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I’m Matt Rayner, a talented and dedicated full stack, polyglot tech lead. I’m looking for a challenging environment to test and improve my skills. I love learning new things and am an early adopter of bleeding edge technologies. Outside of work I’m involved in volunteering and a number of side projects. Everything from training students in multimedia and design skills, through to Give Cat - a bookmarklet that replaces all the images on a website with pictures of cats (what more could you want, right?).

I’m a massive geek at heart, anything that goes ‘bleep bloop’, I’m all over it. In the past, I’ve acted as an IT Consultant for the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Head of IT for a community radio station. I’ve got a passion for products that make people’s lives easier; whether they take the stress out of a task or are accessible to everyone, that’s my sort of thing.

In the past, I’ve been a graphic designer and a front end developer so I have extensive experience with both front end technologies and back end solutions (Wordpress CMS, MySQL, PHP, HAML, Responsive websites using Twitter Bootstrap, Javascript, JQuery, Ruby, CSS, iPhone, Android - all the usual suspects). I’ve also had exposure to web standards, ensuring the code I write is semantic and cross browser tested.

At the age of 17 I wrote my first content management system in two weeks as part of a college project and my love of back end has grown from there. I’m interested in everything from speaking at events, to new job opportunities - get in touch and we’ll see what epic-ness ensues.

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Experience

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Technical Lead

Compare the Market

to present

Following the absorption of my previous role at BGL into Compare the Market (a subsidiary), I continue to be focused on the delivery of open banking capabilities into the organisation. Just this time, with more meerkats!

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Technical Lead

BGL Group

to (9 months)

As Technical Lead at BGL Group, I primarily worked on bringing Open Banking capabilities to the organisation, including implementing multiple APIs and writing an administration portal. My responsibilities also extended to designing and implementing the project's infrastructure in AWS.

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Lead Backend Developer

Parliamentary Digital Service

to (2 years and 2 months)

Working as Lead Backend Developer for the Parliamentary Digital Service, my focus was on the delivery of a new data-driven website and API for the Houses of Parliament.

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Tech Lead

Design Portfolio

to (6 months)

Working as Tech Lead for Design Portfolio was an interesting challenge. I was appointed to help bring the digital team’s internal work into the 21st century, introducing CI/CD along with updated disaster recovery and High Availability setups.

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Digital Tech Lead

BD Network

to (6 months)

Working as the Digital Tech Lead at BD, my role was a diverse and challenging one. I was involved with projects at every point from conception through to final delivery, managing a team of multi-skill, full stack developers, prioritising workload and training.

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BD Network avatar

Full Stack Developer

BD Network

to (10 months)

Working as interim Tech Lead for the digital team within BD, I was responsible for delivering a wide array of projects for their diverse client base. Everything from NFC powered promotions to augmented reality applications, single page websites to PHP and Ruby driven web apps.

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Ruby on Rails Developer

Springer Nature

to (6 months)

As a Full Stack Ruby on Rails developer at Springer Nature I was responsible for everything from Unix server administration and monitoring, to writing front end JavaScript and everything in-between.

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Ruby on Rails Developer

Business Centric Services Group (BCSG)

to (9 months)

I worked as a Full Stack Ruby on Rails developer for BCSG, creating a new international SaaS cloud app designed to make starting, running, and managing a small business a piece of cake!

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Business Centric Services Group (BCSG) avatar

Web Developer

Business Centric Services Group (BCSG)

to (2 months)

As a web developer, my focus was largely on improving on the front end and back end technologies used within some of BCSG’s legacy projects as well as working on a new platform that the business could use to grow.

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Web Developer

Kent Union

to (1 year and 4 months)

In this role I primarily used HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery to rebuild an existing website using best practices at the time.