Ben Gibbs

Ruby Developer, CTO

Profile

As an expert Ruby on Rails developer (since 2006), I have CTO experience building an online platform into a global market leading product. Innovative, disciplined and with strong communication skills, I am an experienced full-stack developer and enjoy forming business requirements, architecting and building solutions with executive and development teams.

Experience

Chief Technology Officer at Volcanic (UK) Ltd
December 2013 - November 2016

Responsible for development and scaling of market disrupting online platform for recruitment industry websites and Job boards. As the primary developer for the first 18 months I architected many of the core technologies, infrastructure and features for the multi-tenancy, multi-lingual platform based on business requirements agreed with the executive team.
As the development team grew, I mentored and trained the developers in best-practice, managed the delivery process and introduced agile methodologies to ensure high quality feature deliveries.
I also led a team of colleagues to win the 24-hour coding competition HackManchester.

  • Increased from zero annual recurring revenue to over £1.65m increasing by over £10,000 per month
  • Successfully moved platform infrastructure to Amazon Web Services and increased stability and security by using AWS strategically
  • Designed and implemented global infrastructure for expansion into APAC, Europe and North America
  • Established Security and Disaster Recovery business processes and plans
  • Introduced Agile methodologies, daily team Standups, product testing strategies and other business processes with Leadership and Development Teams
  • Developing and interpreting Business Requirements with the Leadership team
  • Disrupted recruitment web technology market through multi-tenancy platform with monthly fee rather than up-front cost

Freelance Ruby Developer as Bobop
December 2010 – December 2013

Specialised as a Ruby on Rails developer dealing with the full stack from front-end Javascript to back-end development and infrastructure planning and implementation on various projects.
Client projects included:

  • Reverse auction site for courier bids on consumer and commercial deliveries,
  • Accommodation booking site for theatre professionals, both with payment gateways.

Original projects include:

  • OpenData visualisation sites,
  • BorrowNote - a sharing economy based service reminding users what they have lent,
  • GiftAidr - a mobile optimised site to collect UK GiftAid charitable donations for easier accounting,
  • Glidely - a dynamic timeline of social media activity.

Freelance Web Developer as Bobop
November 2006 – December 2010

Specialised as a Ruby and WordPress developer. As a freelancer I learned business, sales, communication and time management skills.

IT Manager at Freedom Properties
July 2006 – November 20060

I developed the existing website into a multi-lingual Ruby on Rails site.

Lead Developer at Liquid Bronze
2003 – 2006

I developed numerous PHP based websites and began using Ruby on Rails on projects.

Education

BSc, Physics with Astrophysics at The University of Manchester
2000 – 2003

Skills

Technical

  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript / jQuery
  • MySQL
  • Elasticsearch
  • REST API's
  • TDD
  • Git
  • Chef

Non-Technical

  • AWS Infrastructure Management
  • Rails and Infrastructure Scaling
  • Mentoring and best-practice Training
  • Project Management
  • Agile Methodologies

Personal

I live in London with my wife and 2 sons and have an Express Entry application for permanent residency in Canada. I’m a keen proponent of Open Data, enjoy watching independent films & documentaries and reading Sci-fi Saga’s.

References

Robert Wilde, Volcanic (UK) Ltd
r.wilde@volcanic.co.uk, 07866 633377

Phil Barley, TheatreDigsBooker.com
info@theatredigsbooker.com, 07843 230469