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Hi there!

I am currently working as a Lead Product Developer at AND Digital, working across clients including Costa Coffee and Avon. Covering everything from evaluating and producing POC work, to being the technical lead on larger scale international projects.

I use agile and TDD to build quality code in deliverable increments. I am communicative and personable, being able to build relationships with stakeholders and work with people with different roles and experience.

A core principle of mine is coaching and mentoring, and I enjoy working with those around me to help refine their own goals and advance their careers. Ultimately, I believe a team of people who constantly strive to improve themselves will bring the same mentality to improving and building out a great product.

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Jun 2014 - Jan 2017

Senior Client Engineer

In this role I led the Retail Client Engineering team, servicing several million pounds worth of contracts across a global client list.

  • I implemented A/B testing and analytics tools, and advised on best practices.
  • I mentored and trained team members, as well as clients and new engineers.
  • I was heavily involved with many projects beyond my day to day, including going on salespitches, building extra internal tooling, and helping to organise meetups.
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Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

Product Manager

I started this role with a focus on product managing the developer experience, I later moved into the role of managing email abandonment, social proof, and user management.

  • I researched the technical feasibility and business potential of different ideas, before presenting them to senior management, including C-level.
  • I dealt with pressure from many different stakeholders with competing priorities.
AND Digital IconCosta Coffee Logo
Feb 2018 - Apr 2019

Senior Product Developer

I came to AND wanting to gain experience in a range of technical skills as well as expand my methods of management and coaching.

  • At Costa I acted as a lead full-stack engineer on a greenfield React/AEM project, planning the architecture of how the frontend, backend, and external API services would all come together.
  • I worked closely with the AEM Lead and other team members to plan each stage of the project and get the most out of all technologies involved.
AND Digital IconAvon
Apr 2019 - Feb 2020

Tech Lead

This project, working with Avon, combined several greenfield React applications to create three PWAs and one serverside generated web page, all of which were generated using a component library ontop of a configuration API.

  • The goal of this project was to create a scalable application that, with a few API changes, could be rolled out at scale to different markets with new layouts and translations.
  • As Tech Lead on this project I was involved in technology and architecture choices as well as defining best practice and ways of working across all teams involved in the project. We initially had a heavily junior team, and a key focus of early stages was to train and mentor these developers while not losing delivery momentum.
AND Digital IconRobert Walters Icon
May 2020 - now

Tech Lead

This large Typescript React Application built ontop of GraphQL and Kafka was an exciting opportunity to join a pre-existing project towards the end of their first major delivery. I supported the team during this delivery as I upskilled on the project before moving into the Tech Lead role on one of the new teams started within the second delivery phase.

  • This role advanced my technical knowledge considerably, and is my first major usage of Typescript on a commercial project. I also learned a lot from the team about how that had set up a scalable architecture that could grow with the project and not hold them back.

Other stuff

Cult of Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum emojis to vastly improve slack communication. www.cultofjeffgoldblum.com

Winged Horse Bindery

A HTML template combined with Gatsby to advertise my bookbinding activities. www.wingedhorsebindery.co.uk

More to come once I get them deployed hereabouts...