I am a creative and motivated Computer Science graduate from The University of Manchester, working as a Graduate Developer at BBC Future Media in Salford. I have a passion for the successful design, development and delivery of software and web applications and a proven professional and academic track record.
Summer 2013: Software Developer, Department of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
- Contributed to the development of a series of laboratory exercises for the understanding of ATDD/TDD.
- Achieved thorough working knowledge of a number of agile practices through directed work and independent research and experimentation, including user stories, specification by example, incremental development, automated acceptance testing, unit testing and test-driven development.
- Provided extensive critical feedback using excellent verbal and written communication skills to inform the development of the laboratory resources.
Summer 2011: Crick Software Ltd, Northampton
- Returned to continue work in software development with similar responsibilities as previously (see below).
- Coached a colleague in the use of an in-house development tool as part of a handover of responsibilities.
2004–2010: Project Manager, Crick Software Ltd, Northampton
- Fast progression from a basic role to Technical Project Manager reporting to Managing Director.
- Developed excellent communication skills, team-working mentality, capacity for independent working, taking responsibility for my work and being proactive with decisions and questions.
- Responsibilities included:
- Working with teams to brainstorm and determine functionality and user interface for software and websites, and writing detailed specification documents for developers based on those decisions.
- Liaising closely with developers on software and website development, including decision making, troubleshooting and stipulating development priorities, and reporting project progress to management.
- Evaluating builds against specification documents and testing, logging and following up issues.
- Liaising with contracted companies and coordinating, approving and integrating their work, for example in product internationalisation.
- Developing and maintaining technical resources such as spellcheckers, databases and documentation.
2011–present: The University of Manchester, BSc (Hons) Computer Science
- Received full immersion and insight into the fundamentals of many areas of Computer Science.
- Undertook self-proposed final-year project developing a tool to facilitate the rostering of healthcare staff.
- Achieved average module result of 84%, including Object Orientated Programming (87%), Distributed Computing (89%), Databases (88%), Computation (96%), Machine Learning (81%), Algorithms (79%), Symbolic AI (98%), Software Engineering (83%).
- Developed programming skills in languages including Object-Oriented Java, C, ARM assembly code, PHP and MySQL though laboratory exercises with an average mark of 95%.
- Refined logical thinking skills and ability to design, implement and rigorously test solutions.
- Improved leadership, self-motivation and peer-coaching skills through group projects.
- Awarded three prizes for excellent academic performance:
- Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, awarded to the top 0.5% of students in each graduating year reflecting the exceptional performance of the individual graduates during their degree.
- Williams/Kilburn Medal, awarded to a student of exceptional distinction whose performance throughout their undergraduate course has been of outstanding merit.
- Golden Anniversary Prize, awarded for excellence in first year studies
2010–2011: The University of Manchester, Science Foundation Year
- Mix of A level equivalent maths and science modules. Achieved average module result of 87%.
- Participation in group project developed problem solving and flexibility to manage changing circumstances due to group members leaving the project.
1998–2003: Northampton School for Boys
- A level: Computing (C) Maths (E) Psychology (E); AS level: English Language (B)
- GCSE: 10 (3A*, 4A, 2B, 1C) including Maths, Science and English
- Elected to committee position in 2011 and re-elected in 2012, 2013.
- Responsible for maintaining and extending the club website:
- Implementation of professional looking website front end in liaison with Publicity Secretary.
- Development of new functionality and content, including content management system.
- Maintaining content and administrating wiki, gallery and mailing list plugins.
- Participating in club activities including weekly meetings, hikes and socials.
- Developed a bespoke CMS from the ground up using PHP and MySQL, including content management, blogs, online church magazine, sermon recordings, live service broadcasts and email shots.
- Worked in conjunction with church members, including a graphic designer, to determine requirements, design the website, implement functionality and maintain content.
2010–2011: Secretary, Halls of Residence Residents' Association
- Recorded and distributed minutes of Residents' Association meetings.
- Attended weekly meetings to discuss and plan activities, working with in-residence tutors.
- Jointly responsible for a budget of over £8000 to spend on social events, activities, trips and equipment.
2003–2008: Boys' Brigade
- Awarded the Queen’s Badge, the highest award available to members of this youth organisation, recognising practical and leadership skills and voluntary work in the community.
- After being a member I served as a voluntary leader for several years planning, organising and running programmes of activities for young people, coordinating other leaders and partaking in youth camps.
Additional skills and interests
Computing and IT:
- Self-taught skills in PHP, MySQL, HTML and CSS to a sufficient standard to produce professional looking and functional websites (see above), and reinforced by university first year group project.
- Familiar with Java, C, OpenGL, from degree modules, and concepts including object orientated programming, generics, polymorphism, recursion, design patterns, dynamic programming, linear programming and algorithm design and complexity.
- Exposure to other languages such as Python, ARM assembly code, Prolog, MATLAB, Verilog.
- Extensive experience using and managing Atlassian JIRA issue and bug tracking software.
- Experience with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Unix based operating systems.
- Experience using Apache Subversion and Git versioning and revision control systems.
- Excellent knowledge of all office-type applications and a typing speed of 60 words-per-minute.
- Familiar with Adobe creative suite applications including Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop.
Driving: Full, clean driving licence.
Music: Grade 3 Piano, Grade 4 Drums.
Academic and professional references available on request. Please contact me.