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Conan Cook

Product-oriented full-stack engineering manager. I’m focused on feedback, honesty and growth, and am interested in developing great technology, people and teams. I’m passionate about what I do, and will never finish learning; I enjoy helping others to learn, too. Management is the empowerment of others. I can help you build teams and bring products to market.

My current goals are to consolidate my management and leadership skills, and develop a better understanding of go-to-market strategies, product validation and business model evaluation.

Skills

Management

Methodology

Development

Data Stores

Infrastructure

Experience

Head of Product Engineering, Cervest

London, 03/2019 - Today

As the second engineer in the company I’ve been involved in our product journey from an early stage, and run the Product Engineering team of six developers. We deliver the client-facing applications, whose purpose is primarily to deliver sophisticated visualisations to our users to enable sustainable decision-making for land-based assets. I find myself variously recruiting, mentoring, acting as scrum master, defining requirements with the Product team, engaging in user research and taking an active hand in our company culture and direction, as well as ensuring successful design and implementation of our core systems (I’m hands-on). I participate in our comms, mission, product strategy and cultural expression.

Tech stack: React / Next.js / Chakra / Clojure / Datomic / Elasticsearch / PostGIS / Docker / lots of AWS

Technical Lead, Entrepreneur First

London, 06/2017 - 03/2019

Heading up the engineering function at EF, I was responsible for building the team from scratch and providing systems to multiply the effectiveness of the company’s operations. EF is defining a category, so product discovery and strategy (user interviews, prototyping) were important components of my work here. The tools were primarily social ones, as the business is a people-first enterprise.

Tech stack: Clojure(Script) / Postgres / Datomic / Bootstrap

Technical Lead, Style.com

London, 09/2015 - 06/2017

Building a team and delivering beyond launch the new Style.com, a best-in-class luxury ecommerce experience. I ensured technical excellence of our development efforts, and introduced improvements to add value and increase velocity. I mentored junior developers and provided technical consultancy to product owners. I worked to evangelise our engineering efforts across the company and externally, in order to further build cohesive, effective delivery teams. We built and launched the site in the UK and EU before the product was sold and the company shut down.

Tech stack: Clojure(Script) / Datomic / SASS

Senior Software Engineer, Bright North

London, 01/2014 - 08/2015

As a full-stack engineer, I provided technical, architectural and procedural leadership for our Convolo platform, a microservice-based application featuring a high-performance messaging pipeline, real-time graphing interface and batch ETL jobs. I delivered a recruitment website, as well as working on a social ecommerce platform Social Superstore, and Bright North’s core product after a pivot. We work to firm deadlines with a strong quality ethic. Development methodology was pragmatic not dogmatic, based on agile and TDD.

Tech stack: Clojure(Script) / MySQL / Elasticsearch / RedShift / RabbitMQ / SQS / Chef / AWS

Senior Software Engineer, Softwire

London, 06/2013 - 01/2014

Delivered a project for the company’s largest client, Metaswitch, a platform handling messaging for over 40% of all US mobile subscribers, involving a major body of 3rd-party legacy code. As the experienced development resource on the project, I established processes to bridge the culture gap between the two companies, introducing test infrastructure, SCM and modern TDD development. I mentored junior developers on coding best practice, and acted as a subject matter expert on the application. I achieved far more through the introduction of stronger dev practices improving the speed and quality of delivery than through the features I personally built.

I was active in company-wide learning and knowledge sharing, writing internal blog posts and contributing to technical discussion in our forums, organising external speakers for regular “Lunch & Learn” sessions, and speaking at those sessions myself.

Tech stack: Java / Perl / MySQL / SQL Server

Senior Platform Developer, AMEE

London, 01/2012 - 06/2013

Implementing the back-end and designing the full architecture, including infrastructure, persistence, service architecture and messaging, and the accompanying systems and processes - BDD/TDD, continuous integration, deployment strategies, scalability and resilience, security and third party integrations. My team built core business platforms supporting data access, RESTful APIs, batch database extracts and data analysis tooling. I was the domain expert on application architecture and development practices.

I worked on all aspects of three core products: an emissions calculation platform, a high-performance IOT data ingestion system, and after a company pivot in late 2012, a business supply-chain risk analysis platform..

Tech stack: Groovy / Java / Jetty / Spring / Restlet / Hibernate / MySQL / Cassandra / Maven

Associate Vice President, Markit

London, 01/2011 - 01/2012

Developing financial indices, maintaining and supporting the entire codebase for 6 products, as well as deployment and disaster recovery. My key projects were structured finance index products, providing performance analysis for investors and traders. I also snuck in some major build system improvements, too.

Tech stack: Java / Tomcat / Spring / JavaSpaces / Hibernate / Oracle / GWT / Maven

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