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Remote recruitment is key to transforming Bond’s development team

For a small business, recruiting top tech talent in a competitive market is a challenge at the best of times. Building a team of developers who are not only highly skilled but who will also fit into your company culture is never an easy task.

Recruiting remotely in the middle of a pandemic makes the task even harder. But doing it six times in a few short months? That’s on a whole other level. But remarkably, that’s what Bond Digital Health has just done.

Faced with the need to speed up development on its flagship Transform® connectivity platform to meet a tight deadline to complete a critical project, the company launched a rapid recruitment drive in the summer.

Within three months, and after remotely interviewing and assessing dozens of candidates, Bond had filled six new key roles and delivered the project on time.

Bond moved into its new offices in The Maltings at the start of the year, but most of the team have been working from home since lockdown began, with only occasional trips to the office.

Phil Groom, Bond’s commercial director, said: “We’ve built a new development team from the ground up in the space of three months, who have then gone on to help deliver a major client project on deadline, and it’s all been done remotely. It really is a remarkable achievement.

“We are a people-driven organisation and our company culture is very important to us. It took some getting used to meeting new people remotely and trying to assess whether their mix of skills and personalities would be a good fit. There’s no substitute for face to face but we adapted.”

The new development team members are:

Tiago Ferreira – Product Owner

With more than 10 years’ experience in product management and analytics in businesses across Europe, Tiago is planning the execution of Bond’s products and maximising the value created by the team.

Rachel Sloan – Senior Full Stack Developer

With a 20-year career in web development in businesses across the UK and US, Rachel adds valuable experience and knowledge to the team. Rachel is leading the development of the API of our platform and helping with onboarding new team members in the development team.

Rory Power – Front End Developer

Rory has experience working in software development for digital agencies and tech startups. His role in Bond will see him working with Bond’s head of product design Edryd Sharp to translate design specifications into a finished product.

Vaseeharan Srikandan – Android Developer

Vasee is an experienced mobile and web developer who is dedicated to building safe digital products aligned with best practice and quality standards.

Scott Middleton – Android Developer

Scott has worked in digital agencies on a variety of mobile applications, using the latest features and best practices. Having turned a hobby into a profession, he is excited to be using his skills to contribute to a beneficial cause.

Anil Wickramasinghe – Lead Test Analyst

Mainframe-developer-turned-tester with 24 years’ commercial experience in a wide variety of roles and industries, Anil joins Bond to help support and enhance the test function within our development team.

The team has also been joined by Luke Morris, a Cardiff University MSc Computing student, who is on a one-year internship as a trainee Android developer.

Russell Hicks, Bond’s Head of Technology, leads the development team. He said:

“The team has already delivered a project that was critical for the future of the business on time and on budget, which has made our client very happy. With this solid foundation in place we can continue to develop our core product to meet the demands of our clients and partners and ultimately deliver our ambition of digitising lateral flow diagnostics and making the industry better with data.”

And Bond’s recruitment drive is not set to slow down any time soon. As the business prepares for another major funding round, it is also gearing up to recruit up to five new developers in the coming months, with other key roles to follow. Watch this space for details.