C J

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Information Architect with eCommerce, Business Transformation & Business Acceleration Expertise
C's Skills
Business Development
Technical
Product Management
Design
Open to networking with people holding these skills
Sales
Technical
Fundraising
Marketing
Design
Background

Age Group

36-55

About C

Chathura (aka CJ) is an entrepreneur and a freelance consultant in to Project Management and Quality Assurance (QA) Practices.

Spent most of his career with North American, European and Australian clients; solving their issues in Project Management, Business Automation, Business & Revenue Strategies, QA and Delivery processes. Expert in re-organizing software development and IT related service delivery organizations to get maximum ROI. Investing his free time and excessive knowledge on green or renewable energy related projects is among his hobbies.

Active in the start-up scene since 2008, CJ helped couple of start-ups from Europe and Asia to find new avenues for the revenue generation to convert losses in to profit.

CJ is well versed with crowd funding, logistics, domain monetization, email direct marketing, retail, travel, supply chain management, enterprise resource management, eCommerce and asset management domains.

Firmly believing the phrase "On n'est jamais servi si bien que par soi-même" which has been translated as, "If you want something done right, do it yourself".

Extensively worked with end clients such as Microsoft, StarBucks, AT&T Wireless, Accenture, Intel, Network Associates, Epicor, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, SingTel & Pearson Education.

Happily married and enjoying with his only son whenever there is a free time.

Quote

If you want something done right, do it yourself - Charles-Guillaume Étienne

Work Experience

Senior Team Lead

GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.)

November 2006 - April 2008

Worked as the Country Manager (Senior Team Lead) for Sri Lanka. Responsible for key operations executed from Colombo (mentioned below). Setting up an offshore resource pool to manage various software development projects focusing on GMI's application software platform and to provide support services to internal and external clients and managing projects executed from Colombo office and maintaining the expected quality level on the deliverables were among the key responsibilities. Played a major role when drafting a standardize process for the Colombo facility. I started the operations with the support of two developers by 2006 and grew the head count to 30 in 18 months covering 3 product lines, help desk operations and product quality assurance. Implemented an Agile Scrum based software engineering process at the Colombo facility. As a part of productivity enhancement introduced the task based work culture (which criticized by many colleagues but later on adopted by many employers). During the period, Colombo facility was identified as the best offshore engineering facility within the GMI family.

Managing Partner

Bench Team

July 2008 - Today

Bench Team is a staffing service provider for small to mid-sized companies and especially for the startups. We do provide technical and non-technical resources for companies involved in web design, branding, software development, mobile app development, help desk operations and any other support operations. Bench Team is not just another contractor, we help the businesses to grow, build their brand names and to maintain the competitive edge over their rivals. Lead by team of veterans and geeks, Bench Team has the ability to transform and accelerate your business to new heights and convert concepts in to market ready products with ease. Our expertise spans across multiple domains and specialized in setting up extended and satellite offices for those who in need of coverage and cost benefit. Other than that we do provide market entry services to the foreign nationals and the companies. Our Services; 1. Complete guidance over company formation and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals to execute the business operations in selected countries 2. Introducing local partners & clients 3. Headhunting and recruitment of the needy resources 4. Overseeing the local operations during the needy years 5. Promoting the products and services in and outside the selected regions 6. Defining operational procedures and developing necessary legal artifacts to perform business activities 7. Providing consultancy services over process augmentation and lean infrastructure build up 8. Staffing service arrangements matching individual corporate needs 9. Managing key infrastructure setup Our Achievements: 1. Bringing in 45 seat software development and maintenance operation generating half a million dollar annual FDI to the Sri Lanka. 2. Setting up a 200 seat facility for US based software maker in Chandigarh, India. 3. Setting up offshore resource base for three startups from British Colombia, Canada. 4. Relocating a fairly large global helpdesk operation to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Education

British Computer Society

Post Graduate Diploma

2006 - 2007