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Software Developer

Posted in Jobs on 30 January 2015

Job description As the world's biggest IT services and consultancy company IBM has your professional life in mind. With an extensive range of business areas, award winning professional development and training programs and attractive flexible working options, at IBM we give you the power to design your career according to your unique style and needs.

The IBM Australia Development Lab (ADL) plays a key role in developing and supporting IBM software products. ADL has skilled technical teams in locations around Australia engaged in every facet of software product development and support. This creative talent continues to be a driving force in bringing new products to market and its support teams deliver to a world-class standard. ADL works closely with other IBM research and development sites, services and support teams around the world, often managing multi-cultural, global teams with assisting clients world-wide.

The IBM Australia Development Laboratory (ADL) is a network of innovation hubs tasked with developing, expanding and supporting IBM’s vast portfolio of globally competitive software products, with a particular focus on Cloud, Social, Security, Smarter Infrastructure, Mobility, Big Data and Business Analytics.

A catalyst for invention, the ADL contributes to IBM’s Smarter Planet ambitions by accelerating innovation in software that makes the world smarter. With highly specialised technical teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and the Gold Coast, the ADL is part of – and actively collaborates with – IBM’s global network of software development laboratories.

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Junior Developer

Posted in Jobs on 30 January 2015

Launched in the UK in 2011 we are now already live in 11 countries around the world. Adzuna Australia launched in January 2014 as a joint venture between Fairfax Media and Adzuna.We are already growing the business over 100% each month and our ambitions are to become the premier destination for Australian job-seekers.

Adzuna.com.au is a young, hungry start-up on an exciting growth journey to disrupt the online recruitment sector.

We search thousands of websites so you don't have to and bring together millions of ads so you can find them all in one place. We add powerful search, insightful market data and social connections, so you can find your perfect ad with a little help from your friends.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Junior Developer to join our team based in Sydney. Reporting to the IT lead, this technical role will involve working with our partners to integrate their content into our search engine. The role will see you engage with some of the most influential advertisers, their developers and work closely with Adzuna's world-class engineering and product team.

Key responsibilities will include:

• Deeply understand the Adzuna platform and underlying implementation

• Write best practices, documentation, samples and materials to enable easier onboarding of Adzuna partners onto the platform

• Manage partner specific onboarding by implementing scraping site modules or integrating xml feeds for our framework

• Interface with sales & the client to manage smooth onboarding & troubleshoot problems

• Write and test software in a number of languages (Perl, SQL etc.)

• Reproduce, track and drive partner bugs and feature requests with Product and Engineering teams

Required:

• Some experience with Perl or other scripting language: Python, PHP, etc

• Regular expressions

• Excellent understanding of HTML structure

• Debian/Ubuntu basics (or other Linux distribution)

Preferred (but not essential):

• Some experience with SQL

• MySQL (or other DMBS)

• Git (or other VCS or DVCS)

• C, C++, Java (or other programming language)

The ideal candidate will combine excellent technical and business skills with programming experience to make our partners in Australia successful and improve the Adzuna platform. You the developer will be able to translate technical requirements back to 'English' for the client & the sales team. Students in Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science are welcome!

If you share the passion, creativity and innovation then, join Australia's most exciting recruitment start-up and change the way Australians find their next job!  Please apply online now!

Disclaimer:
Fairfax Media does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Fairfax Media is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Please apply here.

 

Java Developer

Posted in News on 30 January 2015

Are you passionate about great customer experience? Love building software that people really use? Do you like to get stuff done?

HomeAway is the world leading vacation rental website company based in Austin Texas and is looking for a new member of the family as a Java Software Engineer in the Stayz team based in Sydney Australia.

