Becca
Becca Gronau
Mentor
Director of Software Engineering at Fifth Third Bank
Location: United States | Time zone: Americas

Technologist at heart | Leader by nature

Expertise:

Leading technology teams both large and small. I excel at developing teams with a high degree of psychological safety, collaboration, and productivity. An effective communicator, I easily tailor my style for all levels of the organization, both business and technical. As a technologist, my focus areas include web development, architecture, performance optimization, security, accessibility, and internationalization.

About me:

Raised on a small Ohio farm, I grew up knowing the meaning of commitment, perseverance, and hard work. Those early in life lessons have served me well both personally and professionally.

After gaining my foundation as a developer, I progressed through technical leadership roles such as tech lead, architect, and director; often wearing more than one hat at a time. When trouble arises, I am focused, decisive, and have the ability to inspire teams to rise above their current situation.

I subscribe to the philosophy of servant leadership and work hard every day to exemplify that behavior. I see my role as an enabler. “What can I do to make your job easier and more enjoyable?” Keeping that question at the forefront of my mind allows me to create productive teams, with high quality output, who are happy.

Simply put, I love creating and working with amazing teams who solve complex problems in order to build innovative solutions that better the lives of our users.

Work Experience
Director of Software Engineering at Fifth Third Bank
Aug 2020 - Current date
Director of Software Engineering at Elsevier
Jan 2020 - Aug 2020

Technology owner for two industry leading research platforms, Scoups and Engineering Village. Set technology vision; define architecture and roadmap;establish priorities. Lead 8 multidisciplinary agile teams in 3 locations on 2 continents.

Manager, Software Engineering at Elsevier
Oct 2014 - Jan 2020

Delivery of BAU projects and investment cases for high volume, high availability platform (350 transactions per second, 3M unique users per month, 99.95% annual up time). Set technology vision; define architecture and roadmap; establish priorities, best practices, and technology standards. Led 6 agile teams in 2 locations on 2 continents.

Architect at Elsevier
May 2010 - Oct 2014

Architect for the web tier of 10+ search and analytic products. Guided development teams on best practices and technology standards. Completed architecture feasibility assessments for new products and major enhancements, including architectural approach, impacted development areas, and high level estimates. Worked closely with product owners to refine requirements while staying within bounds of the original estimate.

Tech Lead at Elsevier
Apr 2005 - May 2010
Sr. Software Engineer at Elsevier
Apr 2004 - Apr 2005
Software Engineer at Elsevier
Oct 2003 - Apr 2004
Software Engineer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
May 1998 - Oct 2003