Nathan Birrell

Curriculum Vitae

September 05, 2018

Not seeking work

About

Determined to make the web a better place with beautiful, maintainable, accessible and thought-out software applications.

Summary

  • 4+ years’ software engineering experience with some of Australia’s largest companies.
  • Primary focus on modern Javascript web-application development. In-depth experience with the React/Redux/Mobx/Webpack ecosystems. Working knowledge in React Native and Ruby on Rails.
  • Typically thrive in empowered, self-sufficient and multidisciplinary teams. Keen interest in process, lean philosophy and improving the way we work.

Experience

Bureau of Meteorology

Mar 2018 - present (contract)

  • Working on a project team to build a completely new weather experience for BOM’s general public audience.
  • One of Australia’s top 40 websites by traffic.
  • Tooling: Typescript, React, Mobx with mobx-state-tree, Jest/Enzyme, ES6+, styled-components.
  • Interesting challenges:

    • managing tree-structured state
    • finding the right abstractions for reusable components
    • working with a medium-to-large team to agree on long-term technical decisions

Poseidon

(side project, on hold) June 2017 - Present

Engineer/Co-founder

  • Building the next generation of surf forecasting.
  • Built on a Ruby on Rails API (my first major Rails project) and a React/Redux/Webpack client-side ecosystem.
  • Multiple third-party integrations involved, including: NOAA, BOM, PlanetOS and Willyweather.

Belong

powered by Telstra Nov 2016 - Mar 2018

Front-end Developer

Mid-level Front-end Developer on a React/Redux/Webpack web application. Key activities:

  • Tooling: React, Redux, Webpack, ES6/Babel, server-side React rendering
  • Built out a hybrid native application using Expo and React Native.
  • Onboarding new developers, maintaining Jest unit testing coverage
  • Migration of our legacy front-end app out of an unmaintainable Knockout/JQuery set-up to a more manageable React/Redux ecosystem.

Deloitte Digital

Jan ‘14 - Nov ‘16

Front-end Developer

Website and web application builds for clients such as Telstra, ANZ , Herbert Smith Freehills , RACQ, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and QSuper .

Front-end feature development in SCRUM delivery teams:

  • Regularly owned front-end estimation and delivery of user stories end-to-end with considerable complexity and time constraints.
  • Focussed on improving quality through: objective architectural decisions and discussion, sharing ideas for writing readable and maintainable Javascript and presenting ideas back to the wider FED team.
  • Assisted product owners, designers and UX to design solutions that maximise business value from more effective development effort.
  • Attended conferences and completed training such as: Deloitte FED training (mostly React & Angular), Pluralsight courses (i.e. Crockford’s JS Good Parts) and meetups/conferences (MelbJS, LASTConf).
  • Helped design/introduce a feature-based Git workflow (‘git flow’) for multiple clients.

The Incentive Lab

6m contract, 2015

Full-Stack Developer (PHP)

  • Part-time (and sole) full-stack PHP developer for the incentive marketing agency’s proprietary software, Flashpoint, used by sales teams at BMW, Nissan and Samsung in Australia.
  • Technologies used: PHP, Symfony, Doctrine ORM, LAMP stack, Wordpress, Javascript/JQuery.

Freelance Projects

2013 - Dec ‘16

Developer / Digital Consultant

  • Worked for myself from university as a web developer and digital consultant to small businesses.
  • Provided services from as basic as a Wordpress/Squarespace build to a custom Rails application.
  • Clients: Damgar Group, Gaffneys Logistics, Serenity Face & Body, All City Bathrooms & Kitchens, Memla Landscape Architects

Apple Retail

2014 (Mobile Device Technician)

Interests

  1. Heavy focus on best practices in software development: writing reusable, readable and maintainable code, continuous improvement and quality (through pull requests, pair programming and regular team catch-ups). Opinions heavily influenced by the Rails Doctrine, Clean Code and Eloquent JS.
  2. Strong interest in wider front-end community involvement and contributing back to open source projects. Regular attendee at MelbJS and Ruby Melbourne meetups. Participant in Hacktoberfest.
  3. Managing teams and workflows around building software. Inspired by many things/people, to name a few: Agile manifesto, Lean philosophy, Basecamp, Ben Horowitz, Seth Godin and Paul Graham.
  4. Outside of work I generally spend well away from my computer (mainly surfing/camping).

Skills

  • Javascript, ES6, Typescript
  • React/Redux/Mobx front-end ecosystem
  • Git & git-flow
  • Webpack, Babel
  • React Native & Expo
  • Ruby & Rails
  • Jest/Enzyme unit testing
  • Figma, Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator
  • HTML, CSS, Sass

Education

RMIT University

2012 - 2015

Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) (Applied) (minor in Marketing)

St. Kevin’s College

Completed VCE in 2011

Contact


Nathan Birrell

Software engineer, primarily focussed on Javascript web application development.
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