Hi everyone! My name is Damien Pacaud and I am thrilled to join the Plato mentors team. I am currently Director of Engineering at teads (https://www.teads.com), and have been in the industry for about 15 years.
Previously, I was leading the cloud team at Softbank Robotics, making sure those humanoid robots were always connected.
My main focus for those 15 years has been building dev and infra teams, leading them to scale the business in a very automated way.
Hey, I'm available every Tuesday at 4:30 PM (GMT)
Next time slot available August 25, 2020 4:30 PM (GMT)
Director of Engineering - Infrastructure
Nov 2016 - current
Head of the infrastructure team for Teads
Team re-building, leading and structuring.
Scaling the team to 10 people, in 4 different locations.
Responsible for all production systems and services.
Enforcing DevOps best-practices with code review, Continuous Integration (Jenkins) and Deployment, Infrastructure As Code (Terraform), Immutable Infrastructure.
Working closely with top management to ensure infrastructure strategy is aligned with the company's strategy
Working closely with feature team enginnering leaders to find the tradeoff between maximum velocity and infrastructure stability
Scale / tech side:
\- 2500 instances on AWS
\- 15 milion HTTP RPM
\- 200 Cassandra nodes
\- 200 Kafka nodes
\- Migrated and shutdown of all physical infrastructure
\- Built a third operating region in APAC on AWS
\- Automated all Kafka and Cassandra common tasks
\- Closely monitored costs as business grew 60% YoY
\- Re-built on-duty team to make it scale
\- Built a tool to simplify deployments
\- Terraformed all legacy infrastructure
\- Spoke nationally and Internationally about our processes and tools
\- Managed the budget and our many suppliers
Director of Engineering- Cloud Services
Aldebaran - Softbank Group
Mar 2015 - Nov 2016
Head of the cloud team (25 engineers) for Aldebaran online activities ( 3.7m€ budget )
Team leading, structuring, hiring and building (5 new hires).
Responsible for 45 services in production, hosted on AWS.
Enforcing DevOps best-practices with Code Review, Continuous Integration (gitlab) and Deployment, Infrastructure As Code (TerraForm), Immutable Infrastructure.
Enforcing Agile methodology for projects and management.
Working closely with Japanese Business team in order to address customer needs.
\- Infrastructure supported ramp-up from 3 million requests per day to 25 million requests per day.
\- Outsourcing of the 24/7 supervision of all core services
\- Started the multi-region strategy for Aldebaran Cloud Services
\- Started hiring for a global distributed team in Tokyo, Paris and San Francisco
Engineering Manager - Back-end
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Head of the Back-End development team (3 engineers)
Team leading, recruitment (2 new hires), sub-contractor hiring
AWS infrastructure overhaul with Ansible
Enforcing DevOps best-practices (software factory, continous integration, continuous deployement)
Software development and architecture using nodeJs
Offshore projects management (Ukraine)
Engineering Manager - Front office
Dec 2012 - Dec 2014
Head of the Front Office development team (12 - 15 engineers) for Car&Boat Media online activities.
Team leading, recruitment ( 5 recruitment / year), contractor hiring (5 contractors at any given time)
Involved in transitioning to a service oriented architecture(SOA) on Car&Boat's front and middle office
Product requirements collecting with the product department for the company's online activities.
Planing and delivery of the AWS (Amazon WebServices) migration project. We pushed our entire infrastructure ( 150 servers, 25 apps) to AWS in 3 month.
Technical project lead and manager for the build of www.promoneuve.fr (6 engineers)
Technical project lead and manager for the rewrite of dealerships online showroom at
www.lacentrale.fr (6 engineers)
Technical project lead and manager for the rewrite of our photo stream management application with SOA principles ( 4 engineers)
Application monitoring using different system for the company's online platforms.
Production incident management with folow-ups and RCA
using Agile Methodologies (Scrum and Kanban) on many projects
Engineering Manager - Java / J2EE / Grails
BT Global Services
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Managing three intranet web application developement project for the NSS entity.
Head of the technical team (4 engineers)
Technical architecture using Grails (http://www.grails.org)
Web application development with Grails (http://www.grails.org)
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
Head of the technical team (5 engineers)
Work planification and management for the technical team
Internal whitepapers writing specifying communication protocols between front and back ends.
Partner relationship management.(Providing code sample, troubleshooting problems and driving bug
reports to the technical team, writing proof of concept programs)
REST payment API development using Ruby on Rails
Back-end development using Java
Payment page maintenance (C#)
Code reviews and bug hunts planification
Jun 2008 - Nov 2008
On-site cost-based at Pages Jaunes
Head of development team on a new project, migrating a client segmenting tool to new technologies
(from Cobol to Java / .NET)
Work planification and management for the technical team (5 engineers)
Relationship management between the users and the technical team. Translating user needs into
Project documentation and whitepapers production
France Télécom R&D
Jan 2007 - Jun 2008
On-site cost-based at France Télécom R&D
Head of the intranet maintenance team (June 2007 - June 2008)
Developer, part of the intranet maintenance team (november 2006 - June 2007)
Java / JEE maintenance, conception and development
Corrective and evolutive maintenance of the intranet's many applications
BT Global Services
Nov 2006 - Nov 2008
IT consultant at BT global services France
Aug 2003 - Jun 2005
Programming Internship 2 days a week during my studies
Jun 2002 - Nov 2002
Programming intenrship, full time
Mac OSx application development using Objective-C / Cocoa
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