Careers

Mind Sports International is rapidly growing as a company and is constantly on the lookout for talented, hardworking and dynamic people interested in a career within international events and marketing.

We currently have vacancies for the following positions: 


 


Chess Expert - Plymouth Office


Summary: The Chess expert will represent the interests of MindSports International (MSI) Ltd and associated partners. They will have a strong game proficiency (GM or IM is not a necessity) and an understanding on how this is relatable to an on-line site.

We have 3 divisions, which will all require attention:

  1. Live events
  2. The Mindsports Academy
  3. Mindsports Education

For more information, please review the MindSports International (MSI) Ltd, Mindsports Academy (MSA) and Mindsports Education (MSE) websites.

Location: Mindsports International (Ltd) head office, Lee Mill Bridge, England.

Salary: The role carries a full time salary (dependant on applicant but no less than £25k per annum with a OTE of £40k+) and bonuses for creating and managing new on-line tournaments and growing the on-line player base.

 

Role requirements:

  • Strong project management and communication skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication. Strong English language skills is a must, other languages are a good bonus especially Chinese, Spanish and Korean.
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Sound knowledge of chess including tournament rules and regulations
  • Be very active within the on line and live community.
  • A strong on-line presence and following with an excellent understanding and ability to use all Social Media Platforms including but not limited to; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube.
  • Help to drive online traffic and related campaigns.
  • Drive registrations and sales to the Mindsports Academy (MSA) website and Mindsports Education (MSE) website.
  • Control content for blogs, training and news for the MSA and MSE websites ensuring all information is correct and valid.
  • Contribute to, and develop, promotional events.
  • Contribute to market plans and strategies.
  • Positively and clearly promote the product and services.
  • Conduct market research and gather customer information.
  • Be self-motivated.
  • Be versatile and comfortable when taking instruction.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Demonstrate aptitude for problem-solving; ability to determine solutions for customers via a consultative selling approach.
  • Must be results orientated and able to work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Have a passion for creating fun and casual entertainment.
  • Travel will be required on a global basis though not every month.

 

Other Information: The team is small and will require guidance on the game and community, in return they will train you on systems, clients and our services.

You must join the MSA (it is free) and look around at the site to see what needs improving. It has just launched and we are still improving the User experience and journey but it is now fully functional. We are looking to attract as many players as possible to play on the site. We also want Chess teachers to use our site for training using the video facility and will be adding functionality to this over the coming months. The education site needs to attract young children and teachers and we wish to set up on line leagues and competitions.

The core reason for this role is to build an ON-LINE community on the MSA and MSAE.

 

Key Focus Points:

  • Find out and explain why players would not join and what we need to do to ensure they do.
  • What we need to add to offer something better for the players.
  • How you would go about growing the player base.

 

How to Apply:

Round 1 - If you are interested in the role we will require you to send in your business and chess CV including something about you personally, what is your motivation and why do you want the role.
A PowerPoint (or similar) presentation, no more than 10 slides, on how you would grow the player base on the MSA and MSAE. This can be accompanied by a word document.

Round 2 - If you get through the first round you will be asked to do a video presentation on your powerpoint and to talk us through in more detail what you would do.

Round 3 - If you are successful in round 2 you will be flown to Qatar around the 19thAugust 2017 to participate in the MSAWC and to attend a final interview along with the other candidates. Successful candidates must be available to do this.

 

If you have any queries, please contact info@mindsportsinternational.com

 

 


C# ASP.NET MVC / Software Developer - Plymouth Office


We are looking for a well-rounded C# ASP.NET MVC developer to work on all aspects of our offerings including our ASP.NET websites and developing for various mobile devices. Your responsibilities will include investigating, prototyping and delivering features for new and existing websites and software, enhancing existing features, fixing bugs and integrating with third party services as well as developing systems for internal use. There is some great experience awaiting the successful candidate with plenty of opportunity to put forward your own ideas and to work with new and emerging technologies such as our RFID Scrabble Board (experience in this areas is not expected).
 
Skills & Requirements
Required Technical Skills

  • A minimum of three years’ commercial development experience primarily focused on C# ASP.NET / MVC. If you have less but believe that you can perform this role, we’re still interested in hearing from you.
  • Object-oriented programming fundamentals and experience with common OO design patterns.
  • Possess a good understanding of Windows Server 2008+, IIS 7.5, and Microsoft Azure hosting.
  • Strong debugging, troubleshooting, testing and peer reviewing skills
  • Experience building web-based applications and web services using C#, .NET 4.0, ASP.NET MVC (Razor).
  • Strong client-side development skills using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX and jQuery.
  • Microsoft SQL Server knowledge (T-SQL queries, indexes, etc.)
  • Experience with source control systems

 
Desirable Skills
These are skills that would be beneficial to have however they are not essential and there will be plenty of opportunities to develop these skills on the job if required.

