We’re hiring

Semantico is a fast-expanding company. We’re looking to recruit passionate individuals who are committed to delivering high quality, innovative work. In return, we offer a friendly, fair and supportive environment where we aim to help develop each employee to their full potential. If you would like to join the team, please contact us, stating your skills and experience, at HR@semantico.com

Project Manager

Primary purpose of the role:

  • To plan the delivery of Semantico digital projects.
  • To lead the delivery of Semantico digital projects from conception through to operations.
  • To be responsible for the delivery of projects to schedule, budget and scope.
  • To be responsible for leading customer communications on project related issues.
  • To be responsible for meeting key project management KPIs on project and service delivery.

Principal relationships:

  • Semantico customers.
  • Delivery Director.
  • Programme Manager.
  • Resource / Traffic Manager.
  • Technical Team Leads.
  • Account Managers.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

Project leadership and governance

  • To be accountable to the relevant project steering group and client for the leadership and delivery of each project or programme as assigned, on time, to budget and to scope.
  • To provide the driving force and leadership of the project teams which are composed of a matrix of skills from the delivery and operations teams.
  • To apply Semantico standards and guidelines in in project management techniques, methodology and tools.
  • To provide regular reports of progress and be accountable for the accuracy of project information.
  • To be responsible for the production of project plans / schedules suitable to the scale of each project to Semantico standards.
  • To manage projects within commercial tolerances set by the business and/or steering group.
  • At the earliest opportunity to flag opportunity potential project overruns and/or provide exception reports to the business and/or steering group.
  • To recognise and flag potential project risks to the business and/or steering group.
  • To flag any change of scope and required effort to the business and/or steering group and to be accountable for managing change to the project within contractual and commercial constraints.
  • To ‘own’ project documentation and communication records; to ensure all documentation is complete to Semantico standards and stored in such a way as to accessible to the business at all times.

Project handovers

  • To ensure that handover of projects to Customer Support is to agreed standards and criteria.
  • To ensure internal project handovers (for reasons of holiday cover of changes in the roster) to be competed thoroughly and in good time.

Resource management

  • To build and maintain an excellent working relationship with the Traffic Manager.
  • To be responsible for providing Traffic Manager with resource requirements for projects.
  • To be responsible for informing Traffic Manager of any changed or changing resource requirements.

Commercial management

  • To ensure both the project participants and client act in accordance with existing contracts.
  • To ensure best service and value from suppliers under existing or new contracts.
  • To be fully aware of and fully conversant at all times with project-related commercial agreements as defined in contracts, work orders and change requests.

Communications management

  • To devise and implement effective stakeholder communication strategies designed to engage, inform and influence.
  • To present accurate and clear information and data to every level of the organisation and client as required.
  • Own and manage key relationships with internal and external stakeholders “on the project”.

Customer service

  • To respond to customers’ project-related communications in a timely manner and in line with agreed communication strategies for the project in hand and in line with KPIS as set down by the business.

Experience and skills and abilities: essential

Experience

  • Worked as a project manager in a 100% customer and commercially focused digital agency or vendor environment.
  • Have >5 years experience in digital project management.

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent prioritisation, time-management and decision making skills.
  • People management and negotiation.
  • Ability to think creatively to arrive at workable solutions under pressure and to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of typical project management methodologies, frameworks and processes used in the design and development of information systems.
  • Knowledge of project management activities and typical associated tools and documents to support the full project life cycle.
  • Experience and proven track record in delivery of complex technology projects with budgets for £50K to £500K.
  • Direct experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams, e.g. Business Analysis, Testing, Developers.
  • Ability to apply attention to detail across multiple projects to ensure project and business aims are being met.
  • Knowledge and experience of applying quality management principles and practice into a project management process.
  • Planning and organisation: able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines and resources.

Experience and skills and abilities: desirable

  • Experience with waterfall and agile project management methodologies.
  • Experience with Jira / Atlassian products.
  • Worked within the scholarly publishing sector.
  • Knowledge of / interest in issues relating to academic research and dissemination of academic research.
  • Experience of working in a fast growing and fast changing business.