We’re looking for a mid career Software Developer to be part of a team of developers building the customer-centric digital systems that make stayz.com.au a market-leading business. To join us in the Stayz team:

  • You’re a programmer at heart and you’ve got the dream to build software that people will love using.
  • Preferably you’ve got an honours degree in an IT discipline with a software engineer focus.
  • You’ve got a minimum of 5 years Java programming experience.
  • You will need some experience with Java 8, Spring, Hibernate, SQL, object-oriented development, design patterns including MVC, and automated testing.
  • Our business is online and you will need to have experience working with contemporary web technologies including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • You understand and can work with test-driven development, continuous integration, Linux, and Agile Software Development.
  • You should have a passion for code quality, employing best practises while still being able to get things done in a timely way. We’re all about the latest comprehensive automated unit and integration tests to support agility and quality, and you will need to understand and apply these principles.
  • You must be able to express yourself and participate in a team environment. You need to have a passion for your work and for getting things done. You like to laugh.
  • Ideally, you will be a creative thinker who can find simple solutions to interesting problems. It is also important that you know how to think about delivering customer-focused solutions.

You’ll become a part of our vibrant, stable and growing development team working alongside other back-endJava developers, Front End developers, QA engineers and product managers working in a small focused agile team.

Benefits

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Targeted annual bonus and company stock
  • Great brand new office in cool location
  • Comprehensive learning and development program
  • Ability to work up to two weeks in any of our offices worldwide
  • Free Snacks

Please apply here.

Campaign Marketing Co-ordinator

Posted in Jobs on 29 January 2015

Objective:

The APAC Partner and Campaign Marketing Co-ordinator will be responsible for assisting the organisation in the development and implementation of its Partners marketing, business development, and event plans. This will be accomplished through supporting the existing team in developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels to the Partner eco system within APAC. This person should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and be results focused.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the day to day running of the Partner Business needs
  • Assist in the creation of signage, mock ups, campaigns, on line campaigns, etc.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials for Partner needs
  • Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers for all Partner executions
  • Assist with execution of Partner trade shows
  • Assist with the development of Customer Case Studies
  • Assist with the quarterly product updates to Partners and Customers
  • Perform analysis of marketing and sales data from the Partner ecosystem
  • Prepare presentations for Partner requirements

 

Skills:

Must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritise in a changing environment

Must have excellent interpersonal skills and follow- up skills

Proactive problem prevention and issue resolution leadership ability

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, Outlook and Salesforce required

Ability to learn other software programs such as Eloqua

Strong verbal and written communication skills required

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Please apply here.

Marketing Coordinator

Posted in Jobs on 29 January 2015

Do you get triggered by working with a truly global tech company where you will work closely with team members in +10 countries? Are you able to come up with ideas that make people say “wow”? Can you paint the big picture and reverse engineer your plan to achieve your goals? Are you appealed by the thought of working for a Silicon Valley headquartered company that aims to change how the world works? Do you want to help define the future of work? Would you want a job where each day is different?

If this is you, then you should consider joining our team as our Marketing Coordinator in Australia.

In this role, you will:

  • Develop and deploy an integrated marketing strategy across media, events, community development, education, training, and online in conjunction with country manager

  • Manage our content marketing strategy in conjunction with our agency to deliver a solid stream of engaging written content

  • Coordinate and organise an ongoing nationwide events program

  • Drive attendance at our events through offline and online promotion campaigns

  • Establish and manage partnerships with T1 organisations to reach our target client base

  • Analyse performance, conversions and response rates of campaigns

  • Coordinate our local social media strategy in conjunction with our City Managers and HQ team

  • Manage team collateral and development of all promotional items

  • Provide tactical marketing support to the Australian team as needed

To win in this role, you need:

  • Marketing communications degree or similar

  • Minimum two years experience in a marketing role

  • Outstanding English language skills and the ability to write brilliant marketing copy

  • Experience in organizing events and presentations, and comfortable speaking in front of an audience

  • Social media management skills

  • Project management skills and experience managing a campaign

  • A passion for entrepreneurship and tech

  • Experience using various design programs, and a natural proficiency in web-based application such as Google Apps, Skype, Meetup etc.

  • Attention to detail and an eye for quality in your work

Other information on the job:

  • This is a full-time position (5 days / week)

  • You will be at the forefront of what we truly believe is a revolution in the way work will be organized and carried out. You will be on the crest of that wave

  • Position reports to the Country Manager, Australia

  • As we have no local subsidiary in Australia, you will be employed by a staffing partner in Australia and working with a large, global Silicon Valley company

Please apply here.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Posted in Jobs on 29 January 2015

European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges
A part of the Carlton Connect Initiative, a semi-autonomous body of the University 

Salary: $72,774 - $78,774 p.a. (pro rata) plus 9.5% superannuation  

The University of Melbourne has been funded by the European Commission (EC) to establish a new EU Centre (EUC) that will enhance EU-Australian collaboration in tackling major global environmental challenges, such as climate change and natural disasters. This EU Centre is located within the University of Melbourne's new sustainability and resilience precinct, Carlton Connect.

