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Candidate 1

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Consultant's name, tel. no. & email address

Katherine Rivett, 0191 492 6622, [email protected]

Position looking for

Software Development Team Leader or Manager

Package sought

Ideally £50,000, minimum of £48,000

Reason for leaving/Reason for seeking a new opportunity

Career progression

Availability for interview

Flexible

Notice period/availability to start

4 weeks

Home location

Gosforth

Own transport/public transport

Own car

Candidate 1 - Consultant Assessment


Candidate 1 is currently working as an Integration Test Team Leader, he was previously working in a software development capacity using mainly Embedded C, but since returning from paternity leave he was moved into the Test team to temporarily work as a test engineer. This role was only supposed to last 3 months, however it’s now been 9 months, and he is still in the test team. Candidate 1 would like to move back into a software development role and progress his career. He holds over 15 years of experience in C and embedded C programming, as well as Linux and Unix shell scripting, he holds a Degree in Computing from the University of Northumbria and has worked for the likes of Nomad and Accenture within an Embedded C environment.

Currently, Candidate 1, has worked in various roles, including Software Team Leader, Project Engineer and Project Manager Liaison. From a leadership perspective, whilst supporting the project manager, Candidate 1 was organising and paying contractors, carrying out background tests on software and project reviews, in his previous role, he led a project team of 4 developers and one business analyst responsible for research, requirements analysis, design and development of embedded C applications. Although he hasn’t been involved in direct management activities, such as conducting disciplinaries, grievances or recruitment, he has acted as lead and senior software engineer on numerous occasions throughout his career and is at ease when delegating tasks and ensuring projects are delivered in line with budget and time guidelines. Candidate 1 has also been involved in mentoring and training more junior members of staff and enjoys this aspect.

Candidate 1 is fully aware of Agile methodologies, having worked within this environment and also Waterfall in previous companies. He has good knowledge of JIRA and Confluence tools. He has experience of writing reusable code in a modular structure within a shared source tree environment and also has very strong experience with Linux and Python scripting. He has worked within an ISO 9001 environment and fully understands the methods and tools associated with the standard.

Candidate 1 would class himself as a highly methodical and systematic individual who is able to proactively identify issues and provide the most suitable solution to meet the requirements of the business and the customer. He has a strong desire to utilise his current skills and develop his career, he would be very interested in achieving a Chartered Engineering or Incorporated Engineering status in the near future.

Upon interviewing Candidate 1, he is clearly an intelligent individual with an excellent skillset in embedded C and C++. He doesn’t have any other opportunities in the pipeline at the moment and would relish the opportunity to move into a software team leader position. He is currently earning £44,000 and would be looking for a 10%-15% pay increase, he would accept a minimum of £48,000.


Career History


APRIL 2016 TO PRESENT – COMPANY A – SECTOR; SECURITY & RAIL

November 2017 to present – Integration Test Team Lead:

  • My task was to create a new test team, defining team member roles and the processes the team follow

November 2016 to Present – Project Manager’s Liaison for the Software Team:

  • Reporting to the Project Managers and the Accountant, manage all time reports and contractor invoices for the software team

November 2016 to Present – Technical Lead: ProVida Project:

  • Responsible for the design and development of the projects firmware

June 2016 to November 2017 – Technical Lead: VCU (video combining unit):

  • Responsible for the continuing development of the device and correcting any defects, now a legacy product

May 2016 to June 2016 – Gen4 Bug Fixing:

  • Analysis of defects and applying fixes

April 2016 to May 2016 – Windows to GenT Scripting Tool:

  • A utility which allows a script to be executed on multiple devices at once over a serial connection

2011 TO 2016 – COMPANY B – SECTOR; RAIL

December 2014 to March 2016 – Technical Lead:

  • Technical Lead of this functional area, responsible for research, requirements analysis, design and development.

September 2013 to February 2014 – Designer/ Lead Architect:

  • Eurostar Engineering Pages, phase 2. The system was tripled in functionality, size and complexity. The customer was heavily involved and brought many ideas and requests to the table.
  • Supervising a team of four developers and a business analyst.

March 2013 to May 2013:

  • NS Rail Web-Interface for Real Time Monitoring.
  • My task was to develop a system which relayed asynchronous messages to and from the train's on-board real time system, seamlessly and safely.

September 2012 to November 2012:

  • WiMAX Systems Integration
  • My task was to create an interface for a WiMAX device into the router

January 2012 to May 2012 – Co-Designer/ Architect, and C Developer

  • Eurostar Engineering Pages, phase 1. Locally hosted PHP web pages link via a web service to C modules allowing control and configuration over on-board equipment, utilising SNMP.

October 2011 to August 2015 – Live Support and Maintenance Engineer (3rd Line Support)

  • In lieu of a separate team the engineering team also acted as 3rd line support as, and when required. This ended after a dedicated team was set up.

Reason for Leaving: Redundancy

MAY 2007 TO OCTOBER 2011 – COMPANY C – SECTOR; MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY

April 2011 to October 2011 – C & SQL Developer, Technical Designer & Configuration Manager:

  • Working on a UNIX mainframe
  • Developer on the National Insurance & PAYE System (NPS) project for HMRC

June 2009 to April 2011 – C & SQL Developer, Technical Designer & Configuration Manager:

  • Working on a UNIX mainframe
  • Live Support & Maintenance Developer (3rd line support)

November 2008 to June 2009 – Business Analyst:

  • Data Migration, tasked with providing proof of the success/ failure of the data migration exercise

May 2007 to November 2008 – C & SQL Developer, Technical Designer & Configuration Manager:

  • Working on a UNIX mainframe
  • Developer on the Modernising PAYE Processing for Customers (MPPC) project for HMRC

Reason for Leaving: Career progression

2002 to 2007 – COMPANY D – SECTOR; MANUFACTURING

2006 to 2007 – Project Lead:

  • Factory Data Recording & Analysis System.
  • Data recorded on IP65 Touchscreen PC's linked to a Linux fileserver with analysis software on windows PCs
  • Liaising with the company director for budget and the factory manager for personnel
  • Team Lead for 2x electricians & 2x developers, 1x Designer/ Architect

2006 (4 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Data Recording System for the Microbiology Department

2005 (6 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Company Asset Register

2005 (6 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Stock Control System

2004 (4 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Customer Complaints Recording System for the Telesales Department

2004 (4 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Customer Canvass Control System for the Telesales Department

2003 (4 months) - Sole Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Software Source Control System

2003 (6 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows and C++ ARCOM Embedded Linux

  • Factory Clocking On System & Back Office Timesheet Control System

2002 (4 months) - Sole Designer & Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Data Recording System for the Quality Control Department

2002 (4 months) - Sole Developer, Borland C++ for Windows

  • Emergency Label Printer Control Program

Reason for Leaving: Career progression

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