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Technical Director

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We are an entrepreneurial integrated communications agency that has gone from start-up to multi-national in just twenty two years. We have grown every year since foundation due to a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Our ambition is to break into the top ten by 2020. We have a network of 30 offices, 550 employees and revenues of $64m. Our success is reflected in being named PRCA’s International Agency of the Year for 2015. 

Central to our growth has been our policy of reinvestment, with the majority of profits returning to the company to propel development.  What makes us different is that, not only are we independent, but we are 100% employee-owned.

As we rapidly scale the business, our challenge is not to lose any of our character. We are agile, bold, collaborative, inquisitive and spirited. And we believe that we are on the cusp of something truly remarkable in our industry.


Who are you?

Someone special. A rising star or one that’s been consistently shining for a few years. You absolutely love the web and developing for it. Development isn’t just a job but a passion. You want to work in a place that matches your ambition. A place where you can make a real impact and ‘own’ an area of the business. You love to get knee deep in code and ‘do the do’ but are also capable of thinking outside of the tech spec to help enhance a project and ultimately the end product. You not only understand the technical brief but also the commercial objectives of a project. You can communicate effectively in layman’s when needed. There is the opportunity to become a true technical visionary for the agency in time. You have genuine enthusiasm for what you do and this means you don’t just work inside your lines but work pro-actively with all members of the team to make LEWIS Purestone a better place.

Responsibilities

Defines the technological strategy in conjunction with the Front and Backend development teams of each project: pipeline, tools, and key development procedures.

Assesses technical risk and mitigation plan.

Establishes standards and procedures to track and measure project's progression.

Evaluates development team(s), identifying strengths, problem areas, and developing plans for improving performance.

Evaluates interview candidates for technical positions.

Scouts for and evaluates new technology and tools as opportunities for innovation and development excellence.

Oversees technical design documentation process for correctness and timeliness.

Oversees and coordinates systems requirements to support all technical solutions. 

Provides input to the other disciplines on the practicality of initial design goals and impact to the overall project timeline.

Evaluates software implementation on design and task thoroughness

Helps to identify high risk areas for the Project Team

Identifies weak systems that need code improvement and schedules corrective action, when possible.

Creates test process for development, where possible, and contributes to the build system.

Aids in all stages of post-production including during finalising

Will work closely with broader directorial team to deliver against the agency strategy 

Requirements

  • Minimum 2:1 degree in a technical discipline
  • 5 years C# / .Net Development experience  2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 (Web forms, Web services)
  • Microsoft SQL 2005 / 2008
  • 7 years of demonstrable CMS development experience - Sitefinity, Sitecore, Umbraco
  • 5 years digital agency experience
  • Fully competent across Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Strong skills with C# .Net and SQL Server 
  • Development methodologies i.e. Agile, Waterfall, MVC
  • A sound level of sys admin knowledge and server management including hosting architectures and IIS
  • An understanding of ‘front end’ - HTML, CSS, Java, jQuery and Flash.
  • Forward thinking
  • A passion for digital
  • Ambition and drive
  • A proactive approach and an ability to work independently
  • Must have strong communication skills, written and verbal
  • An unwavering love of what you do and how to encourage others. 
  • Make the right choices when needed.
  • Good communicator who is able to get under the skin of a requirement and anticipate / suggest/ envision a wide, effective solution to the brief laid before them
  • Demonstrable experience LEADING teams of developers – front end and backend
  • Demonstrable experience in delivering multiple large scale projects ( £250,000+) concurrently
  • Natural motivator of people
  • Technical innovator who can marry commercial desires with technical innovation & practicality (Examples required)