Sunday, 4 July 2010

Site now Closed ...

... now I'm back in work !!

It did get a fair few hits over the period - but nowt that led to any IT work ... was worth a try though !

Monday, 8 February 2010

Curriculum Vitae of Mike Smith


A well-experienced, professional computer systems developer with in-depth knowledge of multiple platforms and languages, who is now ready to take on a new challenge. Quick to grasp new ideas and concepts, and to develop creative solutions to problems - from initial specification, through development and testing to completion. Able to work well as part of a team, or on own initiative and can demonstrate the high levels of motivation required to meet the tightest of deadlines. Possesses a strong ability to perform efficiently and effectively under pressure, whilst being able to maintain a sense of humour !


Oracle/SQL; Microsoft Office/VBA; Unix/Solaris; Lotus Notes; Microsoft Windows.

Devised interfaces to company system which reduced data inputting time by over 50%.

Willingness to learn:
Recently began a VB.Net evening course at Tameside College.

Organised, accurate, hardworking, reliable and honest.


1985 - 2010 SIMON CARVES LTD – Cheadle Heath and Cheadle Hulme

Senior Development Analyst

Member of a small team involved in all areas of computing for a large engineering company.

Administration of proprietary and in-house company packages including Financial, Time Recording, Procurement, Staff Recruitment, Manpower Forecasting, Material Control, Computer Asset Tracking, Document Control and E-Mail systems.

Development of Microsoft Access databases, creating interfaces (using ODBC) between the various company systems, and building project-specific solutions including drawing change control, bill of materials and material control systems,
Setting up, developing and administering a full reporting suite (using “Forest & Trees” Reporting Tool and SQL) to cover all aspects of the company business systems.

Lotus Notes Administration and Development, including the setting up of a Staff Recruitment System, covering full workflow from initial staff requisition through to hardware / software / network access requirements on staff appointment, and enhancement of existing Notes systems.

Creation of training courses and user manuals/documentation for in-house systems.

Basic hardware support / installation, and general user assistance as required.

Departmental representative on the company’s Staff Forum.

1983-1985 FURNESS WITHY SHIPPING – Trafford Park

Shipping Clerk

Freight Pool Administrator concerned with statistical information regarding tonnages, allowances etc on regular freight services between UK and Central America.



Placement year of degree – research and collation of statistics for the EOC Annual Report.

1975 -1978 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (ARMY) – London and Andover

Clerical Officer

Clerical support within the Logistics Department involved in re-locating Government Departments from London to Hampshire.


B.A. (Hons) in Public Administration

1968 - 1975 GRAHAM BALFOUR HIGH SCHOOL, Stafford
2 “A” Levels – 7 “O” Levels


Photography: Specialising in sports photography, but equally at home with landscapes, portraits etc.

Non-League Football: I have been involved with local club Mossley AFC at all levels (committee member, programme editor, supporters club, photographer - even relief barman !) for over 20 years.

Walking: Show me a path – and I’ll walk it !


I hold a clean Full UK Driving Licence.

I am happy to consider job offers from anywhere within the Greater Manchester area.

Contact e-mail:

Looking for Alternative Methods ...

Well - we've tried the normal stuff - newspapers, recruitment agencies, JobCentre - time for something different !! A copy of my CV to follow ... very soon ...