held startups:

–Defined and built warehouse interfaces supporting order processing and inventory support for an e Commerce website specializing in ethnic beauty products.

–Created and executed comprehensive test plan covering order, payment, inventory, and shipping functionality.

–Requirements Development and Website development for a startup Department of Defense Logistics contractor.

JULY 2016 to MAR 2017: ELTA NA, Annapolis Junction MD

Project Manager for Operations, ERP Implementation (Deltek Costpoint)

Lead Role for missile guidance manufacturing company implementation of CostPoint ERP

–Defined Environments for Development, Testing, Training, and Production.

–Requirements Development for Financial Operations and Supply Chain Workflows.

–Sox Compliance Requirements and Documentation.

–Data Conversion and Validation.

–Test Plan Creation.

–Testing, Reconciliation, and Resolution of Problem areas as well as Identification of Retesting areas.

–Configuration of Operational Requirements in the COTS software.

–Training material development and training session agendas.

November 2015 to JULY 2016: Harris Corp (formerly Exelis/ITT), Clifton NJ

Project Manager, IT Integration

Led initiative to integrate divisional procedures and processes into Parent (Harris). Processes Including:

–IT Financial Reporting and Performance

–Application Inventory

–Licensing Reconciliation

–Migration of Shop Floor and Warehouses to newly assigned facilities

–Cost allocation of Overhead

–Support resource reallocation

November 2014 to September 2015: Wiley & Sons Publishing, Hoboken, NJ

Project Manager, Enterprise License Verification Implementation

Fulfills a critical role leading a large-scale project to implement an enterprise license verification application at this leading publisher of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly works, with the goal of providing a single platform supporting employee and customer license validation, verification, and authentication.

–Maintains supervisory authority over a team of 10 IT professionals and 100 business resources located in US, India and the United Kingdom, dedicated to the configuration and deployment of the Oracle Identity Manager solution.

–Tracked progress towards project milestones and deliverables, committing strategic adjustments as required to create revised forecasts for both short and long-term targets.

–Effectively managed project finances; developed and implemented an automated interface to the Time Reporting application, producing reports providing project leaders with insight into financial components, and negotiated milestone payments with the application development vendor.

–Collaborates with Wiley infrastructure support teams and stakeholders from Oracle to design production and disaster recovery platforms in Texas, providing uninterrupted business operations in the event of unforeseen loss of power or other facility-wide outages.

May 2014 to October 2014: Exelis Inc., McLean, VA /Roanoke, VA /Fort Wayne, IN

Management Consultant – Enterprise ERP Implementation, Rapid Project Assessment

Retained with a mandate to perform due diligence, evaluating the status, direction, and methodologies used in a $13MM COTS ERP project at this $5.5B global aerospace, defense, information and services company, which would have affected 22 locations and 10,000 users.

–Traveled to company locations in Roanoke, VA and Fort Wayne, IN to translate existing processes used to drive financial requirements into project specifications aligned with the capabilities of Infor LN, a next generation ERP system that is specialized by industry and optimized for complex, global operations.

–Envisioned, developed, and deployed formal methodologies to translate business and financial requirements into Info LN specifications, resulting in the creation of highly sophisticated financial reporting tools for the benefit of project leaders.

–On a continuing basis, tracked projected costs for the project as a whole, as well as for near-term goals.

–Defined a revised strategy to govern the flow of communications between the SME team and vendor developers.

–Facilitated workshops to build competencies in Financial and Operational components.

December 2012 to February 2014: Fisher Bio-Services, Rockville, MD

Project Manager for LIMS Implementation

Leveraged superior technical expertise and project management skill to lead a $3MM implementation of the Nautilus LIMS application across the Laboratory, Repository, Shipping, Receiving and Quality Control organizations of the world's largest biorepository, biobanking, and cell therapy clinical trial management service provider.

–Met the challenge of migrating a proprietary legacy system with 14 application instances into a single consolidated application that provided a fully audited and tracked path of custody for all samples, from receipt to storage; maintained responsibility for cost projections throughout each phase of the project.

–Built an effective team of project members from the ground up, coordinating and leading Nautilus training and implementing project structures, communication and implementation roadmaps, and data migration strategies.

–Served as the architect of a 225-page Oracle Based Data Conversion Methodology outlining all data mapping rules and scripts.

–Re-engineered laboratory and operations procedures to align with the limitations of the software, committing the necessary documentation revisions to provide guidance on the changed processes.

–Assembled a validation team comprised of a project member and three Thermo Fisher personnel that successfully produced a confirmation plan and test plan for validation in accordance with FDA regulatory requirements.

October 2009 to December 2012: Exelis Corporation, Clifton, NJ

Project Management Consultant to Division IT Leadership

Served in a Divisional level IT leadership role, with authority and accountability for the success of multiple projects while guiding organizational change, cost containment, budgets, and performance metrics. Effectively managed engineering software contracts with a total value of $20MM.

–Championed the creation of a financial model that tracked budgeted versus actual expenses throughout 16 business units operating in five business areas and 22 locations, providing detailed reports to executive management.

–Led the development of an application that tracked software packages in use across all 22 company locations, with a focus on identifying redundancies across business units that could be consolidated under a single license to drive down costs.

