Join our Team – C# Developer – Remote / Home Based in Hull Area – Senior or Junior

The opportunity

To join a small development team in a small dynamic company where you can make a difference. You will be a key member of the team, with significant autonomy and ability to drive best practices and the direction of the team. We care about the quality of the code we produce and will take the time to improve existing code, without just bolting new bits on haphazardly. We will provide all the tools needed to do your job and help you in improving your skill base. You will have a key role in developing some new products without undue interference from management.

Who are we?

SalamanderSoft is a small but growing software house providing integration products and services to the education sector in the UK. As part of our growth, we are now looking for one or two C# developers to design, develop and implement our products.

Our products integrate school management systems with Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite, SharePoint and other products. Although mainly written in C# they use a number of different technologies to integrate with all the different systems, from REST and SOAP web APIs to direct database access and custom object models.  We use agile methodologies as much as possible. The product set has been developed over the last 10 years and so is quite mature, but there is constant change as new features are added to the systems we integrate with and as we add support for new products. We are also in the process of developing two more complimentary products which will be your initial main focus.

SalamanderSoft currently consists of 13 employees, the majority of which are operations/support staff. It is a small close-knit company and our ethos is to provide excellent service to our customers and to be the best at what we do. This is reflected in the fact that all our sales are via word of mouth/recommendations – we do not have a sales team, and we are still growing strongly. All our roles are remote working, so you will be working from home.

We have a great reputation with our customers as evidenced by this thread on EduGeek: http://www.edugeek.net/forums/recommended-suppliers/160503-salamandersoft-singing-praises.html

Who we are looking for

The current development team consists of 3 developers. Up until last year, the company founder has been the sole developer, before bringing on the first additional member of the team, and then another member earlier this year. We are now looking for additional team members to enable further growth of the company and product set. We would be happy to consider both senior and junior developers. 

The role will be a mixture of home-working and, at least initially while learning the products, 2 to 3 days a week at The Centre for Digital Innovation, Queen Street, Hull. This will reduce as you learn the ropes.

As the role is predominately a home-based role so you will need to be comfortable and effective working from home. Although home-working sounds great and offers a lot of flexibility it is not for everybody.

The exact skills we are looking for will depend on your experience, although C# is a core requirement. However, your attitude will be key, we will be looking for someone who:

  • uses their initiative and gets things done
  • has successfully delivered at least one project
  • has enthusiasm and interest in development and technology.
  • wants to be the best that they can be and strives for excellence
  • is able to work independently and remotely
  • has a hunger to learn new skills
  • wants to drive best-practices and processes

For a senior developer we would also be expecting agile skills, especially test driven development.

One of the new products is an ASP.NET Core web application and so either experience with web applications or a desire to learn these skills is essential.

As this is a remote role you will need a suitable area for working in your home, a broadband connection and probably a kettle.

All applicants must be legally entitled to work in the UK and, due to the nature of the sector we work in, we require all employees to be DBS checked.

What we will do for you

  • A chance to work on the latest technologies (especially Office 365, Google and Azure)
  • The ability to drive best practices and processes within the development team
  • Significant autonomy
  • Training resources and all appropriate technology, software and tools will be provided
  • Support you in improving your current skillset and to work with and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
  • A competitive salary, dependent on experience together with pension contributions
  • Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
  • The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
  • 5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • Expenses paid on any business travel
  • Paid Certification attempts

Next Steps

If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at careers@salamandersoft.co.uk with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and code repositories would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

If you would like more information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Richard Willis, richard@salamandersoft.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 13th October 2019.

The interview process will consist of a first informal telephone chat, followed by a more formal interview at The Centre for Digital Innovation in Hull which will be more technical and involve writing code. The intention is for new team members to start on Monday 9th December 2019.

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Join our Team – Support Consultant £20 – £25k

As part of our continued growth we are looking for a number of people to join our great Support and Installations team, looking after our solutions for our products around the UK and beyond.

