Rui Venâncio

Techonology, Strategy & Innovation



Helping organisations with their digital strategic initiatives.

Focused on helping organisations to improve overall performance and operations. With a strategically focused mindset, analytical, conceptual, strong business acumen and with a superb track record of leading complex initiatives in different business industries and in international setting.

Generalist by nature, can pick things up quick and with his "can do attitude” are always looking for more efficient ways to get things done and on how to optimize teams performance. With great ability to apply knowledge and skills appropriately in different situations are always seeking for innovative ways to change, grow and improve.

Excellent communicator with deep experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver innovative products and achieve the desired outcomes. Experience leading and influencing across a geographically dispersed team without having a direct reporting line.

As a business partner, I can confidently vouch for my contributions in managing stakeholder expectations and using advanced negotiation skills to create mutually beneficial solutions. Recognised for my superior work ethics, I have been commended and recommended for consistently delivering quality outcomes.

With a creative mindset and implementation capabilities I love to work in innovative and creative environments where people can learn and grow together. My positive attitude in life makes me a team builder with great relationship skills with my teammates, clients and business partners.

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B.Sc in Computer Science/Software Engineering

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias


Project Management Foundation

Business Analysis Framework

Project Negotiation

Building Success through Teamwork


Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Project Management Institute

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)

Project Management Institute

Certified Scrum Master (CSM®)

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®)

Scrum Alliance

Bridging the Gap between Strategy Design and Strategy Delivery

Brightline Initiative

Certificate of Pedagogical Skills/Certified Trainer


Here's what I've done so far

Public Sector Manager


Sep 2019 - now

Leading digital initiatives for EU Institutions aimed to build or transform digital capabilities.

Senior Project Leader


Feb 2018 - Aug 2019

Making big ideas a reality, from inception to delivery!

IT Business Partner


May 2017 - Dec 2017

Led a digital business unit and successfully implemented an effective IT Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Project Management practices, targeted to influence schedule adherence, methodology adherence, quality improvement and benefits attainment for all initiatives.



Mar 2015 - May 2017

Edukness was a web product for the Portuguese market with the aim of helping parents find education solutions for their kids and providing a better communication platform for educational professionals.

Responsible for all the technological assets (definition, configuration and implementation).

Project Manager & Bid Manager


Jul 2011 - Jan 2015

Reporting directly to the top management, successfully managed complex functional projects for national & international clients.

Participation in pre-sales, managing bid responses from the expression of interest through the submission and clarification stages.

All project delivered on time and on budget.

Contributed significantly for the increased revenue of the department and organisation.

Technical Manager


Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Responsibilities in design, implementation and integration of a web-based accounting system for EDA (European Defence Agency) for ATARES (Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling Exchange of Services) & SEOS (Surface Exchange of Services).

Project finished on time and with a high level of satisfaction by the client.

Software Configuration Management Consultant

Altice Portugal (former TMN)

Feb 2001 - Jul 2010

Working at the biggest GSM Telco in Portugal in configuration management field with big responsibilities in change management and process improvement.

At the beginning, there was a huge resistance to change and only 3% of the department were covered by SCM processes (software configuration management). In July 2010 about 95% of the IT department were covered by internal processes of SCM.

Build, Release and Configuration Management Consultant

NOKIA (Former Alcatel-Lucent)

May 1999 - Jan 2001

Participation in entire integration process that goes from the reception of SW modules developed by R&D teams, compiling, linking up to the packaging of products for installation in the destination machines.

During this period implemented a mechanism to verify undocumented changes to the product deployed on client site. Identification and implementation of a new request & communication process between account managers and licence manager that resulted in a more proactive way of solving licensing issues.

QA Tester Consultant

NOKIA (Former Alcatel-Lucent)

Nov 1997 - May 1999

Member of the initial team that had the responsibility to start up the system test department. Invited and responsible for the startup of the qualification tester department.

Collaboration with Alcatel Berlin, on-site, as an independent tester.

What people say about me

Senior Project Leader @ everis

For 8 months I have worked under the supervision of Rui, it has been a pleasure to have him as project manager, he is a person always willing to help, committed and with good management skills and project leadership. I would definitely repeat the collaboration. I recommend Rui to all those companies that need a Manager of high level and qualification.

R. Arévalo - worked with Rui

IT Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a joy to work with. His focus keeps everything moving smoothly. Deadline oriented person. Has a lot of deep technical background and his responses are timely and value-added. Rui understands the key aspects of everyone on the team, from the Developer to the Product Owner and to the stakeholders. This keen understanding allows him the remove impediments and manage risks quickly. Very committed and always helpful in trying to move things forward. it's been a pleasure working with him.

