I’ve been working at s1 for eight years now, designing and developing some of Scotland’s leading online destinations like s1jobs, s1homes and s1’s local community platform. As one of the original three members of the tech team, I’ve been involved in virtually everything that s1 has launched over the years.
Since December 2007 I’ve been working as Web Producer, managing a four-strong development team with responsibility for s1jobs, s1learning and a number of smaller sites. Our biggest product launch of the year was the redesigned s1jobs (“now with fancy bits”) which launched successfully on schedule earlier this month. At that time I decided to seek out a fresh challenge and was offered a move into the newspaper side of the business.
So… my new role is as Digital Innovation Manager for the Herald & Times group. This role will see me return to the bits of my job I really love — playing with technology and coming up with innovative solutions to complex problems. Or as the job spec puts it, I will “lead thinking on innovation, identify relevant emerging technologies and business ideas and spearhead audience drivers like search engine optimisation”.
I’m really looking forward to starting this new role at the end of October, but in the meantime I’ve got one last project to complete for s1. I can’t say much about it just now, but look out for a new launch in early 2009.