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Cross filter


Sass, Less


Twitter Bootstrap



Fixed + liquid layouts

Cross browser compliance, accesibility and elegant degredation is key

Semantic content

Prototyping, Protoframing


Theming experience in following platforms: WordPress, Drupal, Magento


Webkit + transitions

OpenGL 2 & 3

PhoneGap, Tigiz or similar platforms


Native IOS + Android knowledge


Flash (as3), blender knowledge

Android launcher understanding and knowledge


Regular use of the android plaatform is highly desirable

Job Brief: Technical Director

About iris

We are an independent integrated marketing agency that builds businesses, grows brands and creates extraordinary ideas for clients such as adidas, Philips, VW, Jack Daniels, Coca Cola, COI, Heineken, Speedo, Shell, Sony Ericsson, Unilever, Barclaycard and LOCOG.  We’re interested in deploying our unique blend of skills to make the most of the rapidly evolving relationship between commerce, culture and communication.

iris was founded in 1999 with one staff member and one client: Sony Ericsson.  Eleven years on and we’re in nine locations around the globe, including London, Manchester, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Singapore, New Delhi and Sydney, and with more than 30 prestigious clients. In those eleven years we’ve also been rated the Fastest Growing Agency in the UK twice, won European Promotional Grand Prix Awards, MCCA Agency of the Year Award in 2004 and 2008 and been acknowledged by Marketing and Marketing Week as their Agency of the Year in 2006. 2007 also saw The Sunday Times acknowledge us as one of the top 100 entrepreneurial businesses to work for and in 2008 the same award ranked iris as the number one marketing and advertising agency nationally. Most recently the YouGov survey of over 300 senior clients rated us 2nd most creative agency in the entire advertising/communications industry.

iris people are bright, ambitious, innovative – but down to earth – and fun with it. There’s about 350 of us in our London office. Our people have and always will come first. If this sounds like a place you’d like to be a part of, then please read on…

About the role – Technical Director

We’ve re-cut the technology team to ensure we continue to deliver great creative technology in today’s hyper connected evolving digital landscape.  Ever increasing standards of technical and creative excellence are the only constancy.  These changes have opened up an opportunity for a talented Technical Director to lead the iris team.

We’re looking for a multi-disciplinary technical lead, with both hands on and managerial experience of a range of technologies including front-end, flash / actionscript,, and PHP.

Of course, you’ll have great in-depth knowledge a range of web solutions and understand all aspects of the project lifecycle including scoping, delivery, risk, QA and deployment.

Knowing and understanding the ideal is great, but in the fast paced, delivery focused environment of a digital agency the confidence to make a quick decision on your feet and provide a calm steady hand of leadership when others cannot see a way forward is key to helping us make the project a reality.

You will be responsible for developing our process, best-practice approaches and structure to enable us to be best in class.

You will also be working closely with the Creative Technology Director to help drive creative use of technology within the iris group.

Key responsibilities

We’ve broken things down to help make things clear:

Leadership & solution delivery

  • Oversee or lead the development of projects across developer teams and for multiple clients.

  • Manage concerns or issues as they become apparent and work to a resolution with key stake holders, developer teams and the project manager.

  • Set and monitor the quality of the work produced by the development team, ensuring that it meets the required standards.

  • Work with the project management and developer team to set and meet project deadlines

  • Work with the QA manager and lead developer to ensure bug-free, fully tested projects are deployed

  • Drive the project to completion without the stress by highlighting risks and mitigating them


  • Build a strong and high performing team through active management and inspirational leadership.

  • Understand resourcing needs and drive the interview process for new developers.

  • Keeping a close eye on performance of the team by actively participating in appraisals and staff reviews

  • Taking responsibility for team performance and quality of output

  • Inspire colleagues across the agency with your passion for digital work and examples of best practise

  • Help create an atmosphere where collaboration leads to the delivery of extraordinary ideas.

Conceptualisation and scoping

  • Work alongside creative technologists, creatives and strategists to develop digital creative concepts from a technology perspective

  • Assist account team in the strategy & planning of technical projects

  • Understand project requirements and translate into technical requirements in the scoping phase

  • Review design concepts in conjunction with the development team prior to sign-off to ensure that realistic timescales are agreed

Creative technology

  • Help to ensure technology is embedded in the creative process and appropriate technologies are used to delivery extraordinary solutions.

