Trainee Developer - Next PLC

Rupert Bennett

Hi there! I am a 24 year old, Software Developer currently working at Next PLC, having successfully obtained a 1st class (Honours) degree at Sheffield Hallam University, where I studied Computer Science.

During my free time, I teach myself robotics, learning about micro-controllers such as the Arduino and Adafruit’s Feather Huzzah. I also use the Raspberry Pi in my projects embedding facial recognition into an Arduino controlled car.

Running is a huge passion of mine and I have participated in a variety of different distance races. I have completed half marathons in Nottingham, Sheffield and Amsterdam to name a few. I am also passonate about hiking, having walked the pennine way and thoroughly enjoy tavelling

Thank you for coming to my site, feel free to look around and see the project I have been developing.

It would be great to hear from you!

Proficiencies In Langauges

All proficiencies are self assessed based on my knowledge and ability on each subject area

Proficiencies In Software

All proficiencies are self assessed based on my knowledge and ability on each subject area

Proficiencies In Other Skills

All proficiencies are self assessed based on my knowledge and ability on each subject area

Work Experience and Education

  • Next PLC 2018 - Current

    Software Developer


  • Thyme Cafe August 2017 - April 2018

    Junior Chef

    Working along side my studies as a trainee chef in the kitchen. My main responsibilities are food preparation in the mornings
    followed by coordinating the kitchen to ensure all meals are plated correctly and served at the same time.

  • Mattel February 2017 - Present

    Business Systems Analyst Intern

    As an Business Systems Analyst, I got to learn the functionality of Oracle’s E-Business Suite, used around the world by many businesses.

    My responsibilities consisted of building and developing Oracle reports and SQL queries to meet business requirements

    One of my main tasks was to design and develop a report in the system that could be executed on demand by the business analysts.

  • Mattel July 2016 - February 2017

    Solutions Architect Intern

    For my placement year at uni, I worked for Mattel undertaking two different roles in the IT department

    As a Solutions Architect, my main responsibilities were to develop new and maintain existing power cubes which are used throughout the company to gain business intelligence. This could be sales, forecasts, trends etc. IBM provides a solid foundation for the cubes, using off the shelf software, IBM Cognos Suit. It takes data from the data warehouse and creates a virtual layer on top of the warehouse, from this layer you are able to create the cubes.

    I also owned the Cognos SDK which could be used to access the Cognos Portal to retrieve, edit and delete selected reports, files and/or folders. The SDK was a custom built Java program which used the Cognos BiBus functionalities, I had to gain knowledge in this in order to build on the current SDK.

  • Sheffield Hallam University 2014-2018

    Bsc Computer Science

    First year results

    • Fundamentals of Programming - 73%
    • Algorithms and Data Structures 1 - 58%
    • Fundamentals of Computer Architecture - 85%
    • Professionalism and Communication Skills - 74%
    • Introduction to Requirements and Systems Modelling - 66%
    • Mathematics for Computer Science - 84%

    Second year results
    • Algorithms and Data Structures 2 - 66%
    • Fundamentals of Programming Languages - 66%
    • Group Software Development Project - 72%
    • Database Systems for Software Applications - 62%
    • Object Orientated Programming - 93%
    • Software Engineering Concepts and Methods - 80%

    Third Year (Placement) - Pass

    Final year results
    • Concurrent and Parallel Systems - Pending
    • Case Studies in Software Development - Pending
    • Functional Programming - Pending
    • Programming "Things" - Pending
    • Final Year Project - Pending

  • Costa Coffee 2012-2016

    Barista Maestro

    Built from the bottom up, I spent 4 years at Costa during my studies working part time hours. Begining as a trainee Barista, I finished as a Barista Maestro where my main responsibilites were to run shifts, delegare responsibilites, handle complaints under pressure and manage the finances at the end of the shift. During my time here, I enterd the "Barista of the year" competition, where I was able to outperform in my store and area competitions. I was awareded the prize based on Pride, Passion and Personality.

  • Cancer Research UK

    Shop Assistant

    Voulenteering at a local charity shop, I would spend my saturdays in the working environment to help run shifts and manage tills.