Vacancies

Contact Group is a leading provider of class communication and data services to schools, colleges and local authorities throughout the UK.

Our range of products include Call Parents, Our Schools App, Truancy Call, Reggie, Tell by Text, Looked After Call and more.

As well as improving communication between schools and parents, our portfolio of products also help record attendance, reduce bullying and assist in school admin tasks such as registration.

Contact Group also works closely with local authorities and our Looked After Call programme has been specifically designed as a complete management system for the virtual school, enabling local authorities to efficiently monitor all aspects of their looked after children.

Available Sales Roles

 

Available Technical Roles

The Contact Group are seeking several talented and enthusiastic people to be involved in developing products which help improve the communication between schools and parents. Working in a skilled, friendly agile team, you will play an important role – contributing your ideas and helping create a mixture of new projects and delivering new features to current ones.

 

What to do next:

If you are interested, please send your CV and Cover Letter to:

vacancies@the-contactgroup.com?subject=website-vacancies

Please note: We are looking for candidates that are currently UK based.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Full Stack .NET Developer with JavaScript

Reports to: Development Manager
Works with: Development Team

Why Join Us?

• Opportunity to work in a learning environment – we share our knowledge and actively encourage developing your skills
• We really do use and experiment with the latest technology.
• We try our best to work in an agile manner, so this does mean sprint planning, stand-ups, story points, pull request peer review, hack days and pair programming.
• Can work at our open plan office or remotely or both, we are flexible, provided you make it to the office one day a week.
• Participate in the full development process, design and code reviews, spiking new technology.
• Competitive salary and benefits package

Please check out our Stack Overflow profile for more background information about working for us.

What we are looking for

• People who are confident and at a proficient level of C# and JavaScript (Ideally people with at least 2 years’ experience). We would expect people to be able to demonstrate their ability during the interview process.
• Experience of building Rest-like API’s using technologies such as ASP.NET Web API 2 or Node JS.
• Experience of building MVC patterned web applications using technologies such as ASP.NET MVC 4/5
• Building front-end JavaScript applications ideally using React/Redux, also experience of front-end build processes.
• Effective knowledge of clean code, understanding of SOLID principles, can demonstrate software design patterns in multiple languages.
• Experience of test-driven methodologies.
• Have experience working in an agile environment.
• Is effective at managing own time and learning.
• Happy in a variety of IDEs such as Visual Studio 2015, WebStorm, Brackets or Code.
• Has experience of relational databases including SQL Server 2014+, MySQL and document databases such as CouchDB, MongoDB and Raven
• Experience of GIT version control
• Experience of using SOA style-techniques, Service Buses and Message Queuing.
• People who want to learn and try out new ideas
• UK based candidates only but can work remotely

 Desired but not essential
• Experience in non-windows environments.
• Experience of functional languages such as F#
• Exposure to data analysis and statistical languages such as R
• Experience of developing mobile applications native or otherwise using (Swift, Objective-C, Android)
• Experience of cloud environments such as AWS or Azure.
• Active in the developer community, goes to meetups and conferences.
• Experience of Visual Studio Team Services or JIRA or similar project management
• Polyglot programmer who likes to dabble in lots of different languages

Location

Based in our Birmingham Office.

Scrum Master

Reports to: Chief Technical Officer
Works with: Development Team

Role details

• Run and manage daily scrum activities, retrospectives, reviews and planning sessions
• Be able to engage with various stakeholders to co-ordinate priority of several backlogs of development work
• Manage and coordinate resolutions to any blockers to our prioritised backlogs
• Ability to produce quantifiable metrics of performance and use these to maximise productivity
• Help and work with our testers to ensure successful acceptance testing of our platform
• Help maintain and keep backlogs groomed and delivery focussed.

