A Technical Specialist Project Manager & Developer with Umbraco, PHP, SQL, Project Management, SEO and consultancy skills

A multi-skilled – technical digital PM / consultant / developer freelancer available for website design and build contracts. Digital experience with major UK and international brands (Pizza Hut, Play.com, The Co-operative). With over 10 years of IT experience in various industries:

  • Umbraco CMS
  • Marketing / Digital
  • Travel & Theatre reservations
  • Payments
  • Procurement and ERP systems
  • CRM
  • Specification writing
  • Requirements gathering & user training
  • Managing development teams including offshore outsourced projects

Available for freelance website build contracts using my technical expertise (Umbraco, PHP, CMSs) with the rare added benefit of extensive Project Management skills. Interested in Technical Consultant or development projects (either as a solo developer or I can arrange to lead existing teams / outsource to provide the full website delivery).

Please see Siempre Solutions, my company website, for more details


The Lodge Islay - Fully Responsive and Fluid Website

The Lodge Islay is a fully responsive and fluid site built on Wordpress.

Features:

  • Built using Wordpress CMS, HTML 5, JQuery
  • Built to be maintainable
  • Fully responsive and fluid
  • Designed to be mobile optimised
  • Provided SEO advice and Google Adword strategy

View a live demo: www.TheLodgeIslay.com

The Complete Ticketing Solution - Website, Back Office Application and Webservice

Ticket Purse has been designed and built by Steve Morgan, an IT professional with over 10 years of experience in both Project Management and development, in his spare time. Harnessing experience from various industries, with specialist experience in hospitality, he identified the need for a low-cost, yet complete ticketing solution. The project's aim is to provide a quality, multi-tiered, secure, low-cost ticketing solution to support gig / theatre / holiday businesses.

A live demo is available for you to evaluate the system. Currently the back office system has been the main area of development with careful consideration of the overall design for the website front end which provides the ability to drop booking controls onto your own and third parties' websites (demo here) to drive and enable online sales.

Features:

  • Built using PHP5, JQuery, MySQL and AJAX
  • Secure user login portal
  • Separation of the back office application and the client / third party website(s) ensuring customer data is safe and secure
  • Powerful Customer search features with full CRM functionality - back office users can store notes, contact history and assign work item actions to bookings to cover many different work flows
  • Gig / theatre / holiday booking system which provides a ticketing solution with clever algorithms that ensures no single seats are left - maximising profits
  • Payments module - flexible functionality enables payment handling via vouchers, cash or credit cards - linking to a payment provider of your choice
  • Scalable with maximum performance - the demo system contains over 10,000 customers with a seating plan designed to model the largest venue in the UK!
  • e-tickets - creates a PDF eticket complete with unique barcodes for ticketless venues
  • Intelligent Caching - ensures your customers only see real availability whilst limiting hardware requirements keeping hosting costs low!

View a live demo: www.ticketpurse.com

Membership and Payments area for GMCC

Advised and developed a PHP & AJAX membership payment solution for their new WordPress powered website. I provided the full project process services - requirements gathering, specification writing, development, testing and delivery. Solution was delivered to timescales and the client was very impressed.

Features:

  • Built using PHP5, JQuery, MySQL and AJAX
  • XML admin interface
  • Fully documented & specified
  • Uses my own CAPTHA solution

Live site: cyclemanchester.org.uk

The North West's largest Ultimate Frisbee club - Fully Responsive and Fluid Website

Design, build and maintenance of our Ultimate Frisbee club's website. Includes a full admin system to manage the tournament registrations taking over £10,000 of payments in a single hour in 2011.

Features:

  • Built using PHP5, JQuery, MySQL and AJAX - later ported to PyroCMS to provide access to other Committee members
  • Members weekly emails sent from the site including a functionality for subscribers to change their settings
  • SMS gateway integration
  • Admin system to control tournament registration sign-ups including automated emails, online payments and a complex registration process

Live site: www.duffa.org

A dating site for those who don't fit into categories

DateAlt is the brain child of a friend - frustrated at the lack of dating sites focused on what really matters to him – people's musical preferences - DateAlt was born.

Features:

  • Built using PHP5, Smarty, MySQL and AJAX
  • A complex partner matching algorithm that uses peoples musical tastes, location and preferences to provide matches
  • Use of JQuery sliders to allow people to provide "fuzzy" ratings

View a live demo: www.datealt.com

A demo Umbraco site for Takeaways

Mr Takeaway is a takeaway directory build in Umbraco

Features:

  • Built using Umbraco and some custom .NET controls
  • Postcode to geographical area mapping functionality

View a live demo: www.mr-takeaway.co.uk


CV

Download a copy in PDF format here - CV Steve Morgan April 2014


Steve John Morgan

Umbraco Certified Developer

PRINCE 2 Practitioner

PHP Zend Qualified

A technical specialist Project Manager & Developer with Umbraco, PHP, SQL, Project Management, SEO and consultancy skills available for website design and build contracts. Digital experience with major UK and international brands (Pizza Hut, Play.com, The Co-operative). Self-motivated and a professional team-player with a can-do attitude, who excels in learning new skills and processes.

