RD Watkins is a PMI Certified PMP Senior Project Manager with experience in information technology infrastructure, IS development, user migrations and business processes related initiatives. Using a firm technical foundation built on Microsoft, Cisco and Comptia certifications Robert can quickly develop project core business process & cultural knowledge and adeptly communicate across all levels of stakeholders and resources.
Past clients seek and endorse his calm demeanor and ability to navigate the sometimes rough waters and clarify loosely defined, high profile projects. His ability to assess the cultural and interpersonal landscape make collaboration and teamwork a natural and frequent occurrence in his projects.
Consulting or full time employment assignments and positions in Charlotte or Raleigh North Carolina, Orlando/Tampa Florida or Northern Virginia area fit well with his career objectives.
Career Milestones and Objectives:
- Finding new contracts and/or permanent assignments and opportunities in the project management, virtual team collaboration and consultative space.
- [COMPLETED] BSBA degree online with (American Sentinel University).
- [COMPLETED] 2009 Project Management Institute PMP re-certification/renewal PDUs
- [COMPLETED] April 29th, 2005 – pre-requisites for candidacy and obtained the PMI PMP certification issued by the Project Management Institute.
Robert has been in the IT consulting field since early 1997. Below are the primary consulting contracts since that time:
Unilever Global Infrastructure Organization – Trumbull, CT. – Technical IT Project Manager assignments include: Disaster Recovery Enhancements for the Americas, Storage and Tape Design and Deployment, IT Process & Policy Assessment and Redesign, Data Warehousing, Global Service Request, Sun Identity Manager, Centralized Messaging migrations, Web Portal implementation, the Project Scripting Lab, Wise scripting consultant, Digital India Manager/Mentor, QA test planning and coordination consultant. Obtained an Interim Management contract as a Senior Project Manager supporting the Customer Engagement Management Group in implementing a portfolio of various infrastructure and application development projects. This was accomplished during an outsourcing assessment activity with cross functional impact to all projects. A Memorandum of Understanding was put in place and additional due diligence with HP was pursued to ensure full support of the business.
Marathon Oil – Findlay, OH. – Wise scripting consultant, project QA team manager and User Acceptance Testing coordinator.
NovaCare – Pittsburgh, PA. (territory included multiple offices in IL., PA. and MD.) – network engineer and project manager for Y2k remediation, database consolidation, disaster recovery initiatives.
Kraft Foods – Winchester, VA. – Y2k remediation for 13 eastern plants project implementation team lead (from the plant floor equipment PLCs to the desktops), manufacturing plant build-out IT supports.
RD currently holds the PMI (Project Management Institute) PMP certification and the Comptia’s IT Project+ (IT Project Management) with addition technical support based on the following legacy technical certifications MCSE NT 4.0 (Microsoft), CCNA (Cisco), MCP+I and A+ certifications.
- Updated CompTIA Project+ Exam Broadens Focus on Business Impact of Good Project Management Skills (eon.businesswire.com)
- Project Management Is Finally Getting Real Respect (informationweek.com)