Ionut-Catalin Bolea

Berlin · Berlin, Germany · +49(0)17643334671 · catalin@blizzd.com

My history of success in applications development is directly related to my ability to develop/introduce new iOS applications, create effective games for mobile/web, provide high-quality features, increase business revenue, and identify/resolve various issues.
I’m an expert at developing, executing and analysing qualification, integration, and acceptance testing plans for diverse systems as well as collaborating with professional software development team and stakeholders.
Companies I’ve made a positive impact at highly competitive environment—my prowess is not limited by industry or company type.
While others take pride in meeting all standards set before them, my passion is for delivering service that goes beyond organisational expectations, creating a win-win scenario for everyone involved!

Experience

Senior iOS Engineer

Nord Security - Berlin, DE

Main iOS Engineer responsible for developing and owning Research & Innovation topic for the NordPass product.

  • Developed and presented findings and solutions to audiences including senior executives and stakeholders.
  • Documented all concerns and incidents and reported them to a senior supervisor.
  • Worked to support the senior creative staff with day-to-day tasks.

July 2021 - present

iOS Engineer

Secret Escapes - Berlin, DE

I contributed actively to the sustained growth of the Secret Escapes iOS app, developing important user-facing features, architectural decisions regarding the structure of the app, and enforced high maintainability and testability of our code base. I have participated actively in the cross-functional development of our team, in regards with process and change management.

Some of my key achievements are:

  • Raised from a small percentage in a single market to a significant percentage overall platform DAUs in 3 markets
  • Increased margin revenue from a negligible percentage to a noticeable percentage from our app users
  • Increased app quality making the AppStore rating turn from 2.2 stars to 4.8 stars

April 2019 - June 2021

iOS Engineer

Bonial International - Berlin, DE

I devise and implement several features within the application, including on-boarding, deals, and shopping list as well as lead and monitor all aspects of IAP testing operations. I am part of an experienced group of developers and engineers responsible for managing and maintaining organisational apps such as KaufDA iOS. I develop and reshaped two applications such as Out of Milk and kaufDA as well as create new features to provide excellent applications within the market through the collaboration with design and product. I manage overall technical operations of the apps by ensuring stability, feasibility, and continuous improvement.

Some of my key milestones including:

  • Increased daily active users by reshaping the Out of Milk application for iOS platform through utilisation of Swift with VIPER architecture and BDD framework for testing.
  • Increased daily active users by implementing new features for the kaufDA application for iOS platform by utilizing both Swift and ObjectiveC

April 2018 - March 2019

Adobe AIR Developer - Mobile

Fyber - Berlin, DE

Responsible for leading the ownership of the Adobe AIR support for the Fyber SDK.
Engineering and driving the Fyber Native Extensions (ANEs) ensuring the highest quality, scalability, reliability, and ease-of-use of the API for publishers.
Resolving issues together with the Technical Services and Backend departments.
Coordinating various tests with the QA department to ensure the robustness of the product.
Getting involved in the Mobile Mediation of our various partners, connecting them to more ad inventory.

November 2015 - November 2017

Junior Client Developer (Frontend Games)

Goodgame Studios - Hamburg, DE

Flash/AIR Games for mobile & web using Starling, Feathers, RobotLegs, with Air Native Extensions.
Developing with IntelliJ IDEA for the engine and game systems using pure ActionScript3 code.
Collaboration with several departments to deliver high-quality and polished features for the games. These were published in several markets and played by hundreds of millions of players.
Leading the architecture and development of various game systems and game components.

January 2014 - August 2015

Senior Flex Developer

XLTEAM - Bucharest, RO

Samsung Smart TV apps with Flash/Flex frontend
Complex Flash/Flex frontend projects for management software
Cross-platform development of bespoke apps using Adobe AIR
Samsung Smart TV Apps (Archive)
DTM Tool (Archive)

July 2013 - January 2014

Lead Developer, Server Engineer

Dataroom - Bucharest, RO

Mobile applications using ObjectiveC, Java Android and AIR platform for customers benefiting from streaming solutions

May 2012 - July 2013

Freelance Developer

on oDesk and on Elance

Freelancing as an Application Developer. Helping clients with their projects involving RIA, Mobile apps, Web applications, Database Development and project consulting.

Late 2009 - Mid 2012

Education

University of "Titu Maiorescu" - Bucharest, RO

Bachelor of Science (Incomplete)
Computer Science - Software Architecture Track

Website (EN)

2013 - 2014

University of Lower Danube - Galati, RO

Bachelor of Engineering (Incomplete)
Systems Engineering - Software Engineering Track

Website (EN)

2011 - 2013

Danube High School - Galati, RO

AP Programming Class (GED/BAC)

Certification in Computer Technology

Website (RO)

2006 - 2010

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
Workflow
  • Wireframes, Mockups, and Prototypes
  • MVVM or "Clean" or VIPER
  • Responsive design
  • On-Device Testing & Debugging
  • Unit Testing, UI Testing, BDD/TDD
  • Continuous Integration/Deployment (CI/CD)
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum/Kanban

Interests

Apart from being an iOS developer, I enjoy most of my time exploring. In the winter, I have fun playing board games or any games with friends, expand my music and book library, and have the occasional nature hike. During the warmer months, I enjoy sailing for sport, either in the rivers of Berlin or on the coasts of Baltic and North Sea, mountain trekking, nature hikes and visiting new places.

When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi shows, I read books on various subjects, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest iOS design and development features.