Project Management Role

Please take a look at the details in the role description. If you are interested, just follow the link below to create a Skills Hive worker profile tailored to the role and we will be in touch!

Remember, the more information you add on the profile, the more we get to know about you. Pictures, links and videos of your work always make you stand out from the crowd.

Four easy steps 

  1. Read role description
  2. Create profile here
  3. Post your profile on our Facebook page here
  4. We’ll contact you

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Purpose of Role

Project managers ensure the project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone else is doing their job properly. Projects are usually separate to usual day-to-day business activities and require a group of people to work together to achieve a set of specific objectives. Project managers oversee the project to ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and the different interests involved are satisfied. 

 What we need from you

  • Create and deliver project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Identify resources and assign responsibilities.
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the project(s).
  • Work closely with relevant stake holders to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project(s).
  • Understand basic revenue models and profit/loss; meet financial objectives by forecasting requirements; analysing variances and initiating corrective actions.
  • Work with the project team to define and document questions, liaise with business to get new requirements and explain feasibility.
  • Submit project status reports to stakeholders; anticipate and reacts to change.

What you get

  • An excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.
  • Opportunity to learn new abilities, be a part of other creative projects and attend related events.
  • Opportunity to add projects to your portfolio.
  • Increase your personal and professional network.

Payment terms

Payment terms may vary according to the project taken. Make sure you have an adequate hourly rate on your profile and feel free to negotiate.

What to do next

  • Register on Skills Hive here to create a profile
  • Login to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update
  • Make sure you include “Project Management” in your skills tags
  • Let us know on our Facebook page here that you are available for the position

 

.NET Developers Needed

Please take a look at the details in the role description. If you are interested, just follow the link below to create a Skills Hive worker profile tailored to the role and we will be in touch!

Remember, the more information you add on the profile, the more we get to know about you. Pictures, links and videos of your work always make you stand out from the crowd.

Four easy steps 

  1. Read role description
  2. Create profile here
  3. Post your profile on our Facebook page here
  4. We’ll contact you

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Purpose of Role

We are looking for a .NET developer dedicated to your craft, writes code that you are proud of and can hit the ground running. We need you to write elegant, fast .NET to a high standard, in a timely and effective way.

You will be a part of a creative team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing application development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and launching.

 What we need

  • Write “clean”, well designed code
  • Produce detailed specifications
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices
  • Develop and deploy new features to facilitate related procedures and tools if necessary

What you get

  • An excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.
  • Expected to show developments and sketches and end with print ready products, whilst meeting businesses and customers to understandtheir objectives for assigned projects.
  • Experience in large scale web based projects would be a bonus
  • Availability to learn new and be a part of other creative projects attend some events.

Payment terms

Payment terms may vary according to the project taken. Make sure you have an adequate hourly rate on your profile and feel free to negotiate.

What to do next

  • Register on Skills Hive here to create a profile
  • Login to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update
  • Make sure you include “.NET” in your skills tags
  • Let us know on our Facebook page here that you are available for the position

 

C-sharp Developers Needed

Please take a look at the details in the role description. If you are interested, just follow the link below to create a Skills Hive worker profile tailored to the role and we will be in touch!

Remember, the more information you add on the profile, the more we get to know about you. Pictures, links and videos of your work always make you stand out from the crowd.

Four easy steps 

  1. Read role description
  2. Create profile here
  3. Post your profile on our Facebook page here
  4. We’ll contact you

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Purpose of Role

We are looking for a C-sharp developer dedicated to your craft, writes code that you are proud of and can hit the ground running. We need you to write elegant, fast C-sharp to a high standard, in a timely and effective way.

You will be a part of a creative team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing application development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and launching.

 What we need

  • Write “clean”, well designed code
  • Produce detailed specifications
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices
  • Develop and deploy new features to facilitate related procedures and tools if necessary

What you get

  • An excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.
  • Expected to show developments and sketches and end with print ready products, whilst meeting businesses and customers to understandtheir objectives for assigned projects.
  • Experience in large scale web based projects would be a bonus
  • Availability to learn new and be a part of other creative projects attend some events.

Payment terms

Payment terms may vary according to the project taken. Make sure you have an adequate hourly rate on your profile and feel free to negotiate.

What to do next

  • Register on Skills Hive here to create a profile
  • Login to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update
  • Make sure you include “C-sharp” in your skills tags
  • Let us know on our Facebook page here that you are available for the position

 

HTML5 Developers Needed

Please take a look at the details in the role description. If you are interested, just follow the link below to create a Skills Hive worker profile tailored to the role and we will be in touch!

