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On behalf of my client, a Global Digital Media Agency based in Central London, I am looking for a Contract LAMP/PHP Developer for a Web-Services integration project. You will work within the main development team to build the interface layers/API’s to integrate with 3rd party Web Services. Previous web services experience is required (SOAP etc).

Key skills: PHP v5, LAMP, Linux, Apache, SQL databases, Web-Services, (SOAP etc), JavaScript, JQuery, CSS, HTML, DHTML. Also of benefit would be a background or exposure to social media applications as would experience with CMS Open Source Content Management Systems such as; Joomla, Magento, Drupal, WordPress etc, although this is definitely not essential.

Please contact Robin Carton : rjc@arcamresources.com or 01920 877111

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Scrum Master, ideally Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Agile Project Manager, high-transactional websites / E-Commerce, Broadcasting, Digital Media

On behalf of my client, a large Broadcaster, I am looking for a Scrum Master, Agile Project Manager to implement and coach Agile best practice across both on and off-shore development teams. As Scrum Master you will take responsibility for the planning and execution of software delivery using Agile principles with a demonstrable approach to using Agile methods, processes and activities. This will also incorporate formal project management to ensure projects are delivered to time-scales and expectations.

Required skills and experience:
 In depth knowledge of one or more Agile project management frameworks preferably Scrum
 Managing project dependencies across related work-streams within an Agile approach
 Solid communication skills both oral and written with the capacity of working with both business and technical stakeholders
 Ability to create a collaborate Agile approach within both on and off-shore development teams
 Solid coaching, mentoring and team leadership skills within an Agile approach
 Experience of the facilitation and leadership of workshops and the gathering and communicating of Agile metrics
 Agile mentoring and coaching skills

 Agile training certification:
 Certified ScrumMaster – minimum
 Certified Scrum Professional – preferred

This is an excellent opportunity within a large well known company within the Digital Media / Broadcasting space.

Contract Robin Carton – 01920 877111 or rjc@arcamresources.com

This is an excellent opportunity within a growing and ambitious company that is looking to float (options available) in the not too distant future.
Responsibilities
• Planning and executing technical projects that continually improve client offering and support new websites and products, including roll out across the portfolio of sites
• Estimating, scheduling, and determining resource allocation for software development tasks within the team – make outsourcing decisions where necessary – in order to meet the requirements and priorities of the business
• Providing management and leadership to the assigned development team, managing their tasks for effective delivery, mentoring, skills and career development, recruitment, performance management, etc.
• Ensuring that the assigned development team makes commitments it can stick to, delivering good quality software when promised. Provide good visibility of progress. Highlighting and addressing risks and issues. Giving the development team a clear direction and motivate team members.
• Implementing and consistently applying appropriate development practices (agreed with the CTO) to ensure technical quality
• Ensuring that the technical architecture of the development team’s solutions is sound, with appropriate consideration for performance, scalability, security, extensibility, support & maintenance, etc.
• Continuing to take responsibility for some hands-on development projects
• Ensuring a rapid response to support issues, providing appropriate advice and solutions in a timely manner.
• Working with third party technology providers to ensure successful integration with sites and services
Required Experience
• Previous experience in online development, working in a multi-website environments (currently 60+, looking to scale to c250 websites)
• Proven track record developing high volume, high performance web applications.
• Significant experience and an advanced level of competence working in each of the following is essential: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX, Linux Apache and XML
• Experience of the following is highly desirable: asp and vbscript, squid and reverse squid or similar, load balancing, linux administration, windows server administration, terminal services, PCI compliance
• Strong project management skills including estimation and requirements definition/evaluation.
• QA experience or a good understanding of QA processes
• Line management experience providing leadership to a team of high calibre technical individuals.
• Strong delivery focus and passion for quality and innovation; solution orientated with great problem solving skills; a highly motivated individual able to work flexibly in high-growth commercial environment
Please contact Robin Carton – rjc@arcamresouces.com or 01920 877111

On behalf of my client, a global digital media organisation, I am looking for a Senior Programme Manager for a Global Transformation Programme. You will be involved with building relationships across a Global executive community; typically at CEO, CIO and CTO level to define and drive forward a central Programme Management and PMO process alignment through the International Operations Group, taking into account business strategy and local objectives.

