Thomas Förster
Thomas Förster
Head of IT, Interim Manager, Lead Developer

"You can't have scalability problems if nobody uses your app."

 
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What I can contribute to your company

  • Growing small IT Teams to professional agile departments, from start-up chaos to fast pace organizations.
     
  • Mediate / translate between management, marketing and IT.
     
  • Move your software product to the AmazonWebServices cloud.
     
  • Build your MVP from scratch and bring it up to a working and scaling software product.
     
  • Work out and execute a modernization roadmap with focus on releasing new components to get rid of technical debts, while admitting the value of legacy software.
     
  • Breakup tall monoliths to lightweight self-containing services.

Resume

Bringing a small idea up to a scaling business is what I love.

In the last 17 years I often worked as one of the first IT guys and learned a lot about scaling both: the product and the organization.
Working in IT teams from 3 to 30 people in companies up to 100 employees results in my best performance.

 

Experience

CTO - Billomat GmbH & Co. KG
www.billomat.com
Oct 2017 to present

Senior Backend Developer -
FFG FinanzcheckFinanzportale GmbH

www.finanzcheck.de
Oct 2014 to Oct 2017

CTO - Glamloop
Marketplace for pre-loved high-end fashion (sold)
Mai 2013 to Sep 2014

Head of IT & Software Development -
FFG FinanzcheckFinanzportale GmbH
www.finanzcheck.de
Jan 2010 to Oct 2012

Webentwickler - SPOG
Speck, Obst & Gemüse Werbeagentur
Jul 2009 to Dec 2009

Co-Founder IT - Saftfabrik
saftfabrik you mix it! GmbH
Oct 2008 to Dec 2009

Senior Software Developer - Spreadshirt
www.spreadshirt.net
2003 to Sep 2008

 

Education

Political Science, Sociology, Media- & Communication Studies
Martin-Luther-University Halle/Salle
Fall 1998 to Fall 2002

 

General Skills & Languages

Hands-on

Result-oriented

Detail-oriented

Self-motivated

Communicative

Collaborative

German (Native)

English

 

Technological Skills

Programming Languages
PHP 7, PHP 5, JavaScript, RoR

Relational Databases
MySQL, MariaDB, SQLite

Messaging
Amazon SQS, RabbitMQ

Amazon Cloud Services
EC2, RDS, S3, SQS, SES, ECS

Frameworks
Symfony3, Symfony2, Zend Framework (ZF1, ZF3)

Frontend 
Bootstrap, Pure.css, JQuery, React (Basics)

Continous Integration
Travis, Scrutinizer, Bamboo

Version Controll
Git + Git Flow, SVN, GitHub, Beanstalkapp

(Browser-)Testing + Automation
PHPUnit, Browserstack API, Selenium

Monitoring & Log Management
AppDynamics, NewRelic, Logentries, Pingdom

 
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Testimonials

"I was impressed by the pure amount of work Thomas gets done since the first day I met him, which was back in the early days of FINANZCHECK.de. 
Thomas is able to build solid sustainable architectures with little resources by keeping things as simple as possible while clearly focusing on customer needs.
His exceptional performance, his honesty and his reliability make him the one I can absolutely recommend and would ever work with again."
– André Kolell –
Unit Tech Lead Backbone ABOUT YOU GmbH

"Thomas' dedication and commitment to the projects we've been working on together was tremendous. Always on fire to push forward while being accessible for anyone on the team needing his help. He is a real role model."
– Klaus Großmann –
Global Solutions Architect kfzteile24