We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. If you would like to work with us in Manchester or Prague please send us your CV and let us know why you think we should let you anywhere near our precious kettle…er clients.

Project Manager

We are currently looking for a talented Project Manager to join our team to own the effective and timely production of a variety of cutting edge digital and technical projects, based in our Manchester office.

Posted 11/08/2017

Take a look

PHP DEVELOPER

We are looking to appoint a talented PHP Developer to join our growing development team.

Posted 01/03/2017

Take a look

Close

Project Manager

The Company

Based in Manchester in the UK and with a satellite office in Prague, we specialise in Creative Tech and Production for direct and agency clients including the Foo Fighters, The BBC and Vodaphone amongst many others. In the last 2 years, we have delivered 100+ projects ranging from socially charged apps and sites to complex server side builds.

The user is at the core of everything we do, we challenge every brief collectively to ensure our proposed solution is fit for purpose. This allows for the cross-fertilisation of ideas from our core skill set; UX, Design, Dev and PM. Our internal team is supported by trusted individual talent and strategic partnerships allowing us to scale and diversify to enhance a project team with the correct expertise when required.

We adopt a Waterfall PM Methodology as the backbone for our projects but take on an Agile approach when using a new piece of technology, or prototyping a workflow to best fit user requirements.

Our technical team is split between the UK and CZ and both complement each other perfectly. Manchester focuses on design (solutions and visual) and front end development, Prague focuses on back end development and R&D. This R&D function keeps us at the forefront of technology, taking technical concepts and attaching commercial value for our clients. R&D focuses are Machine Learning, IoT, innovative use of APIs and SDKs, AR/VR and Data Visualisation and Interpretation.

We are currently working on projects that use multiple technologies and integrate several APIs as well as content creation, design and animation. We are equally at home delivering on standard technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, PHP & mySQL as we are working with more specialist technologies e.g. Python, ReactJS, NodeJS, Canvas, Swift2, Firebase & WebGL.

The Role

We are currently looking for a talented Project Manager to join our team to own the effective and timely production of a variety of cutting edge digital and technical projects, based in our Manchester office.

  • The role involves managing multiple concurrent projects and so requires a thorough and detailed approach coupled with the will and proactivity to get things done.
  • The candidate will be required to gain a thorough understanding of the creative and development team’s skills and make informed judgements on resourcing the demands of individual projects.
  • This should be coupled with a good understanding of how long tasks will/could take to complete and managing multiple dependencies, ensuring the team are working together to achieve project deadlines.
  • You will prepare detailed scoping documents & timing plans with the ability to work autonomously, managing multiple projects through from start to finish with the production team.
  • The role will demand excellent communication skills to liaise with both managerial and production team.
  • You will possess great attention to detail, as you will be responsible for quality control on your projects.
  • The role requires a high level of commercial acumen in producing detailed client quotes and ballparks.
  • Experience of using internal project management tools such as Basecamp & Resource Guru is a must.
  • A solid level of technical understanding is incredibly important.
  • You will be responsible for managing each project phase thoroughly before each key sign-off stage with the client. All projects are fully time tracked, post project reviews are essential to share learnings with the team.
  • The ability to manage discovery processes including MoSCoW workshops and creating technical roadmaps in conjunction with our Head of Production
  • You will possess the ability to stay calm under pressure and be used to working in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

The Project Manager will support and report to the Head of Production.

Further Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years+ digital agency experience is essential for this role, as you will be project managing & producing all forms of digital projects from responsive campaign sites, native apps, digital platforms and technical deliveries.
  • A working understanding of UX and IA with the ability to translate client briefs and conversations into usable work flows to aid the scoping process.
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills are a must.
  • Strong people management skills required to co-ordinate a team of digital designers and developers and to guide/mentor more junior production staff.
  • Excellent client facing skills.
  • Be happy to be a firm task-master to ensure deadlines are met and production quality is delivered.
  • Great time management, both of own and others’ time.
  • Highly organised and familiar with project management processes and software.
  • The ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys technology, almost to the point of it being a hobby, always learning and keeping up with web/tech developments.
Apply
Close

PHP DEVELOPER

The Company

We are an established and fast growing Creative Technology and Production business based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We’ve been in existence for over 7 years and have delivered over 100 projects in the last 18 months alone including work for the BBC, EE, Capitol Records and Aldi. We work direct to client and for and on behalf of multiple agencies (PR/Creative/Media/Content) and their clients.

We have a very sociable and positive working environment with many talented individuals and a great track record of delivering innovative technical solutions for prestigious clients both in the UK and internationally.

We recently won App of the year at the 2016 Prolific North Digital awards (for the second time in 2 years) and were short listed for small agency of the year.

The Role

We’re looking for a PHP developer to join our experienced team on a permanent basis.

The right person will thrive on the challenge of complex and innovative digital projects working across multiple platforms.

You’ll have a wide range of hands-on technical abilities, ideally combined with good communication skills and the determination to overcome whatever technical challenges arise along the way.

Most importantly, you will possess the motivation to take ownership of solutions and deliver great quality of work on time with minimal bugs.

The ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys technology, almost to the point of it being a hobby, and is always learning and keeping up with the latest web/tech developments.

Required Skills

  • Responsive website development
  • Experience with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
  • Experience with PHP & MySQL
  • Experience with WordPress theme development and as a content management framework
  • Experience with Linux as a command-line interface
  • Experience with code versioning e.g. Gitlab
  • Experience of Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience of using industry standard social APIs e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Maps.
  • An understanding of server side deployments
  • Diligence to comment your code as a courtesy for other developers to follow
  • Ability to be able to test the build and bug fix before handing over to the test team
  • Comfortable at writing own developer plans and hitting delivery deadlines
  • A minimum of 3 years digital agency experience (or equivalent)

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with writing custom WordPress plugins
  • Experience writing standards compliant code to WCAG 2.0
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics including the setting up of tracked actions
  • Experience with MVC JavaScript frameworks, such as Angular/React JS and new JavaScript standards such as ES6 & ES2016
  • CSS scripting frameworks (e.g. SASS/SCSS)
  • JavaScript task-runners (e.g. Grunt, Gulp, Bower, Node.js)
  • Advanced knowledge of PHP to build REST API applications
  • Ability to write technical specifications as required

Personal Qualities

  • Passionate about digital
  • Interest in new coding methods and the digital medium as a whole
  • Ability to work within a team of developers and be mentored by the senior developer team
  • Ability to build to scope instructions
  • Ability to make a positive input in Q&A meetings
  • Ability to work to deadlines & manage time effectively
  • Good communication skills to discuss technical solutions with fellow developers and the wider team
  • Pro-active in seeking help and advice from the wider project team when a blocker is identified
  • Ability to follow agency processes
  • Great attention to detail
  • Be a good trouble shooter
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and grow as a developer

Salary

Competitive Salary

We look forward to hearing from you soon…

Apply