Curriculum Vitae: Bobby Jack

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Full name: Mr Robert Kenneth Jack
Common name: Bobby Jack
Nationality: British
E-mail: bobbyjack@gmail.com
Website: https://bobbyjack.me/

Employment

June 2018–present

Employer The Day News, London
Position Support & maintenance
Type Freelance contract

Since leaving The Day, I have made myself available for ad-hoc support and maintenance work. This has been remote work, on-demand, and I have generally turned it around at short-notice, and always by deadline.

October 2011–June 2018

Employer The Day News, London
Position Head of Technology
Type Full-time contract

In my role as Head of Technology for The Day, an online newspaper aimed at schoolchildren, I was responsible for all technical strategy and in-house development. My remit also included administration of the company’s network of Apple Macs, and various other tasks required in the running of a small company.

The first key project I planned and implemented was the move from a traditional hosted web server to Amazon’s cloud-based AWS platform. This necessitated configuration of a large part of the server ‘stack’, including DNS transfer, SMTP, data storage, and process monitoring. The project successfully delivered a more cost-effective and flexible solution.

Other key projects I helped to deliver included the migration of CRM (to Salesforce), and the development of a site aimed at the primary school sector.

The final major project I worked on was a migration of the sites’ CMS, from Joomla to a bespoke architecture. The resulting site was more reliable and efficient, and the backend interface easier to use, requiring fewer team resources.

As a member of the management team, I was also involved in strategic planning meetings, helping to define the overall direction of the company, with a specific focus on the core product. I regularly met with both the board of directors, and the ‘teacher’s advisory board’.

October 2007–October 2011

Employer Save the Children UK, Farringdon, London
Position Web Developer
Type Full-time contract

For four years, I was employed in the position of Web Developer in a small online team at Save the Children. This role primarily involved HTML, JavaScript, and CSS development for the main public-facing website. It also included maintenance of Save the Children’s site within the RedDot Content Management System, and back-end programming in the PHP scripting language.

During this time, I also worked on some major project-related sites including ‘Kroo Bay’, a collection of multimedia resources presenting the charity’s work in a town in Sierra Leone, and ‘everyone.org’, a site that integrates and displays twitter, facebook, and YouTube content provided by Save the Children member organisations in international locations.

As part of the Communications team, I was responsible for strategic decisions regarding many projects, both small and large. I worked with internal clients across the company, consulting on feature requirements, development of ideas, and training requirements. I liaised closely with a number of external agencies to assist in the management of out-sourced projects.

October 2000–October 2007

Employer John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Ealing, London
Position Web Developer, Developer, Software Engineer
Type Full-time contract

Over seven years, I was employed in a variety of roles, with job titles ranging from Software Engineer to Web Developer. Throughout this time, I gained significant experience in web site and application development, having worked on front-end development, back-end server programming, and on many other aspects of such an environment.

My main focus was the development and maintenance of an online publishing platform, primarily hosting scientific, medical, and technical content (www.interscience.wiley.com). This involved programming in a variety of languages including C++, Java, and Perl. I was exposed to a number of technologies including HTTP, XML, Apache configuation and module programming, database design and programming, and CORBA.

I acted as the technical lead on several major projects, refining business requirements and creating functional specifications. I was also responsible for the coordination of small teams of developers, ensuring adherence to a project framework and production of functional requirements, design specifications, and project updates.

In my role as Web Developer, I designed and built an intranet solution (PHP and MySQL), then worked in an advisory and hands-on capacity for front-end development and delivery.

May 2000–August 2000

Employer John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex
Position Web Developer
Type Short-term contract

Before being hired by John Wiley on a permanent basis, I carried out a short term of employment involving the administration and management of web-page content. This work provided a grounding in the publishing process and an introduction to team-working in a corporate environment.

Skill set

Proficient experience

Significant experience

Education

2007–2009

April 2007

March 2002

September 1997–April 2000

September 1995–June 1997

September 1990–June 1995