Remember, the more information you add on the profile, the more we get to know about you. Pictures, links and videos of your work always make you stand out from the crowd.

Four easy steps 

  1. Read role description
  2. Create profile here
  3. Post your profile on our Facebook page here
  4. We’ll contact you

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Purpose of Role

We are looking for an HTML5 developer dedicated to your craft, writes code that you are proud of and can hit the ground running. We need you to write elegant, fast HTML5 to a high standard, in a timely and effective way.

You will be a part of a creative team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing application development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and launching.

 What we need

  • Write “clean”, well designed code
  • Produce detailed specifications
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices
  • Develop and deploy new features to facilitate related procedures and tools if necessary

What you get

  • An excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.
  • Expected to show developments and sketches and end with print ready products, whilst meeting businesses and customers to understandtheir objectives for assigned projects.
  • Experience in large scale web based projects would be a bonus
  • Availability to learn new and be a part of other creative projects attend some events.

Payment terms

Payment terms may vary according to the project taken. Make sure you have an adequate hourly rate on your profile and feel free to negotiate.

What to do next

  • Register on Skills Hive here to create a profile
  • Login to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update
  • Make sure you include “HTML5” in your skills tags
  • Let us know on our Facebook page here that you are available for the position

 

PHP Developers Needed

Please take a look at the details in the role description. If you are interested, just follow the link below to create a Skills Hive worker profile tailored to the role and we will be in touch!

Remember, the more information you add on the profile, the more we get to know about you. Pictures, links and videos of your work always make you stand out from the crowd.

Four easy steps 

  1. Read role description
  2. Create profile here
  3. Post your profile on our Facebook page here
  4. We’ll contact you

================================= 

Purpose of Role

We are looking for a PHP developer dedicated to your craft, writes code that you are proud of and can hit the ground running. We need you to write elegant, fast PHP to a high standard, in a timely and effective way.

You will be a part of a creative team that is responsible for all aspects of the ongoing application development from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and launching.

 What we need

  • Write “clean”, well designed code
  • Produce detailed specifications
  • Troubleshoot, test and maintain the core product and databases to ensure strong optimization and functionality
  • Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • Follow industry best practices
  • Develop and deploy new features to facilitate related procedures and tools if necessary

What you get

  • An excellent opportunity to grow and learn, gain hands-on experience and have fun with a dynamic young team of creative people.
  • Expected to show developments and sketches and end with print ready products, whilst meeting businesses and customers to understandtheir objectives for assigned projects.
  • Experience in large scale web based projects would be a bonus
  • Availability to learn new and be a part of other creative projects attend some events.

Payment terms

Payment terms may vary according to the project taken. Make sure you have an adequate hourly rate on your profile and feel free to negotiate.

What to do next

  • Register on Skills Hive here to create a profile
  • Login to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update
  • Makesure you include “PHP” in your skills tags
  • Let us know on our Facebook page here that you are available for the position

 

App Developer?

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE DETAIL IN THIS JOB DESCRIPTION

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED JUST FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO CREATE A SKILLS HIVE WORKER PROFILE TAILORED TO THE ROLE AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH!…

REMEMBER TO ADD A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDUSTRY AND WHY YOU WOULD BE GREAT FOR THE ROLE TO MAKE SURE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

register on Skills Hive here to create a profile

log in to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update

make sure you include “App Development”, “Ember” or “Ruby” in your skills tags

Purpose of Job

Join an existing project team to support our client in the development of their medical training app.

– Design and develop automated testing suite

– Oversee successful testing in the field

– Ensure delivery of gated feature releases

– Leverage capability of existing app development frameworks

You need to

– Be able to work flexibly within a collaborative team

– Apply an entrepreneurial mindset to problem solving

– Be skilled in Ember and/or Ruby on Rails development environments

– Demonstrate the ability to think creatively to deliver elegant coding solutions

You will get

– to work within a fun and fast paced team to deliver an exciting client project in a growth sector

– potential for further project work based on results and fit with team culture

Payment Terms

– paid per individual task within the project negotiable with project manager

 

Ready to Join The New World of Work?

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How graduates can Successfully Bridge the Gap between University and Work Life 

The competition in today’s market place for graduates is fierce. So how can you differentiate yourself from the competition?

 The most common problems faced by graduates in the UK are:

  • A lack of opportunities in a highly competitive job market.
  • Having to work for free even though you have just left university with serious debt. This prospect is even more difficult to swallow considering the increased tuition fees.
  • Being labeled too inexperienced.
  • Being told you don’t have the right skills for the job.

