Benoît Grélard — Lead front-end developer

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Whilst studying computer science, I always felt different. I cared deeply about the visual components of programming. After school, I would spend my nights learning about design, flash, 3D animations, etc. I started cultivating a passion for the web as I realised its inherent power and universality compared to any sort of native compiled application.

By the time I got my master's degree, it was clear to me that I was going to work with web technologies. I went on to take a position at Orange in Paris, as part of the r&d department working with front-end technologies to create cross platform widgets. It was not enough to fuel my passion for design too, so I decided to run my own company as well, working for clients like Areva, Monoprix and Carrefour.

After 3 years at Orange, I needed another challenge. I moved to London and accepted a front-end developer role at R/GA. Since then I have had the opportunity to work on award winning projects for international brands such as Pearson, Beats by Dre, Nike, O2 and Getty Images producing all sorts of high-end web-based solutions tailored to the client's needs.

In late 2013, I took on yet another challenge and decided to create my own company and am now helping people to build successful web products.

I am absolutely passionate about the web and I focus my expertise in front-end development. With over 7 years experience in web development and great collaboration skills, notably with design and ux people, I am a solid addition to any team.

Career History

Fathom, London » Senior front-end developer (contract – since November 2013)

Currently working on large-scale data-driven web applications for the financial sector (under NDA). Developing a broad base of reusable components used in different projects.

Day to day activities:

Technologies:

R/GA, London » Senior open standards developer (since July 2010)

I started at R/GA as an Open standards developer and quickly got promoted to Senior.

I have had the chance to work on award winning projects for an incredibly broad range of clients such as Pearson, Beats by Dre, Nike, Sunsilk, O2 and Getty Images, and other international clients still under NDA.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of work I produced whilst at R/GA:

I also spent a lot of my time focusing on instigating a culture of innovation and quality which quickly made me the de-facto front-end leader amongst the agency. I particularly like spending time helping other developers ramping-up their skills as well as actively educating designers and clients regarding technical matters.

I notably ran workshops in the agency to familiarise interaction and visual designers with code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).

Orange, Paris » Front-end developer (October 2007 – May 2010)

Assigned to the MEDIA lab — Orange Labs/France Telecom R&D, I contributed to the creation of a framework which enables developers to build cross-environment and cross-platform widgets — widget factory. I also developed numerous widgets connected to various APIs and services.

My main objectives were to integrate the Mac OS Dashboard platform at a desktop environment level, analyse the mobile environments and integrate the Nokia WRT platform at a mobile environment level.

The project was awarded an Orange Award in 2008.

artisologic, Paris » Self employed web developer (January 2008 – July 2010)

Running my own company enabled me to expand my skills not only as a developer, but also in areas such as interface design, user experience and usability. Clients I have worked with include: Areva, Monoprix and Carrefour.

Collaborating with these companies has been extremely beneficial to me in developing my autonomy, method, discipline and organisational skills.

Skills

Technical skills

Collaboration

Languages

Education

2007 » Master's degree in software engineering

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France (graduated with honours)

2005 » Bachelor's degree in software engineering

Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

2002 » A levels

La Croix Rouge, Brest, France

Interests

I am a music enthusiast. I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old. I played in a band for 10 years and have composed soundtracks for multiple documentaries.

Other interests include: travel, movies, music theatre, video games.

References

Available on request, you can also view my LinkedIn profile.

Some quotes from my peers at R/GA