Senior Graphic and UI Designer

Southampton

Sahar is an Interaction Designer, with focusing on tangible and generative designs. She is passionate about developing designs through research and actual prototyping. She had her MA in Design for Digital Media from the University of Portsmouth where she discovered her new passion. "I enjoy working in both physical and digital spaces while considering nature as one of my biggest impacts and inspirations. Research, storyboarding and prototyping joins me through my journey while developing projects".

Key Skills
  • UI Design
  • Graphic Design

Work Experience

Senior Graphic and UI Designer

iMENA Digital1.5 Years

- Gained good time management skills, always arriving early and well prepared for meetings. - Able to work effectively in both team environments and independently. - Improved Wordpress designing skills, word-proofing text. - Created detailed mobile application wire-frames. - Developed HTML basic knowledge through working on Bootstrap. - Good working knowledge with Flash and HTML/CSS - Managed competing demands by balancing multiple projects in parallel. - Design, schedule and maintain interfaces and web pages based on principles of design and usability.


Graphic and Web Designer

iHorizons IT 2.5 Years

- Responsible for offline and online designs. - Improved the time line frame and always met deadlines. - Developed inter-personal skills by leading teams and contributing to new ideas and developments. - Achieved a great evaluation out of all the company employees. - Understanding of web/interface design and usability. - Demonstrated strong communication and time-management skills by attending meetings with managers and board members.


Graphic Designer - Branding

Digital Colours Design3 Years

- Provided logos and branding guidelines in line with positioning the company into the market. - Gained knowledge in Pre-press technique. - Strong print production skills and experience with press-checks. - Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign. - Used Mac to accomplish all tasks and designs. - Demonstrative eye for colour, shape, size and layout which were used in magazines designs. - Excellent sense of design and typography developed through creating NGO's Posters and other printing designs, as they mostly wanted to focus on messages rather than images.


Graphic Design Internship

Assala Advertising8 months

Designed magazine advertising material which effectively provided a good understanding in using design elements alongside with text.


Store Activities Representative

Mcdonalds3 Years

- Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations. - Communicated clearly and positively with customers, co-workers and management. - Built loyal clientele through friendly interactions and consistent appreciation. - Developed team-working skills by helping others with their tasks after finishing my own.


Oracle DBA

CSG International4.5 Years

Achievements • Created and maintained development environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for the development of cable TV/telephony billing systems • Performed production releases and support.


Oracle DBA

Eos1.5 Years

Achievements • Development and Production DBA. • Created and maintained environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for a number of Internet startups. • Performed production releases and support.


Senior SQL Server and Oracle DBA

CGI Group10 Years

Achievements • Successfully headed and delivered various projects at several client sites including Hiscox and RBS. • Consulting on client sites. • Standardised installation best practices and checklists. • Designed, authored and implemented inventory, performance and alerting applications, originally written in Perl, then redesigned in Powershell, SSIS, TSQL and SSRS • Deputised for the team leader. • Interviewed several prospective candidates for the team. • Liaised with various project managers to ascertain new project requirements. • Integral member of the out of hours on call team. Responsibilities • Monitoring and maintaining over 200 SQL Server instances hosting OLTP, DSS and OLAP applications across development, testing and production environments. • Planning, installing and configuring installations, with consideration to capacity planning, high availability and security. • Performance tuning using SQL Profiler, Extended Events, Perfmon and Logman. • Troubleshooting development and production problems. • Migrations and upgrades, with attention to deprecated features and application/interface compatibility. • Backup and disaster recovery strategies. • Writing SSIS packages and SSRS reports for ETL and estate monitoring. • Out of hours support.


SQL Server DBA

Slaughter and May11 months

• Ensure that the Autonomy WorkSite document management system was available and performant. • Document WorkSite backup, fail over and restore procedures for Operations staff. • Plan and implement application upgrades.


(TfL) Infrastructure Engineer (SQL Server DBA)

Transport for London1.5 Years

• Rewriting queries behind very high-profile failing management reports ('Silver Award'). • Writing an inventory and alerting tool using Powershell and SSRS. Responsibilities • Ensure the production estate is available and performing well. • Diagnose and fix the root causes of production system failures. • Performance tuning. • Provide T-SQL help for data warehouse and Business Objects developers. • Configuration analysis and improvement. • Conduct peer reviews. • Out of hours support.


Contract SQL Server DBA

SAGE Publishing5 months

• Trained local and offshore team members to automate manually-run monthly reports using SSRS. • Automated and documented several large, repetitive file distribution operations using SSIS. Responsibilities • Investigate potential problems and issues raised by business users, owning the issue through to resolution. • Monitor system health, troubleshoot SQL Agent jobs, respond to alerts and identify opportunities for optimisation. • Communicate regularly with users, business analysts and technical staff to ensure issues are resolved in a timely manner. • Ensure security and privacy policy follows best practices. • Manage day-to-day activities such as monitoring performance and availability of the servers and the integrity of the backups. • Initiate and own projects to apply improvements in the SQL Server environments. • Assist in the development of efficient SQL code.


