Juan M. Ramos
Hey, this is Juan - Welcome to my porfolio.
This page will give you an idea of the type of projects that I've completed during the past years and how these have contributed to the success of the teams and organisations that I've worked at.
I believe that technology has the power to connect and unleash the best in people, and through a smart combination of both, I work on projects that make individuals and organisations become better versions of themselves.
I hope that you can learn a bit more about me and my work. Feel free to reach out if you want to talk or know more.
The DEKRA transformation
2018 / 2019
In early 2018, I joined DEKRA, the world’s largest unlisted expert organisation in the TIC (testing, inspection, certification) industry. Company based in Stuttgart, Germany, and with presence in over 50 countries.
As DEKRA was looking to increase their portfolio of services, the company acquired a growing Spanish organisation dedicated to the testing and certification of tech devices, such smartphones, laptops, and connected cars.
Every M&A has challenges, as the acquiring company needs to blend two different teams, cultures and ways of working, in one single legal entity, and the HR teams are a crucial part of this job.
I joined DEKRA after this M&A to transform the way that the company manages its People operations in Spain, in an effort to evolve this area of the organisation from an administrative function support to a true HR department that takes care of the whole employee lifecycle, from hire to retire.
While global HR guidelines are defined by Corporate HR in Stuttgart (Germany), countries have freedom to develop their own policies and projects within these general guidelines.
To make this happen, I have lead and implemented these projects (among others):
When I'm not working on projects, I spend most of my day making the HR department a true partner for the organisation and working with customers, vendors and providers to improve the whole HR experience and our portfolio of services and costs associated.
People first. Working at Apple.
2015 - 2018
In 2014, and after 4 years working in HR, I wanted more. I wanted to learn more, travel more and work on projects that impacted more people. After a short period of time researching jobs in companies that I always admired, I joined the People Ops Team at Apple, based in Cork, Ireland.
I spent my first months in the role learning the ins and outs of how HR works at Apple, providing first class advice to employees, managers and vendors on the company's HR policies, with a strong focus on the Spanish, Irish and UK markets.
My SAT was the highest in my team for 4 consecutive quarters (95%), earning my a promotion to People Senior Specialist, a team leader role, where I had chance to work on more strategic projects for the whole HR organisation, and improve my facilitating skills as I acted as a Team leader within the People Support team.
Some of the projects that I completed comprise (among others):
For the first years of my career, I worked in multinational companies such Abengoa or ManpowerGroup where I had chance to manage my first projects in global organisations and develop my intervieweing skills.
I am creating Mentory, a platform that allows individuals in my generation to connect with people who are experts at career advice, so they can get the advice they need to move forward in their professional and personal life.
Advice goes from interview preparation, CV redesign and leadership coaching among others.
I have created the project as a solo founder while working full time, ideating the whole concept including the graphic design and business model; perfected my copywriting and communication skills by creating the web content, and iterated the idea based on customer feedback.
My biggest challenge has been to recruit a good development partner who could support me from the technical side, which has taught me who to source talented people from non-conventional platforms for recruiting such UpWork.
Nowadays, during the evenings and weekends I'm working and learning to scale up the platform, so more and more people can benefit from the idea of having a personal career mentor at affordable rates.
2015 - 2017
I created Nyloon, an ecommerce website dedicated to selling Apple Watch straps. I created the idea when I wanted to have original and personal watch straps for the newly launched Apple device, but couldn't find any good alternatives in the market. I designed the straps myself in Photoshop and outsourced the manufacturing to Shenzen, in China . I distributed the products to more than 20 countries worldwide, and created successful partnerships with influencers and blogs such CultofMac for its distribution.
Exited and sold the business to an American retailer in 2017 to focus on my HR career and other entrepreneurial activities on this field like Mentory.