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Focus are hiring....

These are busy times in the Focus studio, so we're after two new people to join the team - an experienced web developer and an account manager! Both roles are full time and based at our Bristol office....

Web Developer

We're looking for a web developer to work in our central Bristol office. Preferably we're after someone with experience of the Ruby on Rails framework but we're also happy to hear from applicants with strong skills in other MVC frameworks and PHP programmers looking to get into Rails and we're happy to provide training.

You'll be working throughout the project lifecycle - meeting clients to confirm requirements, writing specifications, coding (front and back-end), testing and some minimal sys admin work.

Back-end, we're focussed on Ruby on Rails, which we use for all our sites - there will definitely be front-end XHTML / CSS work too. We mainly use Macs for development, but are flexible if you're a Linux or Windows die-hard.

You'd need either some Ruby on Rails or strong skills in another MVC framework. Commercial experience is a plus, but we'd also like to talk to you if you've been doing Rails in your spare time and are looking for your first commercial Rails gig. Your XHTML and CSS is expected to be solid, and you'll hopefully have good Javascript chops too - we use jQuery, so that would be ideal. You should know your way around a database (ideally MySQL), have some experience of version control, and be comfortable working from the command line.

Salary for this role between £25k and £30k dependent on experience.

To apply please send a CV and covering email to:
devjob@thisisfocus.co.uk

If you have a relevant blog, or code samples, they would also support your application.


Account Manager

We're looking to recruit an experienced Account Manager to help provide proactive services to our wide range of clients.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

 - creating effective and innovative solutions and digital strategy for our range of clients.
 - provide a day to day point of contact for multiple accounts, responding to work requests and scheduling work within the studio.
 - developing relationships with key individuals to generate work and revenue.
 - using Google Analytics to track web site goals and objectives.
 - search strategy including optimisation and PPC campaigns.
 - assisting with marketing and new business sales.

A full job specification is available. 

Ideally we're looking for someone with experience in a similar agency environment, with excellent communication and organisation skills and a flexible approach to manage multiple accounts.

For more details or to apply please send a CV and covering email to:
hello@thisisfocus.co.uk

If you have a relevant blog that would also support your application. 

Salary for this role between £25k and £30k dependent on experience.


For both roles - strictly no agencies

 

Neil Smith
Neil

Created on Friday June 17 2011 09:37 AM


Tags: web-development ruby programming


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Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

We often get asked what language we use to build our sites, and as first point of contact with the client, I chirpily rattle off the reply: 'Ruby on Rails!' It sounds nice, comes with gems and I'm pretty proud of myself (as a non-tecchie) for even knowing that much!

But what does it mean? Why do we use Ruby over any other more widely used programming language? I realised I wasn't entirely sure, so set myself the task of finding out.

Rails is the framework that grew out of the development of the popular project management tool Basecamp 

Open source, it enables people to use it and deploy 'commits' to it (contribute to its growth) and is increasing in popularity all the time. Some sites you may have used that are built in Ruby on Rails (apart from ours!) are:

  

 

So why do we use it? One reason, really: It's so much less complicated than some other programming languages.

Ruby on Rails is designed to use less code than other programming methods, meaning less repetition, quicker development times and less margin for error. 

Its two main principles, Convention over Configuration and Don't Repeat Yourself, mean that it's more intuitive for programmers and enables them to programe more quickly and with A LOT less code. In short, we think it's better than anything else out there.

Drop us a line if you would like to know more!

 

 




Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

We often get asked what language we use to build our sites, and as first point of contact with the client, I chirpily rattle off the reply: 'Ruby on Rails!' It sounds nice, comes with gems and I'm pretty proud of myself (as a non-tecchie) for even knowing that much!

But what does it mean? Why do we use Ruby over any other more widely used programming language? I realised I wasn't entirely sure, so set myself the task of finding out.

Rails is the framework that grew out of the development of the popular project management tool Basecamp 

Open source, it enables people to use it and deploy 'commits' to it (contribute to its growth) and is increasing in popularity all the time. Some sites you may have used that are built in Ruby on Rails (apart from ours!) are:

  

 

So why do we use it? One reason, really: It's so much less complicated than some other programming languages.

Ruby on Rails is designed to use less code than other programming methods, meaning less repetition, quicker development times and less margin for error. 

Its two main principles, Convention over Configuration and Don't Repeat Yourself, mean that it's more intuitive for programmers and enables them to programe more quickly and with A LOT less code. In short, we think it's better than anything else out there.

Drop us a line if you would like to know more!

 

 




Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

Ruby & rails: Just like peas and carrots

We often get asked what language we use to build our sites, and as first point of contact with the client, I chirpily rattle off the reply: 'Ruby on Rails!' It sounds nice, comes with gems and I'm pretty proud of myself (as a non-tecchie) for even knowing that much!

But what does it mean? Why do we use Ruby over any other more widely used programming language? I realised I wasn't entirely sure, so set myself the task of finding out.

Rails is the framework that grew out of the development of the popular project management tool Basecamp 

Open source, it enables people to use it and deploy 'commits' to it (contribute to its growth) and is increasing in popularity all the time. Some sites you may have used that are built in Ruby on Rails (apart from ours!) are:

  

 

So why do we use it? One reason, really: It's so much less complicated than some other programming languages.

Ruby on Rails is designed to use less code than other programming methods, meaning less repetition, quicker development times and less margin for error. 

Its two main principles, Convention over Configuration and Don't Repeat Yourself, mean that it's more intuitive for programmers and enables them to programe more quickly and with A LOT less code. In short, we think it's better than anything else out there.

Drop us a line if you would like to know more!