Technical Project Manager
Can Factory are looking for a Technical Project Manager / Business Analyst champion. The role requires working with an experienced team on both new and existing projects. You should be comfortable gathering requirements from clients as well as designing, costing and managing the implementation of your solutions. The role would suit someone who thrives in a fast moving, team-oriented environment and is passionate about developing high quality software for smart and demanding customers. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and highly motivated, possess a strong command of spoken and written English and be eligible to work in the UK.
Goals For Your First Three Months
- Understand the team, culture and projects
- Learn the Can Factory, Can Do way
- Prove that you can consistently produce quality output
- Produce a plan to effectively split up the workload in a phased approach
More About the Role
- Someone with a genuine interest in technology
- Someone who knows how to self-motivate
- A personable and understanding communicator with both clients and colleagues
- An analytical self-starter, able to make progress without being micro managed
- Someone who enjoys learning, and is able to benefit positively from constructive evaluation
- Knowledge of Java, iOS and Android and associated technologies
- Ability to analyse requirements and design a top-level solution
- Excellent client facing skills
- A great team member – someone who enjoys learning and can teach
- Be a self starter
- Can handle being outside of comfort zone
- Experience in managing complex software integration in multiple technologies
- Used to running several projects at once
- Used to working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines
- Keen interest in product development and UI
- Experience of requirements gathering for e-commerce software projects
- Good writing documentation skills
- Understanding of XML desirable and client server technology
- Ability to author realistic and practical project plans
- Experience of working on multi language projects a definite advantage
- Good client facing and relationship building skills
- Ability to create client facing complex wireframes
- Knowledge of using Spring frameworks
- Knowledge of using Hibernate
- Experience of successful agile projects
- Experience of test/behaviour driven development methodologies
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!
Remote Code Test
We will send you a short code test to see how you think.
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.
Pair Programming Code Test
Another code test! Slightly longer and more advanced.
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.