Matteo Pescarin

Matteo Pescarin

Senior Developer / 21 yrs

London, UK

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I've been working in the IT field for almost 15 years. I've covered the entire life-cycle of web applications, from client briefing to QA and post-delivery phases. Thanks to the work done in these recent years I've spent a good amount of time learning and applying team and project management processes, as well as testing and automation procedures.
Work History
  • May 2015 - Present

    Front-End Development Lead

    Sainsbury's Entertainment

    While mostly working within Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand [SEoD], I’ve taken part of the massively rapid up-scaling of the development team, from 25 devs, up to the current 300+ positions across all disciplines. While acting as a technical lead for the customer and administrative site for SEoD, I’ve also line managed 6 front-end developers, while interacting with many other teams in different parts of the business.
    Most of the work done has revolved around strengthening and introducing new strategies, methodologies and standards for front end development. I’ve mentored and empowered the front-end team individuals, making sure they would be able to take the most from their position, while sharing their knowledge and taking solid decisions.
    I’ve taken part of various other projects, both regarding testing automation as a technical lead for the SEoD e2e test automation project and as a consultant for several web applications, while taking SEoD to a better standard level.
  • May 2014 - April 2015

    Lead Web Developer

    Steel London

    Hired as a lead developer, I’ve been managing a 4 developers team, mentoring them and setting up most of the standards and common ways to work in the team and across-department. The position entailed both project management skills, development and system administration, maintaining existing websites, planning and risk analysis of brand new or prospect campaigns and websites. Successfully covered the Christmas campaign website for Debenhams ( made with Yii 2, a PHP framework and AngularJS. The project had also been hosted and heavily tested through OpsWorks, a multi tier stack automation system of AWS.
    Due to the ever evolving internal structure of the company, which was massively changing since I joined, one of the most interesting aspects of the position was to be able to always rapidly adapt to the new challenges and changes, while managing and assessing new work and potential architectural problems.
  • August 2011 - April 2014

    Lead Web Developer

    The Frameworks

    Hired as senior web developer, took the leadership and role to establish and implement the web development team and practices across the departments, responsible for the company strategy on web, maintaining, developing and improving existing and new web assets, ensuring quality at all levels.
    Introduced Kanban (Agile), TDD, automated development (tests and deployment), strategies for rollback and disaster recovery. Developed frontend and backend high-profile websites using PHP, JS and various libraries. Also responsible for UI/UX reviews of designs.
  • June 2010 - July 2011

    Web Developer


    Responsible for maintaining the national homepage version 3 and developing the version 4 (short listed for the Web Design Awards 2012), using a strong Agile TDD methodology in order to obtain a quality-first product, as per BBC standards.
    I've been constantly in touch with other departments and roles, improving, suggesting and providing feedback on the internal resources, taking active part in the team and the BBC.
    Took the lead in designing and implementing the producers article scheduler for the homepage.
  • August 2009 - June 2010

    Web Developer

    Glu Mobile

    Designed and implemented the server-side application for their first virtual-world game on Facebook. Created the front-end and back-end functionality in use by all departments. Maintained and improved the current server infrastructure (cloud-like) in use.
    I've covered a pivotal role for all the departments, local and remote, like designers, testers, front-end developers, sysadmins and project managers, creating tools and providing suggestions and feedback on technologies in use and helped shaping the game at all stages with a long and short term view.
  • 2003 - February 2011

    Italian Community Technician

    Gentoo Linux

  • November 2007 - August 2009

    Web Designer and Developer

    Self Employed

    Most of the latest freelance works are on web design and development, ranging from logo designs and artworks for digital and print (notably for the Venice International Photo Contest '07 and '08) to AJAX-driven websites over LAMP (e.g. Virtual Rome project for the CNR of Rome in 2008). Always in contact with clients and other collaborators, taking a responsibility role and trying to push requirements and technologies.
  • January 2006 - October 2007

    System Administrator

    Diecidieci Multimedia srl

    Design, creation and administration of a small SOHO network, backup infrastructure and development server for a web company of Bologna, including personnel training and briefing.
  • September 2005 - December 2005

    Web Designer and Developer

    3A Sistemi

    Responsible for project definition and client interaction, web design using strong usability and accessibility features, database schema design and implementation, development on LAMP stack of five different websites.
    During that period realized most of the graphics, web and brochures, for the company.
  • August 2001 - August 2005

    Web Designer and Developer

    Freelance Experiences

    I became leader on Flash MX and acquired a deep knowledge on W3 standards. I've been responsible for client interaction and technology definition, creating multimedia brochures in Flash and creating my own CMS in PHP using a REST interface and a proper templating system for the views, used for several clients websites.
  • February 2001 - July 2001

    Web Designer and Front-End Dev

    2night SpA

    Hired as Flash Web Designer, I also took the role of the front-end web developer. I created the institutional website for the company and covered the whole campaign for the film "Final Fantasy - The spirit within".
    Realized several other graphics, photomanipulations and webpages, as well as short flash movies.
  • October 1999 - January 2001

    Co-Founder and Web Developer

    HampCake Studios

    Founder together with Emanuele Tozzato. I acquired a deep knowledge in Flash 4 and MX. Leader in the definition of the technologies to adopt and taking the best out of them. Responsible for client interaction and web design.
  • June 1997 - September 1997


    Industrie Grafiche Chinchio

    Gained knowledge in the printing process, and digital graphics tools such as Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Photoshop and Quark XPress.
  • Università di Bologna

    2005 - 2009
  • Liceo Scientifico E. Fermi - Padova

    September 1992 - July 1998