The Marketing and Communications Officer is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining the EU Centre's communication and marketing activities. The EU Centre will have a public facing mandate so the strategies of the EU Centre will be broad. This includes developing a marketing strategy in consultation with the Centre Director, along with organising and promoting and the EU Centre activities. The successful applicant will also be responsible for organising events and international visits.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant tertiary qualification and high level communications and marketing experience including the capacity to develop and publish content for a variety of marketing materials taking into consideration the audience requirements. In addition, experience in the administration and co-ordination of high quality event including liaison with internal and external stakeholders to meet mutual objectives. The individual will be able to work independently, exercise initiative and to effectively prioritise workloads to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet competing deadlines.

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Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Assistant

Posted in Jobs on 29 January 2015

Due to increasing growth and expansion, we are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the Search Engine Marketing (SEM) team.  You will work with leading brands and learn from some of the best digital talent in Australia. 

This position will focus on the fulfillment of SEM services for our clients with the primary responsibility being to support your SEM Manager by implementing and optimizing SEM strategies for your clients. 

An SEM Assistant for MediaCom you will be required to deal with clients on a day to day basis and understand  your client’s business including but is not limited to: goals and success metrics, other marketing, seasonality, USP’s, competitors and product set. 

In this role you will have a range of duties including developing search campaign builds, search implementation and optimisation and coordinating with various MediaCom departments to ensure our clients search strategies are market leading and deliver tangible business results for our clients. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Keyword research
  • Ongoing campaign development and optimisation
  • Regular client reporting
  • Monthly client invoicing
  • Provide support for your Manager

Skills and Experience Requirements

Comprehensive training is provided, however you will require:

  • 0 – 1 years’ experience in SEM across a range of industries
  • Exceptional verbal, written, communication and selling skills
  • An excellent work ethic, problem solving and proficient time management skills
  • Able to work to deadlines in a fast paced agency environment
  • So the team is successful, follow instructions and be organised
  • Have a passion for learning
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Intermediate MS Office skills

One or more of these qualifications will be highly favourable, but not essential:

  • A degree ideally in marketing and advertising or ecommerce
  • Customer service qualification or experience
  • Google Fundamentals qualification 

Work Permit / Visa Requirements

Successful applicants must have Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency 

Language Requirements

Successful applicants must be fluent in English (written and verbal)

Please apply here.

Marketing, Communications and Brand Advisor

Posted in Jobs on 29 January 2015
The Cancer Institute NSW is Australia’s first statewide cancer control agency, established in 2003 to lessen the impact of cancer across the state.

The Institute works in partnership with all involved in the cancer community to:

• reduce the incidence of cancer in the community
• increase the survival rate for cancer patients
• improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their carers
• provide a source of expertise on cancer control for the government, health service providers, medical researchers and the general community

Underpinning the Institute’s work are initiatives to improve cancer outcomes across diverse cultural communities, report on the performance of cancer services, engage with primary care and enhance research capabilities across NSW.

The role will manage and develop content for the Institute’s publications, channels and marketing materials to deliver accurate and timely information about cancer to support the NSW Cancer Plan and related strategies. This role is responsible for the development and management of the Cancer Institute’s brand strategy, content marketing strategy, internal communications, and act as editor of Cancer Institute NSW Publications.

• Located in Eveleigh near Redfern Station
• Maternity Cover Contract (up to 12 months)
• Salary Award Level HSM3 $100,526- $114,600
 
The Role

• Provide expert advice to the Media and Communications Manager, CEO, Executive and staff on brand strategy, messaging, publications, marketing communications and internal communication, to support the objectives of the NSW Cancer Plan.
• Manage the development, production and dissemination of the Cancer Institute NSW’s publications, and implementation of the organisation’s content marketing strategy.
• Liaise with divisions, stakeholders and the Communications Unit to ensure consistent, up-to-date and audience-specific messaging across all mediums.
• Develop and coordinate the Institute’s brand strategy/identity, messaging and content across all communications materials and channels, to raise the profile of the Cancer Institute NSW and support the objectives of the organisation.
• Identify and implement innovative approaches to communicating key health messages to diverse audiences.

