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Christopher Vander Poel

Business Solutions Architect

Personal Info


440 E. 79th Street, 5k




Place of birth

New York City

Date of birth



Experienced, client-facing, Solutions Architect focusing on bespoke retail e-commerce projects. Extensive background building enterprise applications that integrate with existing infrastructure through custom, reusable, components. Adept at researching and crafting ideal specialized solutions for clients with complex business requirements.


2016-09 present
Business Solutions Architect
Magento Commerce
  • Member of the Magento Certification Advisory Board
2013-11 2016-09
Solutions Architect
Cake & Arrow (Alexander Interactive)
  • Architect the best software, hardware and SaaS solutions for complex Magento, Laravel and custom CMS projects that typically contain numerous integrations and then execute on that solution.
  • Assess the technical state of the client's current systems and evaluate its possible evolution based on the project's technical and business requirements.
  • Identify, proof of concept and develop reusable Magento extensions and PHP SDKs for commonly encountered missing integration components for use in our solutions toolkit.
  • Code well-documented abstractions and interfaces for obscure, but often extended, Magento functionality. These abstract classes and interfaces function as the core of future implementation of these extended Magento features. An example of this would be a set of abstractions around the Enterprise Mview Indexers that made it much easier to implement, debug, test and maintain custom Enterprise indexes.
  • Write and assemble all client deliverables outlining a proposed solution, technical architecture and project strategy including proof of concept work for all technical approaches for eventual client presentation.
  • Partner with the client's IT resources to facilitate the mapping and migration of data into the new system and provide a single source of technical knowledge for the client to regularly interact with.
  • Act as the agency's client-facing representative for any e-Commerce project, providing a trusted interface between the agency and any non-technical elements on the client side.
  • Write best-practice, testable, object oriented PHP code following the SOLID principles of object oriented design in order to minimize project technical debt.
  • Periodically fill the role of Technical Lead (responsibilities below) during the implementation phase of a project.
2010-11 2013-11
Technical Lead / Sr. Developer
Cake & Arrow (Alexander Interactive)
  • Lead teams consisting of front end, back end and QA personnel from initial sales all the way through launch, warranty/retainer and follow-up release phases.
  • Reviewed all custom implementation code to ensure that it adhered to the SOLID principles of object oriented design and contained unit (and where applicable functional, integration and acceptance) tests and in-line documentation for easy extensibility and future maintenance.
  • Provided initial and follow-up technical estimations for all requirements and user stories.
  • Managed and delivered projects that involved extremely accelerated time frames by ensuring the technical components were sound before the project started and providing the development team with hands-on implementation advice to ensure the timeline progressed smoothly.
  • Lead all efforts pertaining to data modeling and migration which, many times, included the development of custom systems to transform existing client data into standardized Magento-specific import formats.
  • Developed new methodologies for running e-Commerce builds based on the strengths and weaknesses of the Magento platform.
2008-05 2010-07
Technical Lead
  • Oversaw technical management and reporting of a 500k+ user website.
  • Setup, configured and maintained the application infrastructure consisting of several large, load balanced, application and database servers hosted on Amazon AWS.
  • Coded all new application features and refactored existing code.
  • Responsible for front-end, back-end and database optimization to ensure the platform's ability to handle massive spikes in holiday traffic.
  • Managed the team of remote developers consisting of front-end, back-end and QA personnel.
1998-09 2008-05
Web Systems Manager
Institute of Management & Administration
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of 17 large, subscriber-based websites for the company and its subsidiaries from conceptual design to final release and end user support.
  • Created and administered large PHP and MySQL based Intranet content management systems for in-house publishing.
  • Created the primary subscriber website to allow print subscribers to access their existing subscriptions online.
  • Integrated the company websites into the legacy QuickFill fulfillment system.
  • Designed and built a custom content management systems to facilitate editorial work-flow and article distribution across 17 industry-focused websites.


Ithaca College, Computer Science
Pomfret School


Enterprise PHP application design adhering to the SOLID Object Oriented Design Principles

Magento Community and Enterprise

Shopify Plus Application Development

Laravel and Symfony Application Development

Data modeling and development of reusable custom data Migration tools


PHP, Python, Ruby, bash, MySQL, Homebrew

Apache, Nginx, Varnish, Akamai, Cloudfront, AWS, Rackspace Cloud

Contentful and Prismic Content Repositories, Craft, Bolt, October, ExpressionEngine, Shopify Plus, Prestashop, Demandware, SOLR, Algolia

JIRA, Confluance, Basecamp, Slack

Gitlab Enterprise, Github, Selenium, Travis CI, Scrutinizer CI, PHPSpec, Behat, PHPUnit, grumphp, Code Climate

Learning: PHP-CR / Jackalope, Couch DB, Swift, Hippo CMS



Magento Certified Developer


Magento Certified Solution Specialist