Employers want graduates that demonstrate initiative. In the UK employers are struggling to find graduates with the skills they are looking for. Recent surveys have suggested that employers are demanding ’soft skills’ from graduates such as the capacity to work in a team structure, make decisions, solve problems, planning, and organisation. Employers find that it’s much easier to teach an applicant the technical skills that come along with a certain job. However, they find that trying to correct a lifetime of bad habits is much, much harder.

My Story…

In June 2013 I graduated from the University of Exeter with a Geography degree. Prior to this point I had always worked in the summer to earn money to help fund my way through university but I had never done an internship. I followed the conventional route as many people do by purely studying for my degree and making sure I achieved good grades. I didn’t give much thought to what I might do after finishing university in terms of a career. So in September 2013 I took an unpaid internship with an energy consultancy company in London to gain experience with the hope that I would land a full-time paid position at the end of it, which to my credit I did. During my internship I spent 3 months commuting from home, which involved a 2-hour train journey each way. The internship ended up costing me money.

At the end of March 2015, I quit from my position as a Carbon & Sustainability Consultant. I realised I had been ushered on to a career path that wasn’t my own and so I decided to take the leap and be true to myself by pursuing my interests.

Laid-Off-Packing-Up-Office

A changing employment landscape that opens doors to the new

So how can you sensibly navigate your way from university in to work that matters to you. Is there an alternative to the conventional system of getting an internship to develop experience and skills?

The answer is yes. The world of work is changing. Let’s take a look at how:

  • We are witnessing a noticeable shift away from institutions to collaborations. Individuals are much more empowered than we have ever been due to the technological revolution which has granted us the power of the internet to connect. And connection creates value.
  • People have lost faith in institutions owing to the financial meltdown a few years ago. The idea that companies will take care of us is becoming an outdated concept.
  • Business models are changing as a result of environmental and economic factors beyond our control including the technological revolution and changing consumer behaviour. Enterprises must constantly evaluate and change their business models to survive.
  • Businesses are becoming more agile and flexible in the way they operate.
  • Since the economy has picked up we are seeing a growth of start-ups which present new opportunities for graduates.

What does this changing employment landscape mean for you?

You need to think of yourself as a business model. In order to remain competitive, businesses must adapt in the changing environment they operate in, and so must you. You must identify how you operate and then adapt your approach to fit changing environments. In this new world of work, you as individuals need to be able to answer this fundamental question: Where can I provide value?

In the context of a changing world of work, you need to adapt your strategy to avoid the common pitfalls mentioned earlier. Nowadays you don’t need the resources of an institution to develop useful skills and generate value. Identify where your interests lie and figure out what the growing trends are so you can develop the skills required through self-directed learning and collaboration. This will build value, demonstrate initiative and help you determine where your strengths can be usefully applied. I would suggest following these steps:

1. Become a value creator

You don’t need to follow instructions given within institutions to generate value. What valuable skills could you learn? There is a range of online resources available to help you develop skills at little or no cost. Good places to start would be Skillshare, General Assembly and Udacity.

2. Initiate self-directed projects

What projects could you initiate to develop skills, experience and knowledge in areas that interest you? It is now easier than ever to create your own website and blog. I’m interested in social enterprise and the development field more widely and I write about the new world of social enterprise via my blog The Social Enterprise Revolution. I have used this as a tool to develop my research, writing and interviewing skills. It also acts as a platform to connect with like-minded people. In the new world of work, this approach is key because it demonstrates ‘proactivity’ rather than ‘reactivity’, and employers want to see initiative.

3. Collaborate with others through flexible working

Working with other people will be a fundamental part of this journey. Initiating your own independent projects is important but you will become even more valuable by working with others. Skills Hive is a great platform for graduates and undergraduates to connect with businesses and work on interesting projects that promote skill development and experience. By working with others you’ll grasp an understanding of where your strengths can be most usefully applied in a commercial work environment as well as gaining useful skills and experience. What skills can you bring to the table?

4. Build connections and networks

By working on projects with others you will automatically develop professional relationships and expand your network. This will be essential to finding a job you really want – hunt people not jobs. Unfortunately most people find jobs through people they know. Attending events is another way of exposing you to new networks. Websites like meet up, eventbrite, and lanyrd are good places to start.

Start-A-Business-And-Keep-Your-Day-Job-For-Now

Be bold and start now!

To achieve your ambitions and to avoid the common pitfalls of many graduates you need to change your mind-set. I would urge you to be different. Show initiative, start your own projects and collaborate with others. The world is waiting.

What will you initiate?

(Thanks to Jonny Thomson for writing this insightful post based on his own experiences in the new world of work)

Resilience – Survival of the Adapted?

In the 1950s, a young man enrolled in a public speaking course “not to prevent my knees from knocking when public speaking, but to do public speaking while my knees are knocking.”

