Wide-ranging role beckons at Eureka

A hands-on, wide-ranging role beckons at a small Auckland software developer.

Title: VB/SQL Analyst programmer, Eureka Software Development

Function: Maintaining existing systems and developing new applications

Description: One of nine staff in a small company, doing “everything”.

Dosh: $30,000 to $60,000+, depending on experience

A hands-on, wide-ranging role beckons at a small Auckland software developer.

Eureka Software Development, formerly known as Market Interface Technologies, is looking for a VB/SQL analyst programmer to add to its eight other staff.

The six-year-old firm writes software for handhelds, including sales-force automation for PDAs used at Ernest Adams. Other customers include the Northern Clinical Training Network, Orion Gas and Power New Zealand/TransAlta, TVNZ, Ernst & Young and Goodman Fielder.

Director Trevor Loader says the firm is involved in VB applications, internet applications, data warehousing and “a lot of wireless WAP stuff”.

“Because we are a small team, the vacancy is an everything-type job. It will involve maintaining existing systems and working on new ones.

“We will chuck them into what skill sets they possess and then into everything. If they don’t have data warehousing, eventually they will do that,” he says.

Core skills sought, naturally enough, are Visual Basic and SQL, and everything else will be an advantage, says Loader. Additional skills may include data warehousing, Crystal reporting, ASP, XML and web-class development and WAP exposure. Microsoft certified software development experience would be an advantage.

Loader says the successful candidate could be doing anything now. “As long as they have the relevant tertiary qualification and relevant VB experience, we might take somebody with six months’ experience, or five years’ experience. We will decide [from] the calibre of the individual,” he says.

Staff get to do everything because of the size of the company, but Loader says if the candidate shows leadership skills they could eventually become team leaders or lead programmers. “They will definitely hone their analyst skills if they are a programmer. We want to develop a well-balanced person who will do analysis,” he says.

Loader says he has “no idea” about the salary, as it depends on experience, but the firm is offering “the possibility of future equity options for high achievers”. However, someone with little experience would probably be paid in “the 30s” and someone with five years’ experience would get “top dollar — over $60K”.

An added payoff: “We have a relaxed working environment, a good bunch of people and you don’t have to wear a suit.”

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