I am a vastly experienced eCommerce specialist and started my development life by managing a website design studio in 2000. Further to a successful internal eCommerce project in 2005 I became part developer (primarily .net), part merchant and took over ownership of the business in 2007. Following on from this I grew the eCommerce site to be a leader in its sector and continued my development work which included complex integrations with third party services. Subsequently I provided eCommerce consultancy services for SMEs and in 2012 I co-founded one of Scotland's leading Magento agencies where I was the CTO for 5 yrs. In this position I managed a development team responsible for Enterprise level solutions. After resigning in April 2017 and completing a 3 month handover as a contractor I am again providing eCommerce consultancy services but now focus on a select group of merchants where by I assist with developing eCommerce strategies and implementing best practice development processes. I currently hold the position of CIO at Williamson's Design Florist (MyFlorist.co.uk) which is the largest network of flower shops in the UK.
Williamsons Design Florist (MyFlorist.co.uk)
CIO (Chief Information Officer) • September 2017 - Ongoing
Managing the information technology (IT) strategy and the computer systems required to support the unique objectives and goals of the business.
Contractor • May 2017 - July 2017
Magento developer and contractor undertaking handover associated to resigning as CTO in April 2017
Co-Founder, CTO, Technical Director • January 2012 - April 2017
In this position I managed a team of Magento certified developers responsible for Enterprise level solutions whilst being a developer at the same time. I also undertook client management, customer acquisition, strategy and business development and took the lead in instituting best practises in regards development and deployment strategies.
Digital Design Scotland
Manager / Business Owner • January 2000 - January 2012
From originally managing a small team of website developers which provided brochure based websites I transitioned into the business owner and lead developer of an internal eCommerce project which changed the business overnight. I subsequently grew this site to be a leader in its sector. Whilst being a Merchant and developer I undertook a number of complex integrations with third party services.
C&J Knight Ltd
Director • January 2007 - July 2014
I helped lay the foundations for the business in the early 2000's and was made a director in 2007. The business was sold in 2014.
Edinburgh • November 2017
Manchester • November 2017
eCommerce Show North
Manchester • October 2017
Manchester • November 2016
Edinburgh • October 2016
London • June 2016
Prague • April 2016
Magento Titans Mini
Manchester • February 2016
Manchester • November 2015
London • June 2015
Manchester • November 2014
London • July 2014
Magento Solution Service Certification • 2015
A Magento Solution Specialist is an expert user of the Magento ecommerce platform. Drawing on a deep background in business and ecommerce, the Magento Solution Specialist can efficiently align business objectives with Magento functionality, optimize use of native features, and avoid unnecessary customization. Whether as a merchant, a manager, a consultant, or an analyst, the Magento Solution Specialist knows how to make the best use of Magento technology. A Magento Certified Solution Specialist has deep familiarity with the Magento platform, including: Magento Architecture: layouts, themes, extensions and customizations; Magento data models. Elements of a Magento ecommerce site: catalog, shipping, payment, order processing, promotions, extensions, import/export, etc. Application of Magento knowledge to business goals: mapping client needs to Magento features, recommending the most effective options for implementing client requirements in Magento.
Gray's School Of Art
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Field Of Study Design • 1999
Established as one of Scotland's five art schools I qualified with a BA Hons in design. Whilst my specialism was "knitting" I had a technical twist to my work in that my patterns (in the main) were produced by programming in a proprietary language.
Far from exhaustive I have regularly worked with the following technologies in Enterprise level environments (i.e. sites with multi-million turnovers).
- Magento 1
- Magento 2
- PHP Grav
- APIs (SOAP, REST, XML)
- Varnish (Reverse Proxies)
- Split Server Setups
- Content Disctribution Networks
- Atlassian Suite of Products
- Scrum Methodologies
- Agile Methodologies
LANGUAGES / TECHNIQUES
It's been sometime but historically I have a knowledge of the following unclassified languages, tools, platforms etc.
- Classic ASP
- Microsoft SQL
- Visual Studio
- Exchange Server
- and more....
Studying for the new Magento2 certificates that are currently being released (MCSS for Magento2 is currently available as a Beta Exam).
Initial exploration into Amazon Echo Skill development and connecting to Magento API’s. Outside of Magento I have created a Skill which allows the querying of the fixture list for my sons Rugby Club.
Ross has done some excellent work promoting our clients web sites, producing excellent long term results. Ross is always efficient, professional and effective and I would thoroughly recommend his services building and executing a web promotion strategy.Robin Morris, Director at Bookster & Caravan Sitefinder
Ross kindly agreed to present a workshop at my monthly networking group (East Lothian Coffee Morning) which covered a detailed introduction to the benefits of email marketing. His knowledge was first class and I know from feedback that the presentation was very well received, in fact it was our largest turnout of the year so far.Al Bryce, Business Growth Advisor at The City of Edinburgh Council
Ross was a conscientious employer, interested in exploring different options and in providing a professional finish. He is an excellent project manager, adept at coaxing a project along and making sure that it came in on time and to budget.Marianne Hazlewood, Designer / Developer
I welcome enquiries but please note I am not currently open to job offers.