Kate’s CV

Technical Skills

In my 14 years of experience, I’ve worked with more than my share of acronyms.  Most recently, these have focused on the Microsoft .NET / SQL Server varieties, including .NET 1.0 through .NET 3.5, WCF, ASP.NET 1.0-2.0, web services, JSON, AJAX including ATLAS, Silverlight, XAML, XML/XSLT, HTML, DHTML, CSS, XHTML, JavaScript, VBScript, Win32/Windows programming, SQL, T-SQL, IIS, Active Directory, Visual Studio 5 – 2008 and Team Foundation Server.  Recent experience has also given me extensive experience with search engine optimization (SEO), Google Checkout, Paypal, E-commerce package integration, content management systems (CMS) including EPiServer, and ASP.NET styles and themes.

I’ve also utilized a number of methodologies from waterfall-based to XP/Agile/Scrum based, including the Microsoft Software Development Life Cycle and the Rational Unified Process.

Prior to focusing on the .NET platform, I’ve also had experience in C, C++, ActiveX, CGI, Perl, J2EE, JSP, JHTML, servlets, Java, JavaBeans, EJB, PHP, Oracle, JDBC, mSQL, mySQL, Sharepoint, Biztalk, IBM WebSphere, Apache, ATG Dynamo and Personalization Server, various flavors of UNIX, and Emacs.

Currently, I am pursuing interests in aspects of the .NET 3.5 platform, including WPF, ASP.NET MVC/MVP, and ASP.NET Dynamic Data as well as integrations with mobile platforms, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

Experience

Kathryn Gordon Consulting Ltd/Little Collie Ltd.

Bristol, UK, 2009 – current

Optimised Page Visions business to business conversations via design and development of a B2B portal, leveraging WCF web services, JQuery, AJAX, and CSS to create a seamless, one-stop communication platform in less than one month

Supported and extended existing EPiServer-based extensions, ramping up on a complex, inversion of control architecture quickly, improving departmental reputation through consulting and communication skills

Senior Consultant and Architect, Remind4u Ltd

Bristol, UK, 2006 – 2009

Leveraged SEO techniques in a very hands-on role to minify JavaScript, CSS, and HTML, dramatically increasing product visibility and search engine rank; further optimized C# .NET back-end code to reduce page load time by up to 60.5% reducing bounce rates by 46%, and increasing sales by 25%.

Redesigned and developed company IT infrastructure, strategy, and websites, fostering corporate redirection from strictly retail to B2B, software-as-service, resulting in monthly sales record-breaking each month since launch and product offering diversification for brands such as the BBC’s Top Gear, Manchester United, astrologer Russell Grant, Emma’s Diary (TNT), and Nuts Magazine

Conceived and programmed a custom web-to-print solution, allowing complete customization of each product, based on dynamic product definition with XML and SQL, DirectSmile software integration, and a streamlined product workflow

Designed and developed a product fulfillment tracking system responsible for handling and migrating products through all stages of production, including third-party notification and handshakes, asset generation and aggregation, and full management transparency

Created themed, skinned public retail e-commerce website for rapid prototyping and decreased time to market (see www.funkypigeon.com), including a content management system, internal search engine, SEO optimization through URL rewriting, product catalog management, asset management, sales tracking and reporting, accounting system integration, and third-party tool integration

Built Google Checkout, Paypal, and HSBC-based e-commerce packages into .NET development core, allowing universal payment processing throughout the enterprise

Senior Consultant, Microsoft / Accenture

Reading, UK 2005 – 2006

Architected and developed P3, a business-critical, sales lead distribution tool for EMEA, integrating SharePoint, web parts, Active Directory and an ASP.NET 2.0 and Web 2.0 / AJAX-based administration web site via custom web services, developed using rapid code generation techniques and leveraging Microsoft’s Pattern and Practices Enterprise Library for configuration management, instrumentation, data tier facilitation, and localization

