Simon Cooper's CV

Profile

An expert database developer and software engineer, having excellent communication and interpersonal skills developed through a variety of extramural roles. Very reliable, self-motivated and a forward thinker with a sound practical approach for the resolution of practical issues. Enthusiastic and hard working, able to work effectively on my own and as part of a team, always keen to learn new skills. Good organizational and job management skills. Able to deliver high quality solutions under pressure.


Key Skills and Achievements

  • Worked at consulting level. Managed offshore developers. Major project experience in CAD designing, systems analysis, software design, technical support, database administration, linking to CNC machinery.
  • Programming experience on Personal Computers, VAX, HP 64000, Nimbus, and OU Hectors.
  • Expert user in all areas of Soft Tech V6 software, from database development to programming in Sax Basic & Win Wrap (Visual basic derivatives) and report writing in Quick Reports and Crystal Reports.
  • Expert user of SSQL Server 2008 R2/2005/2000 and writing SQL queries for use in code or report systems namely Quick Reports and Crystal Reports.
  • Highly proficient in the use of C#.NET, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SharePoint 2010, HTML, JScript.NET, Visual Basic, Delphi, VBA, Assembler, Pascal, SmartWareII, AutoCAD 2006, “C”, BASIC, machine code, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP, older versions of Windows & DOS, Yorden method and ErWin.
  • Problem solving. Reduced errors and scrap material by implementing business rules via computer systems, this resulted in cost savings.
  • Analytical ability. Produced reports which highlighted KPI’s, result being improved customer satisfaction.
  • Technical and commercial decision making. Provided high level consultation to many customers improving production, significantly reducing costs and improving time savings.
  • Created report systems to monitor comparisons between labour costs and calculated times. Result being a reduction in both areas.


Career Summary

Silkmoth Ltd
June 2011 – Present
NET Support Developer


  • Silkmoth has earned a strong reputation for web design and internet application development. It works with organisations of every size - from small businesses to multinationals. It's clients are based throughout the UK, with many of them around Manchester and in the North West of England.
  • I joined Silkmoth as a support engineer specialising in ASP.NET, C# and SQLServer.
  • I have already been put to good use working on updates and new functionality for some of our customer's websites.

igroup Ltd
November 2010 – March 2011
Software Engineer


  • SharePoint 2010 development, creating web parts and workflows using Visual Studio 2010 C#.NET.
  • Bespoke ASP.NET applications development using Visual Studio 2010/2008 C#.NET and SQL Server 2008 R2.
  • Managing offshore developers.
  • Providing support to end users with VPN and RDP connections to client portals and databases.

Point Progress Ltd
June 2010 – September 2010
Support Analyst


  • Developing financial enterprise solutions using ASP.NET, VB.NET, HTML and Jscript.NET in VS 2008 and SQL Server 2005. The software provides online expenses, HR forms and management tools. Customers include NHS and McKesson.
  • Providing support to end users with VPN and RDP connections to client portals and databases.

SC Software Solutions
March 2009 – June 2010
Independent Consultant


  • Providing Enterprise Solutions in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010/2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2/2005/2000.
  • V6 Manufacturer Consultancy

Kawneer UK Ltd
June 2002 – March 2009
KaluCAD Support Engineer


  • Integrated the Kawneer architectural products into the underling V6 software, develop macros (VB derivatives Sax Basic/WinWrap) to enforce business rules.
  • Develop interfaces between V6 and other systems such as CNC machines, write and maintain custom reports and provide 2nd line support to KaluCAD help desk and manager.
  • Provided high level consultation with many customers to facilitate estimating, manufacturing and material ordering all with an aim to increase profitability and reduce errors.
  • Provided estimates and manufacturing information for customers in a fast but professional manor.
  • Provided advanced training to V6 database developers.

Coastal Ltd
April 2002 - June 2002
V6 database Consultant

  • Continuation of consultancy provided by Soft Tech.
    Created a complete order interface within V6 to replace the old DOS based system.
  • Wrote reports for estimating and manufacturing purposes and financial reports including KPI's.
  • Wrote links to various CNC machines.

Soft Tech England
August 1999 - April 2002
V6 Database Consultant

  • Consulting, Project Scoping, Database Design and Development, Report Writing, Macro design and Development, Systems Interfacing and Integration.
  • Trained leading industry users in the implementation and use of V6, developed database.
  • Wrote reports and macros for customer’s world wide from Ireland to Thailand.

Initial Transport Services
November 1998-August 1999
Analyst Programmer


Maintained a road haulage scheduling system developed in Visual Basic 5 (Enterprise Ed). This employed a Sequent Server SQL 6.5 database.


  • Enhancements were also entered, where easier use of the system and performance gains were advantageous.
  • Wrote an online Help file.
  • ErWin database modeling tool provided referential integrity to the database where code had been used to enforce this.
  • Greatly involved with the acceptance testing of the system.
  • Provided nine weeks of on site support and training to the users of the system.

Genus Ltd.
March 1996-November 1998
Analyst Programmer


Developed software and system specifications for a variety of applications using Visual Basic 5 and SmartWareII. These included financial budgeting, cow rationing, milk monitoring, accounting and specialist agricultural projects.


  • Liaised with the project coordinator and a specialist team of consultants to assess the functionality of the new program and review the amount of work attainable within a given time frame.
  • Provided training.
  • User support analyst providing 1st/2nd line support to 200+ users.


Qualifications

B.Eng. Degree in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering.
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Engineering.
GCE ‘A’ Level:  Pure & Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, General Studies.
 
Further Training

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Application Development.
I am currently studying Microsoft Certified Professional VB.NET 2008 Computer Programming with the Home Learning College.
 
Hobbies and Interests

Crown Green Bowling; I enjoy playing bowls, and after only two years of bowling was asked to captain my team. I enjoy the role and have proved to be a successful captain and remain captain to this date.
Backpacking, hiking and scrambling; I have organised, lead and supervised many trips up and down mountains in the Lake District and Snowdonia. Often allowing less experienced people take the lead.
Computing; I have learnt to use many computer packages and languages on my own Personal Computer not only out of interest, but to produce art-work, spread sheets, diagrams, menus, posters and write programs for local businesses.