Ed Ellson

Full CV available on request.



Jun 2017 - Present

  • After 6 years at Mint Digital I felt in need of change, and having rapidly progressed through a variety of roles, a bit of a break. I decided to take a few months out to travel, and clear my head;
  • Worked on solution to attach digital assets to hand-written media, using Elixir, building out a web-framework from scratch;

Development Lead – Mint Digital

Jan 2015 - Jun 2017

  • Technical leadership role: alongside production work, an increased focus on project management, defining architectures, mentoring;
  • Worked directly with senior management to plan for upcoming work requirements, allocating work to developers across multiple timezones and projects;
  • Lead full rebuild of Workman Publishing's web properties: multiple user-facing sites with e-commerce integrations, admin-facing CMSs, Ruby on Rails middleware processing incoming data and pushing to front ends;
  • Drove/implemented much of B2B application for trading of rights to air TV shows. Early development work included implementing overarching architecture, 3rd-party integrations and internal API endpoints, while later this shifted to refactoring of code-paths which proved to be bottlenecks, migration of application to AWS, and writing microservices in Elixir;
  • Worked with Ipsos MORI on system for zero-downtime, scheduled deployments for their application.

Developer – Mint Digital

Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

  • Worked with Channel 4 on real-time quiz application, to be played in sync with weekly airings of TV show, via twitter;
  • Worked within Join In on new system to link sports clubs with members of the public in a nationwide get fit initiative;
  • Primarily used Ruby on Rails for backend tasks, occasional foray into PHP, Python (Django), Vuejs and Angular;

Tester – Mint Digital

Mar 2011 - Jan 2013

  • Worked to assess use of automation in our processes using Selenium WebDriver;
  • Performed regular regression tests against staging/production sites;
  • Ultimately was asked to just fix bugs I was raising myself, rather than assign on to dev team.

Key strengths

  • Vim
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • Elixir
  • AWS
  • Heroku
  • Project Management
  • Team Management
  • Mentoring
  • Technical writing