Once the Programme / PMO governance has been established, you will then take ownership of a large Global Portfolio of Programmes/Project under the evolving delivery mechanism. Ideally you will have experience of running and shaping Programmes across an International landscape and previously faced resistance to change, taking into account cultural, geographic and political challenges. A convergence of more traditional methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile would also be ideal and would previous experience of large Digital Media Programmes / Delivery.

Key words; Senior Programme Manager / PMO, Business Transformation, Global Change Programme Management, Digital Media, Business Process alignment, IT Process alignment.

Job Description – Programme Manager
On behalf of my client, a large Tier 1 Global Consultancy, I am looking for two Senior Programmes with a strong Business Transformation and financial services / banking backgrounds;
• Credit Cards and Payment Systems
• Core Banking Systems
• Corporate Banking
• Investment Banking
• Insurance
Main Job Purpose
 To take total accountability for planning, structuring, leading and executing programmes of high risk and complexity. Responsible for managing the programme team consisting of project management, business analysis and software development staff.
 Duties and Responsibilities
 Manage the programme’s budget on behalf of the programme director, monitoring the expenditures and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the programme progresses.
 Plan the programme and monitoring its overall progress, resolving issues and initiating corrective action as appropriate.
 Management and analysis of issues.
 Build, manage and motivate the Programme team.
 Ensure the delivery of new products or services from the projects is to the appropriate levels of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the programme plan.
 Be responsible for the quality assurance and overall integrity of the programme.
 Manage third party contributions to the programme as appropriate.
 Communicate with all stakeholders.
 Manage both the dependencies and the interfaces between projects.
 Manage the risks to the programme’s successful outcome.
 Report progress of the programme at regular intervals to the programme director.

Skills / Attributes Required
 A minimum of 8 years experience in Project / Programme Management using leading methodologies and processes.
 Experience of managing multiple parties including Senior Project Managers and third party vendors on high profile and technologically innovative enterprise solutions
 The ability to manage large teams (50-80) across multiple locations
 Prince 2 level training or equivalent.
 MS Project.
 Understand budgetary control and resource allocation procedures.
 Ability to create a sense of community amongst the disparate members of the programme teams.

Job description
Opportunity for a high calibre, Director-level candidate to join a Global Professional Services organisation operating at Group level and initiating and driving forward major transformation programmes. The successful applicant will be a proven operator at Senior Exec/Board level within major Financial and Banking organisations, and will have delivered big-ticket transformation with line and matrix responsibility for c100+ people.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and experience:
Delivery of major, technology enabled finance transformation programmes with budgets of £20+ M

Portfolio design and high-level strategy
Competent operator at Board-level within a Global Bank
Excellent opportunity to delivery high-impact programmes into a complex and challenging environments.

Please contact Robin Carton – rjc@arcamresources.com

On behalf of my client, a global digital media organisation, I am looking for a Senior Programme Manager for a Global Transformation Programme. You will be involved with building relationships across a Global executive community; typically at CEO, CIO and CTO level to define and drive forward a central Programme Management and PMO process alignment across the International Operating Group, taking into account business strategy and local objectives.

Once the Programme / PMO governance has been established, you will then take ownership of a large Global Portfolio of Programmes/Project under the evolving delivery mechanism. Ideally you will have experience of running and shaping Programmes across an International landscape and previously faced resistance to change, taking into account cultural, geographic and political challenges. A convergence of more traditional methodologies such as Waterfall and Agile would also be ideal and would previous experience of large Digital Media Programmes / Delivery.

