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Head of Development

  • Job reference: 24352
  • Location: West End
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Start date: Not specified
  • Contact: Not specified
  • Sector: Digital and Development
  • Salary: £80000 - £95000 per annum

Responsibilities

  • Architect backend and web frontend technical solutions
  • Clear articulation of teams work activities (reducing solution ambiguity, coding errors and developer uncertainly) on a day-to-day basis
  • Keep the development team on track and inline with work estimations
  • Technical authority on key customer projects; through close collaboration with Simplestream's project delivery teams
  • Provide the development team with technical direction, resolve team-level risks, issues, and queries
  • Undertake comprehensive documentation of existing and new services
  • Introduce new methods and processes to deliver more efficiently
  • Enforce good coding principles and practices
  • Outline and manage an internal development roadmap of technical debt projects
  • Proactively build proof of concepts and undertake R&D to assist in the further development of Simplestream's products and services

You Must

  • Be hands on when needed, to steer and direct the team in quick resolution of issues
  • Be able to work as part of the team to deliver solutions
  • Review work undertaken to ensure it meets requirements and acceptable coding standards
  • Provide guidance and introduce new methods and processes to deliver more efficiently.
  • Ensure Knowledge and skills are shared within the team to reduce single areas of dependency

Required Skills and Experience

  • Excellent understanding of PHP 5.2+ & MySQL, SQL/Stored Procedures (e.g. MySQL), Nginx or Apache on *nix/BSD
  • Passionate about the Zend 1 & 2 Framework, JSON and object-orientated PHP
  • Knowledge of web services and preferably the REST principles
  • Understanding of server side caching and performance optimisation
  • Proven experience with manipulating large datasets
  • Client-Server integration and architecture
  • Strong knowledge of systems architecture and web technologies, and the ability to design scalable, distributed and real-time platforms
  • Strong experience with Amazon Web Services and CDN Distribution
  • Experience reviewing code to ensure it is well structured, efficient, scalable, correct, robust
  • Experience with Code Control Git/Github
  • Experience with streaming, video metadata and ingest would be a distinct

Desired Skills and Experience

  • VOD/Catch-Up/StartOver system end to end design
  • Knowledge of Streaming tools and formats, FFMPEG, MP4, HLS streams
  • Knowledge of web video players, VideoJS, Theo Player, JWPlayer etc.
  • VAST tag player integration expertise & experience
  • XML Schema Design and EPG ingest
  • Smart TV experience
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