Stephen Mann - CV
Updated 30 May 2014
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Bolton School 1967-74
O-level Maths Physics French German Latin English; A-level French German English
Magdalen College, Oxford 1974-75
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Bolton Institute of Technology 1979
City & Guilds in Computer Programming (Credits)
Crossword compiling (founder of the world-famous Mango team)
Web design – Moonfruit, Wix, Google Blogger
Google Webmaster, AdWords, AdSense, Places
Internet Marketing, SEO
QR code design
and any I’ve forgotten.
I am mainly interested in working from home as a software developer, internet researcher, blogger, and writer. I also play music for fun.
Please note that from 1991 to 2002 I was self-employed; hence the long list of short assignments!
SethMould.net Dec 2009 -
Since semi-retiring from IT I have been a web designer, musician and fervid blogger. I approach sensitive subjects with a glint of humour and a steadfast honesty.
Working Time Solutions Dec 2002 – Dec 2009
WTS provide consultancy and software for workforce scheduling systems. Using VB.Net and VB6 and SQL Server 2000, I was involved in all aspects of designing and coding the products WTS offer, especially the MANX rota generation algorithm, and a Working Time Regulations checker. I made innovative use of components from Janus Systems, including TimeLine and GridEX.
Expedia Apr-Sep 2001, Apr-Aug 2002
Expedia provide medico-legal reporting services to solicitors, and as part of their paperless-office project I developed a document scanning and storage application in VB6, Access 97 and SQL Server 2000. Kofax OCX controls were used to store selected pages from multipage TIF files and associate the output file with a case reference on the main database. Word VBA was used to combine Word docs with TIF files to produce bar-coded printer output for input to a folder/inserter system. After a break, I returned to maintain an offsite ftp backup system on a flexible basis.
Lloyds TSB e-Commerce Division Feb-Apr 2001
This short contract involved the design and coding of a project and document management system using VB6 and Access 97, with reports output to Excel Pivottables.
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) May 2000 - Jan 2001
Working for the Retail Insurance division of CSC, I wrote an insurance telesales application front-end in VB6, communicating with a Unix back-office system. Considerable use was made of the Janus GridEX tool. VB6 and Access 2000 were used to comply with the end user's requirement for mail merging in Word 2000.
Siemens plc Mar 97 - Mar 2000
As an analyst/programmer in the IT department I supported all small systems at Siemens Manchester written in Visual Basic 4/5 and MS Access 7. The environment was Windows NT 4 server, Windows 95 client. The main development w
as a SAP R/3 configuration database which assisted the R/3 implementation. There was some exposure to MS SQL Server during an upsizing feasibility study.
From Feb 97 I was seconded to Siemens Measurements where I rewrote their stocktake system in VB5, using Crystal Reports and MS Access 97. I was involved in the conversion from an AS/400 MRP system to Fourth Shift, replacing the management accounts reports using Access.
In 1999 I developed a Revenue Planning system using Excel Pivottables linked to an Access database, and a recursive treeview of the Bill of Materials in VB6.
NWS Bank plc Jul 96 - Feb 97
At NWS Bank (part of the Bank of Scotland group), I was the lead programmer in the development of an internal data capture system written in Visual Basic and MS Access, with a multiple-form "Wizard" design. Infrastructure routines and coding standards were built from scratch. Visual Help was used to produce the Help file.
Zeneca plc Sep 95 - Jul 96
This large international project involved the designing, coding, and implementation of a multi-user data monitoring system in Visual Basic and MS Access. The main program was an MDI application under Windows 3.1, and made extensive use of file manipulation techniques for viewing, editing, and relocating ASCII files. Faxes were presented on-screen in scrollable viewports prior to printing. An analogue clock was coded to show international time differences. The system interfaced with a major consolidation package.
Northern Counties Housing Association Jan-Apr 95
My brief here was to develop numerous client-server and standalone desktop systems using MS Access. The client-server systems involved attaching and importing data from an Oracle housing management system via ODBC. Systems included a MORI sample extract, a Contractors database, a Sales Admin database, and Rent Analysis reporting.
Coda plc May-Dec 94
This contract at Coda plc, the accounts software specialist, involved the development of a client-server Fixed Assets system in Visual Basic. The environment was Windows with SQL/ODBC access to server databases (Sybase, Oracle etc) using MS Access to attach tables locally.
The work involved application coding, training junior staff, and the building of infrastructure library routines. Significant use was made of third-party tools, in particular VBTools and SpreadVBX. There was some exposure to programming Excel objects using OLE.
Space/IBM council tax project 1992-93
Self-employed technical author.
HP1000 Cash and Carry system in Fortran. HP3000 Time and Attendance system in Protos. Programming, installation, documentation, user training, pre- and post-sales support. Technical authoring.
Ferranti Internal Computer Service 1979-85
Payroll, Stock Control, Accounts, and Time Recording. Mainly Cobol on ICL, with dBase II and Basic.