To support our growing customer base we are looking for a number of support consultant/technician’s to help us maintain our level of support to our new and existing customers.

SalamanderSoft currently consists of 13 employees, the majority of which are operations/support staff. It is a small close-knit company and our ethos is to provide excellent service to our customers and to be the best at what we do. This is reflected in the fact that all our sales are via word of mouth/recommendations – we do not have a sales team, and we are still growing strongly. All our roles are remote working, so you will be working from home.

We have a great reputation with our customers and are looking to grow the team that work with our customers to support this and continue to improve where we can.

Who we are looking for

Your attitude will be key, we will be looking for someone who:

  • uses their initiative and gets things done
  • is comfortable working with customers and aims to deliver over their expectations
  • has enthusiasm and interest in technology.
  • wants to be the best that they can be and strives for excellence
  • is able to work independently and remotely
  • has a hunger to learn new skills

We’re not looking for exact skills as we will train you in any you do not have, but on a day to day basis you might be working with:

  • Active Directory
  • Office 365 including Azure Active Directory
  • Exchange
  • G Suite – all parts of it
  • Querying SQL Server
  • School MIS systems such as SIMS.net
  • PowerShell
  • REST APIs

Any experience of these would obviously be an advantage.

As this is a remote role you will need a suitable area for working in your home, a broadband connection and probably a kettle.

This is very much a customer focussed role, and regular customer contact via Phone/Skype and email will be essential.

With technology being such as fast-moving field, we would expect you to have a thirst for knowledge and be keen to improve your skills, with a proven track record of doing so.

What you will be doing

You will be joining the existing support and installations team (currently made up of 9 people) to help us remotely install and support our range of products into schools and other Education institutions across the UK and further afield.

You will be working primarily with our Integration solutions, linking the school’s MIS to Active Directory, Office 365, G Suite for Education and other systems.

Our work is conducted from our own homes, although some occasional travel and hotel stay may be needed to allow us to meet as a team and best support our customers.

This is a hands on, customer facing, technical role.

What we will do for you

  • We will offer a competitive salary, dependent on experience, together with pension contributions
  • A chance to work on the latest technologies (especially Office 365, Google and Azure)
  • Training resources and all appropriate technology and software will be provided.
  • 5 weeks paid holiday per year plus bank holidays
  • Flexibility in working hours when required, although our customers’ needs have to come first
  • The opportunity to get rid of your daily commute
  • Expenses paid on any business travel
  • Support you in improving your current skills and to work with and develop new ones
  • The opportunity to attend some conferences/events/training during the year
  • Paid Certification attempts

Next Steps

If you are interested in joining our team, please write to us at careers@salamandersoft.co.uk with anything you want to support your application. Links to social media and community involvement would be great as well. Noting where you saw the ad would be helpful to us.

If you would like more information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Jon Atkinson, jon@salamandersoft.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 22nd September 2019.

First interviews are expected to be conducted via a phone call w/c 30th September 2019 with the intention for new team members to start on Monday 9th December 2019

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Salamander for School Data Sync – Free Utility update

Since the initial release of Salamander School Data Sync (SDS) in May 2017 there have been a few requests from customers for new features. This new version adds two of those features along with some minor bug fixes:

Support for reading the ‘Home’ Email address from SIMS
Previous versions could only read the ‘Work’ Email address from SIMS. This feature adds the ability to pull the ‘Home’ Email address instead.

Support for Progresso REST API
This version adds support for Progresso’s REST API.

Fix for new SDS Profile Validation
Fixed an issue where some sites were failing validation when trying to upload files to SDS.

For more details on the utility please visit http://www.salamandersoft.co.uk/sds/

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Salamander Integration Suite – Housekeeping report

As you work with a production Active Directory it’s all too easy to lose track of what accounts and groups are configured and in use. There are some brilliant Audit tools available which can help, but few are geared towards Education and many are complex to setup and use.