Work Experience

Freelancer Umbraco / Web Developer / Consultant – Siempre Solutions Ltd

Freelancer Apr. ‘14 – present

Siempre Solutions is my freelance company. I’m available for Umbraco website builds and general website design and build projects.

Independent Overseas Travel

South America Aug. ‘13 – Apr. ‘14

Seven months of independent travel across Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Upon returning from travelling I resigned from my position at Amaze (I had been away on sabbatical) and have decided to seek freelance opportunities to return to more hands on roles.

Amaze – Manchester, Greater Manchester

Digital Project Manager – Full Time Sept. '12 – Jul '13

My final project for Amaze was to deliver a fully responsive (targeting mobile, tablet and desktop) and personalised website for Pizza Hut Restaurants UK www.pizzahut.co.uk/restaurants/, using Episerver v7.1 (one of the first major UK brands to deploy). The project was delivered against tight deadlines to meet the new VC backers requirements including a repositioning of the brand. The Restaurant business share the website domain with the Delivery brand so the project required close management and sensitive political handling to overcome a number of technicalities including tight time scales (requiring development to start before design was finalised), SEO restrictions and hosting technical complications.

The project was a success with the site launching on time and within budget – the customer has been pleased with the delivery, has found that restaurant site outperforms its rivals (including its own Delivery brand) and as a result has signed Amaze as its sole provider for their digital work. The site has also won awards.

Also responsible for a number of digital projects for The Co-operative Group including a major project to unify the headers and footers of all group sites and deliver a new induction portal for new colleagues. Majority of work was delivered for Episerver v5 and v6. Responsible for delivering a Facebook application which promoted insurance for young drivers, targeting mobile devices and involving integration to existing applications within complex legal framework.

Other projects included delivery of a full website design and build delivery in Episerver using a taxonomy classification of articles and managing out-sourced projects.

Role required a deep understanding of all aspects of digital design and build – technical, requirements gathering, UX, cost reporting, account management, change control and managing delivery.

TicketPurse.com

Developer / Designer - Personal Project

Owner and creator of a full ticketing solution. Includes a backoffice system with a RESTful webservice, website booking controls, barcoded single use tickets and efficient seat selling algorithms. Hosted on a dedicated Linode Linux virtual server on which I installed and configured a full LAMP stack. Built using AJAX, PHP and MySQL. Full demo available at www.ticketpurse.com

Wax Digital Ltd Gr. Manchester

Project Manager - Full Time Feb. '11 - Sept. '12

Managing projects across teams in the business to deliver bespoke procurement solutions for clients, including Play.com, and an overseas government. The solution provided interfaces to ERPs including SUN Systems and Microsoft so the role required a deep understanding of the accounting process and data translation.

Involved in pre-sales through to delivery including requirements capturing via workshops with accountants / procurement and technical experts required a deep understanding of the procurement process and the product. In order to ensure quality deliveries I was often required to work outside of the remit of a Project Manager and take on additional technical, testing and training responsibilities to ensure smooth deliveries for multiple stakeholders.

Independent Overseas Travel July '10 - Dec. '10

Period of independent travel across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka including 35 days of unguided trekking in the Himalayas.

Web Applications UK LTD - Gr. Manchester

Project Manager - Full Time June '07 - July '10

Joined as a Consultant and was promoted into a Project Management role managing teams of up to five developers. Successfully completed projects include designing and building a theatre break packaging system to provide live prices to a website querying many different suppliers, including flights and rail, for a multi-million pound organisation. Project was delivered on-time and to specification, accommodating customer and technical changes. Other projects have included designing CMS powered website solutions using Umbraco for package holiday operators and identifying and fulfilling requirement gaps for new customers against the standard reservation platform (based on an existing MS-SQL / C# / ASP web-based system and webservice) and data migration.

CycleManchester.org.uk- Gr. Manchester

Consultant / Developer – Contract Jan. ‘11 – Feb. ‘10

Advised and developed a PHP & AJAX membership payment solution for their new WordPress powered website. I provided the full project process services - requirements gathering, specification writing, development, testing and delivery. Solution was delivered to timescales and the client provided very positive feedback.