Architected and developed UK BMO – a management reporting tool integrated with InfoPath, interweaving Web 2.0 / AJAX features to deliver powerful, easy-to-use, and rich client experience, spearheading adoption of Microsoft’s Software Development Life Cycle process

Reviewed CVs and interviewed potential contractors, evaluating technical expertise and fit within current team

Partner and Web Architect, The FLS Group

Fairfax, USA 2002 – 2008

Architected, lead rapid of development, and currently maintain iAudit, an N-tier, multi-database Microsoft .NET mortgage and financial auditing application, developing primarily in C#, enabling the multi-locale processing of over $188M in loans in first 13 months of operation

Streamlined integration with third-party vendors and clients within iAudit’s compliance test engine, enabling the cross checking of federal, state, and local legislation in seconds

Spearheaded the turn around of an ASP 3.0 and VB-based COM loan auditing project, saving the $771M mission-critical project under extreme deadline pressures

Spearheaded implementation of a standardized development, application-integrated issue resolution, maintenance, and deployment practices to improve system reliability and user satisfaction

Innovated multi-lingual application to database synchronization tool and adaptable, customizable event-driven model-view-controller .NET architecture, allowing for rapid prototyping, extreme programming in concert with high scalable and reliable development

Enhanced architecting and development skills through production of two ASP.NET content management systems and a VB.NET, Win32 code-generation tool

Senior Consultant, Scient (iXL)

Chicago, USA 2000 – 2001

Designed, lead development, deployed, documented, and maintained branding and marketing CPG site, www.postopia.com, receiving at peak 35,000 unique visits per hour and 520,000+ registrations in its first 8 months; system developed with 10 team members in ATG Dynamo and Personalization Server using Java servlets, JSP, and custom tags; system deployed on Sun Solaris with Cisco-based loan balancing

Spearheaded performance improvements in conjunction with other developers, network specialists, and client IT staff as site traffic far exceeded expectations 10 fold

Expanded project roll to include business analysis, project management, and quality control to meet budget, time, and staffing challenges during dot-com economic bust by leveraging and adapting the company’s Rational-based, UML methodology

Fostered corporate culture and employee-management communication through active participation in Culture Committee

Senior Consultant, marchFIRST

Phoenix, USA, 1999 – 2000

Reduced development costs and time by 83.6% on physician scheduling project through innovative use of XML within Visual Basic COM objects and ASP

Lead development team on a fixed-bid, mission-critical Y2K-related power plant tracking site, delivering solution on time, at 100% of goal billable rate, and fully documented using ASP and VB-based COM objects

Managed and mentored community of 6 developers, stewarded individual career goals, and coordinated project assignments for community members; managed only company intern

Interviewed prospective developers and architects

Web Developer, Viasoft

Phoenix, USA, 1998 – 1999

Integrated over 12 separate, manually routed user contact forms into a new Perl-based, unified, dynamic, database-driven, object-oriented system

Created a robust, CGI-based banner advertising tracking system, providing precise, real-time, return on investment data

Updated look and feel for public CGI script in 5 minutes for site redesign project through consistent, modular development

Frontier GlobalCenter (Global Crossing)

Phoenix, USA 1994 – 1998

Automated maintenance of corporate web sites through Perl, C/C++, ASP, and Java web applications, eliminating web publishing delays, increasing web site accuracy and departmental efficiency

Reduced technical support call volume by 18% through development of GlobalCenter’s first post-sales and support site based on co-authored and designed subscriber manual

Managed rapid redevelopment of 225 page corporate web site, receiving approximately 1.7 million hits/day, meeting strategic marketing goals and deadlines

Developed, maintained, and administered NT-based intranet, centralizing resources for 280+ employees in 4 facilities and 3 states

Produced and maintained over 400+ page web sites, intranets, and extranets simultaneously on multiple servers and platforms in conjunction with marketing, corporate communications, customer support, human resources, legal, and multiple vendors

Education

Arizona State University, BA Religious Studies with Honors 1995

Interests and Other Details

Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa holder, Full UK driving license, iPhone, iPad, and Mac programming, Electric vehicles and alternative fuels

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