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Aaron Shakeshaft

Aaron Shakeshaft

Senior Consultant

shakey@orbisconsultants.com 0203 854 0025
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Originally from Bridgend in South Wales, I moved to London in June 2016 to begin my life in the big city.

My background is as a Primary School teacher, but soon after graduation I headed over to Byron Bay, Australia where I had a rugby contract. There, I had a job as a travel agent and loved the buzz of a sales related role, talking to interesting people and helping them with their plans.

This lead me into recruitment where there is a buzz is electric and I'm talking to people constantly. Here at Orbis I work on the Development Desk working with mainly back-end developers, DevOps, Big Data Developers, Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists.

Outside of work I am a keen rugby player, playing both 7's and 15's, along with hunting for the best burger in London!

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My experience of working with Aaron was exceptional. From initial contact to successfully placing me into my current BI Role, he supported me in getting the job according to my terms. He went above and beyond to ensure I was prepared for interviews and provided an approachable but professional service. Highly recommended and I am really impressed with his professionalism.
Thanks Aaron!

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Posted 13 days ago

Lead UX Designer

London, United Kingdom

Lead UX Designer - Up to £90,000 + great benefits! A leading Fintech start up is building technology to revolutionise banking. Their mission is to bring Machine Learning and Big Data to the world of personal finance and in doing so, provide a beautiful and intuitive user experience. They are a hard-working, fun-loving bunch that have grown from a lean mean start-up of a dozen engineers to over fifty in the past couple of years. Requirements: The team are looking for a Lead UX designer to work in its application team. The application team is a tight knit group, of developers, designers and user testing. You will be the main UX person in the group. It is essential you are used to working closely with engineering teams on internal projects. The ability to construct wireframe screens against a given brief, and are comfortable with the peer review process used at Thought Machine for all our work. This is a hands-on role, hence you need to be comfortable with creating all the UX work yourself, and be proficient in all the tools required. About you: Experience as a Senior User Experience designer, UX Lead or within the mobile app space Experience in working with a tech company (rather than say purely an agency background). Proven commercial experience in having designed apps which have shipped (ie not just concepts). Thorough knowledge of design principles and patterns on web, iOS and Android Strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS Front end development experience would be an advantage - particularly React and React Native Knowledge of the banking sector.

Posted 19 days ago

Full Stack/Golang Developer

This company is the leading source of intelligent information for the world's businesses and professionals, providing customers with competitive advantage. Intelligent information is a unique synthesis of human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology that provides decision-makers with the knowledge to act, enabling them to make better decisions faster. They deliver this must-have insight to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. Position: Lead Software Developer – Full stack Main Responsibilities / Accountabilities: Writes new software, makes modifications to existing software, or integrates software applications and modules in accordance with specifications, created in partnership with others Contributes to the creation of ux design. May lead the design of less complex components. May provide technical support (not out of hours) to operations or other development teams. Creates, reviews, and maintains all required technical documentation/ manual related to assigned software to ensure supportability and reuse. Assists in identification and implementation of short-term and long-term solution options, including risk assessments. Assists with improvements to prevent problems, including problem resolution workflow. Participates in project planning sessions with team members to analyze development requirements, Provides design options, and provide work breakdown and estimates of work. Provides work breakdown and estimates for small software development tasks. Provides timely status updates for areas of individual responsibilities within projects to supervisor Actively participates in team and status meetings. Demonstrates software as requested Develops software using disciplined software development processes, adhering to team/company standards and software best practice guidelines, and corporate policies. Qualifications Essential Skills & Experience: Is fully competent in more than one programming languages, software engineering methodologies, software development tools. Strong experience of cloud infrastructure like Amazon Web Services (AWS). Especially technologies such as EC2, S3, Kubernetes, Docker and Elastic Search Experience in delivering scalable distributed computing with fault tolerance Expert skills and experience working in Go, Scala, Python and NodeJS. Unix environment and Bash scripting RESTful API design and implementation and messaging system experience Knowledge of TCP/IP networking and network protocols Strong understanding of Algorithms and Data Structures Experience with version control systems (Git) Experience of unit testing, code management tools and design tools. Keeps up to date with latest emerging technologies and never afraid to rewrite existing components to use Good written and oral communication skills Strong problem solving capabilities Desired Skills and Experience: Experience in Blockchain technologies, P2P and smart contracts Experience of financial markets, OTC derivatives, contracts etc Experience of cryptography such has public key encryption, KMI Relational and NoSQL database technologies Front-end web development skills: HTML5/CSS, Javascript DevOps experience: configuration management, containers, virtualization, continuous integration Open source advocacy and participation Education/ Certifications: Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science or closely related discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Posted about 1 month ago

