Name Ronen Dov Agranat
Email ronen.agranat@gmail.com
Date of birth 2 February 1987
Residence Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Languages English, Dutch (A2), Afrikaans (2nd language)
Visa Dutch highly-skilled visa
Nationality South African
Driving license Yes

Booking.com: Full-stack software developer & team lead

Aug 2019 - Current:

  • Department: Content (Accommodations Business Unit)
  • Ownership area:
    • User-generated content experience on Booking.com: photo’s and reviews
    • Booking Engine: direct channel conversion funnel for partners’ custom websites
  • Responsibilities:
    • Managed 2 teams of 11 direct reports, including developers, data scientists, copywriters, quality specialists and designers; 4 of whom senior.
  • Achievements:
    • Facilitated re-organisation of BookingSuite Web Family into Accommodations Business Unit
    • Managed 1 re-integration case

Nov 2018 - Aug 2019:

  • Department: BookingSuite Web Family
  • Ownership area:
    • Booking Engine: direct channel conversion funnel for partners’ custom websites;
    • BookingButton: ‘Book Now’ button with subscription revenue model and social media integration;
    • Back Office Lite: partner-facing administration tool
  • Responsibilities:
    • Managed 6 direct reports, including developers and designer; 3 of whom senior.
    • Owned externally-facing BookingButton product end-to-end
    • Optimised Booking Engine using A/B experimentation.
  • Achievements:
    • Launched BookingButton product, growing to > 10K accommodation partners over 6 months, with revenue > 220K EUR p/m.
    • Defined technology strategy and road-map for area
    • 2 direct reports promoted to senior

Feb 2017 - Nov 2018:

  • Department: Customer service tech & product
  • Ownership area:
    • Primary internal web application for customer service agents
    • Application for showing secure credit card information
    • GDPR tooling for customer service
  • Responsibilities:
    • Managed 5 direct reports, including developers, data scientists and designers; 1 senior.
    • Supported second team of 2 newly-hired developers
    • Integrated new products and business verticals into existing customer support tooling
  • Achievements:
    • Launched customer page and multi-product search internal tooling
    • Integrated 3 new products and business verticals into customer support tooling
    • Defined technology strategy for integrating new products
    • 2 reports promoted, one to senior, one to lead
    • Managed 1 re-integration case

Dec 2016 - Feb 2017: Software developer

  • Department: New Partnerships
  • Ownership area: join.booking.com partner sign-up funnel
  • Responsibilities: Optimise partner sign-up funnel using A/B experimentation

Jumo: Software developer

Sep 2015 - Sep 2016

  • Department: Engineering
  • Description:
    • Mobile-money start-up providing micro-loan financing to > 5m customers in countries throughout Africa
    • White-label financial products integrated with mobile network operators
    • Linked to customers’ virtual wallets via their mobile network accounts
  • Ownership area:
    • Core loan system
    • Credit scoring service and web UI
    • Know-your-customer service
    • Internal administrative tooling
  • Responsibilities:
    • Maintained and developed core loans system, including disbursal and collection, lifecycle progression, accounting, and internal tooling
    • DevOps and on-call rotation

Amazon.com: Software development engineer

Jan 2012 - Sep 2015: Software development engineer

  • Department: Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Ownership area:
    • Primary internal web application for administrating EC2 data-centres
    • Management Information System for EC2 and data-centre infrastructure
    • Web application for managing internal service configuration across data-centres
    • Service for publishing EC2 infrastructure information to S3
    • Service for scheduled maintenance of fixed hosts
  • Responsibilities:
    • Developed and maintained internal tooling for Amazon’s EC2 data-centres in > 15 regions globally including 2 high-security regions
    • Built and maintained fleet of > 600 database hosts
    • Rotating on-call and DevOps
  • Achievements:
    • Co-inventor on 5 patents
    • Built-out tooling for Frankfurt region
    • Interviewer in > 80 interview loops

May 2011 - Jan 2012: Software development engineer - testing

  • Ownership area:
    • Public-facing EC2 and VPC management console web applications (console.aws.amazon.com), Java libraries and command-line tools
  • Responsibilities:
    • Implemented automated test cases for public-facing EC2 and VPC management consoles
    • Designed and implemented automated testing framework
    • Worked with developers to define test plans
  • Achievements:
    • Implemented > 120 test cases covering EC2 and VPC management consoles web UI

Patents

Interacting with restricted environments US9178867B1
Rule-based actions for resources in a distributed execution environment US9647896B1
Managing restricted access resources US9313208B1
Resource data query processing US9473799B1
Validating changes to attributes for computing resources US9455879B1

Skills

People management Leadership Project management Change management Facilitation Vision-setting Cloud computing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Distributed systems Service-orientated architecture (SOA) Micro-services JavaScript React EcmaScript 6 (ES6) jQuery Ruby Ruby on Rails (RoR) Java Perl Python C++ C Linux MySQL Test-driven Development (TDD) Selenium JUnit TestNG rspec Agile methodologies Jira Trello Scrum Kan-ban DevOps Extreme Programming (XP) FinTech Conversion funnel Heroku Git GitHub GitLab Excel CSS HTML

Education

University of Cape Town: Bachelors of Science in Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering (Honours)

Jan 2007 - Dec 2010

  • Thesis: VHDL MIDI / audio device
  • 3 years on Dean’s Merit List; Engineering & Built Environment faculty scholarship
  • Winner South African Google Gadget competition for university
  • Computer science certificate of merit; tutor for C++ and grant project team lead
  • Class medal for African Studies

Abbotts College Milnerton: Matriculation (Endorsement/Distinction)

Jan 2006 - Dec 2006

  • First in college (Dux medal)
  • First place for Computer science, Science and English

Hobbies and interests

  • Musician: bass guitar; played in bands in many genres including jazz, classical, pop and rock