P. Ferreira - worked with Rui

IT Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a very available and committed professional, with whom it is very pleasant to work.

Being a diplomat by nature, Rui quickly establishes positive and collaborative relationships, always looking for the best solution for all parties involved.

Rui acts as a true partner, always adopting an interested and constructive posture.

In all our common projects, it was always very clear that we could count on Rui and his involvement and commitment.

A. Gomes - worked with Rui

IT Business Partner @ Randstad

Rui is a focused, goal oriented and "fast-paced" person. With a detailed project management approach, Rui keeps the slightest requirement under control. His knowledge in software development and project management is noticeable from the first time you meet him and Rui has the ability to pass that knowledge on to his work peers, adding continuous value to the team. A very organized individual capable of adapting to what needs to be done while keeping the process clear. It was a pleasure to work with Rui.

J. Meijinhos - Reported to Rui

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

Rui is now a freelance software and web designer. I worked with him in the EU, FP7 project Cassandra in 2013 when Rui was with GMV. Rui quickly understood the pioneering concepts we were researching and developing. We were close to developing a data pipeline between the Ports of Setubal in Portugal and Casablanca in Morocco. Rui contributed significantly to the progress we made. I recommend Rui for his enthusiasm, professionalism and technical competence.

D. Hesketh - worked with Rui (Business Partner)

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

I never had the privilege to work with Rui on a project, but I was lucky enough to work by his side. We discussed issues and shared ideas from the projects we were managing. Although we often had different views, or concerns, it was always am inspiration to witness Rui's ability to foresee difficulties and more importantly: opportunities. He usually saw beyond the project while, without sparing commitment to the requirements, his focus relied on the customer, his team and partners.

Integrity and honour are a given in Rui's way of working.

I would unreservedly cross paths with him as a project manager, again, across the table, or by his side.

J. Baptista - worked with Rui

Project Manager & Bid Manager @ GMV

From 2011 till 2015 Rui and myself were both working on the Cassandra project.

The impression Rui gave me from the very first beginning is that you can fully rely on him.

‘Say what you do and do what you say’. That really fits in Ruis’ attitude.

And apart from that the results he brought from his expertise were of high value for the project. Rui is an enthusiastic and professional project manager who knows how to handle complex projects and with great focus on cooperation with his customers. His competence, social contacts and commitment to his work has made Rui to one of our best skilled specialists in the transport & logistic environment I have met.

H. Rook - worked with Rui (Business Partner)

Technical Manager @ GMV

I had the great pleasure of working together with Rui on a project for the military transport environment. He was the software developer for our accounting tool and in case of problems he acted promptly to resolve the issues. When asked for any changes or improvements to the system Rui analysed quickly our needs and even came with better ideas then ours.

I would be pleased to work again with him.

J. Evens - was a client of Rui's

Technical Manager @ GMV

It's my pleasure to endorse Rui! He is a skillful, team-player, highly committed professional. Rui knows how to learn and evolve based on advices, while being an autonomous and responsible team mate, always nurturing a friendly work environment. Combining both technical, human and business skills he is, for sure, an added value to the company.

R. Alves - managed Rui

Software Configuration Management Consultant @ Altice Portugal (former TMN)

Rui is a highly focused and process knowledgeable person that values to build and maintain a healthy work environment. He is honest, reliable and outgoing. Values his career and constantly strives for improvement.

With great management and process oriented skills he is still enhancing his technical abilities and strengthening his professional experience.

H. Silva - worked with Rui

Build, Release and Configuration Management Consultant @ NOKIA (Former Alcatel-Lucent)

It was a pleasure to work with Rui at Alcatel in Cascais.

He is an incredible knowledgeable person that you can rely on.

He is an extremely hard worker, capable of adapting very rapidly to situations and was continuously contributing with new solutions to render our work as Software Engineers easier and more efficient.

Quality and performance were compatible in our team and that had a lot to do with Rui’s contribution.

P. Osório - worked with Rui

Build, Release and Configuration Management Consultant @ NOKIA (Former Alcatel-Lucent)

It was a pleasure to work with Rui. He worked in the SEPG (Software Engineering Process Group) and played vital roles as member of this team.

He was an effective team player and a very competent worker in all roles he was in charge (CMS management, release management, systems integration/build/packaging). He had always a positive, polite and proactive attitude even in dealing with adverse circumstantes.

A. Silva - managed Rui

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