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Olivia Bird

Project Management

Can work in or around Amsterdam

  • 52.37243
  • 4.89973
  • Suggested rate £774 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Amsterdam, NH, Netherlands
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  • around Amsterdam and 50km


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  • French

    Native or bilingual

  • English

    Native or bilingual


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Olivia in a few words

Hi! I'm Olivia.

I'm a half-French/half-American with 8+ years experience executing large-scale programs, globally: in North America (Washington D.C.), the Middle-East (Dubai), Europe (Amsterdam).

In my latest role at a Dutch IoT scale-up, my job as Program Manager was to ensure things got done through several well thought out projects, and to help improve organisational performance through strategic planning, design thinking, process improvement, and maintenance. My tools are: a lot of curiosity, in-depth analysis, information synthesis, and creative thinking.

I love meeting people, understanding what makes a company work and how to leverage people's skills. There is nothing I consider more important than having the right attitude and helping others.



Program Manager

Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 2021 - Today (1 year and 3 months)

My daily work focuses on managing the governance and E2E program management of several streams of work (or portfolios) within the Hiber program, and supporting teams in: meeting commitments, improving team productivity, and achieving overall organizational goals.
• Lead the program to bring clarity to complex scenarios and ensure that teams are always focused on the critical issues before each release (related to e.g., Quality Management, Product Development, Launch & Maintenance, 24-7-365 Incident Response).
• Maintain oversight of company and market activities to effectively advise Hiber leadership, including designing, iterating, and managing the company's goal setting and planning process (OKRs)
• Ensure the successful implementation of Hiber's strategy and deliverables by managing planning, milestones, scope, resource forecasts, steering committees.
• Work with team leads to develop and manage plans, support requirement reviews with internal customers, and usher projects through the entire product lifecycle. This includes establishing and managing internal processes, project schedules, metrics, KPIs, identifying risks, and clearly communicating them to project stakeholders.


Technical Project Manager

Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 2020 - August 2021 (1 year)

As a Technical Project Manager for Mission Control and Hiberband Via, I ensured that engineering activities from each team aligned with the product roadmap and with Hiber management's vision.
• Full coordination of the planning, development, and deployment of multiple projects to different stakeholders under tight deadlines
• Managed the application, testing, and completion of global hardware certification campaigns RED (CE, FCC, ISED), Ex (ATEX, IECEx, C1D1), and country approvals
• Managed, reported, mitigated all risks & issues impacting tech development plans
• Advised and managed resource planning & cross-departmental coordination

General Motors Africa & Middle East


Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 2019 - February 2020 (6 months)

Reviewed all GM Africa & Middle East technical and non-technical training materials for quality of curriculum design, consistency, and alignment with GM's business objectives.

General Motors Africa & Middle East

Project Manager

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

September 2017 - August 2019 (1 year and 11 months)

Led the operations, schedules, and production coordination of major regional programs:
• Coached and managed the Projects team to execute operational and localization projects
• Led teams of 2-40 in the Middle-East and India (engineers, developers, designers, business stakeholders, third-party vendors) to execute projects; tracking and managing timelines, budgets, and program documentation (SOW, proposals, production design)
• Managed the design, development, testing, and implementation of software training solutions
• Forecasted requirements, prepared annual budget, scheduled expenditures, analyzed variances, and initiated corrective actions.
• Conceptualized and analyzed departmental KPIs to support regional improvements and target- achievement. Pro-actively facilitated C-suite decision-making with business cases and strategic action plans. Accomplishments: September 2018 Award for 25% program cost-reduction through cross-functional efficiencies. June 2019 Award for developing a cost model proposal with short-term and long-term strategic capacity plans reflecting forecasted volume, shrinkage, and staffing requirements. Presented by the GM Middle East Director of Customer Care and After-Sales.

Dynamis, Inc.

Program Manager

Washington Metropolitan Area, USA

April 2016 - April 2017 (1 year)

Promoted to manage two contracts (12 employees) valued $2.6 million annually supporting the U.S. Federal government:
• Contributed to all phases of the contract bidding process to support the PMO: identifying opportunities/partnerships, pre-proposal research, writing, and post submittal archiving.
• Led all phases of workforce management: interviewed, hired, and managed talent.
• Identified and communicated program issues and risks, supported in managing risks to Corporate Directors and Vice-Presidents, and implemented contingency plans for projected requirement(s).
• Liaised with contracting partners, sub-contractors, and associates on contract performance, budget, recruitment, and client relations as needed.

Dynamis, Inc.

Associate Analyst

Washington Metropolitan Area, USA

July 2014 - April 2016 (1 year and 9 months)

Owned and oversaw business improvement processes to support the Human Capital Department:
• Developed organizational plans in accordance with company developments (contract wins, staff changes, transition from small-size to medium-size Company), and developed requirements for functional improvements and enhancements.
• Contributed to the development of large-scale proposals in accordance with Request for Proposals (RFPs) issued by the U.S. Federal government (identifying content to strengthen proposals, contributing to boilerplates, writing) - received rating "excellent" from government for proposal sections written.
• Designated interim ISO 27001 representative to use planned, systematic, and organization-wide approach to implement key improvements for transparency, information security compliance, and prepare for ISO audits.


Technical Specialist

Washington, DC, USA

May 2011 - May 2014 (3 years)