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...in which you may learn some of what I have been up to in a career straddling 2 centuries.
 
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Personal Summary

(I was) An enthusiastic, flexible and business-oriented IT professional, with many years' experience of mainly 'Blue Chip' organisations. This experience covered a wide variety of Business- and Computing disciplines, including Mainframe & PC. I finally became disillusioned, having being effectively abandoned by the IT community. Ageism lives! However, had that not happened I'd not have been offered a position with WCJ Engineers, so all's well that ends, eh?

* (As at August 2007) 12 months experience as a Building Surveyor and Project Manager in the Civil Engineering field..
* Experienced in html and Website Administration and Design, "from scratch" and also using primarily Macromedia tools.
* 13 years System Programming and one-to-one training experience in UK and Continental Europe.
* 2 years network administration for a leading car-rental Company.
* 1 year Team Leading in a Y2K conversion/testing project for a major UK Bank.
* Experienced in the installation, tuning and customisation of PC- and Mainframe hard- and software products.

Extra-Professional Interests

* Motorsport
* Renewable sources of energy and their application.
* Non-fossil-fuelled propulsion.
* Mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
* Repair, design and manufacture of electric guitars.
* 2- and 3-dimensional design.

Career Summary

July 2006 - Present WCJ Engineers Ltd Surveyor/Project Manager
Jan 2005 - June 2006 Fullbrook SchoolSenior ICT Technician
Sept 2004 - Dec 2004Tesco Stores LtdPricing Integrity Operator
July 2002 - Aug 2004Self-employedWeb-design and admin + a variety of non-IT rôles
Nov 2000 - June 2002Deutsche Post AG, GermanyConsultant/System Programmer
Oct 1999 - Nov 2000Bayer AG, GermanyConsultant/System Programmer
Jan 1999 - July 1999CSC Ploenzke IT ServicesConsultant/System Programmer
Apr 1998 - Jan 1999Thesaurus Comp.Services System Programmer
Mar 1997 - Mar 1998Lombard Motor FinanceY2K Testing Team Leader
Sept 1996 - Feb 1997Syntax Managed ServicesCICS System Programmer
Aug 1996 - Sept 1996British AirwaysTPF Programmer
1985 - July 1996AVIS Europe LtdCICS System.Programmer/ Network Administrator
1974 - 1985Various employers IT rôles with a number of employers - details can be supplied if required.

Summarv of Primary PC Software Experience

VersionVendor
Windows95/98/NT/XPMicrosoft
MS Office (Word/Access/Excel/Publisher/Powerpoint)97/2000/XP 
Photoshop7Adobe
Paintshop Pro7Jasc
Dreamweaver/Fireworks/Flash4/5Macromedia
Html4 

Employment History (latest first)

Surveyor / Project Manager, WCJ Engineers Ltd
WCJ Engineers is a Civil Engineering Consultancy based in Esher, Surrey; further details can be found on the website (not one of mine!) HERE. My role is to monitor and analyse structural damage to a wide range of buildings (mainly Local Authority or Housing Association properties), specify appropriate repairs.and manage the subsequent works. My largest project to date has been the reinstatement of severe flood-damage to flats at the New River Village development in North London; this contract being worth almost £200,000.

Senior ICT Technician, Fullbrook School
Fullbrook School is a Specialist Maths and Computing College, situated in New Haw, Surrey. The role the ICT/Network team is the maintenance and development of the School's ICT infrastructure, hardware and software to provide students, teaching- and management staff with reliable, leading-edge IT systems. My primary responsibilities are: to re-design and maintain Fullbrook's external and internal Websites; the implementation of SIMS™ to integrate as many of the School's administrative and educational systems as possible; subsequently to educate admin- and teaching staff in the efficient use of SIMS™. Additionally I have designed, fabricated and installed secure desktop-mountings for the flat-screens attached to the Learning Resource Centre computers.

Pricing Integrity Operator, Tesco Stores Ltd
Based at the Addlestone Superstore, the role of my team was to communicate with the Head Office and ensure that all stock, Special Offers and Promotions were correctly displayed and priced to comply with legal and corporate requirements. This frequently required direct liaison with Senior Management and customers, calling for diplomacy and interpersonal skills in addition to "back-office" and some IT duties.

July 2002 - August 2004
Since returning from Germany, the slowdown in the Mainframe-IT industry necessitated my finding alternative means of earning a living. From February 2003 until August 2004 I experienced the road transportation of airfreight "at the sharp end" as a driver for Circle Express Ltd, based in Colnbrook; this, whilst keeping the wolf from the door, proved a most educational experience, providing an insight into an industry which I had previously taken for granted. Whilst doing that - having in the past designed and built websites for recreation - I have recently refreshed and extended my knowledge of IT Networks and gained a CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) qualification to Master Designer level, following 12 months of self-funded part-time study. Looking to work within a larger operation as a team-member I am presently in the process of designing, administering and developing websites for a number of clients. Some of those which are presently in Production can be seen at: www.hotstuff-int.com .

Consultant & System Programmer, Deutsche Post AG
The Darmstadt site was home to 40+ Production-, Acceptance-, and Testing CICS regions and provided second-level Network- and System Programming support for other Deutsche Post data-centres located in Berlin, Köln, Hannover and Stuttgart. My rôle was to provide general support for these sites and plan for future regions whilst migrating to new releases of software; advising and training permanent staff as necessary.

Consultant & System Programmer, Bayer AG
From their Data Centre in Leverkusen, Bayer AG manage the IT operations of the German parent Company, its European subsidiaries and a number of client Companies. My rôle was similar to that shown above.

Consultant & System Programmer, CSC-Ploenzke AG
From their Data Centre in Bad Homburg, Computer Sciences Corporation (Germany) manage the IT operations of a number of client Companies, including DuPont(Germany) and Hartmann & Braun. Again, my rôle was similar to that shown above.

A list of previous employers and positions dating back to 1968 can be supplied if required.

 
  
  
  
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