Essential

• Has at least 2-3 years-experience working with a scrum or similar agile based team
• Thorough understanding of the Agile software development methodologies, values and procedures with focus on Lean, Scrum, DAD and SAFe
• Understanding of the full software development life cycle – be able to demonstrate this at interview
• Familiar with Visual Studio Team Services Online or JIRA products (Minimum of 2 years’ experience)
• Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
• Proven track record in building and sustaining productive relationships with business stakeholders
• Very strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cope and remain calm under pressure
• A real interest in problem solving with focus on results
• Excellent communication skills
• Can work with in-house and remote developers with ease.
• Active participant in the Agile Community, meetups, blogs and volunteer work.
• Degree or equivalent qualification

Desirable

• Previous work within a software house to build web and mobile applications
• Development background not necessary but some form of technical experience such as testing would be beneficial
• Knowledge of schools and education industry would be beneficial
• A passion for technology and general knowledge of market trends

Benefits

• Competitive / market rate salary
• Health care insurance
• Pension
• 25 days annual leave + bank holidays
• Friendly staff / casual dress code

Development Internships

Take that knowledge from the lecture theatre and put into practice? then contact us. We are always on the lookout for summer and year-long internships from universities based in the West Midlands.

Location

Based in our Birmingham Office.

Telesales Representative

Acting as the main source of new business for the Contact Group, working closely with Customer Service, Technical and Marketing Teams to ensure revenue growth targets and profitability. The role includes demonstrating our software to schools and organisations so they can make a decision of whether to purchase our software, enabling the Telesales Executive to be responsible for the outcome of their sale in every step of the process. The majority of business is won by cold calling, although the Telesales Team will be provided with regular warm leads created by Marketing activities.

Reports to: Sales Manager
Works with: Sales Team

Responsibilities
• Cold calling, maintaining pipeline
• Providing quotations, proposals to potential customers
• Follow up on marketing and sales campaigns
• Online demonstrations to potential customers
• Building relationships with Key decision makes
• Proven account management / consultative sales experience in any industry (prior IT sales experience / sales into the education sector is advantageous but full training can be provided)
• IT literate with a strong track record of establishing customer relationships and growing accounts
• Driven, high level of energy, proactive, consultative, enthusiastic and target-oriented
• Exceptional customer care, strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication and flexible to tailor approach and communication style to different customers
• Planning and organising skills to handle the workload and to prioritise activities across a large group of customers in a dynamic work environment

Skills and Expertise
• Proven account management / consultative sales experience in any industry (prior IT sales experience / sales into the education sector is advantageous but full training can be provided)
• IT literate with a strong

Location

Based in our Widnes Office.

What to do next:

If you are interested, please send your CV and Cover Letter to:

vacancies@the-contactgroup.com

Please note: We are looking for candidates that are currently UK based.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Partner Products

“This technology has helped us to contact parents a lot more efficiently. Previously we had to call all the parents individually, now we simply press a button.”

Headteacher at secondary school, Carlisle

“Reducing the time teachers have to spend taking the register means more time for teaching. In an era when everyone is under pressure to deliver great results, that’s good news not just for students, but teachers too. The Reggie® app is incredibly quick and easy to use and takes full advantage of smartphone simplicity to free up hours of extra contact time over the school year. The fact Reggie® is available for both Apple and Android devices is the icing on the cake.”

Co-ordinator at Technology College

“It has helped us reduce the rates of unauthorised absence significantly.”

Headteacher at an Academy in Essex

“We have used this solution for 3 years now and we take the line that children often ‘talk with their thumbs’ and that texting provides them with a familiar medium to communicate issues that they might otherwise find difficult.

“It’s very simple to use, I get a text when someone has made a report and I can listen to it as a voicemail and reply by text. We always respond the same day. The commitment I give is that I will drop whatever I’m doing and will arrange for the most appropriate person to deal with the incident immediately.”

Deputy Headteacher at Secondary School, Derbyshire

“The App is useful as news reaches parents directly, rather than them having to look for it on the school website. It’s a good way of making sure parents are getting the necessary information.”

