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Amanda Koster resume

Amanda Koster

Seattle, WA |


Highly driven and passionate software developer, UX minded and hailing from a creative background with a relentless focus on user needs. I thrive in Agile development teams, and have experience working side-by-side with front-end developers and designers toward successful implementation and shipment of products. I specialize in React, Redux, JavaScript. Ability to improvise, troubleshoot, and learn.


JavaScript (1 year), HTML(3+ years), CSS-SASS (3+ years)

  • 1 year: REACT, REACT NATIVE, Redux, Webpack, ES6, Node, Mongo DB, Express, JQuery, AJAX/JSON, REST API, Postman, Linux CLI, GitHub, Atom. Familiar with server-side web technologies such as Unix/Linux, PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, MVC Frameworks.
  • 3 + years: UX, Responsive Design, DOM Manipulation, HTML Templating, Bootstrap, Basecamp, Asana, Balsamiq, Sketch,
  • 8+ years: Adobe CC, Photo/Video/Audio production, 360 video production

IQVIA: Software Development Engineer Jul 2018 – Present Front-end web UI development REACT / REDUX / NODE / SASS / JEST / ENZYME / DOCKER

  • Week-1: authored 7 successful unit tests, Week-2: authored and merged 1 original component, Month-1: authored and merged 4 original components.
  • Build, test and deploy React component library for use with current and newly acquired products world-wide.
  • Conceptualize architecture, style, localization, and standards for reusable component library for consumption with large data sets.
  • Accessibility and unit-test evangelist

BLOCKxStudio, Full Stack web app developement, .sol Smart Contract creation and deployment June 2018 - present REACT / REDUX / NODE / MONGODB/ MATERIAL UI / FIREBASE/ REMIX / SOLIDITY / METAMASK / ROPSTEN

Technologies and projects:

  • Write Solidity code in Remix and test on the JavaScript VM environment
  • Deploy Smart Contracts on the Ethereum Ropsten Testnet
  • Wire Smart Contracts into React using Metamask as an intermediary
  • Build original React/Redux components
  • Implement Sketch, Adobe Xd UX red-lines and prototypes
  • Implement Material UI component, Firebase Mongo DB and authentication

MICROSOFT, Microsoft Azure Blockchain, JR Software Development Engineer (Contract) March 2018 – June 2018 Front-end web UI development: REACT / REDUX / NODE

Technologies and projects:

  • Part of a three-person team tasked with developing and perfecting the UI for the Azure Blockchain App Builder application that was presented by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the 2018 Microsoft Build Conference
  • De facto Design Integrator working with UI/UX Designers to create and deploy pixel-perfect design elements
  • Build original React/Redux components
  • Implement Adobe Xd UX red-lines and prototypes
  • Implement a new Microsoft-wide Design System
  • Make multiple Node.js backend API integrations
  • Work alongside UX Designers and Back-end Engineers on extremely tight deadlines.

LookFitFeel, Jr. Full Stack Javascript Dev / UX SEPTEMBER 2017 - MARCH 2018 Results:

  • 1-month: Designed future Full Stack mobile app. [React Native, Mongo, Express, Node]
  • 2-months: Developed new content standards for Reviewers
  • 3-months: Redesigned and rebuilt existing UI into a fully responsive site partly resulting in a cost-per-click decrease of 11%.
  • 3-months: Built iterative feature designs that are validated by customer feedback and live-site A/B tests.
  • 3-months: Implemented cookie-based A/B testing that resulted in an increased click-through rate.
  • 3-months: Built prototypes and lead customer testing to inform web and mobile app design and functionality. [Balsamiq, Sketch, paper, and pen]
  • 3-months: Redesigned entire deployment workflow to prepare for scaling.
  • Ongoing: Organize existing PHP codebase into one effective repo team-wide. [Git, GitHub, Bitbucket]

AMAZON, Sr. Content Producer 2015 - 2016

  • Led the full lifecycle of product development; including ideation, design, development, implementation, and testing and launched Amazon’s inaugural "Kindle In Motion" eBooks.
  • Developed ideas through creating scenarios, sketches, storyboards, wireframes, motion studies, mock—ups, and prototypes.
  • Collaborated with editors, developers, designers, product managers, internal business partners, and other subject matter experts.
  • Collected and analyzed data to support further iteration and decision-making.
  • Authored extensive RFPs, SOPs, Creative Briefs, author goals, templates, and systems to scale the program.
  • Delivered feedback and coached artists to improve material.
  • Recruited and developed junior creatives and identified, on-boarded, and built a nationwide roster of creative vendors.
  • In addition to Kindle in Motion, I led a think-tank where we re-imagined the future of the eBook. My leadership resulted in 7, pre-patent application for Amazon Publishing.

MICROSOFT, Content Strategist, Producer, and Project Manager (Contractor), 2012 - 2015

  • Created multimedia tutorials and online content modules for eLearning to support various software applications.
  • Utilized Articulate Storyline and Quizmaker eLearning development tools to create technology-­based learning modules for critical certifications.
  • Led team of producers. Worked directly with Microsoft clients, software engineers, and Academy.

RESOURCES ONLINE: CARE (Computer-Assisted Risk Education), Content Producer and Project Manager, 2007 - 2011

  • Producer and Project Manager for CARE software, a complex project with little lead-time and a limited budget
  • Worked with teams from University of Washington-Global Health, NYU School of Nursing, FHI360, AMPATH/Moi Hospital (Kenya), Treatment Research Institute, George Washington University Medical Center, and Division of Infectious Diseases at Miriam Hospital/Rhode Island Hospital
  • Managed international teams, script writing, photo and video/audio capture and editing.
  • Refined workflow efforts, resulting in significant cost reduction

SALAAMGARAGE Founder, Product Designer, UX, 2007 - 2012

  • Personally led, managed, and produced global projects in Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, and Vietnam.
  • Sponsored by Blurb “Blurb for Good”, website ‘editors pick’, 3 exhibitions resulted in matching the NGO with Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program.
  • Articles: Huffington Post, Social Documentary, First Post, aCurator, Cluster Munition Coalition, Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Southern Connecticut State University: Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology

  • Code Fellows: Advanced Software Development.
  • Coursera: Human Centered Design, HCD and Agile Development
  • Chronos Academy: 360 video production
  • General Assembly: Digital Marketing Intensive Program
  • Leadership Tomorrow Program
  • Landmark Education Programs: Leadership, communication, and project management
  • International Center for Photography
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