Buffett_&_Obama

That young man was Warren Buffet, now one of the world’s richest (and clearly influential!) men. The course was a Dale Carnegie (author of the multi-million bestseller ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People) public speaking course and the investment was $100.

Warren Buffet has many admirable qualities and a number of habits that contribute to his enormous financial success. My personal belief is that a crucial aspect of his success is his adaptability over his many years in business and, in turn, his resilience.

Resilience has become something of a popular topic in recent years, discussed in the contexts of governments and policy-making, organisational change, business, entrepreneurship and of course that of the individual.

The two definitions in the Oxford Dictionary of resilience are:

–      The ability of a substance or object to bounce back into shape; elasticity.

–      The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Adaptability, therefore, is intrinsic to resilience and ipso facto, as I think most of us would find it hard to dispute, resilience is crucial for an individual’s survival. As individuals make up organisations, communities and countries and the Skills Hive community, I want to focus my attention on the individual in this article.

Let’s face it, a large number of us have had to dig deep since 2008, during what is now aptly-called the Great Recession. Lasting far longer than originally predicted, those individuals who have survived – thrived even – are the ones with the most ability to bounce back and adapt.

I appreciate that adaptability is only one aspect of a set of survival skills and that our survival is of course dependant on a number of external as well as internal factors. However, for the purposes of this article and its usefulness to you as the reader, I’m going to concentrate on this skill.

In their award-winning book ‘Why Change Doesn’t Work’, clinical psychologist Harvey Robbins and journalist Michael Finley provide practical and proven methods for managers to work with human nature, not against it. Too often this has not been the method for effecting change, whether by governments or organisations. They would assert this is why change doesn’t (usually) work.

To develop and use the internal forces that help overcome adversity and challenges, we need to build capability and competence. It would be wonderful if we could simply adapt and gain the knowledge and skills we need to acquire with a simple wave of a magic wand. Unfortunately, we don’t. People need training and education which then has to be put into practice over a period of time to build that capability and competence.

If we embrace what The Royal Society of Arts and Manufacture (RSA) call the ‘power to create’, a model of change that starts from people taking action, we don’t necessarily need to feel victims of the whims and vagaries of politicians and economists. As Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of The RSA discusses (RSA Journal Issue 2 2014):

“The power to create identifies the possibility of a tipping point, where it becomes possible to realistically aspire to all people being able to live creative lives. The tipping point results from changes in human capability and appetite, in the technological transformation wrought by the web, and in the growing demand from employers and the state for, respectively, creative workers and citizens.”

Yes, technology and its rapid development has had a dramatic impact on us, our workplaces and our homes, particularly the internet over the past 10 to 15 years, and increasingly so with mobile technology. Cultures and borders are less distinct and more accessible as we become more and more interconnected and networked. We are being forced to train ourselves to a great degree in these new systems and we are having to adapt rapidly.

There are many benefits to be derived to living in an age of ever and faster evolving technology, but there are of course challenges and risks.

A quote from the Executive Summary of McKinsey Global Institute’s paper published in May 2013 entitled ‘Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business and the global economy’ puts it very well:-

‘Business leaders can’t wait until evolving technologies are having these effects to determine which developments are truly big things. They need to understand how the competitive advantages on which they have based strategy might erode or be enhanced a decade from now by emerging technologies – how technologies might bring them new customers or force them to defend their existing bases or inspire them to invent new strategies.”

Combine that sound advice with that of The RSA’s ‘power to create’ principle: that we don’t have to wait for appointed ‘leaders’ at work or in our communities.

Whether employees in large organisations, leaders of businesses (small, medium or large!) or as self-employed freelance workers, in the context of your choosing. Much like Warren Buffet did in his 20s, when he attended Dale Carnegie’s public speaking course, you and I can effect change by taking action.

An iterative process, much like that of Agile software development, enabling us to adapt and learn, train and educate ourselves along the way. We can build our capacity and capability ‘ongoingly’, for the benefit of our products & services, ourselves and of course our clients and customers.

Lynda Russell-Whitaker – Guest Post for Skills Hive

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/lynda-russell-whitaker/0/417/169

Twitter: @lynthain

 

Well, that’s 2014 done!

2014

So, as we ease down the pace a little for the Christmas break we may have a little time to reflect on the year that was 2014, what went well, what not-so-well? What did we learn that will help make 2015 a year to remember?

There were some really interesting trends and unusual phenomena this year!

