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Ukpe , Itoro

email: itoroukpe72@gmail.com
phone: 832.335.7561
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Itoro Ukpe
Auburn, WA, 98092 | 832.335.7561 | itoroukpe72@gmail.com
Dynamic and results-oriented Senior Product Manager with over a decade of experience in product management, specializing in cloud services and application security. Proven track record in driving enterprise-scale product strategies, leading full product lifecycles, and managing multi-disciplinary teams both onshore and offshore. Adept at developing strong partnerships across technical and customer-facing teams, fostering innovation, and leading agile practices in fast-paced environments.
Technical Expertise
Product Leadership & Team Management: Expert in managing and scaling high-performing teams of product managers, developers, and architects. Successfully built teams from the ground up, ensuring robust hiring, training, and retention practices.
Agile & Continuous Improvement: Advanced proficiency with Agile methodologies, including Scrum and Kanban; adept in using Jira to monitor team performance and agile maturity. Consistently drives improvements in team processes, security, compliance, and tooling.
Strategic Planning & Execution: Expertise in formulating strategic product visions and roadmaps, aligning them with business objectives, and executing with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative product solutions.
Stakeholder Collaboration: Strong ability to work closely with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring alignment and successful delivery of product initiatives.
Experience
Senior Product Manager – NGINX | F5, Seattle, WA | May 2023 – April 2024
Led the strategic direction and lifecycle management of NGINX One SaaS Console, significantly enhancing cloud service capabilities and user satisfaction.
Championed the adoption of continuous development practices, contributing to a robust, scalable product infrastructure.
Managed relationships with key vendors, advocating for feature enhancements that align with future product roadmaps.
Conducted quarterly reviews to assess and report on product value, ensuring deliverables met budget and timeline expectations.
Orchestrated the delivery of a scalable multi-year product roadmap, integrating customer feedback and emerging market trends to ensure alignment with dynamic business needs.
Drove cross-functional collaboration with engineering, marketing, sales, and support teams, enhancing product offerings and ensuring comprehensive pre- and post-launch support.
Conducted detailed market and competitive analyses, utilizing data-driven insights to inform strategic decisions and prioritize high-impact product features.
Senior Technical Product Manager – App Security | F5, Seattle, WA | Aug 2020 – May 2023
Directed the development of NGINX WAF, focusing on scalability and compliance, which became a cornerstone for enterprise security solutions.
Led cross-functional teams, ensuring seamless integration and alignment with corporate strategies and market needs.
Oversaw product enhancements and operations, managing budgets and providing comprehensive support for all phases of the product lifecycle.
Managed the entire product lifecycle from conceptualization to deployment, emphasizing continuous improvement and client-driven enhancements.
Acted as a product evangelist, presenting in executive-level reviews, and driving product adoption and client engagement through targeted marketing strategies.
Facilitated product demos to customers, showcasing product capabilities and benefits.
Multi-Skill Engineering Manager | Boeing, Auburn, WA | Sept 2013 – Aug 2020
Managed a diverse engineering team of 30+ members, achieving a 20% improvement in project delivery times through strategic workflow redesign.
Implemented continuous improvement initiatives that significantly reduced costs and enhanced product quality and compliance.
Played a pivotal role in budget management, aligning fiscal strategies with long-term business goals and operational needs.
Developed and led training programs to elevate team capabilities, increasing certifications and fostering a culture of professional growth.
Directed the integration of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, reducing production time by 25% and costs by 15% while maintaining compliance with stringent aerospace standards.
Spearheaded a cross-functional initiative to redesign the workflow process, resulting in a 20% improvement in project delivery times and increased team collaboration.
Implemented rigorous quality control measures that decreased defect rates by 30% and significantly improved the reliability of aerospace components.
Managed the annual department budget of $10M, aligning resource allocation with strategic objectives and cost-saving targets.
Cultivated a culture of continuous improvement, encouraging innovation and the adoption of best practices in engineering design and production processes.
Served as a key liaison between senior management, stakeholders, and project teams, ensuring clear communication and successful adherence to project specifications and timelines.
Oversaw professional development programs for team members, enhancing skills in areas such as project management, data analysis, and compliance, leading to a 40% increase in team certifications.
Production Engineering Manager | Boeing, Auburn, WA | Sept 2010 – Sept 2013
Leadership and Project Management:
Spearheaded a team of 30+ engineers and technicians in the design, testing, and manufacturing phases of aerospace components, improving production efficiency by 25% through lean manufacturing techniques.
Managed cross-functional projects with a budget of up to $10M, consistently delivering on time and within budget, resulting in a 15% increase in client satisfaction.
Process Optimization:
Implemented innovative production processes and equipment, which decreased machine downtime by 20% and increased throughput by 30%.
Developed and enforced strict quality control measures that reduced the defect rate by 22% and enhanced overall product reliability.
Strategic Initiatives and Technology Integration:
Led the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing and automated assembly lines, which reduced labor costs by 18% and material waste by 25%.
Collaborated with R&D to integrate new materials and technologies into production lines, resulting in a product line expansion that captured a new market segment and increased revenues by 12%.
Team Development and Training:
Designed and executed training programs for production staff on new equipment and safety protocols, achieving a 40% reduction in workplace accidents.
Mentored and developed potential leaders within the team, resulting in the promotion of 5 team members to senior engineering positions.
Regulatory Compliance and Safety:
Ensured compliance with industry standards and government regulations, leading to a 100% pass rate in all safety and compliance audits.
Actively participated in industry conferences and workshops to stay abreast of new regulations and technological advancements in aerospace manufacturing.
Industrial Engineer/Project Manager | Triumph Aero, Grand Prairie, TX | Jan 2007 – Sept 2010
Lead process optimization projects for manufacturing and assembly lines, achieving a 20% increase in efficiency and reducing waste by 15% through the application of lean manufacturing principles and Six Sigma methodologies.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including design, production, and quality assurance, to integrate new technologies and methodologies, resulting in a 10% reduction in lead times and a 25% improvement in product quality.
Develop and implement ergonomic solutions in workstations, reducing worker fatigue and injury rates by 30%, while enhancing productivity and compliance with safety regulations.
Conduct detailed data analysis and process mapping to identify bottlenecks and implement corrective actions, leading to a 12% improvement in overall system throughput.
Oversee the annual budgeting and forecasting for engineering projects, managing budgets exceeding $5 million and ensuring projects are delivered within financial targets.
Mentor junior engineers and technicians, providing training and guidance on best practices in industrial engineering within the aerospace sector.
Education
2011-02 – 2018-01
2008-10 – 2010-01 Ph.D: Business Management
Capella University – Minneapolis, MN
MBA: Technology & Engineering Management
Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, TX
2006-01 – 2008-01 B.Sc: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas – Arlington, Tx
1992-02 – 1999-01 B.Sc: Computer Science
University of Uyo – Nigeria
Affiliations
National Society of Black Engineers
Delta Mu Delta – International Honor Society in Business
Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Certifications
2009-05 Lean/Six Sigma – Green Belt – Vought Aircraft
2021-11 Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMP® Number: 3160739
Skill Stack
Extensive experience managing projects and teams using these tools.
Product Management
Agile Methodologies
Jira, Jira Align, Confluence
DevOps Practices
Cloud Platforms: AWS
Stakeholder Management
Data Analysis
Market Research
Technical Communication
Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMP® Number: 3160739


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