Team Assistant (3 Month Contract)
Can Factory is seeking to hire a temporary Team Assistant to cover a 3 month sabbatical. The individual will be highly organised and efficient, and will support our growing business and busy CEO on all administration duties. As the successful candidate you will be a genuine and trustworthy person who loves to learn. The role will report directly to the CEO and requires working with an experienced team of mobile and web developers on both new and existing projects. You will be a natural researcher, curious, pro-active and you’ll love adding to your skills as time and opportunity allow.
This is a really exciting role that has the opportunity to make a big difference. We’re a small and ambitious company; what we do is cutting edge and can be stressful at times. We need someone who can dive in and take full control of getting the little things right, as this accumulates to the big thing: a thriving business! If you think you have what it takes to make Can Factory even more awesome, please get in touch!
Goals For Your First Three Months
- Understand the team, culture and projects
- Work with the Office Manager to carry out a successful handover
- Learn the Can Factory, Can Do way
- Prove that you can consistently produce quality output
- Provide handover for when Office Manager returns
More About the Role
Day to day as a Team Assistant you’ll be responsible for:
- Meeting & greeting all visitors with a positive attitude
- Ensuring the office space is ‘best in class’ i.e. clean, tidy, applying a personal touch
- Being responsible for health & safety protocol, first aid
- Stationary orders & maintaining the stock levels
- Liaising with external vendors – i.e. suppliers.
- Arranging any travel arrangements for team
- Owning any office inductions for new starters
- Diary management, being responsible for the teams weekly movement chart
- Assisting with summer party planning
- Ad-hoc admin duties when required
Reporting to the CEO the successful candidate will operate within this team by providing administration support and take responsibility for tasks including: –
- Issuing invoices and collecting monies owed
- Managing and maintaining employee files
- Assist with diary management for CEO
- Eligible to work in the UK
- Experience in a similar position
- Flawless attention to detail
- Highly organised
- Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
- Excellent time keeping
- A self-starter who is highly motivated
- Be able to work independently and as part of a team
- Confidence in working in a fast paced environment
- Discretion, diplomacy and initiative
- Add value and have a positive attitude that’s projected into the work environment
- Ability to take ownership of the role
- Previous book-keeping experience
- Culturally knowledgeable and aware
- Good judge of character
- Life experience (How to get to x from y? Which are the good restaurants? That person looks a bit down today – what’s up)
More About Can Factory
We are a well-established, London-based bespoke software development company founded in 2002. The majority of the team have worked here since we founded the company and they continue to enjoy the working environment, ever changing technology stack and clients. We tend to work with larger blue chip organisations on high traffic ecommerce or complex applications.
The core Can Factory development team have been working together for over 18 years in various companies. The fact that the developers tend not to leave speaks volumes in itself. Most of the core team have been working on bespoke blue chip, high traffic ecommerce sites throughout that time. As a team we have worked mostly in the consumer space on sites such as Interflora, Cineworld, ITV, Argos, Marks & Spencer and VOX Cinemas.
Typically our engagement starts when customers want to get it right, first time and we do our best to make that a reality. We often work on our clients solution for many years, so we need to build flexible solutions that can evolve with the client, whilst also remain easy to maintain.
This typically focuses on a key launch date of a product, or film. With that in mind, the team focus on working within both TDD and BDD methods as well as close collaboration with our external load, functionality and penetration testing partners to make sure we actually deliver what we promise.
We are focused on delivering a high quality product that is on time, on budget and works first time. Most of our key developments are based around a high traffic launch, so we need to get them right first time. This means that we need to work with highly trusted partners in the areas that we choose not to do in house. As an example, we outsource our more detailed testing to three long term partners who each specialise in a specific kind of testing (functionality / cross device, penetration and load testing). That is not to say that we don’t carry out testing in house, however, our testing is focused on delivering fully working applications to partners who can test in a way that developers tend not to have the time or experience to test well. There are a number of reasons we do this, and they include the fact that dedicated testing providers tend to test to a higher quality, but also it allows us to focus on the development. This methodology is warmly received by our clients as all of our deliverables are fully tested before they get to them. We use this approach in lots of areas of the business (design, user experience, accounting etc.) What this does is it allows us to really stay highly focused on delivering the best possible output by working with the best long term partners that we can find. This also means that we can have small highly focused teams on a project of 3-5 while the wider project team may be up to 30 people.
