John “Kurt” Barousse
Houston, TX 77041
Director of Information Technology
Over 12 years’ success in global planning, developing and executing IT solutions for high-growth organizations
Establish trusted partnership to effectively collaborate with the executive management team to plan and execute an IT strategic roadmap for worldwide solutions of ERP systems, core applications, production services and operations IT solutions. Strategically and cost effectively utilize technology in alignment with corporate operation’s objectives. Recognized for hands-on IT expertise, excelling at building and mentoring high-performance teams, change management, program and project management and implementing best practice methodologies.
Highlights of Expertise
Enterprise Technology Strategy
Core Executive Traits
Enterprise IT Strategy & Development
Aligning Technology to Business Goals
Integrated, Secure & Reliable Systems
Successful Technology Implementations
IT Processes, Policies & Procedures
Driving Operational Excellence
Collaboration with Executives
Cross-Functional Team Leadership
Distributed Decision Making
IT Governance Transparency
Maximizing ROI & Reducing Costs
Prioritization of Multiple Projects
Commitment to Customer Service
Change Management focused
Committed to Exceeding Expectations
Independent Information Technology Consultant (Oct 2016 to Current)
Collaborate with clients to evaluate information technology needs in order to provide guidance & expertise to solutions on the following domains:
ITIL Change Management
Technology Assessment; evaluation and selection of software (Both on premise and SaaS)
Software Development Life Cycle with SOX IT Risks and Controls
IT Disaster Recovery Planning & Execution
Instituting IT Governance & Cost Transparency Program (Quality, Costs & Delivery)
Oceaneering International, Inc., Houston, Texas
Director of Information Technology (Feb 2005 to Oct 2016)
Directed an international and domestic team of 7 managers, while administering a $10MM+ annual operating budget, including multiple Capex projects ranging from $500K to $5MM.
Successful implementation, management and support of 10+ Production systems (including the PeopleSoft/Oracle ERP System of Record), achieving 10 ERP upgrades & patching projects
Project-managed large-scale global initiatives involving the evaluation, selection, successful implementation and integration of projects such as Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle CRM (SaaS) application, SmartSolve Quality Management Solutions, Brazil PS and Infor Service & Rentals global applications
Successfully lead multiple domestic and international IT M&A due diligence and system integration projects
Effectively managed master data management projects for secondary system implementations and SOA interfaces including M&A ERP system integrations
Established SVP/VP IT Governance review of IT metrics and analytics for Service Level Agreements, Systems and Analysts Performance evaluation, prioritization of projects and alignment of IT goals with business strategies creating total transparency.
Created and transformed IT applications’ operating policies, standards and procedures to ensure data integrity, hardened security, SOX and other regulatory IT and operating compliance
Successful development and execution of multi-year business strategy roadmaps
Executed the automation and standardization for the operating business companies’ financial, supply chain, manufacturing, operations, HR and sales & marketing areas
Engaged and established the deployment of a disaster recovery strategy/plan for all core enterprise applications with biannual disaster recovery drills
Effectively managed functional HR, finance & supply chain business analysts, application security analysts, ERP and in-house .Net agile software development teams, DBA technical team, global support center (Tier 1 & 2 Help Desk) service delivery team
Exceptional comprehensive knowledge of infrastructure, database and software technology, Service Oriented Architecture, WAN/LAN security, network performance & reliability, SaaS applications, system analysis and technical development standards
Reduced annual software maintenance fees by 15% that produced a multi-million dollar savings over the life of the asset by renegotiating new contract terms with the ERP software vendor
Slashed labor cost by 20% while maintaining Service Level Agreement
Improved cost of poor quality (COPQ) by 50% by automating and improving IT change management, testing, delivery, procedures and policies
Decreased software defects by 40% and improved on time delivery of projects by 50% by implementing strict business requirements gathering policy, code development, testing standards and code migration.
Cut labor cost by 85% by establishing a centralized IT Global Support Center supporting business administration and operations 24/7.
El Paso Corporation, Houston, Texas
Manager of Financial Applications – (Jan 1999 to Aug 2004)
Effectively managed the development, implementation, and customization of the ERP, including the leadership of the financial management areas of configuration, testing, training, and security.
Effectively managed the development, implementation and customization of the ERP. Responsibilities included assessing delivered and customized code projects to develop project plans and programs to support the implementation of each project while maintaining a significant role as collaborator and communicator between operations, technical and functional groups.
Lead/managed financial software application areas of configuration, testing, training, security, reference documentation and report writing. Other responsibilities include problem/risk identification, recommendation of alternative solutions (root cause analysis), software evaluation, assessment and communication of project status to executive management.
Establish policies/procedures to identify risks in order to communicate and implement change readiness to comply with changing management initiatives.
Comprehensive knowledge implementing and reviewing procedures and standards with system controls and network/application security.
Effectively managed the implementation of multiple ERP enhancement projects. Also successfully managed two ERP upgrades.
Successfully managed the projects to implement ERP applications for international sites (United Kingdom, Asia, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America)
SYSCO Food Service Corporate, Houston, Texas
Financial System Sr. Analyst (April 1998 – Jan 1999)
Financial conversion/implementation specialist and application support for an AS400 financial application.
Conversion responsibilities included evaluating company’s application needs, setting up the parameters in the application, coordination of conversion data verification, and training/supporting the financial division to utilize the application to its fullest potential.
Responsibilities included the testing of databases, data verification; post conversion site follow up evaluations and training.
Dealer Solutions, Inc., Houston, Texas
Financial Team Lead (March 1997 – April 1998)
Directed project management and on-site support for the installation of a specialized NT client server based software application.
Managed financial operations: duties included coordination of all-preliminary software setup and testing, established installation timelines, supervised the on-site operations support staff, as well as hands on client support and training.
Lead a team to improve and enhance the application for future releases.
Converted and implemented six dealerships to the specialized automobile dealership software.
Successfully implemented Dealer Solution’s CARMan software at the world’s largest Ford dealership.
Education & Credentials
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN FINANCE
Professional Development: Performance Management; Quality Engineering & Control
Technical Proficiencies: Large Scale ERP and Operation System Deploys, IT Change Management, Cost Controls, IT Lifecycle Implementation, Project Management, IT Governance, Disaster Recovery, Budget Administration, Policy Development, Business Continuity Planning, Automation/Standardization, Continuous Quality Improvement