Principal UX Researcher

New York , United States

Principal UX Researcher New York, New York As a part of the User Experience Research (UXR) & Insights team within Enterprise Digital & Analytics, you’ll be responsible for uncovering and translating user needs that drive customer-centered design solutions. That right candidate will have a deep knowledge of user research, Design Thinking, and a proven track record of successfully consulting and partnering with Product Owners, Designers, and wider stakeholders. Primary responsibilities: Transform ideas, business opportunities, and creative vision into desirable outcomes for our users – establishing user needs and goals. Consult with Product Owners and Designers to determine their insight needs, make appropriate recommendations - and craft research plans that align with the product road map. End-to-end responsibility for leading a portfolio of research projects. From identifying the appropriate methods to get the data; to establishing timelines and dependencies; to conducting the research itself, and delivering the results in a compelling way. Leading both generative and evaluative research - from rapid iterative usability testing, to a combination of more in-depth methods, to drive product development and improvement. Working in a hybrid model, where research may be undertaken directly by the UXR team, in partnership with a vendor, or delivered by a 3rd party, but lead by you. Synthesize learning across projects, integrate with other functions (e.g. Analytics) and lead socialisation of findings. Drive (and contribute to) the continuous improvement of the UXR practice and research techniques, as we build the maturity of our function, mentoring both peers and junior colleagues Work across multiple markets to identify global solutions, across all stages of the customer life cycle. May involve line management or contractor management responsibility. Qualifications Undergraduate or Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Interaction Design, Computer/Information Science, or similar; or equivalent practical experience 7+ years of UX Research / Digital Interaction experience with consumer facing digital products, websites and mobile experiences is highly desired Proven experience in identifying research needs, matching those needs to research methods, and aligning approach with overall business strategy

Posted about 1 month ago

Senior UX Designer

London, United Kingdom E14 5FA, United States

The Role / Responsibilities: The User Experience Architect is a highly skilled practitioner responsible for the design and delivery of exceptional end user experiences. This individual exhibits a strong grasp of the user-centered design methodology to provide innovative solutions that meet business goals and support customer needs. The User Experience Architect collaborates closely with user experience team members, product strategists and stakeholders to understand business goals and translate those goals into compelling experiences. The User Experience Architect works in a diverse, multi-disciplinary environment on user experience design activities throughout the product development lifecycle, often with numerous design initiatives occurring concurrently. This individual is exposed to a range of opportunities and responsibilities. Designs the overall look and feel of visual and interactive user interfaces for multi-featured strategic product initiatives Contributes to collaboration with product strategists and stakeholders to determine and document detailed requirements Guides other user experience team members by delegating clearly communicated tasks and providing constructive feedback Leads the creation of wireframes, visual designs, flow charts, site-maps and detailed specifications Leads the creation of prototypes to validate design concepts with stakeholders and customers Contributes to the creation of a pattern library Participates in the definition of overall design process Offers new ideas advancing user-friendliness, efficiency, and design Skills: Strong passion for innovative designs that optimize customer efficiency and engagement Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage time Self-accountability for meeting a high standard of excellence Ability to confidently present design solutions and to accept or provide constructive feedback Excellent oral, written and presentation skills Detail-oriented self-starter with ability to work independently and as part of a team Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or similar required, advanced degree preferred 10+ years of experience as a User Experience Designer of web and mobile user interfaces Skilled practitioner with expertise in the design, production and presentation of user interface designs that supports the needs of the customer Ability to communicate abstract concepts to audiences that are not skilled in a UX discipline In-depth knowledge of user-centered design patterns and methodologies Comfort with ambiguity, complexity and passion for challenges Expert knowledge of design tools such as Adobe CS, Axure, HTML, CSS * Experience in financial environment preferred!

