ICN is a cutting-edge digital media publisher that has developed a highly respected apps portfolio with leading talent and celebrities in a number of markets. ICN Apps have received 15 accreditations on Apple iTunes, Google Play and Windows Marketplace, two of its apps have featured in the Sunday Times ‘Top 500 Apps in the World’ list, as well as numerous award nominations.
ICN has been headquartered in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter since the summer of 2013, and has a team of around six employees both full and part-time, and is planning to add approximately another two or three to this team in 2018. ICN Apps has published products aimed at American, Indian and Chinese consumers as well as a UK audience.
ICN is way more than simply an ‘apps developer’ – it has expertise and resources across the full range of digital media skills required to not only develop apps, but market them, make them engaging and encourage returning users and non intrusively monetise that activity. So everything from app development and design, product and project management, to video production to digital marketing, social media and digital media sales.
Under the banner ‘ICN Media’, ICN also partners with a number of companies to pass on their specialist expertise and help them with apps, video and the full range of digital media requirements. This is a rapidly growing part of the business.
In 2016, and in partnership with the University of Nottingham, ICN’s work to help develop and progress graduate talent, plus recognition of the role graduates have played in the growth of ICN, was recognised in national award nominations for the ‘best collaboration between a university and employer 2016’ and ‘best careers service engagement 2016’.
ICN is fast moving with a relatively flat structure – it is the ideal environment to get a very strong CV quickly after graduation – and is the sort of company where you can put your ideas and your mark on the product portfolio right from your first week in the job!
Length of opportunity: Eight weeks
Salary/hourly rate: £7.83 per hour
ICN is constantly planning two to three versions ahead in terms of its app releases, across its portfolio, and for its third party partner clients. The purpose of the role will be to learn the fundamentals of a number of apps within ICN’s portfolio, and then, with guidance from experienced developers and product managers, play a lead role both in having input to future specifications, and then building to those specifications to agreed timescales.
Job duties will include:
- Working directly with product managers to conceptualise, build, test and realise products
- Keep up to date on the latest industry trends in the mobile technologies
- Deliver across the entire app life cycle – concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores and support
- Updating, repairing, modifying and developing existing software and generic applications
- Relevant training necessary will be provided to support the job role and your activities, but this is very much a ‘learning on the job’ role
- Our team are highly skilled and will give you all the right knowledge to start producing valuable work
Some evidence of having previously worked in X code and having a basic understanding of core data programming for iOS is the preferred start point for this role. However, evidence of having worked in Android and an aptitude to learn iOS X Code during the internship will also be considered.
An understanding or demonstration of competence in the following areas would be preferred, with further mentoring and development then in these areas as the role develops:
- Mac OS
- Object-orientated programming
- API Integration (although API integration will be part of the one the job training)
- Project management (from design to implementation)
An awareness of and interest in apps and involvement in any form of projects or apps that have been released would be seen as a major sign of commitment to this vocation.