As a business we don’t work late! We don’t work weekends! We focus on keeping everyone fresh and able to deliver high quality work, with enough energy to get it right first time. This approach is important to understand as that requires that you as an individual have to be highly driven to produce high quality outputs. That is not to say that we don’t ever have projects with tight timescales that mean we have to cut corners. However, when we create this kind of technical debt, we push our clients very hard to return and reimplement / refactor the application as soon as time allows. With this in mind, your attitude needs to be focused on delivering everything to a high quality, rather than hacking stuff in and fixing it later. If you think that you naturally take that approach to everything you develop, then this is the right role for you.
The current team leaders are very much software engineers that could easily turn their hand to building a blue chip Java, ObjectiveC, Swift or Android application. In other words, we expect our team to be able to up-skill to a high level as a new technology requirement comes available. As a general rule we are mostly a Java based software development team, however as well as the above various members of the team have genuine depth in other languages such as .NET, PHP, CSS, JaveScript, WordPress, C, C++, MySQL, Percona, Oracle, Tomcat etc. Also there are members of the team that have server level experience. In other words we are looking for genuine software developers who can apply best practice where its needed, rather than someone who is focused on one specific technology stack.
Why Work Here?
A Great Team
You will learn from highly experienced team specialising in many areas of software development
Annual Training Budget
Each year you have a training budget to spend how you see fit – you are in control.
Annual Travelcard Loan Scheme
Travel in London is expensive so we’ll pay for your Travel Card and you can pay it back monthly.
Whether it be childcare vouchers or the new tax free childcare scheme, we are here to help you get the most out of your salary.
Flexible Working Hours
Want to head off early to catch a flight? Or you’ve got to pick up the kids from school. Work out flexible hours with us.
Bupa Health Insurance
Amazing private health cover, currently with BUPA.
Save up to 39% on a new bike (and kit) so you can cycle to work on the ride you desire.
The Best Tools and Location
High specification Apple Mac’s, IntelliJ IDE, great chairs, riverside central London location (Zone 1). Amazing facilities including a bar, gym and roof terrace.
Free Office Gym
Our ground floor has a gym opening out on to a garden immediately overlooking the river.
We have a team breakfast meeting with free toasties on Tuesday mornings. Everyone loves a toastie!
4pm Drinks on Fridays as well as free coffee, fruit and snacks in the office.
Corporate ZipCar Membership
Who needs a car in London, Can Factory gives discounted rates and free membership to ZipCar, over 1,600 cars & vans across London parked near your home or office.
We always strive to make our salaries competitive within the industry.
Personal & Company Bonus
We have a company & personal performance bonus scheme here at Can Factory.
Regular Team Outings
We feel it’s important to spend time together as a team. We head out for lunch regularly and arrange day trips.
20 to 40+ Holiday Days
Increasing from 20 days annual leave plus each Tuesday after bank holidays known as Can Factory Tuesday’s. Also more time off at Christmas. Plus a holiday buy back scheme.
Our Hiring Process
If you think you’ve got what we’re looking for, then here’s what to expect from us!
Successful tests go through to a phone/video interview.
Meet the Team
The next stage is coming in to meet us in our Central London office! This gives us a chance to get to know each other.
Offer of Employment
If everything stacks up we'll make you an offer of employment (subject to references etc.)
Got What It Takes?
If you think you have the skills to make us even more awesome than we already are, please attach your CV and fill out the form below.