I am an experienced development manager working in the online gaming and gambling industry. I have a proven track record of delivering scalable software solutions in a highly regulated market. I encourage developers to write better code and promote a disciplined approach to engineering focusing on clean software that is well documented and well tested. I believe in predictability over speed; automating everything; and breaking projects down in to testable, demonstrable, and achievable units. I have experience working with large customers and reporting into senior management.
I am looking for a role where I can
- Serve as hiring manager and build up teams, either co-located or abroad
- Ensure the development process encourages review, testing, and accountability without obstructing developers
- Define and breakdown project work while working closely with product and architecture
- Drive security improvements and work to reduce technical debt
- Ensure the tools and infrastructure are in place so developers can be productive and not struggle with difficult to manage build processes and unpredictable environments
- Reduce the need for bespoke code and encourage adoption of industry standard solutions to common problems with the use of appropriate tools and design patterns
- Challenge existing practices and code paradigms
- Improve operational support by driving improvements in logging, monitoring, and incident management
In my current role I oversee development teams in London, Athens, and Bangalore. I have line management and mentoring responsibilities for Technical Leads and Senior Developers. In addition to project work, I’m responsible for incident management and meeting SLAs. I work closely with our Product, QA, Dev Ops, and Architecture teams and ensure that work is properly defined, there is an agreed technical solution, and we have a plan to test and deliver software with minimal risk. Our platform handles 30,000 bets per minute peak and I work with large companies such as Sky Vegas and Lotto Quebec.
I lived in Italy for 2 years and travelled extensively in Europe. I worked on some freelance projects, as an elementery school teacher, and as an asisstant videographer and photographer on and off.
Lead Developer of an ERP platform originally written by a team from Samsung.
Entry level part-time position (while attending University) where I worked on an inventory and sales management platform written on a LAMP stack.
- We had to maintain Informix support for our existing customers
- The Informix specific optimisations were critical to maintain performance and could not be removed
- The product was actively being developed which ruled out forking the application into two
- The legacy code base could not easily be integrated into a more modern persistence framework such as Hibernate that could abstract away vendor differences for us
- Informix is not widely used and persistence frameworks generally did not support it