▰▰ jshakespeare.com


I am available to hire as a software engineer and/or consultant. For rates and availability please email me at j@jshakespeare.com.

Software engineering

You can hire me as a software engineer on a day rate or project rate. Most clients hire me to work in their product or engineering team, but I also excel as a full-service engineer and when deployed in cross-functional teams.

I specialize in front-end web development that incorporates UX best-practices. I have formal design training and I am able to build easy-to-use and visually delightful software without the need for costly design/engineering waterfall processes.

I mostly work remotely from my home in London but can travel as needed.

References and work examples available upon request.


Software consulting

You can also hire me to consult on your next project. Some things I know a lot about are product strategy, web technology and infrastructure, design systems, web accessibility, and how to hire and manage engineers. I can also provide code review and codebase health checks/audits.

Why should you hire me?

“James is one of the top handful of individuals I’ve had the privilege of working with in my career.”

— Charles Edwards-Kuhn, Chief Product Officer at Taptap Send

I have over 15 years of professional software development experience in the UK and US. During that time I have worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from pre-seed startups to Fortune 500 companies. I have worked as an individual contributor and as a manager in high-performing engineering teams, as well as in ‘army of one’ cross-functional roles. I have been involved with every stage of the software development lifecycle and have written, tested, and shipped code that has been used by millions of people.

As a contractor I work mostly with early-to-mid-stage startups, helping them get from loose product requirements to robust customer-facing technical solutions through rapid, iterative, and highly collaborative processes. I place a high value on planning, communication, and testing as a recipe for stress-free projects and high quality end-products.

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