Behaviours: essential

  • Strong integrity and excellent personal judgement.
  • Communication: an excellent communicator who is able to vary their verbal and written style whether communicating with directors or employees.
  • Inspiration: able to inspire a shared vision, encourage consensus with the strategic direction and approach for the project.
  • Integrity: able to set and demonstrate the standard for quality standards and our corporate standards.
  • Enthusiasm: a positive ”can do” approach despite the challenges is essential.
  • Empathy: presence of the emotional intelligence to engage and motivate individuals to succeed.
  • Delegation: able to trust delegates to deliver tasks whilst maintaining high standards of quality.
  • Calmness: able to calmly handle tight time-lines and the adverse events and issues that may threaten the delivery of a project and maintain a calming influence on the project team.
  • Team building skills: understanding of the processes and dynamics that turn groups of individuals into a single cohesive unit.
  • Flexibility: adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups.
  • Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
  • Customer orientation: works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolves their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and service; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Innovation: comfortable with constant innovation in processes and products; able to move outside ‘accepted norms’ where necessary to achieve innovative solutions.

Qualifications: essential

  • Degree in Computer Science, Digital Media or related degree or equivalent experience.

Qualifications: desirable

  • Project management qualification(s).

What we offer you:

  • 35 hours working week (Monday-Friday) at our centrally located head office.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Other benefits including: 31 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays), a contributory pension, cycle to work scheme, free fruit, relaxed dress code, childcare vouchers and the best coffee in Brighton!

How to apply:

Send your CV, a covering letter, details of your salary expectations and your availability to start to: Semantico HR

Closing date for applications: midday 18th August 2014

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact those who are invited for interview.

We will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies.

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Resource and Traffic Manager

Primary purpose of the role:

  • To work with key stakeholders within Sales, Delivery & HR teams to manage and plan the timely allocation of resources across the delivery team.
  • To work with key stakeholders within Sales, Delivery & HR teams to identify and plan for future resourcing requirements.
  • To aggregate and deliver timely and accurate project and financial MI.
  • To contribute to the evolvement of and ensure delivery team adherence to the Semantico Project Lifecycle.

Principal relationships:

  • Project Managers.
  • Technical Team Leads.
  • Account Management.
  • Delivery Director.
  • Chief Operating Officer.
  • Semantico customers.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

Resource and traffic management

  • Own the delivery team resource plan.
  • Allocate resources according to agreed project plans across the Delivery Team on a weekly basis.
  • Identify current skills and capabilities, and the skills needed for current and future work.
  • To work closely with Programme manager and other key stakeholders to establish and maintain forward load data and to establish short, medium and long term plans to address the business loading on the Delivery Team.
  • To work closely with Programme Manager and other key stakeholders resolve resource conflicts.
  • To work closely with Programme Manager and other key stakeholders to identify and establish systems and processes to enable effective resource and traffic management.
  • To optimise the allocation of resources.

Management information and reporting

  • To ensure accurate and timely completion of timesheets across the Delivery Team.
  • To work with key stakeholders on the Delivery and Finance Team to ensure the completion of the project finance report on a monthly basis.
  • To work with key stakeholders on the Delivery and Finance Team to develop and deliver other key MI.
  • To participate in periodic reviews with the Delivery and Finance Teams to understand variances to budget and plan accordingly.

Experience and skills and abilities: essential

Experience

  • Worked in a 100% customer focused digital agency or vendor environment.
  • Worked as a traffic or resource manager in a digital agency or vendor environment.
  • Delivered accurate, timely MI on a regular basis.
  • Have >5 years experience in digital.

Skills and abilities

  • Commercial awareness.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to apply attention to detail across multiple projects to ensure business aims are being met.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with tools and processes to conduct effective resource and traffic management.
    Knowledge of MI reporting within a digital agency or vendor environment.
  • An excellent strong communicator who is able to vary style whether talking to directors to employees.
  • Excellent prioritisation and decision making skills.
  • People management and negotiation.
  • Ability to think creatively to arrive at workable solutions under pressure and to multi-task.
  • Strong integrity, personal judgement and gravitas.

