At the forefront of research

Being at the forefront of software development is the promise of an analyst/programmer vacancy at ComNet Networks, a business unit within crown research institute Industrial Research (IRL).

Title: Analyst/programmer, ComNet Networks, Wellington

Function: Analysing the business, systems and technical requirements for clients; designing and developing software; maintaining existing systems

Description: Low-middle ranking role, answerable to Industrial Research web manager and ComNet manager, but involving much independent work and relying on own experience

Dosh: $35,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications and experience

Being at the forefront of software development is the promise of an analyst/programmer vacancy at ComNet Networks, a business unit within crown research institute Industrial Research (IRL).

IRL claims to be New Zealand’s largest research company in engineering and the physical sciences and ComNet's role is to commercialise its expertise.

IRL web manager David Archibald says the organisation is moving from a static intranet to an application-driven one, allowing more intranet-based processes in place of form-filling. IRL is also replacing its standalone databases with a centralised SQL Server database. ComNet works in a Microsoft environment internally, but Archibald is “open-minded” about other technologies, including Linux.

Responsibilities include working with internal and external clients to analyse their business systems and technical requirements, designing and developing software solutions (including both client-side/distributed programmes and web applications) and maintaining existing applications, including intranet apps.

Archibald describes the role as “middle” ranking, answerable to himself and ComNet manager Mike Jordan and based at ComNet’s 14-staff office in Wellington. The role does not involve having staff or budget to manage, but the successful candidate may have some analyst work to perform.

ComNet seeks demonstrated programming skills and experiences in at least two languages, such as Visual Basic, Visual C++, Java or PowerBuilder, and experience in developing database-driven applications, especially using MS Access and/or SQL Server. A recent degree in computer science or information science would be useful.

Archibald says someone with commercial expertise as a programmer would be ide

al, as the role offers little chance to learn from others. It offers a chance to grow with the company, but where the job will lead to longer term is “difficult to say”. However, he says IRL is an interesting working environment. "IRL is at the forefront of a lot of R&D work for computing and computers."

The salary claims to be “competitive”, based on qualifications and experience. Since a graduate may be considered, the range is a wide $35,000 to $60,000 (see www.comnet.net.nz for details).

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