Posted about 1 month ago

Lead UX Researcher

30-31 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4EX, United Kingdom

As a part of the User Experience Research (UXR) & Insights team within Enterprise Digital & Analytics, you’ll be responsible for uncovering and translating user needs that drive customer-centered design solutions. That right candidate will have a deep knowledge of user research, Design Thinking, and a proven track record of successfully consulting and partnering with Product Owners, Designers, and wider stakeholders. Primary responsibilities: Transform ideas, business opportunities, and creative vision into desirable outcomes for our users – establishing user needs and goals Consult with Product Owners and Designers to determine their insight needs, make appropriate recommendations - and craft research plans that align with the product roadmap End-to-end responsibility for a portfolio of research projects. From identifying the appropriate methods to get the data; to establishing timelines and dependencies; to conducting the research itself, and delivering the results in a compelling way Delivering both generative and evaluative research - from rapid iterative usability testing, to a combination of more in-depth methods, to drive product development and improvement Working in a hybrid model, where research may be undertaken directly by the UXR team, in partnership with a vendor, or delivered by a 3rd party, but managed by you Synthesize learnings across projects, integrate with other functions (e.g. Analytics) and lead socialization of findings Contribute to continuous improvement of UXR practice and research techniques, as we build the maturity of our function Work across multiple markets to identify global solutions, across all stages of the customer lifecycle Qualifications Required skills: Degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Interaction Design, Computer/Information Science, or similar; or equivalent practical experience Significant UX Research / Digital Interaction experience with consumer facing digital products, websites and mobile experiences Proven experience in identifying research needs, matching those needs to research methods, and aligning approach with overall business strategy Experience conducting research using of a range of qualitative methods and related tools, from usability testing and contextual inquiry; to remote testing (with UserZoom or Qualtrics); to focus groups, card sorting, participatory design, ethnography, etc. Track record of delivering Usability testing: moderating (1 on 1), screener creation, test plan creation, debriefing, facilitation, and presentation of results and recommendations Experience facilitating workshops on topics such as design thinking, rapid prototyping, and empathy + journey mapping Ability to synthesize multiple insights to arrive at recommendations that deliver customer-focused outcomes for the organization, and communicate them effectively to Product Owners and Designers Ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional partners to drive multiple research projects at pace and scale Strong communication, presentation, influencing and relationship-building skills Comfortable working independently, and as part of a larger specialist team, being managed virtually/remotely across multiple locations and time zones. Can demonstrate experience adapting to change, and be able to hit the ground running

Posted about 2 months ago

Senior UX Researcher

New York , United States

Senior User Experience Researcher - Global Information and technology company! The UX Research team answers the driving questions posed by our designers and product teams. We evaluate early stage concepts to help establish direction and assess the effectiveness of products as they are being adopted. As practice experts, we mentor UX designers in their research efforts. We evangelize the value of UX research and thoughtful design through session observations, presentations and lab tours, and outreach to the larger UX community. Our mission is to make the complex, simple. The role: UX Researchers are responsible for leading qualitative user research initiatives that inform critical decisions for current and future products. They work closely with cross-product teams to design and execute exploratory field studies with users and subject-matter experts. They plan, recruit for, and conduct usability analyses in our state-of-the-art usability lab, in the field, or using remote tools. They draw upon years of experience conducting user research and their knowledge of design principles to conduct various types of usability inspections -- identifying key issues that are likely to arise within and across our products. Desired: Work collaboratively with project stakeholders (product managers, interaction and visual designers, engineers, sales) to define research goals and create research plans Conduct client-site, lab-based, guerilla-style, or remote interviews Conduct usability inspection methods (heuristic evaluations, cognitive walkthroughs, etc.) on various products Conduct online research (surveys, card sorts, tree tests, remote usability tests, etc.) Review usage statistics to inform qualitative research Required: Demonstrated ability to design and execute exploratory field studies, usability inspections, and lab studies 5+ years of experience in user experience research in an business setting Superior verbal and written presentation skills to communicate clear, concise findings and actionable recommendations to designers, engineers, project managers, and executives. Working knowledge of recording / logging tools such as Ovo Studios, Morae, Camtasia, etc. B.S. in Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Interaction Design, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field is preferred; M.S. or Ph.D. is highly desired. Flexibility to travel (10%), including internationally Portfolio: Please note that our application requires a portfolio submission. Make sure to provide us with a link to your portfolio or a pdf when you apply. Your portfolio should include deliverables that display your mastery of methodologies. Ideally you would have something to show how you helped conceive a product or service (Persona, User Journey, Workflow Diagram, etc.) and something to show how you conducted an evaluation (Usability report, Heuristic Review, etc.). We are as interested in seeing details about your process (ex: research plan, discussion guide) as we are in seeing the quality of your reporting. Additional value: Experience with statistical analysis, including large scale usability studies Familiarity working in financial domains Experience evaluating platform-level functionality (such as operating system features and user interface toolkits) is a plus Knowledge of eye-tracking methods

