David Nicholas Williams - CV

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Education

MSc Computer Science
2010
University of Durham, UK
BSc Computer Science, 1st Class Hons.
2009
University of Durham, UK

Experience

Consultant
MVPerfect, Manchester
May 2019 - present

Independent consultant, specialised in building web products.

Technologies React, NodeJS, Java, Kubernetes
Founding Product Tech Lead
Kynd, London
Mar 2018 - Apr 20191 year 2 months

1st employee at this cybersecurity startup, joining the 3 founders following the seed round (has since grown to ~20 people).

Personally built 1st version of product from scratch, grew it & hired a team around it over year 1. Acted as a mix of Product Manager & Lead Engineer, worked closely with founders & heads of Product & Sales to achieve revenue within 9 months.

Technologies React, NodeJS, PostgreSQL, Kubernetes
Product Tech Lead
HeyJobs, Berlin
Aug 2016 - Feb 20181 year 7 months

Tech Lead for product in this fast-growing recruitment startup. Joined at seed stage, ~20 people (now $12MM Series A, 100+ people). Grew product & team from prototype to platform handling over 1 million job applications by year 2.

In year 2 led development of a new product for self-service job postings, unlocking new levels of scale.

Technologies React, NodeJS, Ruby on Rails, Postgres, AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Senior Software Engineer
Foodpanda, Berlin
Mar 2016 - Aug 20166 months

Joined a talented team at this food delivery startup (later acquired by Delivery Hero) to build an AI powered route-planning tool for delivery drivers. Built MVP in 6 months & launched on-site in Hong Kong, our biggest market.

Technologies Java 8 Dropwizard, AngularJS, Postgres, AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Sabbatical

Here I took a sabbatical year. I lived in Bogotá, Colombia, studied Spanish for 3 months at Javeriana University, travelled extensively in Colombia, and built out some product ideas of my own.

Team Lead
Gamesys, London
Mar 2014 - Feb 20151 year

Promoted to Engineering Team Lead at this online gaming company (later acquired by JPJ Group for $500MM). Led a team of Engineers & QAs building flagship products with millions of DAUs.

1000 people globally by end of year 3. Learnt a lot about tech leadership in a larger org. Did recruiting at scale w/ continuous interviews & onboarding. Acted as a conduit for PMs & Engineers.

Technologies Java, NodeJS, React, JavaScript, DB2
Software Engineer
Gamesys, London
Aug 2012 - Mar 20141 year 8 months

Full stack engineering on products with millions of DAUs, launched products for US market as part of company expansion.

Technologies Java, NodeJS, JavaScript, jQuery, DB2
Software Engineer
Aqulia Heywood, Manchester
Oct 2010 - Jul 20121 year 10 months

Full stack engineering on B2B fintech products. Clients were large enterprises, inc Shell, AON and the BBC.

Technologies Java, JavaScript, jQuery, Oracle DB