Hiring Contractors? Looking for a Contract role?

Are you a client who hires contractors into your Tech or Product teams?

Do you know what your contractor margins are? Do you know what percentage of the day rate goes to the recruiter and how much the candidate is actually getting?

Are you a candidate who has been negotiated down hard on your day rate? Did you feel like the recruiter would say anything to get you to drop that extra £20 or £50 per day?

Coupled with 15 years of tech recruitment experience, we have a completely transparent commission of just £50 per day here at LHR.

This means we regularly save clients 100’s sometimes 1000’s of pounds per month in comparison to other recruiters.

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Working with LHR means clients get the same quality contractor at a fraction of the fee and Candidates get to work on the same great gig but without the car boot sale type bartering and maybe end up with extra cash too!

Need a contractor? Looking for your next contract? Call us now on 07858973473.

 

Product Owner. Disruptive Marketplace. London. £70,000

Product Owner. Disruptive Marketplace. London. £70,000

Our client is building a game-changing marketplace for both the retail and property industries, they have raised over $20m in funding to date and now need another excellent Product Owner to join the team.

We require an experienced Product Owner to own and develop outstanding consumer and internal facing digital products within the marketplace.

Product and technology are at the heart of the business, they have a relentless commitment to building innovative products for each site of the marketplace.

The Product Owner will:

  • Work with stakeholders to build a product roadmap, creating appropriate business cases to drive product enhancement
  • Work on product definition, analysis, prioritisation and planning, transforming ideas into actionable initiatives
  • Create, maintain and prioritise the product backlog in alignment with the product vision and goals.
  • Engage with users and internal stakeholders to understand their requirements, as well as capturing your own via primary research
  • Liaise with international teams to ensure all market specific requirements are captured and considered
  • Use qualitative and quantitative customer insight to help inform the product vision and to validate problems and solutions throughout the product development process
  • Ensure the design for the product provides the best value for the given initiative, and ensure that measures are in place to accurately reflect the value achieved
  • Collaborate with the product engineering teams throughout product development, ensuring the end product is of the highest quality and delivers on the vision and goals
  • Clearly communicate the product roadmap with the business, making sure stakeholders are informed of changes and are kept up to date with delivery efforts
  • Monitor product performance on an ongoing basis and identify key performance indicators
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the competitive landscape; recognising game-changing innovations and introducing relevant products to the portfolio
  • Working in partnership with other product managers to ensure cohesion across product roadmaps
  • Contribute to the Digital Product strategy

As an excellent communicator, you’ll also be able to bridge the gap between the business and technology worlds and work with stakeholders at all levels

The best Product Owner will have a passion for, and a strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods to draw out customer insight to help inform your decision making

You’ll thrive in a lean and agile environment, and have a willingness to adapt and learn in a fast paced environment.

Experience in e-commerce, property or marketplaces would be beneficial

If you like to make ideas happen while working with some of the most inspiring and innovative brands out there in a no BS or excuses working environment please get in touch ASAP.

Excellent salary, career progression, learning and benefits also on offer.

For more details and to apply please contact Jordan Norris on 07858973473 or email your CV to Jordan@lewishollings.com

What do you want from a recruiter?

Everyone knows businesses need to stand out, go the extra mile and offer something more than their competitors to thrive. The recruitment market is tough and we don’t have the best reputation (!) so building trustworthy relationships is a priority for me.

A couple of months ago I decided to try to get even more involved with the Ruby market and build on my knowledge of the sector by attending a developer event. I really enjoyed it, although of course most of the tech chat went over my head! I very deliberately didn’t approach anybody with “sales patter” nor did I make it obvious I was a recruiter.

In the days following the event I did what I believe to be the normal stuff, followed the speakers on Twitter, tweeted to say I enjoyed it etc and I also tagged a few attendees and speakers into a tweet, nothing salesy or opinionated and certainly not asking for business. To my surprise, I received quite a bit of push back and negativity. I received one message from a client (and speaker) I’d love to work with saying my interest and excitement in the event was making him “uncomfortable” and I should delete the tweets.

This was pretty tough to take, so it led me to wonder ‘what do people want from a recruiter’? Is fact-finding, knowing your market and increasing your knowledge important or not?

So, what do you want from a recruiter? I would love to hear your views and opinions….

Ruby on Rails Developer | R&D | Oxfordshire | £65,000 + Bonus & Options

Ruby on Rails Developer | R&D | Oxfordshire | £65,000

Fantastic “out of London” client is keen to hire a Senior Ruby Developer. Work from home options + Bonus + Options (Pre IPO)

If you are a Senior Ruby Developer based in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire who is keen to build innovative technology with great colleagues without having to travel into London every day please read on…

LHR looking for a Ruby on Rails Developer to join a leading R&D company in Oxford. This is a great opportunity for a Senior Ruby on Rails Developer looking to work on challenging projects with an incredible company.  