  • Suggest alternative technical solutions and harness innovation to meet client requirements more efficiently and proactively.

  • Evaluate, concept and prove emerging technologies as a basis for technical solutions to client needs.

  • Develop and help implement innovation strategy with the Creative Technology Director

Project resourcing

  • Work with the technical leads, resource managers and Head of Project Management to resource projects to developers based on skill set.

  • Oversee freelancers & 3rd parties used by the team to ensure correct process is followed and standards are maintained.

  • Work with the digital service director to select and manage outsource partners both local and off shore

You must bring with you:

  • Energetic, can do approach to delivering work

  • Cool head under pressure with the ability to see the way forward when others are lost

  • Ability to keep an eye on the detail even when 5 projects are jostling for your attention

  • The drive to find the most efficient way to deliver web based content and applications

  • A love of new technologies and buzz of excitement in what can be achieved when the right technologies are used

  • Experience of effectively mentoring and managing a multi-discipline team and working with them to ensure work is completed to only the highest standards

Experience with:

  • Past experience as a hands on developer and manager.

  • Experience leading teams of teams

  • Ability to communicate and influence at a board level

  • Past experience working with clients to sell in ideas and capture requirements

  • Experience working with creative’s and concepting projects

  • Experience in the practical application of a range of software development methodologies

  • Proven digital agency experience is required

  • A solid understanding, ideally backed up by hands on experience in, PHP, HTML, CSS, Flash and Actionscript, Facebook development and mobile development.

  • A thorough, broad, innovative knowledge and understanding of the Internet and emerging technologies and standards

  • Experience of working on consumer-facing high traffic sites

  • An understanding of data security and its application in consumer facing sites such as competitions and within social networking platforms

  • Experience of working on localised sites for global markets

  • Knowledge of GIT or SVN and its implementation on team level desirable

  • Solid understanding of end-to-end infrastructure including high availability server environments, preferably Microsoft based

We’d love to see some of your work and hear you talk about your role on the projects, please send us some URLs or examples of projects you have worked on and be prepared to sell them!

iris show reel:

Click on the “Our latest work”


We tend to look after our citizens. After all we don’t want you to leave, so we work hard to ensure you feel happy, loved and supported. To help us achieve this we have a rather grand set of initiatives, incentives and ideas. Here is a little taster to wet your appetite.

Basic Salary Comprehensive private health, dental and optical care BUPA Wellness Critical illness cover Personalised career development plan (Me, Myself & iris) Personal access to our Independent Financial Advisor Bike to Work Scheme Monday lunch Football, Tuesday Yoga, Thursday Self-defence and Friday discount on-site massages

Running club

Squads (Lash, Sports, Smile and Bothud) On-site Gym

Local corporate discounts

Holiday Entitlement: 20 days per annum Plus 3-4 days at Christmas and New Year Plus your Birthday Holiday buy back (up to an extra 5 days per year)          

Barrows Role Profile


Field: Creative Technologist


Location: Knightsbridge, London


Job Level: Senior


The Company

Barrows are Retail Marketing Specialists with over 20 focused years leading the industry. Our globally established reputation has been built on developing smart, strategic and visionary solutions for clients in multiple industries, ranging from FMCG to Consumer Electronics, Telecoms, Banking and Automotive. We service a global client base with a presence in the United Kingdom, Singapore, North America, Canada, Durban and Brazil serving Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa and LATAM. With 10 new offices planned to open in 2014 the business is in huge growth and Digital is at the heart of plans going forward.


The New Digital Division

With the every increasing impact that digital marketing is having on the shopper, pre store, in-store and post store Barrows has created a whole new global division to lead the market in this exciting new world. With the responsibility to shape and deliver solutions that will form the key revenue stream of the future.


Working with well known Brands and Retailers Barrows is perfectly positioned to deliver revolutionary new visionary experiences at the point of purchase across multiple sectors across the world.


With live projects covering visionary/concept stores, revolutionary cross platform solutions, intelligent facial recognition systems and sensory experiences to mention a few the team is rapidly expanding and in need of visionaries who are prepared to push boundaries and help shape and create this new world in partnerships with Brands and retailers across the globe.