Contract SQL Server DBA

SAGE Publishing5 months

• Trained local and offshore team members to automate manually-run monthly reports using SSRS. • Automated and documented several large, repetitive file distribution operations using SSIS. Responsibilities • Investigate potential problems and issues raised by business users, owning the issue through to resolution. • Monitor system health, troubleshoot SQL Agent jobs, respond to alerts and identify opportunities for optimisation. • Communicate regularly with users, business analysts and technical staff to ensure issues are resolved in a timely manner. • Ensure security and privacy policy follows best practices. • Manage day-to-day activities such as monitoring performance and availability of the servers and the integrity of the backups. • Initiate and own projects to apply improvements in the SQL Server environments. • Assist in the development of efficient SQL code.


Contract SQL Server DBA

SAGE Publishing5 months

Achievements • Trained local and offshore team members to automate manually-run monthly reports using SSRS. • Automated and documented several large, repetitive file distribution operations using SSIS. Responsibilities • Investigate potential problems and issues raised by business users, owning the issue through to resolution. • Monitor system health, troubleshoot SQL Agent jobs, respond to alerts and identify opportunities for optimisation. • Communicate regularly with users, business analysts and technical staff to ensure issues are resolved in a timely manner. • Ensure security and privacy policy follows best practices. • Manage day-to-day activities such as monitoring performance and availability of the servers and the integrity of the backups. • Initiate and own projects to apply improvements in the SQL Server environments. • Assist in the development of efficient SQL code.


(TfL) Infrastructure Engineer (SQL Server DBA)

Transport for London1.5 Years

Achievements • Rewriting queries behind very high-profile failing management reports ('Silver Award'). • Writing an inventory and alerting tool using Powershell and SSRS. Responsibilities • Ensure the production estate is available and performing well. • Diagnose and fix the root causes of production system failures. • Performance tuning. • Provide T-SQL help for data warehouse and Business Objects developers. • Configuration analysis and improvement. • Conduct peer reviews. • Out of hours support.


SQL Server DBA

Slaughter and May11 months

Responsibilities • Ensure that the Autonomy WorkSite document management system was available and performant. • Document WorkSite backup, fail over and restore procedures for Operations staff. • Plan and implement application upgrades.


Senior SQL Server and Oracle DBA

CGI Group10 Years

Achievements • Successfully headed and delivered various projects at several client sites including Hiscox and RBS. •Consulting on client sites. • Standardised installation best practices and checklists. • Designed, authored and implemented inventory, performance and alerting applications, originally written in Perl, then redesigned in Powershell, SSIS, TSQL and SSRS • Deputised for the team leader. • Interviewed several prospective candidates for the team. • Liaised with various project managers to ascertain new project requirements. • Integral member of the out of hours on call team. Responsibilities • Monitoring and maintaining over 200 SQL Server instances hosting OLTP, DSS and OLAP applications across development, testing and production environments. • Planning, installing and configuring installations, with consideration to capacity planning, high availability and security. • Performance tuning using SQL Profiler, Extended Events, Perfmon and Logman. • Troubleshooting development and production problems. • Migrations and upgrades, with attention to deprecated features and application/interface compatibility. • Backup and disaster recovery strategies. • Writing SSIS packages and SSRS reports for ETL and estate monitoring. • Out of hours support.


Oracle DBA

Eos1.5 Years

Achievements • Development and Production DBA. • Created and maintained environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for a number of Internet startups. • Performed production releases and support.


Oracle DBA

CSG International4.5 Years

Achievements • Created and maintained development environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for the development of cable TV/telephony billing systems • Performed production releases and support.


Contract SQL Server DBA

SAGE Publishing5 months

• Trained local and offshore team members to automate manually-run monthly reports using SSRS. • Automated and documented several large, repetitive file distribution operations using SSIS. Responsibilities • Investigate potential problems and issues raised by business users, owning the issue through to resolution. • Monitor system health, troubleshoot SQL Agent jobs, respond to alerts and identify opportunities for optimisation. • Communicate regularly with users, business analysts and technical staff to ensure issues are resolved in a timely manner. • Ensure security and privacy policy follows best practices. • Manage day-to-day activities such as monitoring performance and availability of the servers and the integrity of the backups. • Initiate and own projects to apply improvements in the SQL Server environments. • Assist in the development of efficient SQL code.