The Role  

As the Ruby on Rails Developer, you’ll be working on the front end of my client’s complex web applications. This is a senior role within the company so the Ruby on Rails Developer will have a great opportunity to contribute to wider strategy and architecture, as well as mentoring Junior Developers.  

The Company  

A local success story, the Ruby on Rails Developer will be joining an incredible research and development company who are at the forefront of their field. You’ll be joining during a period of growth, so the opportunities for your role moving forwards are huge! 

What’s Required?

For this Ruby on Rails Developer position, we’re looking for a Senior Developer with significant previous experience developing web applications using RoR.

We’re ideally looking for experience with the following:

  • Strong background coding with Ruby on Rails
  • Experience with other open source languages such as PHP, Python and JavaScript will be beneficial
  • Previous experience building complex web applications, such as e-commerce systems, would be great  

For more details please call 07858973743 and send a copy of your CV to Jordan@lewishollings.com

Happy Candidate Alert!

It was lovely of Zenon to leave this recommendation for Jordan earlier today.

“It’s a real pleasure working with Jordan. He has been quite professional, honest, patient and eager to help with anything. He shows real interest in his clients and actually listens to them. He is without a doubt one of the best recruiters I’ve encountered so far and I highly recommend him.”

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Ruby Tech Team Lead. Payments Industry. London. £75k + Equity

Our client, a B2B payment company powered by blockchain technology are looking to hire a Ruby Engineering team in London, starting with a Tech Team Lead.

This is a really exciting opportunity to join a young company and make a massive impact in a business backed by leading VCs in the payment space and with a presence in the UK and the US!

The perfect candidate will be a Senior Developer keen to stay hands-on and Lead a small team.

Technical Experience:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Javascript and/or Coffeescript (Backbone, React)
  • Relational databases (RDS, Postgres)
  • AWS (EC2, OpsWorks)
  • Background workers (Resque)

We need an experienced software engineer with a track record of executing & delivery on challenging projects. The best candidates will be comfortable working closely with business & product teams to determine the project road map.

Ideally you’ll have previous experience leading small sized engineering teams

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Previous team leadership experience
  • Full stack web application experience
  • Working knowledge of Rails and at least one front end framework
  • Unit and end to end testing experience
  • Experience building web APIs
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience building production-deployed web applications

To learn more about this or any of our Ruby opportunities please call 07858973473 or email your CV to CV@lewishollings.com

Playing The Long Game

I wrote a blog last year and mentioned the need for clients and candidates to work with a specialist recruiter. I’ve always believed niche and specialist is the way forward but never really been brave enough to be one. I’ve been a recruiter for 14 years and always worked the technology market, predominantly with Developers, but never specialised in a particular technology for any length of time.long-road-478155_1920

Niche recruitment agencies & consultants have a clear advantage over general recruitment agencies. They specialise, don’t try to cater to everyone and know their market, which is why I believe they deliver superior service to clients & candidates. I no longer see a benefit of working across a wider market – there may seem to be more opportunities, but the reality is it is much harder to develop specialist knowledge in a large sector and long-term you’ll make fewer placements and add far less value.

Over the last few months, a serious injury has allowed me time to reflect and review my time in the recruitment industry – 14 years is a long time. I have always liked the security of having lots of clients who needed people and several ‘live vacancies’. The problem was they didn’t become placements. Placements I made were down to graft and luck rather than science or intelligent recruitment. I’d start every assignment from scratch and be working on 7 or 8 different types of roles at one time.

Late last year I bit the bullet and made a change and decided to work only within the ‘Ruby’ technology market. This allows me to really know my market and have my finger on the pulse. But it also means I have had to learn to say NO to new business from other markets, a daunting prospect for a small company. However, it’s been the best decision I ever made and in truth, I should have made it years ago.

Saying no to jobs I could probably fill in favour of new business, lead chasing, endless voicemails and emails nobody replies to sounds crazy but I’m “playing the long game“. Recruitment these days is more about adding value than ever! I want to add more value to clients and candidates and I want to stay in the industry. Trying to work on lots of vacancies in lots of different verticals shows me that the recruiter is only really interested in making as much money as possible. Focusing on a niche market, becoming a specialist, is about delivering the best quality service and adding value, which will lead to loyal customers and repeat business.

It’s a tough call for a start-up because cash is king but nobody wants to be a flash in the pan either. Russell Clements, ex CEO of Computer Futures tells Roy Ripper that all good recruiters should “Know their market” “Be an expert” and to “Be famous for something“. Intellectual curiosity makes a different!!

I love that I’m no longer purely motivated by filling vacancies. I’m more interested in building long term relationships with clients and candidates. Repeat business is what drives me and this suits my motivations and skill set far better these days.