Automotive Services Europe - Stockport, Cheshire

Senior IT Developer - Full Time Feb. '06 - June '07

Created and supported applications to collect and collate data to produce financial reports for European automotive companies from franchisees. Primary technologies used VB / VBA, MS SQL Server, MySQL, Access, ASP in website development / support (IIS). Key role in successfully delivering two major projects for new customers. Liaised with partners, customers and relevant IT departments to capture requirements. Automated application of foreign language translations to applications, created bespoke solutions and processes to resolve data issues.

QinetiQ - Malvern, Worcestershire - SC level UK Security Clearance

Graduate Requirements Engineer - Full Time Aug '05 - Feb. '06

Recruited as a graduate into an expanding team of system engineers. Based at a former MoD site, and worked on both commercial and defence projects. Role involved meeting customers to capture and document their requirements, produce user and system requirements documents (URD and SRD), using DOORS and the DXL programming language.

Temporary Contracts (Various) - London & Milton Keynes

Data Input, Contracts Administrator Jan '05 - Aug '05

Created bespoke MS-Office VBA macros where inefficient processes could be improved at the RNIB. Worked at Daimler Chrysler and created an automated system to query customer details from a bespoke database and interface with an embosser machine to produce membership cards - saving man-hours and removing costly errors.

Overseas Working Holiday Employment / Travel July '03 - Dec. '04

Network Rail - West Coast Management Unit (Midlands), Milton Keynes

Area Trend and Reports Engineer - Full Time Sept. '02 - July '03

Recruited into Change Control to provide support in reporting and trending against a budget of ñ.5bn of route modernisation works. Recognised the need for a database to help track the process of trends (change requests) for the midlands area. Created an Access database, utilising VBA, to produce MS-Office reports (e.g. populating Word templates and creating Excel reports) meeting the approved procedures and collected additional requirements from colleagues. The solution was subsequently rolled out across the other regions of the programme.


Education History

The Open University (Part Time) Feb. '06 - Ongoing

Degree in progress: BA / BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

Modules taken: Maths (MST121) - 86% Pass, You and Your Money (DB123) - 84% Pass

The University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) Sept. '09 - July '02

Degree: BSc. (Hons) Computing Science – 2:(i)

Modules include: C, C++ Programming, O.O. Programming and Windows API, Concurrent and Real-time Systems, Project Management, Software Engineering, Speech and Language Processing, Final Yr. Project (using Visual Basic, Win32 API, DirectX)

Milton Keynes College, Buckinghamshire Sept. '06 - Jun. '08

A-Levels: Business & Economics (A), Physics (C), Maths (D)

The Lord Grey School, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire Sept. '02 – Sept. '06

GCSEs: 8 Subjects inc. Maths (A), English (A) and Science (A, A)


Other IT Experience / Courses

  • Owner / Creator of DateAlt.com, a music themed dating site (Smarty, PHP5 & MySQL)
  • Owner / Creator of Mr-Takeaway.co.uk, an Umbraco & .NET powered takeaway directory
  • Courses completed include PRINCE2 Practitioner, ZEND PHP 5 Certification, Access VBA, Requirements Analysis using UML, Introduction to DOORS, and Customising DOORS with DXL.
  • Created a website for our Ultimate Frisbee team which processes tournament registrations complete with online payments, www.duffa.org (PHP 5 and MySQL).
  • Set up a successful website giving advice on travelling and cycle touring which has received many positive and encouraging comments, www.stevemorgan.me.uk

Personal Achievements

  • Completed a self-supported cycle tour of over 3,600 miles across New Zealand in three-months in spring 2004.
  • Organised a team of walkers, including myself, to take part in the longest sponsored walk in the country (55 miles). Our team raised over ñ000 for good causes and I finished 9th from over 150 walkers.
  • Came in the top ten in street charity collectors for the UMIST RAG (Raise and Give), raising money for various charities through collections in local town centres on Saturdays, marshalling a sponsored walk and serving behind a bar at a beer festival!

Skills / Interests

  • Ultimate Frisbee - Secretary & Executive Committee member helped establish club, co-event organiser for an annual tournament – 2009 had over 190 players from Europe!
  • Overseas Travel – independently travelled USA, SE Asia and New Zealand
  • Fitness – a keen touring cyclist, Ultimate and circuit training
  • Literature – especially enjoy modern novels
  • Attending live musical events with peers
  • Clean, UK Driving Licence.

Email: – steve.morgan2006@yahoo.co.uk Web: - www.stevemorgan.me.uk

Mobile: – 07968 694745 Address: - East Didsbury, Manchester, UK


Download a copy in Word format here - CV Steve Morgan PHP PM 20120928