Skills, knowledge and experience/selection criteria

• Appropriate tertiary qualifications in communications/marketing/journalism.
• Thorough knowledge of current trends and practises in both internal and external communications practise and the ability to apply that knowledge in developing effective communication strategy.
• Proven extensive copywriting, editorial / sub-editorial experience preferably gained in a health, science or other complex issues related environment

How to apply

• Answer the key questions outlined below. We are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in the focus capabilities in your answer, so please develop your responses with this in mind (maximum of 1 page per answer)
• Provide a covering letter and resume (maximum of 5 pages) that details your experience (and how this relates to the capabilities for the role) Applications musInsert or edit linkt be submitted through www.jobs.nsw.gov.au.
 
When applying you need to:

• Answer the key questions outlined below (maximum of 1 page per answer)

• Provide a covering letter and resume (maximum of 5 pages) that details your experience (and how this relates to the capabilities for the role)

1.Please discuss your experience in designing and promoting reports for public release targeted to community and/or health/clinical audiences.

2.Please explain your brand development management experience, including strategies to increase brand awareness among diverse stakeholders in a competitive environment.

Good news, Java developers: Everyone wants you

Posted in News on 28 January 2015

IT jobs site Dice.com stays flush with Java employment opportunities; security and .Net skills are also in high demand

Java, which turns 20 years old this year, is having no trouble staying trendy, at least in the job market, as the Dice.com IT jobs site cites Java as its most-requested skill.

More than 16,000 Java positions are open on any given day, says Shravan Goli, Dice president, in the company's January bulletin, and demand for Java is only heating up. "Java was named one of the Top 10 skills hiring managers search for when in the market for cloud candidates, according to our November report," Goli says. "And considering it's a basis for so many open source projects, demand for tech pros with this programming language [skill] doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon."

This week's bulletin echoes previous Dice.com findings, including a report from last spring and a recent InfoWorld search on Dice.com. The bulletin also reported that software developers/engineers are the top must-have for any company wanting to build new products or develop internal systems. "As technology evolves, these 'creators' are key to helping company systems stay current -- and companies know it," Goli says.

Unemployment for software developers/engineers in the third quarter was 2.6 percent, a bit shy of half the total national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, Dice reports.

Security professionals also are in a good predicament, with plentiful security positions listed on Dice. "Dice job postings for security professionals are up year-over-year, with cyber security up 91 percent and information security up 48 percent. Companies need professionals who can help oversee and protect their proprietary information from misuse or prevent security leaks," Goli says.

Also in high demand: .Net professionals and sales professionals. "For companies still waiting or in the process of transitioning to a Microsoft services platform, a .Net professional is important to have in your back pocket," says Goli.

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20 Top SEO Tips for Small Businesses

Posted in Tips on 28 January 2015

So you’ve got your website up and running, it’s fully functional and ready to take orders for your product or service. Now you wonder how anyone is going to find your website, especially using search engines like Google.

This is where search engine optimization or ‘SEO’ comes into play.

Here we share 20 top tips that get your website recognized and ranking highly on the search engines for the terms your customers are using.

Before you start optimizing your website, you must put the research into those search terms. You need to target the ones that people are looking for! One of the best tools to use is the Google Keyword Tool (Google it if you need to!). It will tell you how many people are searching for what YOU think are your best keywords and show you what other related terms people use so you can adjust your strategy.

Now you’re ready to carry out the following SEO Dos and Don’ts to get your site noticed.

1) Don’t think that packing your site with your chosen keywords will work, it won’t. Instead write intelligent copy that your customers can read, understand and digest. If you do this, your keywords should naturally occur as you describe your products and services and the benefits they bring.

2) Choose five to twenty keywords to focus on only. By chasing too many you’ll never get the results you’re after. ‘Longtail’ search terms will occur naturally in your website’s content.

