Way back in the start of 2012, Keeper got it’s very first client contract with global leaders in cardio-respiratory diagnostic devices & services; Vitalograph. They were extremely busy at the time and needed a ten-person C# and QA team at onsite in Co. Clare.
I was delighted with the opportunity, rolled up the sleeves and got that substantial team up and running over the coming months. We had a great response from developers in Poland and from some of the local talent from the surrounding region too. Over the years Keeper and Vitalograph have worked together closely since then. I now have many friends and former colleagues who have worked in this great operation.
Keeper has matured over the years. From our early days, our focus was to bring software engineers to Ireland to work onsite with our clients. Now, we have two offices in Croatia (Zagreb and Varazdin) where we have some really great people. We also have an amazing bunch of remote developers working from Warsaw, Romania and Serbia. At this stage, we only have a few of our engineers working onsite with clients in Ireland (and they’re also a fab bunch!).
Likewise, Vitalograph have matured – modernising their dev stack, improving dev/qa processes and really innovating great pace.
Clare is a super location to live, work or visit. It sticks out into the Atlantic ocean, and has an incredible coast line of cliffs, beaches and reefs. Here’s a fairly hypnotic shot of big ocean swell rolling in on Cornish reef in Lahinch, Co. Clare (about 25 minutes drive from Ennis). I really wouldn’t like one of those waves falling on my head!
I wanted to let you know that we have an opportunity for two senior C# developers to work with us on building the Vitalograph Clinical Data Management product. The roles are based in Croatia – but we will fly you into Co. Clare for two weeks to get to know the people, technology and processes. Whilst you’re there you can get to sample the night life of Ennis and see some of the amazing #WildAtlanticWay in Clare.
Here is a description of what we’re looking for
Software Development Engineer (x2)
Role: The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and development of Windows and Web based applications. The ideal candidates will enjoy working as part of a team and be quick to learn new technologies.
- A degree in a software engineering or related discipline
- Experience designing and developing web based applications
- Formal design methods e.g. UML
- Desktop and Server Database experience
- Experience with and knowledge of the full development lifecycle
- Excellent written/verbal communication skills
The following skills would be advantageous:
- Experience with C# .NET Winforms and/or ASP.NET and associated frameworks
- Experience with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2010/2012/2017 and TFS
- Experience with SQL Server and SQL Server Express
- Experience in the development of software within a regulated environment
- Experience working in an Agile environment
- A good sense of humour will help for this role
The role is working remotely from Croatia (some of the time based in our offices in Zagreb or Varazdin). Initial assignment is for 6 months, but it’s quite likely this role will be extended further. It might suit an independent contractor or we’d be happy to engage with you as an employee if you prefer.
Either way, drop us a line to discuss; [email protected]
I’ve been running a software services operation for the past few years and spend a lot of time searching for great software developers to work on our internal projects (product builds) and to work with our clients (mainly enterprise stack, and some product work too).
I find that the best way to search, identify and make contact with the best developers is by looking at their digital footprint. I’m not talking about their Linkedin profile – although that is part of it.
I’m more interested in activity on Github – how many check-ins, stars and followers…. how well is the code written and documented. Likewise, I’m interested in their presence on StackOverflow – how active are they in term of asking and answering questions relating to software development.
After that, I’m interested to see what in the blog, or patterns of communication on Twitter.
Using this approach has told us a lot about candidates before we approach them. In many cases we’re able to narrow our search quite significantly based on the patterns we see in peoples digital footprint.
In terms of career management, the key questions for software developers are; what are my career objectives and is my online brand enabling me to achieve those objectives.
To make the best moves in today’s competitive software industry;
Keep your skills relevant to where you are today, and where you want to be in the future
Make sure you’ve got some code you can be proud of posted on GitHub
Have a decent presence on StackOverflow – (but don’t go too over-board or people will wonder how you manage to make time to develop software!)
Show that you’ve got a positive attitude and communication skills to match your technical prowess
… all of this will wash through your digital footprint. If it looks solid, well balanced and rings true, the opportunities you seek will come find you.