@aihowes
alex@alexhowes.co.uk

Profile

I am an enthusiastic, self-motivated web developer with nearly 8 years of agency experience and a bachelor’s degree in Computing.

In my years in multiple agencies, I’ve always strived to keep on top of not only development techniques but also internal processes. Where possible I have made suggestions and built small apps to make the business more effecient.

Technical Skills

  • HTML and CSS including Preprocessors.
  • Javascript including jQuery, VueJS and other Front-end Frameworks
  • PHP specialising in Wordpress and the Laravel Framework
  • Build tools such as Webpack and Gulp
  • Database Schema Creation, Management and SQL
  • Linux Server Administration, Ansible, Docker & Git Version Control
  • Design Principles and Adobe Photoshop
  • Windows & Mac, Microsoft Office

Work & Experience

02/17 - present

Prospekt Agency Ltd Lead Web Developer

I joined Prospekt Agency (then called Creasis Studios Ltd) as a Front-end Developer. In this role I supported the Senior Developer in building multiple web applications built in Symfony and full website builds in WordPress, work which was previously outsourced. As the Front-end Developer I was instrumental in Prospekt adopting newer technologies such as VueJS and Webpack and modern CSS methodologies where it was beneficial.

After being promoted to Lead Web Developer in February 2019, my role expanded into quoting, managing projects, building entire platforms, web applications and content management systems using Laravel. I also took on support for legacy applications and servers and was the go to person for everything development and technical support.

Key Clients: Essential Looks, Sparks Color, Schwarzkopf Professional and other Henkel brands.
Main Duties: Web Builds, Web App Development, Project Management, Support Requests & Maintenance.

06/15 - 02/17

Formoda Ltd Web Developer

My role at Formoda mainly consisted of building performant and user friendly websites for our clients. At Formoda I had learnt how to develop for their bespoke Content Management System built in the PHP framework Yii. Due to my previous knowledge and experience in building WordPress websites, Formoda were also able to offer custom WordPress solutions allowing them to expand their services to current and prospective clients.

Another duty of my role was developing marketing material such as landing pages and custom email templates. During my time at Formoda, I had improved their workflow in a number of areas allowing them to be more efficient. An example of this was creating a Gulp.js pipeline to automate the email template creation process.

Key Clients: Collegiate AC, Property Frontiers, Helios Investments, Ribeye, Southern Timber & RCR Industrial Flooring.
Main Duties: Bespoke Web Builds, Wordpress Theme Development, Email Newsletter Development, Support Requests & Maintenance.

06/13 - 06/15

e-Strategy Ltd Web Developer

At e-Strategy I was involved in many different areas of the business. I planned, developed and managed a variety of projects including websites, applications and newsletters. This involved working closely with our designer and clients to deliver outstanding work.

Being involved in other areas of the business such as app development and marketing allowed me to create small web applications, and optimise landing pages and newsletters for better conversions and engagement. During these projects and campaigns I developed not only my web development skills, but have also improved server administration and marketing skills.

Taking care of support for clients, web builds, web applications, newsletters, within a busy office environment enabled me to greatly improve communication, prioritisation and time management skills.

Key Clients: English Riviera Tourism Company, Visit Plymouth, Premier Cottages, Johns Associates, Ski Famille & Riverford Organics.
Main Duties: Web Builds, Newsletter Builds and Monthly Sends, Support Requests, Web App Development & Social App Implementation.

Education & Qualifications

09/10 - 06/13

Plymouth University BSc (Hons) Computing

Upper Second Class Honours (2:1)
Modules included: Object Oriented Web Apps, Software Management, Web Dev Platforms, Advanced Databases & More

09/08 - 06/10

Gibraltar College A-Levels

Double Applied ICT - BC, Psychology – E

09/08 - 06/10

Bayside Comprehensive Gibraltar GCSEs

Mathematics - B, English Language - C, English Literature - B, ICT - C, Additional Science – A, Core Science - B, Spanish - B, Music - B, Religion - B

Other

BSC: Digital Accessibility: Web Essentials Certificate
Full Clean UK Driving Licence

Interests

My interests overlap with my skills a lot as I enjoy what I have learned and I am always broadening my skills even further within my own time. I subscribe to many inspirational developers who publish new workflow techniques and the best coding practices.

I also have a passion for music, both listening and creating it. I am self-taught in playing guitar and drums and before university played in a local band.

I am a big Formula 1 fan and to get a break from technology I like to go on long walks on Dartmoor.

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