Position Filled: Administrative Assistant

The position has been filled for the role of Administrative Assistant. We would like to thank all applicants for their applications, and welcome you to keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for any upcoming vacancies.

Loop Foundry, a software development consultancy based in Hobart, is looking for a casual administrative assistant to join their small team.

Tasks

We provide custom software and web development, and eCommerce software solutions to our primarily Tasmanian clients. To help us achieve this, you’ll need to:

  • Edit (and contribute to) documents such as software documentation, project proposals, website blog posts, and operations manuals.
  • Answer phone calls and respond to emails on behalf of other staff members.
  • Perform software usability testing (if you think you’d be terrible at this because you know nothing about software testing, you’re exactly the person we’re after).
  • Pester staff members (mostly your boss) to get the work they promised to clients done.
  • Follow up with clients via phone and email to ensure they also do what they said they’d do.
  • Perform Internet research and write summaries of findings.
  • Other duties as required.

Basically, we want you to help us provide excellent service to our clients.

Qualities

We absolutely don’t expect you to be able to effortlessly tick off every item above as something you can do, training will of course be provided. However, there are a few qualities we’d like you to have:

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • Excellent general computer skills (experience in Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a must).
  • The ability to learn quickly and follow directions.
  • The ability to work unsupervised.
  • Attention to detail and pride in your work.

Benefits

Lunch Room and Ping Pong Table
The lunch room (including ping pong table)!
  • Total working hours will start around 8 hours per week. Your hours can be negotiable in order to fit around other commitments you might have.
  • You’ll be paid $24.30 per hour ($19.44 plus casual loading) as well as superannuation guarantee contributions of 9.5%.
  • We have a lovely dog-friendly office space in central Hobart (with table tennis table and large kitchen).
  • You can work from home occasionally if needed (though you’re expected to be in the office most of the time).

Applying

To apply to be our new administrative assistant, please email your CV (or a link to your LinkedIn profile) to jack.scott@loopfoundry.com.au. Cover letters are welcome and encouraged, but you will be disqualified if you attach the cover letter as a Word or PDF document rather than put it in the email body.

Applications will close on the 15th of September. Applicants will be notified via email within two weeks as to whether they have an interview.

August Service Changes

Ha Long Bay

One of our project managers, Jack, is going on holiday between the 29th of July and the 13th of August, and unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on whether you’re the one spending two weeks lying on beaches in Vietnam) he will be unavailable to respond to any urgent support queries.

Whilst he’s away, you will still be able to reach other members of the team by emailing info@loopfoundry.com.au (for non-urgent matters), or by calling (03) 6287 6964.

My Six Months With The Foo Project

Martin Henschke spent six months with Loop Foundry in late 2016 (back when it was still known as The Foo Project) during the final months of his PhD. This is his experience working with us.

Coming to the end of a PhD presents students like myself with something of a dilemma. Although the experience had been extremely valuable and I am, in as modest a fashion as can be permitted, proud of my achievements during that time, I can’t earnestly say I’m interested in continuing an academic career. Research has been now the focus of my professional life for 7 years, and it may well continue to be but the lack of a concrete objective has sometimes made the work difficult and, rarely, unsatisfying. Some of my colleagues have found the same, and moved out of research into engineering, software development and other fields.

To fund the last few months of the writing up process, I signed on with The Foo Project, a one-man business software company. The owner, Jack Scott has been running the company since 2012 (around the same time I started my PhD incidentally), and I joined up to work as a software engineer and where necessary lend a little UX expertise to the work.

When I first started, the company was a bedroom operation, and I worked from home and communicated via Slack, although after a month we moved into a small office on Elizabeth Street. The project I spent most of my time on here was the ‘VAS Reading Echo’ system, a piece of business software designed to test a child’s VAS, or ‘visual attention span’, a metric designed to help quantify and explain early-development reading skills and suggest solutions. For my part, that meant learning web programming effectively from scratch and working with a large pre-existing code base across two platforms and five languages.

The work has been an extremely refreshing change from my previous experience; web development is the polar opposite to blue-sky research. A day on this project would typically involve adding additional functionality per a spec, identifying issues with existing functionality and resolving them; each step discrete, concrete and solvable. Working with an existing code base is challenging but for someone used to the fruit of their work being a publication, watching a website come together is pretty satisfying.

It’s been a great six months here. I’ve learned a lot about commercial software development, and rather pleasingly another little bit of the internet now has my mark on it.

We Have an Office!

Inside the upstairs of our new office.
Inside the upstairs of our new office.

The Foo Project is now in it’s first offices. We’ve taken up residence inside Parliament Co-working, a co-working space on Hobart’s waterfront. We’re pretty excited, the offices are well laid out and have everything a growing company like ours needs (Internet access and a kettle, basically)…

Our New Website

You may have noticed some changes recently on our website. We’ve done a complete overhaul, with too many changes to mention, but here are some of the biggest:

  • We’ve completely overhauled the appearance of our website (obviously). The main page is the most drastic difference, but almost everything has had a bit of a change.
  • Our platform has changed from Drupal to WordPress. We felt that Drupal’s development was becoming stale, with no new significant features in a couple of years now. WordPress, on the other hand, has come leaps and bounds in the past few years, and now is a fully fledged CMS.
  • We’ve put more information on our services pages: for development, for IT support, and for managed hosting. Hopefully this will help you find the information you need on what we can provide for you!
  • There is now a lot more information on our staff page, with a lot more to come in the future.

To sum up, we’re not excited about how far we’ve come with the new website, but how far we have to go. And WordPress is definitely the tool to take us there.