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Work / Job

From: Alex S.
Sent on: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:48 PM
Hi all. A little bit of a job advert / opportunity for work.

I've been working with ruby, rails et friends since around 2005, so been around, seen a lot. Specifically, I used to live and work in London, but for the last 3 years have been spending more and more time in Keszthely, whilst still spending 1 week a month in London. 
I have worked in both large and small setups, from faceless corporates to freelancer pairs, startups to media agencies. Clients have almost always been UK based, but have also included multinationals such as Philips, BP, British Airways, BBC, Red Bull, etc. I have worn multiple hats, from leading small and large teams, to project management, architect, consultant, agile coach, general firefighter and rescuer of doomed projects, or just plain developer when needed. Enough about me - you can read more at http://www.linked...­ but not sure you're going to gain any more meaningful info than the above. 

Nowadays I have my own very successful consultancy / development business as a freelancer, but that success is now proving to be generating much more work than I alone can handle, and has done so consistently throughout the last year (even without advertising). The coming year is already overloaded. 

I am therefore looking to do something with that extra work, by either: 
A) Employing someone: 
1) permanent staff 
2) temporary / contractor 
B) Partnering with someone 

I suspect that's not a simple as just stating the above however! Therefore, I'm more than open to suggestions and other non-standard ways of working. 

I have in the past mentored / tutored brighter (and sometimes not so bright!) developers of various abilities, hence I imagine a good fit would be for: 
* someone who is moving out of a junior role or past their first project or two with rails, but has a solid programming grounding - i.e. reasonably comfortable around ruby / rails, and whilst bright, doesn't have as much commercial experience but wants to improve, to work on some challenging but rewarding (in terms of experience but also financially wise) projects. I'm happy to tutor and mentor, but the downside is that I live in Keszthely, and would want to do at least 2-3 days / week face to face if mentoring. The more experience (assuming the above refers to a junior/mid-level developer), the less time face-to-face is needed. 
* a medium or strong developer who wants to not only exchange skills, but get stuck in and solve some of the problems at hand not just under supervision, but also by taking the lead. 
* a strong developer / freelancer who may not want to work full time (I haven't met such a creature, if it exists, yet!) but would consider partnering and being rewarded for that. 

At a minimum: 
* english is a must, but my hungarian is improving, so it can be basic as long as there are no communication barriers ultimately 
* worked with git, knows of github, can learn git 
* heard of rails, played around a bit 
* can program, especially has done a bit more than just ruby -e "puts 'hello world'" 

Things expected to work with, or learn on the job: 
* RVM, git, rubies 1.9 / 2 
* rails 3, 4 
* Heroku, Amazon AWS / EC2, SES, the list is long for hosted tools / services / setups 
* elastic search / solr(cloud) for searching needs, but there are some NoSQL bits floating around too 
* chef, capistrano for deployments, automation 
* rspec, cucumber, factory-girl, capybara, etc - in other words, BDD, TDD, and if you want a third acronym, DDD 
* javascript, in the form of at least jQuery et friends
* front-end related: haml, sass, scss, bootstrap etc
* etc

Useful to have - being able to do that face-2-face time in Keszthely or at least be 1-2h travel from there. 

The work culture is one of doing, rather than talking, of adhering to the agile manifesto where it fits, or otherwise educating clients, of providing value (and knowing where it is), and most projects involve various flavours of agile - from sprinting, scrumming to kanban to whatever the right tool is for the job. 
Of solving people's needs, of BEING the company rather than working for FOR the company. 

With respect to rewards (money, etc) it will depend on individual circumstances and level of experience. Obviously, there is a lot of flexibility over equipment, employment / contract, free days, location / remote, etc. 

Next steps would be to send a quick email saying you're interested in discussing further, with anything that doesn't take more than 5 minutes to gather, such as, if you have: 
* linkedin profile 
* github account 
* CV 
and send it to "work at alex-s dot co dot uk" or by any other means (such as getting in touch directly to this posting). 

Of course, I will also be attending the 11th Sept meeting if anyone wants to chat beforehand, or at the meeting, or at drinks afterwards presumably?

Thanks for your patience


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