Alexandru D. Derecichei

Full Stack Developer | JavaScript | Contractor

Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania

I am a driven individual, constantly pursuing knowledge and self-development. As a teammate, I have strong opinions that I can communicate in a clear and concise manner, while being open-minded and willing to be proven wrong, should a conflicting idea arise. When faced with a challenge, I find creative and practical solutions, always looking for the one that is closest to existing guidelines and standards. As a contractor, I have been working full-time remotely for international clients as a software developer on their distributed teams for the past 5 years, and the projects I have worked on have greatly helped me grow as a professional and hone my skills. My main areas of focus so far have been React.js, Vue.js, Node.js and Python.

Work Experience

Technology Staffing Group [projects: Swibeco]

Front End Developer

October 2022 to Present

As part of TSG, I have worked for only one project so far, a swiss start-up in the employee benefits management domain. My day-to-day has been about working on new features and migrating older AngluarJS features to React

  • Swibeco | I was part of a team rolling out a few pilot features aimed at consolidating their market presence.
  • Swibeco | I worked on their up-to-come React Native mobile app.
  • Swibeco | I improved speed & stability of unit tests, enabling the team to work with fewer roadblocks

GroupVery | NitroVery [projects: Lyst, Gaming Innovation Group]

Full Stack Developer

October 2021 to April 2023

As part of NitroVery, I've worked on their clients web apps in the Luxury Fashion & Online Betting domains. Lyst raised an $85 million ‘pre-IPO’ round on the back of a fast-growing luxury e-commerce market and significant steps towards realising its ‘Spotify for fashion’ vision.

  • Lyst | React, Python, Django | I was part of their web squad responsible with page performance & core web vitals, as well as migrating an old in-house framework to React and developing new features.
  • Gaming Innovation Group | Vue, Nuxt.js | During my first NitroVery project, I was part of a team developing new features for their online gaming web app, as well as onboarding new clients.

InnovatorSpark [projects: City Furniture, Vevano]

Front End Developer

October 2019 to October 2021

At InnovatorSpark, my main project was City Furniture, with a short switch to Vevano mid-lifecycle. Both clients were activating in the furniture e-commerce market in the USA, with over $600 million in revenue per year.

  • City Furniture | React, Next, Node | Worked on developing a new checkout experience, in-house CMS components, SSR improvements with a Redis cache layer, as well as R&D for page load speed & core web vitals
  • Vevano | Vue, Node, Strapi | Short-term project to develop a few features for the client, as part of their team.

Tapptitude

Full Stack Developer

March 2019 to October 2019

I was part of Tapptitude only for a short time before moving to full-time remote work as a contractor, but during my time there I got to work on interesting projects and get more exposure to technologies of interest to me, especially node.js & Vue.js, while being welcome into a dynamic and friendly culture.

SmartUp.io

Front End Developer

October 2016 to February 2019

SmartUp.io offers a peer-to-peer micro-learning solution to companies and corporations that look to keep their personnel trained in a continuously changing and competitive economy.

  • We built a great platform using a ReactJS + Redux tech stack for the frontend. We used code splitting to improve loading times.
  • We built a second mobile app using React Native.
  • We used a Docker container with Nginx to serve the app - this gave us an advantage when we decided to use server-side rendering on the first render.
  • I built some experience with AWS by using Terraform to configure our frontend development and production environments and used CircleCI for the deployment pipeline.

Small Footprint, Inc.

Full Stack Developer

October 2015 to October 2016

I was part of a dedicated team that was working on an online learning platform for our client. My role in the team was that of JavaScript developer, working on both frontend and backend services using AngularJS and NodeJS. Persistency was achieved using a mix of MongoDB and MySQL. I had worked with ES6 in AngularJS and NodeJS, and both Express.js and KOA frameworks for Node.

Procusta Solution

Software Developer

December 2014 to October 2015

Procusta Solution was a small company that enabled me to grow tremendously by giving me the responsibility of managing and choosing front-end technology stacks on our projects.

  • I pushed for the company’s first Spring and AngularJS product, as a cost-efficient, performance-gain alternative to EJB + JSF.
  • I developed a small 'calorie counter' AngularJS WordPress plugin for Romania's 3rd largest fast food chain.
  • I configured and deployed overnight and managed production issues successfully.

ISDC

Business Intelligence Developer

September 2013 to December 2014

ISDC was the place where I started out my career, a place where I filled at times the shoes of a Business Intelligence Developer, other times the shoes of a Java Developer.

  • I developed and tested applications according to specifications.
  • I wrote and maintained documentation, as well as some analysis on the technical impact of data layer changes.
  • I attended video-conferences with clients and communicated daily.
  • I presented my work during demo meetings with clients.
  • I attended community-based technology research meetings.

ISDC

Intern

July 2013 to August 2013

It was a perfect career start for me - mostly independent training with minimal, but right amount of guidance.

Education

Babes-Bolyai University

Computer Science

BSc, Attended

October 2011 to June 2014

University of Cambridge

Certification

Certificate in Advanced English

to June 2009

Skills

Web Development

Advanced

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Vue
  • Next.js
  • Nuxt.js
  • React-Query
  • Redux
  • Webpack
  • Node
  • Express.js
  • AngularJS
  • koa.js
  • Less
  • SASS
  • HTML5
  • CSS3

Business Intelligence & DB Development

Experienced

  • MySQL
  • mongoDB
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Data Warehouses
  • Star Schemas

Java Development

Familiar

  • Java 7
  • Spring Framework
  • PrimeFaces Framework
  • JavaServer Pages
  • JavaServer Faces

Version Control

Advanced

  • GIT
  • Subversion

Other Languages & Tools

Familiar

  • Python
  • PHP
  • InstallShield
  • WordPress

Languages

Romanian

Native Speaker

English

Full Professional Proficiency

Interests

Photography

Musical Instruments

Books