Qualifications: essential

  • Degree in Computer Science, Digital Media or related degree or equivalent experience.

Experience and skills: desirable

  • Worked within the scholarly publishing sector.
  • Knowledge of / interest in issues relating to academic research and dissemination of academic research.
  • Experience of working in a fast growing and changing business.

What we offer you:

  • 35 hours working week (Monday-Friday) at our centrally located head office.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Other benefits including: 31 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays), a contributory pension, cycle to work scheme, free fruit, relaxed dress code, childcare vouchers and the best coffee in Brighton!

How to apply:

Send your CV, a covering letter, details of your salary expectations and your availability to start to: Semantico HR

Closing date for applications: midday 18th August 2014

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact those who are invited for interview.

We will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies.

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Account Manager

Primary purpose of the role

The Account Manager (AM) will report to the Sales Director. The AM will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships that Semantico has with existing clients (with a focus on STM) in the UK and Europe in order to retain and maximise their revenue contribution to Semantico.

The Account Manager may also be responsible for carrying out direct sales activities to create new revenue opportunities in the UK and Europe  in accordance with agreed business plans.

Principal relationships

  • Sales Director (UK).
  • Sales and Account team (UK and US).
  • Heads of PM and Development (UK).

Key responsibilities and tasks

  • Manage the relationships between Semantico and Semantico’s clients as per the AM’s client roster.
  • Act as the client’s representative within Semantico.
  • Identify opportunities to grow existing accounts in order to maximise the revenues from those accounts to agreed targets.
  • Work with Project Managers and the delivery team to aid in the smooth and timely delivery of client products.
  • Work with the sales team to help identify and win new business opportunities.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of opportunities in Semantico’s CRM system.
  • Provide regular reports on account activities and other relevant management information as agreed with the Sales Director, some of which information will inform Semantico’s resourcing plans.
  • Ensure the provision of detailed cost estimates and work order documentation in response to customer requirements in a timely manner, and follow these up by email, telephone and personal visits as appropriate.
  • Liaise with and attend meetings with other company functions necessary to perform duties and aid business and organisational development
  • Travel to and attend publishing industry events and functions within the UK, Europe and the US as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain strong client relationships through regular close contact account management which will include regular face to face meetings, telephone and email communication.
  • Have a thorough understanding of clients business objectives including their Return On Investment (ROI) objectives to sell the appropriate solution.
  • Ensure you manage expectations of all stakeholders (Internal and external) within  projects.
  • Ensure account plans for each client are created and are updated including all current and relevant information concerning the client and their project(s).
  • Perform against agreed account plans and revenue targets whilst managing and protecting margin.

Scale and territory indicators

  • Target accounts: List assigned and reviewed by UK Sales Director.
  • Target sector: STM.
  • Typical account value £100k – £300k pa.
  • Territory: UK, Europe.

Knowledge and skills required

Essential

  • Experience of the STM academic publishing sector.
  • An independent self-starter able to work on their own initiative.
  • Experience of managing and growing mutiple client accounts within an STM publishing environment.
  • Experience of managing and delivering digital products to market within an STM publishing environment.
  • Excellent presentation, listening and consulting skills to board level.
  • Strong commercial acumenExcellent at developing rapport and building relationships at all levels.
  • Strong ability to prioritise with strong planning & delivery skills.
  • Practical experience of anticipating the changing needs of customers and clients.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to be the commercial lead in a project using own initiative and working as part of a team.
  • Ability to identify and close business opportunities.
  • Ability to have a strong impact and influence key client decisions.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong listening and questioning skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage external and internal relationships, promptly respond to queries, ensure promises are kept and manage expectations.
  • Ability to analyse results, identify and explain any variance from revenue targets.
  • Ability to identify a clients key business objectives and propose solutions.
  • Strong motivation and a positive approach to researching and analysing new business opportunities and working with the wider team where appropriate.
  • Ability to cope with conflicting demands and to prioritise tasks.
  • A positive attitude to dealing with people.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team, contributing and sharing best practices/ knowledge / resources and ideas.
  • Understanding of the importance of demonstrating respect and confidentiality regarding the client and Semantico information.
  • Ability to identify issues and propose solutions before the client brings them to our attention.

