Jez McKean

Mug Shot of Jez McKean

Currently available for 100% Remote Working
or near Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, UK

Contact Me / jezmck@gmail.com / 07968 419 994

I’m a web developer, now concentrating on front-end UX/UI work, backed by 20 years of full-stack industry experience.

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Professional Skills

  • CSS, including:
    • Sass (SCSS)
    • Foundation, Bootstrap, Tailwind
  • JavaScript / TypeScript, including:
    • Vue / Nuxt
    • React / Next
  • User Experience (UX) -centric development
  • REST API creation and integration
    • using XML & JSON
  • PHP (v5, v7+)
    • Various frameworks including Laravel
  • MySQL: creation and refactoring of database architecture and advanced querying
  • A host of supporting industry skills, such as Bash Scripting

Recent Employment

Gener8

Senior Frontend Engineer

Remote Working, Jun 2022 – November 2023

My primary focus was rebuilding all the user-facing websites, adding new features and, working with the design team and key stakeholders, significantly improving the UX and appearance of the existing ones. I enhanced various internal systems’ usability to streamline daily usage. I enhanced the stability and feature-set of several Chrome / Firefox / iOS-Safari extensions. I was responsible for reviewing and approving code written by junior engineers.

Skills used include:  JavaScript (as TypeScript), advanced SCSS, React, Next.js.

Grip Events

Senior Engineer

Remote Working, Jul 2021 – Jun 2022

Implemented new features for, and continued development of, the end-users’ web (including mobile) experience. Built and published the Grip Customer Data Platform npm package. Collaborated with the design team on UX matters.

Skills used include: JavaScript (as TypeScript) & Angular (11+).

Utilita Energy

Principal Web Developer

Chandler’s Ford & Remote Working, Jun 2018 – Jul 2021

Built a JavaScript (specifically Vue.js/Nuxt.js) Progressive Web App (PWA) along with its associated Laravel-based API backend to replace the dated web ‘customer portal’ with a leading-edge version with improved performance, superior UX and increased modularity.

  • Added payments totalling several million pounds per day to the API and the hybrid app.
  • Increased the app’s user base to 275,000 customers.
  • Won the Best App prize in the uSwitch Energy Awards 2020.
  • Won the 2020 Southern Tech 100 ‘Best Use of Technology’ prize from The Business Magazine.

Mentored and assisted the whole web team of 6 across the many varied projects supporting the business and its customers. Selected the tech stack for numerous projects.

Senior Web Developer

Chandler’s Ford, May 2017 – Jun 2018

Led the development of a Vue.js/Cordova hybrid app and an Alexa skill using Node.js. Jointly led the development of various MVC Laravel website / web-tool projects.

Profound Works

Senior Full-stack Developer

Winchester, Jun 2015 – May 2017

Led the development of a Cordova hybrid mobile app, using AngularJS & SCSS.

I was the lead developer for various WordPress builds & their maintenance, including plugin creation, selection & configuration. 

Custom PHP development for bespoke systems. Colleague training and support.

Remarkable Content

Head Web Developer

Winchester, April 2013 – Jun 2015

Led various Concrete5 CMS builds, theme & addon development, WordPress builds and maintenance, including plugin creation, selection & configuration. Site administration, client support and training.

In-house CMS setup, theming and administration. Stand-alone static site creation (primarily front-end CSS/JS builds).  

Debian/Centos server administration. Apache & PHP configuration. MySQL admin.

Jira and Confluence installation and administration. Domain name purchase and DNS administration.

Powder Blue

Senior Web Developer

Winchester, Aug 2008 – April 2013

Development of complex yet intuitive business systems (covering staff tasks, rotas etc.) both from scratch and building on existing code. 

Created and supported various holiday booking (accommodation, flights, activities, equipment hire, etc) websites, many of which have 2-way interaction with third party systems.

Trained new staff, managed junior staff. Internal systems development.

Full Employment History

Education

University of Liverpool, BSc (Hons) in Computer Information Systems.

Shiplake College, near Henley-on-Thames, 3 A-Levels in IT, Maths and CDT.

St Edward’s School, Oxford, 10 GCSEs in English, English Literature, Maths, CDT, French, German, Latin, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Other Qualifications

Foundation Certificate in DevOps from DevOpsGroup (2020).

BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile from BCS (2020).

Professional Diploma in UX Design from UX Design Institute (2019).

Selected Interests

UX: of all things – not just screen/technology-centric.

Future of energy: especially its generation (e.g. tidal and solar power) and storage (e.g. powerwalls, microgrids).

Technology: 3D printing, Internet of Things; LoRa; Electric Vehicles; Home Automation.