Assistant Headteacher at secondary school, Liverpool

“LCC is now able to meet, at a reasonable cost, its statutory requirements under the Children’s Act 2004. In addition to this it is able to send more quickly and efficiently regular reports to its partners on its LAC’s educational performance.

“The recent Ofsted report stated: ‘A new electronic data system for attendance monitoring, both within the city and out of area, ensures daily checks and swift action.”

Strategic Lead for LAC Education at Liverpool City Council

“ClubContact is just excellent. Members are very happy to be informed via texts and emails. It’s more efficient and also it saves loads of admin time. The setup has taken no time at all and we were up and running within a day or two, what more can I say, it’s great!”

Football club owner at Essex

“This particular scheme has been very successful …. mentees can discreetly send information and seek assistance about problems they are encountering. Although there are considerable advantages to our face-to-face method, there are also drawbacks. For example, sometimes mentors aren’t always available when the student wants to see them or the question they have may just require a quick reply and so a meeting isn’t always necessary.”

Strategic ICT Co-ordinator at secondary school, Herefordshire

“We have also started using Reggie® as a way for the SLT to monitor attendance. They can log in to the app on their own devices, which allows them to get an overview of attendance for the current and previous days.”

IT Manager at secondary school, Worcestershire

“The visual representation of the data really helps a teacher plan and organise the room to maximise learning opportunities and, if required, make changes quickly and easily. A real winner!”

Deputy headteacher at school and sports college, Bolton

“10 out of 10 for all things, very impressed with it, it has saved staff time and made it easy to collate information from lots of staff.”

Staff at academy, Nottingham

“…extremely well received by both staff and parents… used extensively by staff on a daily basis…”

Assistant Headteacher at secondary school, Bolton

“There wasn’t anything on the market that offered the flexibility we needed and that met the requirements of our staff. Instead we relied on manually gathering this information in Excel spreadsheets and SIMS which was time-consuming and made it difficult to extract real value.”

Kevin Barnett, Centre Director at Freemantle Church of England Community Academy.

“Truancy Call has undoubtedly helped us achieve some of the best attendance rates in Bedfordshire (95.2%)”

Headteacher at Newnham Middle School, Bedfordshire

“This technology has helped us to contact parents a lot more efficiently.  Previously we had to call all the parents individually, now we simply press a button and Call Parents does the job for us!  A text message is not only immediate, it is easy to read and less formal than a letter, so it allows us to engage with parents who are otherwise hard to reach.”

Deputy Head at Alexandra High School

“One of the main difficulties that schools face is reluctance from young people to report bullying face-to- face or in school. So providing them with a way of telling someone when they are away from school or at home is important and this technology is now making it easier for young people to report bullying from the safety of their home.”

Joe Dawson Principal Educational Psychologist at Leicester City Council

“The parents love it and so do we.”

Headteacher at Primary School in Denbighshire

“We don’t have a great deal of bullying reported but it is dealt with quickly. The work we do with the technology and the assemblies is to raise awareness of the different kinds of bullying and to explain to pupils the difference between simply falling out with a friend and sustained bullying.”

Martin Ebbage Deputy Headteacher at Tuton Hall School

“Our parents are far happier receiving communications through Call Parents. It’s much better than pieces of paper that can get lost or dog-eared – and it’s more secure. Before using it, we wouldn’t get replies from many parents and we spent a lot of time chasing them up, but now we are guaranteed a much higher level of response. Ultimately we need 100% replies and we get that far more quickly now. We are quite a traditional school so it’s important for us to use new technology – with hindsight perhaps we should have adopted it sooner!”

Val Mathews, Marketing Manager at Seaton House School

“…ensure that no child ‘slips through the net’…”

Project Manager at local authority

“I have been using Truancy Call and Call Parents for a number of years now and would agree emphatically that you provide a solid and reliable service.”

Attendance and Admissions Manager at secondary school, Derby