The Role:

  • Responsible for building and leading a small team and working with external partners to turn conceptual ideas into global stable innovative digital solutions

  • You will have input into creative decisions and pitches as well as ownership of the technical decisions for all projects you are involved in. You’ll shape the development team and work closely with them, along with designers, creative and client services teams.

  • You’ll be responsible for coming up with creative solutions for enhance current in store user experience, overcoming technical problems, and for making sure that every project you supervise is stable, error-free and meets client expectations.

  • You should be interested in emerging technologies and trends, be keen and capable to develop rapid prototypes and develop new solutions. A strong interest in experimentation, and have an expert knowledge of front- and back end coding technologies and server architectures. You should also know about, or be interested in learning about, the issues and opportunities of revolutionizing the retail environment from grocers to high street retailers to bring new experiences and engagement into a store.

  • We’re looking for people who live for technology and love to collaborate and apply a creative layer to technical solutions. You will be at the heart of the creative process so a good appreciation of usability and interaction design will be required. Preference will be given to technologists with skills in other areas as well, be it Objective C or Java programming, gaming, electronics or motion graphics.

  • Understand and continually evolve the Barrows vision and integration of new online and offline touch points to influence the path to purchase, pre, in and post store.

  • Ultimately responsible for delivering innovative yet stable and delightful experiences.



Rapid Prototyping

  • Meeting with clients and peers to explore and push new opportunities and solutions to existing retail environments.

  • Continually pushing boundaries of what’s possible with new technologies and leveraging partnerships from Intel to small start ups.

  • Hands on responsibility for delivery of programmes from conceptual idea to prototypes and global stable solutions in market

  • Facilitate the formulation of a final brief and SOW in collaborative manor with client/creative team.

  • Manage multiple global projects and deadlines and consistently deliver innovative solutions on time and on budget

  • Communicate product features to a team and/or client

  • Be cognisant of user experience as related to user interaction with a final product.

  • Maintain a close connection to key deliverables as laid out in a brief.

  • Prepare rough concepts and rapid prototypes related to the final product output.


Creation of wireframe planning documents detailing software outputs

  • Creation of information architecture maps to act a base for further design processes.

  • Conceptualize as a team or individually specific product features

  • Code clearly and maintain consistency; code must be well documented with minimal bugs and errors

  • Ensure all projects are completed with the highest level of aesthetics while maintaining maximized usability and functionality

Conceptualize and develop the interactive systems

  • Work closely with Interaction Design to realize key user experience goals

  • Communicate product features clearly to an audience

  • Educate internal and external teams on design process, methods, concepts and design directions

Create detailed page interactions & design

  • Work with greater design team in maintaining key design and corporate ID criteria

  • Design thinking skills related to software design & development

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven HTML, CCS, Objective C , C++, Java and design experience

  • Expert knowledge of popular social platforms

  • Strong knowledge of mobile web development practices

  • Willingness to propose new directions, solutions and concepts in design and code

  • Detail-orientated process with a proven ability of working to stringent deadlines with solid organisational and time-management skills


The Person:

  • The ideal candidate will be proficient in front-end web, mobile and touch screen technologies, with good knowledge of new and emerging trends.

  • They should be passionate about the work they do and that should come across in their attitude, as they will contribute to shaping the digital team and collaborating with creative teams to create innovative, experiential solutions.

  • Although technical skills are of primary importance, the role also requires a good knowledge of design and passion for working in collaborative teams to shape creative ideas.

  • Candidate should therefore have a broad range of design and technical knowledge and proven experience of utilizing their skills and expertise in helping to define and deliver digital solutions.

  • Candidates should be conversant in design and technical terminology, enthusiastic about all things digital and be able to draw on expertise of specialists in the team around them when necessary.

  • Above the successful candidate will be hands on with a can-do attitude that has a desire to push boundaries and is excited and to work in a rapid, fast moving entrepreneurial environment.

Skills and Experience:

  • Portfolios of work demonstrating experience of developing innovative cross platform solutions including large touch screen, digital signage, mobile/desktop (html & apps) and social media sites/apps.

  • Proven HTML, CCS, Objective C , C++, Java and design experience

  • Expert knowledge of popular social platforms

  • Strong knowledge of mobile web development practices

  • Willingness to propose new directions, solutions and concepts in design and code

  • Detail-orientated process with a proven ability of working to stringent deadlines with solid organisational and time-management skills