The #IceBucketChallenge

A truly viral internet sensation that swept the world. Raising awareness of a little known disease and raising huge amounts of money for research. Skills Hive’s Maria Kamburova wrote an in depth post exploring the phenomenon and what we can learn from it from a communications standpoint.

mnda

DID YOU KNOW? – The challenge is still on! It’s not just about cooling down by the pool mid summer! http://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/donations/Christmas+Appeal/christmas-appeal-2014

 

Black Friday

We found out just last month how the Brits do Thanksgiving! When presented with a time limited consumer offer what do we do? KICK OFF!

KICKOFF

Clearly not something to be proud of but none-the-less a fascinating phenomenon that has rather soured what could have been a really positive boost for the British economy, as well as an opportunity for consumers to further leverage their web based control over global brands. Yes, they are trying to drive us all to a purchase but they are now forced to listen and act on what we say about them. Open online communications mean we will always have more control over their brand perception than they do!

But in some ways the Black Friday phenomenon is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s another example of how the internet and online marketing communications can influence behaviour on a massive scale.

 

Ebola Outbreak

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If there’s one thing we didn’t want to see go viral it’s Ebola! There still seems to be less information  about the impact of this potential epidemic than anything else on the web. Hopefully it is just because crisis is being successfully averted. One positive we can take from this I suppose is that, when it hits the fan, nations around the world can work together as equals to deal with shit that needs sorting out! Not just protecting own borders but getting out to Africa and helping deal with the root of the problem they face, proper collaboration. I am sure there is still more to do, maybe there will be a people driven awareness campaign in 2015?

Relentless Tech Acceleration

As in 2013, the pace of change in the world of technology continues to accelerate. In business, acquisitions of brands we have barely heard of by other brands we have t-shirts older than take place for fiscal numbers we didn’t even know existed! (Yes I’m talking about Facebook buying WhatsApp but there are other examples!)

physics

What fascinates me is the amount of press coverage science has received this year, especially astrophysics and space exploration. I often state that I read science fiction because I find it more relevant and inspiring than business literature, so this trend seems to me a reassuring acknowledgement that as a species we need to invest heavily in areas that previously seemed too speculative. Let’s hope Governments and businesses make leaps forward to try new things that could address the challenges our planet faces in the not too distant future be they environmental, economic, social or all of the above!

 

So what is it about 2014 that gives you a sense of achievement?

For Skills Hive it has been about becoming a real change agent in the world of business, in particular…

Team building

We continue to build the community of workers, involving them in events, training and project work that meet their needs. One guy in particular has become a key player in the development of Skills Hive this year, International MBA Student Sifei Ma, a big thanks to you Sifei!

Training

Feedback from our workshops show we are really helping to empower and inspire people to tune into their talents and use online tools to attract the right sort of work opportunities for them. Simple guidelines that help tell your personal story in an engaging way and demonstrate your skills, knowledge and general way of thinking.

Consultancy

Having helped deliver a number of EU funded business support projects we have been invited to Brussels to talk about our unique model. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about sustainable business from the standpoint of flexible working.

Project Management

As well as delivering a number of smaller tech and marketing projects for clients, we completed the second Take Your Shot program for Sony and Slenky. This activity has really started to attract attention, Manchester Metropolitan University even wrote a case study on our collaborative model as a demonstration of innovative 21st century business.

“For Sony, the project can be viewed as an extension of the corporation’s own human resource while at the micro level numerous small organisations and individuals interact in a dynamic network to deliver.”

We’re really looking forward to sharing our plans for 2015 with you and hearing about yours. For now why not tell us about your 2014 highlights?…

Project Assistant

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE DETAIL IN THIS JOB DESCRIPTION

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED JUST FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO CREATE A SKILLS HIVE WORKER PROFILE TAILORED TO THE ROLE AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH!…

REMEMBER TO ADD A VIDEO TALKING ABOUT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDUSTRY AND WHY YOU WOULD BE GREAT FOR THE ROLE TO MAKE SURE YOU STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

– register on Skills Hive here to create a profile

– log in to Skills Hive here if you already have a profile to update

– make sure you include “Project Management”, “Marketing” and “Web development” in your skills tags

Purpose of Job

This is a Project Management role with marketing and web development elements

– Assist in delivery of a range of new client projects

– Help PM building virtual teams to cover skills requirements

– Provide assistance for PM to deliver results based on multiple stakeholder agendas

– Work to a brief and manage communications to ensure clarity of scope

You need to

– Be able to lead a team in a collaborative way

– Have excellent communication skills

– Be skilled in organising tasks and monitoring progress to hit deadlines

– Have an agile approach to resolving problems

– Understand principles of marketing and web development

You will get

– Opportunities to work with large brands

Payment Terms

– Day rate dependent on level of experience following trial period