  • Experience developing with WordPress
  • Experience in Continuous Integration Experience in automated testing and Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Mobile device development, iOS/Objective-C and Android/Java
  • Experience with any sort of Game development

 
Person Specification

  • You must be passionate about software development and love the work you do with .NET and ASP.NET MVC. Involvement with projects outside of your employment is a big positive.
  • You have a curiosity and a desire to continuously and iteratively improve.
  • You keep up to date with the .NET community (Twitter, blogs, pod/web-casts) and its related technologies.
  • You have an interest in putting forward a case for trying out suitable new technologies to help the company and the services it offers
  • You have a passion for crafting beautiful, simple, maintainable, and tested code that scales to tens of thousands of users.
  • You are focused and attentive to detail and have strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • You are friendly, have great communication skills and enjoy working with a small, highly productive team.  You enjoy discussions and collaboratively arriving at the optimal solution.
  • You are smart, eager, humble and open-minded.  You are receptive to feedback from your peers and have equal willingness to learn and teach.
  • You get satisfaction out of leaving the code base better than it was and are experienced in refactoring and incremental improvements.
  • You are quick to pick up new work, switch between tasks and refocus as priorities change. Your solid task-management skills allow you to keep track of your work and see it through to release without requiring micro-management.
  • You have a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to drive your own work.  You see your code through development, testing and on to live deployment. You care about the success of your development and proactively monitor for issues and fix defects after release.

Salary
The remuneration is £30k per annum. This is an office based job in Plymouth Devon England and WE DO NOT need any more freelancers so please only apply if you either live in or near Plymouth or if you are willing to relocate. Introduce yourself with an email attaching your CV to info@mindsportsacademy.com

 


 Gaming Developer - Plymouth Office


 

We are looking for a well-rounded C# ASP.NET MVC/ HTML5 Gaming developer to work on all aspects of our Sports Room (Chess/ Scrabble/ Go). Your responsibilities will include investigating, prototyping and delivering features for new and existing Sports Room features, fixing bugs and integrating with third party service. There is some great experience awaiting the successful candidate with plenty of opportunity to put forward your own ideas and to work with new and emerging technologies in a rapidly growing industry.

 

Skills & Requirements
Required Technical Skills

  • A minimum of three years’ commercial cross platform gaming/ poker development experience primarily focused on C# ASP.NET & HTML5.
  • Possess a good understanding of Windows Server 2008+, IIS 7.5, and Microsoft Azure hosting.
  • Experience building web-based applications and web services using C#, .NET 4.0, ASP.NET MVC (Razor).
  • Strong client-side development skills using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX and jQuery.
  • Microsoft SQL Server knowledge (T-SQL queries, indexes, etc.)
  • Experience with source control systems
    • Maintain current code on live games
    • Working through all stages of software delivery lifecycle from requirements refinement, development, testing, release & maintenance, in an agile continuous delivery model
    • Working with the test team including test automation of UI elements.
    • Create Rapid Prototypes of game concepts.

 

 
Desirable Skills
These are skills that would be beneficial to have however they are not essential and there will be plenty of opportunities to develop these skills on the job if required.

  • Experience in Continuous Integration Experience in automated testing and Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Mobile device development, iOS/Objective-C and Android/Java

 
Person Specification

  • You must be passionate about games development and love the work you. Involvement with projects outside of your employment is a big positive.
  • You have a curiosity and a desire to continuously and iteratively improve.
  • You keep up to date with the gaming community (Twitter, blogs, pod/web-casts) and its related technologies.
  • You have an interest in putting forward a case for trying out suitable new technologies to help the company and the services it offers
  • You have a passion for crafting beautiful, simple, maintainable, and tested code that scales to tens of thousands of users.
  • You are focused and attentive to detail and have strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • You are friendly, have great communication skills and enjoy working with a small, highly productive team.  You enjoy discussions and collaboratively arriving at the optimal solution.
  • You are smart, eager, humble and open-minded.  You are receptive to feedback from your peers and have equal willingness to learn and teach.
  • You get satisfaction out of leaving the code base better than it was and are experienced in refactoring and incremental improvements.
  • You are quick to pick up new work, switch between tasks and refocus as priorities change. Your solid task-management skills allow you to keep track of your work and see it through to release without requiring micro-management.
  • You have a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to drive your own work.  You see your code through development, testing and on to live deployment. You care about the success of your development and proactively monitor for issues and fix defects after release.

Salary
The remuneration is £30k per annum. This is an office based job in Plymouth Devon England and WE DO NOT need any more freelancers so please only apply if you either live in or near Plymouth or if you are willing to relocate. Introduce yourself with an email attaching your CV to info@mindsportsacademy.com

 


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