Professional Portfolio

John Player BSc

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Introduction

I am an open-minded, calm and approachable agile business analyst with a wealth of professional experience.  I have previously held design and development roles from entry level through to lead positions and have proven experience managing teams and working across business functions.  I have good interpersonal skills and carry myself in a professional manner, able to communicate with a business or organization at all levels and not afraid to speak out, be heard and share my thoughts and ideas.

I have an honors degree in Computer Science, and recently transitioned from a career in development into a business analyst role as I aim to shift my career trajectory into a product focused role. I am a certified scrum master and have a good understanding of agile processes and the product development lifecycle.  I am familiar with agile planning tools including JIRA, Target Process and Trello.


Work Experience

04/2018 to Current

The Money & Pensions Service – Business Analyst & QA (Dual Role)

Working with product managers and stakeholders to fully understand product requirements and translating those requirements into sensible and workable tasks for development.   Refining and managing backlogs of several workstreams (mainly continuous improvement and support and maintenance) and larger projects to aid prioritisation and delivery of products and features.

04/2018 to Current
01/2017 – 04/2018

The Money Advice Service – Frontend Lead

Responsible for the technical delivery of products and services, managing a team of developers in the development and maintenance of responsive and accessible tools.  Working alongside product managers and other technical leads to find the best development approach.  

01/2017 – 04/2018
09/2015 to 01/2017

The Money Advice Service– Frontend Developer

Focusing on creating clean and accessible tools to help people manage their money and increase financial capability across the UK.  An on-going cycle of continuous improvement in an agile environment strives for constant improvements to the website, its tools and service to the public.

09/2015 to 01/2017
04/2015 to 08/2015

NOW Travel Insurance–UX/UI Designer & Frontend Developer

Responsible for all front end development, web design and advertising material.  My role was to build the brand in all aspects and the improve and develop the user experience, choosing the most relevant technology to build a well-suited website.  Technical skills for this position are strong front end HTML/CSS and JavaScript (including JQuery), user experience design and the design and development of marketing material, digital and print.

04/2015 to 08/2015
08/2009 to 04/2015

InsureandGo – Lead UX/UI, Print Designer & Frontend Developer

Working directly for the UK development manager, the role was to manage and perform a wide range of user design, digital design and development related tasks, including front end development, large format print design and white-labelling of partner websites.

08/2009 to 04/2015
12/2008 to 04/2009

The Trainline – Technical Designer

Plan and create trainline booking systems and producing prototypes and wireframes for several of the UK’s biggest train service providers including Virgin Trains, C2C, First Great Western and National Express.  This progressed to producing the HTML and CSS, graphics for each brand.

12/2008 to 04/2009
10/2006 to 12/2008

moveme.com– Senior UX/UI, Graphic Designer, Frontend developer

Blueprinting and constructing design and layout elements of the site, working within with the development team in an agile environment to ensure both design and function requirements were met.  In this role I mentored 2 junior designers, working with them to solve complex compatibility and other design/front-end issues and aiding their education and development.

10/2006 to 12/2008
6/2006 to 9/2006

Monster – Product Specialist

Drafting and developing new products and features for the UK and Ireland Monster websites.  

6/2006 to 9/2006

Education

WhenWhereResultQualification
09/2001 to 06/2004Essex University2:2BSc (With Honors) Computer Science
09/1999 to 06/2001South East Essex CollegePass with MeritGNVQ Advanced IT
09/1998 to 06/1999South East Essex CollegePass with MeritGNVQ Intermediate Business
09/1993 to 06/1998The Thorpe Bay School8 GCSE’s

Skills

  • Cross Browser Compatability / Testing
  • Python
  • Business Analysis
  • Agile / Scrum
  • AutoDesk Maya Modeling and Animation
  • Adobe PhotoShop / Illustrator
  • HTML / CSS / JQuery / JavaScript
  • Selenium (IDE & Python)
  • Product Management

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