Jez McKean, BSc (Hons)


An enthusiastic full-stack web developer, with a leaning towards the front-end, and a focus on the UX. Primarily using Vue.js/Nuxt.js, SCSS-powered styling with Laravel and other PHP frameworks.
Experienced in the whole system lifecycle; requirement analysis, specification, development, testing, user and server support, and maintenance.

Professional Skills

JavaScript coding including Vue.js, jQuery, AJAX, JSON, ES6.
CSS development, including Sass (SCSS) and responsive design implementation using various frameworks including Foundation and Bootstrap.
Hybrid Mobile App Development (PhoneGap/Cordova).
Advanced Object Oriented (OO) PHP development, including the use of a variety of MVC frameworks.
XML API creation and integration.
Advanced MySQL: database architecture design, maintenance and advanced querying.
Interaction design. User Experience (UX), flow-based development.
git, Jira. MS Office power user.
*nix server maintenance. Bash scripting.
Some experience with ASP, C/C++/C#, Java and Python.
Learning Node.js.

Employment

Utilita, Chandler’s Ford

Senior Developer: May 2017 – Jun 2018

Joint lead development of various MVC Laravel website / web-tool projects. SCSS, JS.

Lead developer of a Vue.js/Cordova hybrid app and an Alexa skill (Node.js) for customers.

Principal Developer: Jun 2018 – Present

Continued development of the hybrid app, including adding payment capabilities, getting to 275k customers and winning the Best App prize in the uSwitch Energy Awards 2020 and the 2020 Southern Tech 100 ‘Best Use of Technology’ prize from The Business Magazine.

Selection of tech stack for various projects. Mentoring/assisting team members.

Creating a Vue.js/Nuxt.js-based Progressive Web App (PWA) and its Laravel API backend to replace the traditional web ‘customer portal’ with a leading-edge version with improved performance and better UX overall.

Profound, Winchester

Senior PHP Developer: Jun 2015 – May 2017

Full-stack developer. AngularJS & SCSS for PhoneGap/Cordova hybrid mobile app development. Custom PHP development. WordPress builds & maintenance, including plugin creation, selection & configuration. Colleague training and support.

Remarkable Group, Winchester

Head Web Developer: Apr 2013 – Jun 2015

Full-stack developer. Concrete5 CMS builds and theme & addon development, WordPress builds & maintenance, including plugin creation, selection & configuration. Site administration and client training. In-house CMS setup/theming/administration. Stand-alone static sites creation (primarily front-end CSS/JS builds). Debian/Centos Server administration. Apache & PHP configuration. MySQL administration. JIRA and Confluence installation and administration. Domain name purchase and DNS administration.

Powder Blue Ltd, Winchester

Senior Web Developer: Aug 2008 – Apr 2013

Development of complex yet usable business systems (covering staff tasks, rotas, CRM etc) both from scratch and building on existing code. Various holiday booking (accommodation, flights, activities, equipment hire, etc) websites, many of which had 2-way interaction with third party systems. Maintenance and support for various legacy systems. Trained new staff, management of junior staff. Internal systems development. Client relations and support.

Bitopia Ltd, St Helens

Web App Developer: Oct 2006 – Jul 2008

Lead Developer of a multitude of websites, corporate intranets and online business management systems. Before leaving I did the initial development of a web-based application for Brookes Bell Ltd using ExtJS.

Earlier Employment

Carbon360 Ltd, Liverpool

Founder Director: Sep 2004 – Oct 2006 

Sole Developer of varied web applications providing market forecasting and discussion services, email/SMS carbon price-movement notifications, and the company websites including blog, wiki and a Google Maps ‘mash-up’.

AgentLink
(via the University of Liverpool)

Co-Lead Developer: Aug 2004 – Sep 2004

(using Java) working as part of a small team on a six week project commissioned by the EC continuing the development of Agent Technology by creating a model used to study the varying diffusion of technology/information through a network. This led to a separate four week project in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Hallmark Cards,
Henley-on-Thames

Planner Apr 2001 – Sep 2001 

Designing the flow and layout of card displays in shops nationwide.

École de Neige, Tremblant,
QC, Canada

Snowboard Instructor: Feb 2001 – Apr 2001

Teaching and guiding students aged 6 and upwards.

Aon UK, Henley-on-Thames

Repair Controller: Sep 2000 – Dec 2000 

Oversaw progress of motor-accident repairs. Also created spreadsheets to continually monitor repairers’ efficiency.

River & Rowing Museum,
Henley-on-Thames

Visitor Assistant: Nov 1999 – May 2000 

Including security and computer administration & training.

Publications

J. McKean, H. Shorter, M. Luck, P. McBurney and S. Willmott, Technology diffusion: analysing the diffusion of agent technologiesAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 17(2), 2008. doi: 10.1007/s10458-008-9052-y
More information at http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jez_Mckean

Freelance

Part-time web design and development as “jazzle.co.uk” from 1999 to 2018.

Education

University of Liverpool, 2.1 BSc (Hons) in Computer Information Systems, 2001-2004

Shiplake College, 3 A-Levels in IT, Maths and CDT, 1999-2001

St Edward’s School, Oxford, 10 GCSEs in English, English Literature, Maths, CDT, French, German, Latin, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, 1996-1999

Achievements

  • Professional Diploma in UX Design from UX Design Institute (2019).
  • Management certificates in both Kaizen and Standard Operations from Learn Direct.
  • First Aid certificate from British Red Cross (2013), Appointed Person (first aid) certificate from British Red Cross (2008), Emergency Aid in the Workplace certificate from Kays Medical.
  • Snowboard Instructor, Level 1 from CASI/ACMS.
  • School Prefect, CCF RAF Corporal, intra-county Public Speaking Competition participant, School Newspaper Sub-Editor, School Magazine Founder.

Selected Interests

  • UX
    • of all things, not just tech
  • Future of energy
    • Generation (e.g. tidal and solar)
    • Storage (powerwalls, microgrids)
  • Technology
    • Internet of Things
    • Electric Vehicles
    • AR/VR