Qualifications

Desirable

  • Degree or equivalent experience.

What we offer you:

  • 35 hours working week (Monday-Friday) at our centrally located head office.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Other benefits including: 31 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays), a contributory pension, cycle to work scheme, free fruit, relaxed dress code, childcare vouchers and the best coffee in Brighton!

How to apply:

Send your CV, a covering letter, details of your salary expectations and your availability to start to: Semantico HR

Closing date for applications: midday 18th August 2014

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact those who are invited for interview.

We will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies.

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Java Web Developer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Java Web Developer at Semantico, an expanding digital publishing company in the heart of Brighton. Semantico has doubled its headcount in the last couple of years and, due to this expansion, this innovative forward-thinking organisation now requires a Java Web Developer to join the team.

Primary purpose of the role:

The role involves the full life-cycle of software development from new builds to maintenance and updates:

  • Has the ability to see project development from both a commercial and software engineering perspective.
  • Works with technical leads, project management, technical architects and quality assurance staff to design and develop and deploy high quality applications for our clients.
  • Can work on project both large and small, with the same attention to detail.
  • Will look at a problem pragmatically, and chooses the solution based on what is fit-for-purpose.

Principal relationships:

  • External customers.
  • Internal departments.
  • Management team.
  • Suppliers.

Key responsibilities and tasks:

  • Design and develop software systems to meet clients requirements.
  • Integrate in-house and third-party software components to create the designed system.
  • Work with project management and quality assurance to produce a quality system which meets the clients requirements within the project budget and schedule.
  • Work with systems and support teams to deploy applications to various environment and ensure it can be supported.
  • Work with project management and senior technical staff to analyse and clarify clients requirements and minimise ambiguities.
  • Work closely with project management and senior technical staff to estimate and specify the costs of the development of software.

Knowledge and skills required:

Essential

  • Extensive professional experience in developing significant software systems using Java
  • Excellent software development skills including:
  • Requirements analysis.
  • Software design.
  • Excellent OO design skills and strong knowledge of design patterns.
  • Unit and integration testing.
  • Maintenance.
  • Ability to work well in a team or alone.
  • Excellent knowledge of the core Java and javax Servlet APIs.
  • Desire to learn new skills and keep up with technologies.
  • Knowledge of web development technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • In-depth commercial experience of using Java for writing web-based applications.
  • Knowledge of Spring core (or other Java IoC framework).
  • Has used version control systems such as Git, Subversion or similar.
  • Has extensive exposure to the Java Persistence API (JPA) using Hibernate or other implementation.
  • Knowledge of web servers and application servers such as Apache Tomcat or Jetty.
  • Experience of XML technologies such as XSLT, XPath and XQuery.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Relationship building.
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritise with strong planning and delivery skills.
  • Proactive/can do attitude.
  • Keen to develop and learn.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Can work on own initiative.
  • Eligible to work in the UK.

Desirable

  • Experience of book publishing/digital media industry.
  • Experience of mentoring/supporting other developers to ensure tasks are completed.
  • Knowledge of SQL database systems such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server or SQLite.
  • Experience of the Linux/Unix environment.
  • Knowledge of the Solr/Lucene search engine.
  • Knowledge of XML database systems such as MarkLogic, eXist or BaseX.
  • Knowledge of Cocoon and Tapestry.

Qualifications:

Preferred

  • Degree-level education in computer science, software engineering or similar or equivalent experience.

What we offer you:

  • 35 hours working week (Monday-Friday) at our centrally located head office.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Other benefits including: 31 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays), a contributory pension, Cycle to Work scheme, free fruit, relaxed dress code, childcare vouchers and the best coffee in Brighton!

How to apply:

Send your CV, a covering letter, details of your salary expectations and your availability to start to: Semantico HR

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact those who are invited for interview.

We will not accept any applications from recruitment agencies.