Hi, I'm Reinier Ladan
- 👋 Available for freelance/contracting product management or senior design position
- 🗺️ Open to both on-site and remote work
- 🚀 Partner in the co-op Kirk & Blackbeard
- 🧑💻 Feel free to connect on LinkedIn
About my professional life
As a seasoned professional in the media and tech industry, I have over two decades of experience in managing product teams, designing user interfaces, and building prototypes.
I'm based in the Amsterdam area of the Netherlands, and I speak Dutch (native language), English, and Jira. I work in the GMT+1 time zone and have my own dedicated office space at home.
In today's fast-paced world, everything is constantly evolving, including business, technology, and people. To keep up with these changes, I focus on an agile way of working, such as Scrum, Kanban or Shape Up.
My expertise in both UX design and software engineering allows me to align product teams in exploring viable solutions. My passion lies in diving into the details of goals and objectives, figuring out why they exist, identifying which ones should be prioritised and how to solve them. This ensures the most value for the business, the customer, the client, future generations, our climate, you name it.
Throughout my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many notable companies, such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Liberty Global, Backbase, FOX Sports, Funda, NOS (the Dutch equivalent of BBC News), NPO (the Dutch equivalent of the BBC), DPG Media,The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and others. I have assisted them in creating and improving their digital strategies, products, and services.
Some highlights among my many projects
- 🪐 DPG Media (New online platform for single interest brands) product
- 🦠 CoronaMelder (Dutch COVID exposure notificaton app) product
- 🛫 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (World-wide highly rated airport) design product
- 📰 NOS websites and apps (the Dutch equivalent of BBC News) design
- 🏦 Backbase Design System (Fin-tech scale-up) product
- 📺 NPO streaming service (Dutch TV service) design
- 📱 NLZiet app design (Dutch TV app) design
I have a design portfolio available upon request.
I know a thing or two about product management and digital design. I’m comfortable in the following roles:
- Product owner
- Product manager
- Product designer
- UX designer
- UX researcher
- Interaction designer
This is an incomplete list of all the competences, skills, tools and processes I have experience with:
- Product management (product owner, project manager) with Scrum and Kanban
- Product design (user flows, wireframes, information architecture, visual design, design exploration, expert review)
- Design and management of websites, native apps (iOS, Android), Touchscreen Kiosks, TV and console apps
- Working with and managing/customising (and even designing) Content Management Systems. Experience with (among others) Wordpress, Contentful, Movable Type, Typo3, Tridion, Drupal and a large number of custom built systems
- Product validation and user research (planning and execution)
- Design System maintenance, organisation and implementation
- User Story Mapping, Jobs to be Done, Epic roadmaps
- Jira, Confluence, Figma, Figma Jam, Sketch, Miro, Trello and all kinds of personal productivity software. In short: throw software at me and I can figure out how it works.
- OKR's, KPI's, company specific metrics, give me goals to aim for and I'll make it work
- Stakeholder management (needs/wants research, product demos and feedback, ideation workshops)
- Site and data migration projects
What people say about me
"Part structopath, part left-brainer, Reinier is the ideal Interaction Designer. Please don't call him a UX designer, because he's convinced that most experiences cannot be designed. And if you think that's a strong opinion, wait until you've hired him. Reinier comes preloaded with a lot of strong opinions, good design practices and a lot of common sense. Basically, Reinier is the embodiment of the user voice in any development process, determined to make stuff as simple and accessible as possible. Oh, and yes, he's a stand-up and fun guy to work with."
– David Linssen (Partner in cooperation Kirk & Blackbeard)
"Reinier is a strong Product Owner with a design background, making him the ideal combination of competencies for this role. He possesses the essential domain knowledge, digital expertise, and background in interaction design. This enables him to better oversee and manage the product he is working on (in this case, the Schiphol App). Reinier always ensures that priorities are set based on the value for the end-user and the resulting business value for the organization. He is very goal-oriented and is able to work effectively with his team towards a jointly developed (product) vision."
– Geeske Kloostra (Portfolio manager during my time at Schiphol)
"Reinier is punctual, collaborative, and takes responsibility. He was a valuable member of the NOS New Media team for 3 years, where his ability to change stood out. His interaction design of the Second Screen for the 2010 World Cup football resulted in a Beeld en Geluid award in February 2011."
– Bas Hoedemakers (Project manager during my time at the NOS)
Call me if you need to discuss something that absolutely cannot wait. For everything else I prefer e-mail or Whatsapp/iMessage.
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- Call, WhatsApp, iMessage, Telegram: +31624872725
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