British Fencing AssociationFebruary 2014 - September 2014
The BFA are an organisation which promotes the sport of fencing within the UK and has the aim of transforming the sport from a hobby to a commercial industry on par with football, boxing or tennis.
Contracted as a Software Solutions Architect for two distinct tasks, to provide analytics on the British competitors and to produce a development plan for a centralised management system for the running of all sports related functions. Managed a dozen stakeholders within the organisation whilst liaising with the CIO.
Responsibilities: • Assisted to source a development company to produce the future internal system to run the sport. • Designed and specified the database structure of the future system. • Explained to the technical staff the structure and functionality of the future system. • Built automated tools in C# for the collection of such data – including spiders to collect HTML and XML and data transformation services to render these into a common format. • Designed automated tools to allow the integration and resolution of data inconsistencies and to make choices over the quality of data received. • Mined the data to discover patterns and built a report generator in Excel VBA to produce a report for the board to make strategic decisions.
Achievements: • Achieved the first clear and verifiable picture of the performance of the sport over the last 10-15 years. This promoted the board’s effectiveness at making decisions to influence lobby groups which allowed them to apply for funding from the sporting bodies. • The statistical and data led approach identified the need to rebalance some of the priorities regarding the sport; i.e. the Olympics was an effective enlistment period. This allowed the board to review its performance and reallocate future resources more effectively.
A global financial services company connected to the exchange markets and providing financial reports to the boards of large cap corporations.
Worked as a Systems Designer / Developer servicing 30 to 40 client-facing analysts in the London office and also working with similar sized teams in the US, Australia, India as well as the Philippines. Teams varied from single developer projects to those spanning several multiple countries and involving six to eight developers.
Responsibilities: • Negotiated and agreed a move towards a centralised, co-operative form of working for analysts, replacing silo-based working and reducing risk • Successfully replaced complex Excel VBA macros with efficient, stable systems built in C#, ASP.NET, Ms SQL Server and Oracle
1. Fixed Income Client Portal Management System • The aim of the project was to conceive a more marketable product to the client and to reduce the internal resources required to achieve it • Produced and presented a business plan to automate the production of websites for the fixed income team • Sole developer for this project • Created a HTTP intercept to redirect browser requests for a particular client to an appropriate template with appropriate white labelling • Created ASP.NET websites, each to be a template of that system, with highly customisable content, banners, regionalisation and functionality
2. Emergency Response System • Production of an emergency response system to flag clients that we were at risk of losing, and to effectively rally management and internal teams more effectively • Took initiative to take on the responsibility for the design, development and deployment of the system • Inferred the specification by investigating the associated workflow from related departments
Achievements: • The fixed income tool brought development costs down from a potential of three months to absolute zero. It also provided a client service that was far in advance of the industry standard
Palantir Economic SolutionsSeptember 2008 - December 2008
A company providing taxation analysis services, established within the Oil sector but aiming to grow into the banking sector.
Consultant .NET Developer A role bridging between the technical department and the consulting department to allow a more effective client led focus.
Responsible for: • Singlehandedly designed and built a C# Tax and accounting dependency analysis system to aid regulators to identify compliance in custom .NET modules • Built a C# profitability modeller producing scenarios with variable factors such as labour, materials, taxation
Achievements: • Built a .NET decompiler so that custom VB.NET modules could have their internal logic traced and presented graphically. The great benefit of this being that non-technical regulators could investigate without technical knowledge making the product much more marketable
A company producing Document Management software targeting large organisations such as commercial banks or governments to manage their rigorous internal procedures
Development Leader A development role to develop the company’s Document Management Software product to produce a more competitive and state-of-the-art advantage
Responsible for: • Managed in-house development team of 4 and an overseas testing team of 2 • Drew up new system architecture to upgrade product from original VB to C# and restructured to be quickly extended to provide bespoke customer requirements • Designed and integrated client specific requirements according to new and potential sales • Devised replacement algorithms to run with greater robustness and efficiency
Achievements: • Dramatic speed increase in number crunching algorithms – previously (as perceived by the user), from three hours down to a third of a second • Seamlessly integrated Ms Reporting Services via an ASP.NET from end with a report management system, making a more complete user experience and thus making the product more marketable
The ultimate owner of the vast majority of local papers throughout the UK
Development Manager Responsible for: • To co-ordinate technological resources spread across London and the UK • To promote the growth of their online arm of the business by developing new journalist tools to aid efficient production and also to add more income generation features such as a business portal and advertising services.
Achievements: • Created semi-automated news systems in PHP for managing the internet versions of national newspaper chain and also developed an internal data management system in ASP.NET to link to proprietary systems
Factiva Dow Jones & ReutersMarch 2004 - April 2004
A company working with both Reuters and Dow Jones to broker financial information
A role within a division of the French Embassy to report on and promote scientific advancement; A highly autonomous internal development role to promote communications with overseas branches across the globe
Achievements: • Designed and built a media system for co-ordinating science departments of the French Embassy • Integrated a graphical based web word-processor in PHP including dictionary and translation support
A department covering all forms of media from theatre, film and music processing to event management
A full life-cycle analysis and development project to turn around the largest London media company’s customer support and workflow Responsible for: • To design and build an E-commerce system front-end and internal workflow management for media organisation
Achievements: • Convinced management to move from a product based strategy to a service based strategy • Produced a six times increase in staff productivity and due to increase quality of work, industry awards for the department
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