Key words; Senior Programme Manager / PMO, Business Transformation, Global Change Programme Management, Digital Media, Business Process alignment, IT Process alignment.

This is an excellent opportunity within a growing and ambitious company that is looking to float (options available) in the not too distant future.

Responsibilities
• Planning and executing technical projects that continually improve client offering and support new websites and products, including roll out across the portfolio of sites
• Estimating, scheduling, and determining resource allocation for software development tasks within the team – make outsourcing decisions where necessary – in order to meet the requirements and priorities of the business
• Providing management and leadership to the assigned development team, managing their tasks for effective delivery, mentoring, skills and career development, recruitment, performance management, etc.
• Ensuring that the assigned development team makes commitments it can stick to, delivering good quality software when promised. Provide good visibility of progress. Highlighting and addressing risks and issues. Giving the development team a clear direction and motivate team members.
• Implementing and consistently applying appropriate development practices (agreed with the CTO) to ensure technical quality
• Ensuring that the technical architecture of the development team’s solutions is sound, with appropriate consideration for performance, scalability, security, extensibility, support & maintenance, etc.
• Continuing to take responsibility for some hands-on development projects
• Ensuring a rapid response to support issues, providing appropriate advice and solutions in a timely manner.
• Working with third party technology providers to ensure successful integration with sites and services

Required Experience
• Previous experience in online development, working in a multi-website environments (currently 60+, looking to scale to c250 websites)
• Proven track record developing high volume, high performance web applications.
• Significant experience and an advanced level of competence working in each of the following is essential: PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX, Linux Apache and XML
• Experience of the following is highly desirable: asp and vbscript, squid and reverse squid or similar, load balancing, linux administration, windows server administration, terminal services, PCI compliance
• Strong project management skills including estimation and requirements definition/evaluation.
• QA experience or a good understanding of QA processes
• Line management experience providing leadership to a team of high calibre technical individuals.
• Strong delivery focus and passion for quality and innovation; solution orientated with great problem solving skills; a highly motivated individual able to work flexibly in high-growth commercial environment

Please contact Robin Carton – rjc@arcamresouces.com or 01920 877111

Project Manager Vacancy

Roles & Responsibilities
As Project Manager you will manage a number of con-current technology projects undertaken for a variety of blue chip clients. You will be 50% project manager, 40% account manager and 10% mentor encouraging skill development within the delivery organisation.

Your involvement with the projects will begin early in the life-cycle, where you will be heavily involved in creating the technical and commercial proposals, and you will continue with the project through to its successful delivery to the client, and hopefully follow-up sales.

An essential part of the role will be the management of the client relationships where you will be the focal point for all client communications. This will require you to both think about the project at a high level while at the same time understanding the project at a detailed level.

You will work closely with the project’s Technical Manager to oversee the project on a day to day basis. With the support of the Technical Manager, you will apply the programme management methods, processes and tools needed to ensure that projects are correctly defined, planned, costed, resourced, and tracked. You will also be a mentor to the team, providing a sounding board and advice to help progress the project as needed.

Experience
The ideal candidate will be a commercially savvy experienced manager with a strong technical background and proven track record in a consultancy business. Experience of running highly distributed teams across multiple time zones would be a great advantage, as would experience of working on commercially based open source based projects.

Skills
• Full lifecycle project management, including: project planning, project monitoring, project reporting, and project financials
• Account management, including stakeholder management and commercial management of the engagement
• People management, including mentoring
• Developing and championing best practices
• Awareness of technology development from a conceptual to a practical level (e.g. in terms of testing, build and integration, and defect management), ideally in an open source environment
• Presentation and communication skills
• Problem solving skills and a delivery-focused attitude
• Planning and organisational skills
• Team building skills, especially the ability to motivate others and build team morale
• Interest and enthusiasm to use and learn new software packages, in particular open source solutions
• Familiarity with agile software development methodologies