Posted about 2 months ago

Senior Interaction Designer

New York , United States

Senior Interaction Designer - Global Information and technology company! They transform complex data and work processes into products that are indispensable to our users. Their UX, Product and Technology teams are committed to creating valuable and meaningful user experiences for our customers They are currently looking for a Senior Interaction Designer with experience designing complex transactional systems into intuitive and valuable products. The role: This position requires a strong foundation in user centered design methods and the ability to communicate design decisions effectively to senior stakeholders and team members alike. Designers are involved in all aspects of the design process from context-based research to story-boarding and presenting to internal clients. Success depends on close collaboration and partnerships with end-users and subject matter experts, as well as product and technology counterparts. This position will take ownership of a domain to envision and craft conceptual frameworks, interaction design and the overall user experience of new products and major enhancements. Interaction Designers form a core team that is responsible for the highest impact business and platform products. This position is for a thoughtful designer with a passion for making complex data and workflow problems simpler. This individual thrives in a highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary team environment. We offer the unique opportunity to help shape the most ubiquitous and influential software product in the financial space. Qualifications: Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in HCI, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, Visual Communication, or any design-related field. 5 + years of experience designing transactional or highly interactive user interfaces. Experience in several of the following: designing complex user workflows, decision-support systems, large data set visualisations and framework-level interactions, information architecture, graphic/visual design, usability research/analysis. Track record of applying common User-Centred Design practices and tools to solve tough design problems. Knowledge of the software development lifecycle and its varying methodologies Experience in project management a plus. Experience on institutional finance projects involving transactional interfaces is a huge plus. Portfolio advice: Your representative projects may include, but should not be limited to: research, personas, sketches, site maps, task flows, wireframes, storyboards, etc. We are, however, most interested in seeing detailed wireframes (preferably a deck) illustrating a step-by-step user workflow for complex transactional interfaces. An ideal project to showcase for us would have an intricate user interface that you can use to explain your detailed design decisions. Please include two (2) projects where you can give us a "deep-dive" into your design process. If you are feel you posses the right skills and abilities, please apply to this advert and get introduced to the role by having a discussion with one of our digital consultants. Please also provide us with a link and include it in your application.

Posted about 2 months ago

UI Developer - NYC

United Kingdom

This is an opportunity to work on one of the largest financial software platforms in the world. Working within an established UX team, constantly striving to understand their customers' needs and improve their experience. Keeping everything going smoothly is a dream team of UX skillsets - from interaction design to prototyping, visual design to usability analysis. Much like the user experiences we shape, the team works together seamlessly, collaborating on projects senior management deems crucial for the customers. What's in it for you: A flat structure offers meaningful access to senior management, and fuels interaction across the entire organization. The global headquarters in New York City reflects this decidedly un-corporate culture with a stylish, open and dynamic workspace - an inspiring user experience of its own. You will: Work closely with UX Designers to increase the fidelity of conceptual designs/artifacts, such as paper sketches or wire-frames, into interactive prototypes Help various cross-product teams ensure that the design concepts are technologically feasible as part of an iterative design life-cycle Interact with visual designers, interaction designers, usability specialists, product managers, and front-end and back-end technologists You need to have: B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, Design or related field Meticulous attention to visual detail and a natural eye for design Solid experience developing complex user interfaces within HTML 5 Development and JavaScript Extensive experience with Javascript frameworks, such as AngularJS and Node.js Deep understanding of UI application, framework development, and UI/UX principles Familiarity with design tools such as Visio, Omnigraffle, Photoshop and Illustrator We'd love to see: We are interested in seeing your portfolio for this position. Ideally we would like to see a broad sample of visually interactive, transactional UI applications that you have developed.

Posted 2 months ago

AD Java Developer

London, United Kingdom

£80k

Posted 2 months ago

React Native Developer - Fully Remote

30-31 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4EX, United States

Mobile/React Native Engineer (Fully Remote) We’re looking for iOS/Android engineers to join an established mobile team to build thoughtful, polished, and impactful experiences for our current and future customers. If you’re an engineer who is well-versed in native and React Native development, and passionate about building great products with technical craftsmanship, then we think you would be a great fit for our team. Mobile is quickly becoming the preferred means for people to connect, and we’re looking to build the premiere mobile application to support people in their everyday journeys. What are some examples of the work the team has done? We’ve built an internationalized mobile app for over a dozen international markets. Overhauled the UX of the app to be best-in-class among our peers Moved to a Swift-first, Kotlin-first approach for mobile development Integrated React Native Brownfield into the mobile app for select features We actively support the open source community by giving conference talks, hosting meetups, and releasing OS projects of our own. The following experience would be relevant for this role: Experience shipping one or more Android/iOS/React Native apps (ideally in App/Play Store and at-scale) Deep understanding of the underlying architecture of React Native on both the JS and native realms Projects and code that shows a high aptitude for engineering knowledge, and practices Provided thought leadership around software development processes, architectural design, code delivery, and/or testing in a team environment General engineering experience (i.e. SDLC, designing/interfacing with API’s, CI, GIT) Some of the tools that our team use: Slack for communication JIRA for ticket tracking Confluence for wiki GIT/Bitbucket for source control Hexo for engineering documentation Jenkins for CI/CDer