3) However your site is built, you need to make sure your keywords are included in the folder names and page titles wherever possible. What do we mean by that? Well, let’s say you sell golf clubs and accessories. You’ll want your homepage title – the words at the top of your browser – to read “Golf Clubs & Accessories – [company name]”. The search engines will notice this and rank you higher. Your folder structure should also reflect your key terms. For example: http://www.company–name.com/golf-clubs/9-irons.html – this would be an ideal URL.

4) Check that your website content doesn’t have too many keywords in it. Search engines will view this as you trying to trick them. Ideally your keywords will make up 3-5% of your overall content on any given page. More than that, the search engines will not like you – and don’t just focus on the homepage, this applies to EVERY page.

5) Every page title in your website should be different. Using the golf example again “Golf Clubs & Accessories” is fine for your homepage, but the page on 9 irons should have a different title – again with your keywords. So “Golf Clubs – 9 Irons / Nine Irons” would be perfect. Never use more than 70 characters in your pages titles either.

6) Although META Keywords are no longer used, the META description is a useful tool that can drive traffic to your website. It’s the bit that comes under your page name when you do a search in Google, for example, and so should include a call to action. “Wide range of quality golf clubs and accessories in stock now. Call [phone number] or visit our website.” – is a good META description.

7) Add style to the keywords on your pages – use header text, bold, italics – it will not only help your customers see what you’re about at a glance, but will also indicate to the search engines what are the most important words on your pages.

8) ALWAYS name any images you use using keywords and add an ALT tag with a description too. For example: nike-graphite-9-iron.jpg with an ALT tag that reads “Nike Graphite 9-Iron”. Search engines LOVE this and you should do it with every image you have.

9) When using internal links on your website, do it intelligently. Don’t just use ‘Products’ to link to your main products page, use the keywords, like “Golf Clubs & Accessories”.

10) Every website should have a sitemap which lists all the pages on your site. Create one (there are online tools to do so) and upload it to the same place your homepage file (index file) is stored.

11) Don’t worry that you’ll have to update your sitemap every time you add new content. Create and upload a simple robots.txt file – these tell search engines what you allow or disallow them to add to their search engine – add your sitemap location to the robots.txt and you won’t have to submit it to the search engines manually like above. There are plenty of resources online that tell you how to create a robot.txt file online – do a search.

12) Link out to websites that are related to your business using anchor text that contains your keywords. So for example, you could link to local golf clubs – locality is also a brilliant way of getting your site ranked.

13) Update the content of your website regularly. One great way of doing this is to add a blog to your site, where you can post regular articles – at LEAST once a week.

Now you need people to link to you – this is vitally important for search engine optimization and not easy, but here are some things to consider.

14) First of all, you need the right people to link to you. You know those local golf clubs you linked to earlier – ask them for a link back and tell them you already link to them. Send them the link you’d like – the keyword rich one. “Golf Clubs & Accessories” and the page you want them to link to. Your homepage probably, but you might have a more relevant page like your products page.

Joining local business agencies like your local Chamber of Commerce will also likely get you a link back without too much effort.

15) Consider creating a “Link To Us” page with ready made linking text and / or images other sites can use. That guarantees they will use the keywords you want and makes it easier for them to do it in the first place.

16) Write for other blogs and websites, not just your own. This gives you the opportunity to link back to your site – but only when it’s helpful, don’t go over the top – and start building your reputation as an expert in your field. If people discuss what you’re talking about, it is inevitable they will link to your site eventually.

17) Submit your site to online directories like DMOZ (free) and Yahoo! (fee). Free ones are best but the Yahoo! one is worth the fee. Most others aren’t…bear that in mind.

18) Offer free content like an eBook giving golf tips and people will not only download it, helping build your brand, but link to it so others can download it – yet more links that search engines love!

19) Got a new product or service launching? Send out a press release to your local and national press and link to yourself in it. Many who run your story will include that link!

20) List yourself on Google Places so you will show up on Google Maps. Your ranking for local searches – “golf accessories [your town]” for example – will improve.

Search engine optimization is a slow and ongoing process but implement the 20 tips we’ve just given you and you’ll be on your way. Just remember to keep up with the things that need doing regularly and review the rest every few months to make sure you’re still targeting the right keywords.

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