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Candidate Details
Name :
John Westendarp
Qualification :
Software Engineer
Industry :
Android
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Software Engineer

About our Client

Experienced Software Engineer proficient in team building and leading, collaborating with cross-functional teams, managing deadlines, understanding and articulating priorities, architecting solutions, and delivering results. Big Picture Thinker with a reputation for completing work quickly and efficiently with a high degree of accuracy and quality, and skilled at envisioning how various aspects of a development project intersect. Excellent communicator with the innate ability to manage complex concurrent projects.

Achievements

Professional Experience

Senior Software Engineer, Aug 2021 – present

Vuzix, New York, United States, OpticalTechnology, https://www.vuzix.com/

• Development ofAndroid Applications for Augmented Reality devices

• Complete assigned tasks which range from application bug fixes to manipulation of custom build files for the Android Operating System

 

Senior Associate, Aug 2020 – Aug 2021

Cognizant, New York,United States, Consulting, https://www.cognizant.com/us/en

• Android Developer for Client Prod Support team. Implemented production fixes and provided support for Scrum Team developers who needed additional help for deliveries 

Key Achievements

• Provided a comprehensive report concerning the status of the app when compared to modern Android standards and practices, as well as listshort and long-term tasks that could be done to update the app to meet those standards and practices

• Assisted in conversion of the app from using old support libraries to new AndroidX libraries as part of an update to adherence toGoogle’s mandatory support for Android 10 as of November 2, 2020

 

Senior Android Developer, April 2019 – Aug 2020

Apex Systems, Virginia Beach, United States, Consulting, https://www.apexsystems.com/

• Android TechnicalLead for a healthcare client launching a new app.

• Primary developer for feature modules for Claims, CredentialRecovery, Two- Factor Authentication, and application menu systems

• Maintained Anthem custom Gradle Plugin, creating custom build flavors to facilitate testing and deployment of pending releases

• Worked cross-functionally with Product Managers, ScrumMasters, Systems Analysts, and UI/UX designers to align deliverables and implement continuous improvement initiatives

• Guided overall team in technical implementation and helped provide a bridge between engineering and business as we worked towards a release and continuous support of the application

 Key Achievements:

• Built the Sydney Health application, released 8/2019

• Key player contributing to the development of a native Android app redesign comprised of multi-module/multi-repository architecture utilizing Dagger 2, Android Jetpack, Kotlin Coroutines, Mockk, and Junit 4 for Unit Testing

• Created a solution to utilize a WebViewSingle Sign-On approach for users accessing features after the initial app release, enabling users to stay within the app.

• Assisted with the interview process redesign to better assess candidate skillset and capabilities

• Promoted to Android Core Team asTechnical Co-Lead to improve all aspects of app—from architecture to design—and collaborate with third-party contractors to build out new app features and guide technical design

 

Software Engineer, Android, March 2015 – Feb 2019

inLighten, NY, United States, Digital Signage, https://www.inlighten.net/

• Principal Developer for an Embedded Android project of 9applications—written in Java and Kotlin working as part of a shared app ecosystem while utilizing the Android SDK and Android Studio—for 50% of products in production and primary product offered by the sales team

Key Achievements

• Developed a project utilizing Java Spring Boot and stored procedures with JSON responses to automatically set up embedded devices with minimal user interaction

• Spearheaded several efforts to consolidate and refactor existing code to simplify overall structure and improve troubleshooting capabilities—utilized several well-known Android and Java libraries, includingRetrofit (REST), Dagger 2, RxJava, Moshi (JSON), and Kotlin Coroutines

• Added new functionality within Network Service app to utilize the Android WiFi APIs to maintain a connection with the default WiFi network and to automatically reconnect if disconnected

• Developed app to enable short-range Bluetooth connectivity from device to approved source for file transfers

• Utilized Google's Chromium codebase to develop a WebView app for displaying modern web pages on Android Jelly Bean

• Employed Android YouTube API to create an app to allow devices to play YouTube videos

 

Associate Release Coordinator, Mar 2014 – Mar 2015

NOC Operator, Nov 2012 – Mar 2014

Synacor, Buffalo, New York, United States, Web Portals, https://synacor.com/

• Led product release process from scope and planning through testing and deployment

• Tracked release deliverables and provided key updates to senior leaders and stakeholders.

• Helped determine the scope of content releases as well as timelines for testing and deployment. This also included resource and staff allocation for support of said release.

• Transitioned documentation on corporate wiki to SharePoint to align with current processes and update quarterly for accuracy

 

Earlier work includes Data Center Operator at Texas Health Resources and Information Systems Technician in the US Navy

Education

BSc inInformation Technology (2014)

Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global),Indiana, United States

Interests

• Playing video games and board games

• Playing with ourBasset Hounds

• Noodling around on my guitars

• Writing fictional stories

Skills

Technical Skills

Hardware: PC/Server Upgrades & Repairs, Network Cabling, Connectivity Troubleshooting, Hard Drive Recovery, Component Level Replacement

PC Skills: MSOffice Suite, Linux OS

Programming:  Java and Kotlin for Android. MVP/MVVMArchitecture, Dagger 2, Retrofit/OkHttp, RxJava, JUnit, Mockito, Kotlin Coroutines, Spring Boot, Git, REST API Services, JSON Interactions, Gradle forBuilding

Core: Requirements Gathering, Technical Architecture, Design Specification, Process Improvements,Workflow Development, Quality Assurance, SDLC, Troubleshooting, ContinuousDelivery, Test Verification, User Training, Change Management, IncidentManagement, Agile Methodologies

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