–Contributed to the success of a Global Security initiative that identified and addressed foreign intrusions, leading to the development of an effective strategy to close security gaps and safeguard systems from future incursions.

–Directed the construction of a wireless production environment within a weapons business unit, with the capability of supporting 60 manufacturing benches featuring all required engineering drafting applications.

–Oversaw the closure of a plant on the West Coast, migrating the operations and applications of a major data center and specific product lines to four locations.

June 2008 to October 2009: ITT Corporation Defense Group, McLean, VA

Project Manager, Deltek Costpoint ERP Implementation

Led a 9-month, $1.4MM post-acquisition integration project at this leading defense contractor, with the goal of standardizing and integrating HR and ERP application software platforms following the $2B acquisition of EDO Corporation.

–Directed the migration of data from EDO systems onto the Deltek Costpoint ERP platform and Time Collection Application, along with integration into ITT legacy software, as well as the training and configuration of three company locations; deployed three timesheet schedules and eight work schedules.

–Managed 25 internal project members, 5 external resources, and 8 internal technical professionals encompassing talented individuals from Information Technology, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Materials, Procurement, and Manufacturing; leveraged skill in Microsoft Project to create a detailed project timeline showcasing key milestones.

–Executed the recruitment of external Implementation Support resources, the development of functional requirements, and the production of project status reports identifying areas of possible risk; facilitated national status meetings with key stakeholders to discuss project health and direction.

–Created Training Guides and Process Documentation to serve as reference resources for users of all integrated applications; identified and recruited subject matter experts in both functional areas to lead IT and functional training sessions to build competencies in the user base.

–Achieved all project milestones and deliverables within 8 months at a total cost of $1.5MM.

January 2007 to May 2008: BDO Seidman LLP, New York, NY

Director of Information Technology and Risk Advisory Services

Led all vision, strategy, and direction for all facets of information technology within the Risk Advisory Services practice of this global professional services network, with responsibility for business development and technical guidance for 18 staff members and throughout all client engagements.

–Developed the National Practice Forecast and Budget for the Risk Advisory Services practice, including IT assessments, internal audit initiatives, risk assessments, and SOX compliance initiatives; delivered a presentation of the budget and forecast to the Board of Directors.

–Presented risk analysis and audit results to the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors; key experience in risk assessments includes the design of an RA for a major NYC-based professional engineering firm, and the development of a Vendor Management Audit Plan that was adopted by the BDO National Practice as a standard product offering.

–Assumed an integral role managing the production of invoices and billing using PeopleSoft Professional Services Time Reporting and Billing software; successfully reduced the average age of client receivables from 65 days to 37 days.

–Led a project team of 13 professionals engaged in a SOX compliance initiative for a publicly-held manufacturing firm that had two corporate headquarter locations and production facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

–Developed and enforced best practices governing internal business process, including Document Storage and Naming Standards, Microsoft Outlook Email Management and Use of Public Folders, Microsoft Calendar Sharing, Weekly WebEx Resource and Scheduling Reviews.

September 1987 to December 2006: Application Strategy Group, Kinnelon, NJ


Pioneered the launch of this consulting firm dedicated to the design and delivery of packaged and custom-developed application software. Served as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert to Fortune 500 clients seeking guidance and direction on IT infrastructure, assuming leading roles spanning Business Analyst, Project Manager, and Technical Lead.

–Successfully managed multiple concurrent high-profile projects, achieving and surpassing all client expectations with respect to resource management, scheduling, budgets, change management, and risk management.

–Directed each project phase, from initial needs assessment and design through implementation, testing, support, training and customer satisfaction.

–Led structured evaluation of Vendors (Oracle, PeopleSoft, Data Design) offering integrated Financial and HR Suites with the objective of migrating a major government contractor from a Mainframe to a Client Server environment.

–Installed and configured PeopleSoft suite to support all HR, PR, Supply Chain, and Financial Operations.

–Trained HR personnel in Benefits in PeopleSoft Benefits module and developed an interface from the PS module to the Enterprise Payroll software. Defined all Payroll deductions and Benefit elections in the PeopleSoft application.

–Supported all HR automation initiatives including domestic and ex-patriate compensation, Benefit simulation and employee selection, bonus programs, performance studies, and skills inventory data base for a Fortune 20 Client. Supported entire Headquarters Staff comprised of 160 executives and administrators.

–Developed all in-house software to support Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution software for a major Defense Contractor. This included data base design, software development, QA, and interfaces to critical supporting vendors.

Early Career

Technical Leader, ITT

Technical Leader, Western Electric

CTO/CEO, Mercer Computer Systems

Education & Professional Certification

MBA in Quantitative Analysis – Fairleigh Dickinson University

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics – Lehigh University

Project Management Institute – Certified PMP

“Mr. Cavagnaro has always been able to immerse himself in multiple projects, establish correct priorities, and recruit required internal and external resources to ensure successful delivery. He always demonstrated an agile approach to demand and responded, when necessary, with a revised game plan without jeopardizing critical business requirements. His technical background and natural leadership qualities made him one of the more valuable divisional IT resources during my management tenure.”

Amelia R., CIO

Fisher Bio-Services

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