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Joe Davies

Joe Davies

Senior Consultant

joe.davies@orbisconsultants.com 0203 854 0015
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From a small town in Essex, I went straight into a plumbing and electrical apprenticeship from school at 16. After 5 years of changing lightbulbs, I decided to pack it all in and in 2011, I set off on a 12-month adventure. Travelling around the world, I visited almost 20 countries in the process and made some fantastic memories. 

I returned from travelling and made the conscious decision to move into recruitment and have been working in the Digital and Front-End Tech space ever since. As well as in London, my work includes working in several digital and tech hubs across Europe.   

I enjoy playing and watching football, although I’m better watching than I am playing! When there is no footy, you will either find me in the pub, on a plane, or on the sofa watching a decent film.  

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Posted 1 day ago

Lead Web/UI Developer

City of London, London

£75000 - £90000 per annum + Bonus & Benefits

This large Digital Finance client is embarking on an exciting digital transformation driven by an energetic team of high performers. This group is nimble and creative with the power to shape thier Technology and Product roadmap. If you have the talent and desire to deliver innovative products and services at a rapid pace, serving customers seamlessly across the globe through various channels, then get in touch! We are looking for a great Senior JavaScript developer who is proficient with React.js and GraphQL. Your primary focus will be on developing user interface components and implementing them following well-known React.js workflows (such as Flux or Redux). You will ensure that these components and the overall application are robust and easy to maintain. You will coordinate with the rest of the team working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and quality product is important. Responsibilities: Developing new user-facing features using React.JS and building reusable components and front-end libraries for future use. Translating designs and wireframes into high quality code Optimizing components for maximum performance across a vast array of web-capable devices and browsers Experience mentoring and coaching junior engineers. Owning the designs of pieces of the systems, accounting for reliability and availability including identifying and handling failure modes Staying in touch with industry standards and current technologies is expected. Commitment to software practices of continuous Integration, automated/repeatable testing, and collaborative work environments. Ability to think abstractly and deal with ambiguous/under-defined problems. Ability to enable business capabilities through innovation. Demonstrated willingness to learn new technologies and takes pride in how fast they develop working software. Working with product managers to prioritize features for ongoing sprints and managing a list of technical requirements based on industry trends, new technologies, known defects, and issues Actively participate in team and company-wide architecture and engineering discussions and forums. Be a Change Agent and willing to challenge status quo while helping to drive the necessary changes. Qualifications: Strong proficiency in JavaScript, including DOM manipulation and the JavaScript object model 2+ years of GraphQL professional or open-source experience. Expert level hands on experience and understanding of React.js and its core principles Experience with popular React.js workflows (such as Flux or Redux) Familiarity with newer specifications of EcmaScript Experience with data structure libraries (e.g., Immutable.js) Knowledge of isomorphic React is a plus CSS preprocessors like Sass or LESS Experience with common front-end development tools such as Grunt, Gulp, Bower, Babel, Webpack, NPM, etc. Unit Testing with Karma or Jest Familiarity with RESTful APIs Knowledge of modern authorization mechanisms, such as JSON Web Token Familiarity with modern front-end build pipelines and tools Ability to understand business requirements and translate them into technical requirements A knack for benchmarking page performance and implementing optimization Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to influence technical and non-technical audiences including those at the Executive leadership level. Ability to direct a team and negotiate and influence stakeholders within the team and externally in the broader organization. Experience with code versioning tools - Git Team player and a hands-on engineer. Experience mentoring and coaching junior engineers. Commitment to software practices of continuous Integration, automated/repeatable testing, and collaborative work environments. Ability to think abstractly and deal with ambiguous/under-defined problems. Ability to enable business capabilities through innovation. Staying in touch with industry standards and current technologies is expected.

Posted 5 days ago

Senior Python Developer - Contract

City of London, London

£550 - £700 per day

Python Developer - Up to £700 per day (contract) Are you a proactive individual with a problem-solving attitude looking to work with the latest technology in the fintech industry? A new role has become available and would suit someone with 5+ years Python Development exposure, to work on a 6 month rolling contract based in the heart of the city. You will be working in the Trade Processing Team working on a brand new workstreams in a team of developers providing high quality technical solutions, implementing end to end solutions and using completely modern technology. Roles and responsibilities: Provide innovative technical solutions, using brand new tech. Work collaboratively in a team of link minded intelligent developers. Operate at the core of design and architecture. Recommend process, product, platform enhancement and improvements. Required technical skills for the role: Must have; Python Development (5+ years) SQL - advantage Flask - advantage GIT - advantage Previous Financial Services experience - advantage If you are interested in gaining experience and exposure to the most up to date technology in the fintech industry and work on greenfield development projects, then apply to this advert or reach out (see below).

Posted 5 days ago

Senior UI Engineer

City of London, London

£80000.00 - £85000.00 per annum + Bonus & Benefits

This is a Senior Front End Developer opportunity, working for one of the UK's leading Financial Consultancies. They are revolutionising the banking industry by helping build next generation core banking platforms, which allows banks to deploy in the cloud, and frees them from reliance on the legacy IT systems which held them back for decades. This company is enganged with major international banks and is now rapidly expanding its team, all of whom are based in Shoreditch. Requirements Someone with a real passion for Front End Development Strong JavaScript experience It would be great if you have commercial experience with any of our stack - React, React Native, redux, redux-saga and GraphQl Also, if you have some experience with Native Development, Objective C, Swift or Android that would be really cool too BUT really what we want is someone who will quickly become an integral part of the team, be willing to pick up a variety of projects and always strive to ensure what we are delivering is the best we can. Benefits Competitive salary Pension Healthcare (including dental & optical) Other perks like sports clubs, healthy (and sometimes not so healthy) snacks, tea and coffee A talented & experienced team as your colleagues An environment where you can learn and progress Friday team wrap up with drinks and food!

Posted 8 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 8 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