(TfL) Infrastructure Engineer (SQL Server DBA)

Transport for London1.5 Years

• Rewriting queries behind very high-profile failing management reports ('Silver Award'). • Writing an inventory and alerting tool using Powershell and SSRS. Responsibilities • Ensure the production estate is available and performing well. • Diagnose and fix the root causes of production system failures. • Performance tuning. • Provide T-SQL help for data warehouse and Business Objects developers. • Configuration analysis and improvement. • Conduct peer reviews. • Out of hours support.


SQL Server DBA

Slaughter and May11 months

Responsibilities • Ensure that the Autonomy WorkSite document management system was available and performant. • Document WorkSite backup, fail over and restore procedures for Operations staff. • Plan and implement application upgrades.


Senior SQL Server and Oracle DBA

CGI Group10 Years

Achievements • Successfully headed and delivered various projects at several client sites including Hiscox and RBS. • Consulting on client sites. • Standardised installation best practices and checklists. • Designed, authored and implemented inventory, performance and alerting applications, originally written in Perl, then redesigned in Powershell, SSIS, TSQL and SSRS • Deputised for the team leader. • Interviewed several prospective candidates for the team. • Liaised with various project managers to ascertain new project requirements. • Integral member of the out of hours on call team. Responsibilities • Monitoring and maintaining over 200 SQL Server instances hosting OLTP, DSS and OLAP applications across development, testing and production environments. • Planning, installing and configuring installations, with consideration to capacity planning, high availability and security. • Performance tuning using SQL Profiler, Extended Events, Perfmon and Logman. • Troubleshooting development and production problems. • Migrations and upgrades, with attention to deprecated features and application/interface compatibility. • Backup and disaster recovery strategies. • Writing SSIS packages and SSRS reports for ETL and estate monitoring. • Out of hours support.


Oracle DBA

Eos1.5 Years

Achievements • Development and Production DBA. • Created and maintained environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for a number of Internet startups. • Performed production releases and support.


Oracle DBA

CSG International4.5 Years

Achievements • Created and maintained development environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for the development of cable TV/telephony billing systems • Performed production releases and support.


SQL Server DBA

SAGE Publishing5 months

3-Month Contract - (Extended) Achievements • Trained local and offshore team members to automate manually-run monthly reports using SSRS. • Automated and documented several large, repetitive file distribution operations using SSIS. Responsibilities • Investigate potential problems and issues raised by business users, owning the issue through to resolution. • Monitor system health, troubleshoot SQL Agent jobs, respond to alerts and identify opportunities for optimisation. • Communicate regularly with users, business analysts and technical staff to ensure issues are resolved in a timely manner. • Ensure security and privacy policy follows best practices. • Manage day-to-day activities such as monitoring performance and availability of the servers and the integrity of the backups. • Initiate and own projects to apply improvements in the SQL Server environments. • Assist in the development of efficient SQL code.


(TfL) Infrastructure Engineer (SQL Server DBA)

Transport for London2.5 Years

Achievements • Rewriting queries behind very high-profile failing management reports ('Silver Award'). • Writing an inventory and alerting tool using Powershell and SSRS. Responsibilities • Ensure the production estate is available and performing well. • Diagnose and fix the root causes of production system failures. • Performance tuning. • Provide T-SQL help for data warehouse and Business Objects developers. • Configuration analysis and improvement. • Conduct peer reviews. • Out of hours support.


SQL Server DBA

Slaughter and May9 months

Responsibilities • Ensure that the Autonomy WorkSite document management system was available and performant. • Document WorkSite backup, fail over and restore procedures for Operations staff. • Plan and implement application upgrades.


Senior SQL Server and Oracle DBA

CGI Group3.5 Years

Achievements • Successfully headed and delivered various projects at several client sites including Hiscox and RBS. • Consulting on client sites. • Standardised installation best practices and checklists. • Designed, authored and implemented inventory, performance and alerting applications, originally written in Perl, then redesigned in Powershell, SSIS, TSQL and SSRS • Deputised for the team leader. • Interviewed several prospective candidates for the team. • Liaised with various project managers to ascertain new project requirements. • Integral member of the out of hours on call team. Responsibilities • Monitoring and maintaining over 200 SQL Server instances hosting OLTP, DSS and OLAP applications across development, testing and production environments. • Planning, installing and configuring installations, with consideration to capacity planning, high availability and security. • Performance tuning using SQL Profiler, Extended Events, Perfmon and Logman. • Troubleshooting development and production problems. • Migrations and upgrades, with attention to deprecated features and application/interface compatibility. • Backup and disaster recovery strategies. • Writing SSIS packages and SSRS reports for ETL and estate monitoring. • Out of hours support.


Oracle DBA

Eos1.5 Years

Achievements • Development and Production DBA. • Created and maintained environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for a number of Internet startups. • Performed production releases and support.


Oracle DBA

CSG International4.5 Years

Achievements • Created and maintained development environments (Oracle on HP/UX) for the development of cable TV/telephony billing systems • Performed production releases and support.


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