Zsolt Kucsak

Software R&D Lead

Having 15 year experience in industrial, large-scale and life-critical software engineering. Specialized in creating synergy among technical, organizational and business aspects of product development. Eager to learn, to share and to create…

  • Zsolt Kucsak
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • zsolt@kucsak.hu
  • +36 20 546 0662
  • http://www.kucsak.hu


  • Enthusiastic R&D Lead with 17-year track record of professional, large-scale software development in multicultural environment. Having extensive experience in building cross-functional teams and promoting agile best practices to deliver world-class product together. Accomplished in all phases of product development lifecycle from analyzing product requirements, design, client/server-side coding, testing or operation. Eager to learn, to share, to create and to get my hands dirty.


  • Strong grasp of both practical and theoretical sides of software development, being committed to high standards of excellence (quality and detail oriented, yet able to accomplish time schedule)

  • Proven ability to build and lead strong, highly-effective teams and keep them motivated

  • Strong project management skills on highly complex international projects

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills, focus on both short and long-range business goals

  • Worked under pressure, frequently performed in stressful situations

Work Experience

  • Sr. Development Manager2016 - present


    - Supervise development of cloud-native platform (aPaaS) of next generation financial products and services (Java 8, Spring boot, microservices, Spring Cloud, Netflix OSS, Angular) - Lead cross-functional development team of 20, located in Hungary and India - Gather and clarify high level product requirements, define delivery scope, synchronize multi-project requirements in close co-operation with product management, business analyst, UX and QM - Secure deliveries, coordinate content and schedule with project and product managers - Setup and improve development process, promote agile development (scrum), cross-functional teams and continuous integration/delivery (CI/CD) - Recruit team members, build development team, propose team structure; Understand people’s motivation; Set, monitor and evaluate personal improvement goals and achievements

  • Head of Service Operations2014 - 2016


    - Supervise NNG’s online services, covering infrastructure operation (linux), product transition (online, java), customer care, incident management and business intelligence - Act as delivery manager to secure product/service transitions (close cooperation with QA, dev teams and project managers). Work with local and global service providers. - Implement and maintain operational processes and quality standards (ITIL, SLA) to meet customer expectation. - Implement and perform risk assessments and security impact analyses - Having people and team management responsibilities (hiring, coaching, motivating, evaluating performance and improving team’s cohesion): 40 people in 5 teams - Promoting agile culture and ensuring cutting-edge organization development (Scrum, Kanban) - Support (B2B / B2C / B2B2C) marketing and sales activities via processing operation data (BI)

  • Unit Lead / Line Manager2008 -2011

    Evosoft / Siemens – Medical Devices

    Member of Department Leadership Team, contribute to strategic planning and implementation - Being responsible for standalone product module: 4 scrum teams, product owner, architects, testers and functional manger (people management and organization development) - Align business and project goals, provide module vision and enforce core values - Promote agile development and transform organization, apply agile framework of Scrum to safety critical software project, regulated by FDA - Provide mentorship and coaching to develop team members; help to resolve team dysfunctions - Supervised 50 people, including 5 five group leaders
    - Kept project stakeholder informed about project status, issues and accomplishments
    - Increased product quality by improving processes and by promoting customer-centric culture

  • Team Lead2005 - 2008

    Evosoft / Siemens – Medical Devices

    Built up and lead software development teams and make them performing on new areas
    - Planed and assigned tasks, track progress and kept the team focused
    - Conduct both technical and performance coaching

  • Team Lead2002 - 2005

    GE Medical Systems – Medical Devices

    - Manage and provide technical leadership for a software development team of 4-5: effort estimation and project planning; providing complete support of the software life cycle, including needs analysis, requirement documents, design, coding, integration and validation (strong co-operation with French and Indian teams) Used Six Sigma (DFSS) as software quality assurance system.
    - Member of technical leadership team: improve software development/configuration process, enhance defect tracking (DDTS); review design, code, test plan and related documentation
    - Gather and analyze user needs; translate product requirements into software functional specifications
    - Continuously monitor and improve the software quality metrics
    - Granted company awards three times: 6 sigma qualification, lead of project transfer and record of design activities (QA)

  • Software Engineer1999 - 2001

    Nokia – Mobile Telecommunication

    - Developed platform independent software products in C/C++ that worked in both Unix (HP, Solaris) and windows (NT) platforms with high performance and scalability (WAP protocol stack)
    - Developed new algorithm of avoiding congestion in the protocol stack to keep high performance
    - Developed and maintained a distributed and exceedingly configurable test environment for measuring and tuning product performance (Java, C++, Yacc, Lex)


  • Master of Business Administration, MBA2011 - 2012

    Central European University, Business School

  • PhD Program in Computer Science2004 - 2005

    Technical University of Budapest

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science1999 - 2001

    University of Szeged, Faculty of Sciences

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Informatics1997 - 1999

    Kando Kalman College of Engineering, Course in Engineering Informatics

  • Special Courses

    - Six Sigma certification - DFSS/sw GB
    - Design For Reliability, DFR/sw
    - Risk management: method of Corrective Action and Preventive Action
    - Quality System Overview: Design Control, Defect Tracking, Quality Function Deployment
    - Project Management
    - Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Product Owner (CPO)
    - Strategic Mindset Development – Business view

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Leadership Skills

  • build productive teams, people management, hiring, training, coaching and supervising individuals; team motivation; maintaining group dynamics; creating organization and strategy; managing expectations and issues; coordinating changes; stakeholder management

Project Management Skills

  • creating project plans and project timelines with change and risk management; tracking project progress; define and use metrics; experience with a wide range of formal and informal software development methodologies and standards, including Agile (Scrum) and Waterfall; maintain backlogs, assure process flow and drive retrospectives

Quality Assurance Skills

  • CMMI, managing audits, working in regulated environment, process optimization

Teaming Skills

  • experience in creating cross-functional, cross-organizational teams, prioritize, and design solutions for business requirements

Technical Skills

  • hands-on experience designing architecture and applications, database design and data modeling; extensive programming abilities in a wide variety of development environments

Contact info

  • Budapest, Hungary

  • Email: zsolt@kucsak.hu
  • Phone: +36 20 546 0662
  • Website: http://www.kucsak.hu

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