To help our customers tackle this, we’ve added a feature we are calling the Housekeeping report to the Salamander Integration Suite.

This feature, available to all customers of the Salamander Integration Suite working with Active Directory is designed to trawl AD and report on the status of the directory.

On first release (available from 1st February 2019) it will report on the following items:

  • Pupil Users not matched with the MIS
  • Staff Users not matched with the MIS
  • Users who have never logged in
  • Users who have not logged in within 30 days
  • Users who have not logged in within 60 days
  • Users with Domain or Enterprise Admin rights
  • Users with expired passwords
  • Users with passwords set to never expire
  • Disabled Users
  • Users with no group memberships
  • Users with a primary group not Domain Users
  • Groups not updated in 30 days

The output of this will be a simple HTML document to allow the user to quickly review the information output and decide if any action is needed.

Going forward, the reports available will be customisable to suit your needs.

Multi Academy Sites
Although this build will work for sites with multiple schools in the Domain or the Salamander Installation, the initial release will not provide a school by school breakdown.

How do I get it?
The new viewer is available to all new and existing Salamander Integration Suite customers working with Active Directory.

Customers can get this added to their installation by emailing our support team (support@salamandersoft.co.uk) on or after 1st February 2019.

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Salamander Integration Suite – Status Viewer

Status Viewer is a new interface which is being added to Salamander Integration Suite. Available from 1st February, this utility will help customers view the status of their installation and aid in troubleshooting.

Features

The initial release supports the following features:

Read configuration information

The utility will display some basic information regarding the installation of Salamander. These options cannot be updated but can exported to be sent to support for troubleshooting purposed.

Display license information

On loading the tool will check for licenses, looking for the valid licenses for Salamander and where applicable Sims Writeback.

If it finds a valid license it will display it and change the colour based on the following

Expires in 60 days or more = green
Expire in less than 60 days = orange
Expire in less than 30 days = red

If no valid licenses are found a message is displayed.

Update Salamander Integration Suite

On occasion an update to Salamander might be required to support changes to External services or to add new features. The utility will allow you to check for new versions and easily update Salamander if it is needed.

View Created user information

Information around the accounts created within Active Directory is stored in CSV files inside the installation folder. The utility will allow you users to quickly access and search this information. It is also possible to export this information for use elsewhere.

Display Logging Data

The utility allows users to view the logs output by the installation of Salamander that it is running with. This feature will read up to 3 months of logs and allow filtering, sorting and searching of that information.

Given the size and quantity of the log files it can take a few moments for this information to load.

Display Logging Status

When the application is loaded it will count the number of Errors and Fatal messages in the past 3 days’ worth of log files to help the user identify any issues.

It will also identify if no logs have been found for the past 3 days to identify those sites where the application may have failed to run.

View the status of configured Scheduled Tasks

The utility will allow you quickly view and run the scheduled tasks configured for Salamander on this machine.

Update encrypted properties

The utility allows users to update the encrypted passwords stored in the application, which will allow you to update the passwords for systems like your MIS and Exchange and update Salamander without needing to give us access to the password.

How do I get it?

The new viewer is available to all new and existing Salamander customers working with Active Directory, Office 365 or GSuite.

Customers can get this added to their installation by emailing our  support team (support@salamandersoft.co.uk) on or after 1st February 2019.

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New version of the FREE Salamander Salamander School Data Sync utility released

Since the initial release of Salamander School Data Sync (SDS) in May 2017 there have been a few requests from customers for new features. This new version adds two of those features along with some minor bug fixes:

Support for non UK CSV Headings
The utility can now output the CSV files using either the US or UK Schema headings. This allows the utility to be used with O365 Tenants outside of the UK without adjusting the outputted files.

SIMS.Net support for reading connect.ini
SIMS.Net users can now load a Connect.ini to gather the Database and Server details allowing users to get the utility up and running quicker.

 

For more details on the utility please visit http://www.salamandersoft.co.uk/sds/

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