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Old 08.10.2014, 12:42
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Application Development Analyst Opportunities

Hi,

Currently residing in South Africa, my wife and I are in the process of relocating to Europe in search of new and exciting opportunities due to the political turmoil that currently darkens the country. I hold an Italian passport, which allows the logistical transformation to be alleviated.

I have more than ten years’ experience as an Application Development Analyst specializing in Manufacturing Execution Systems. I am confident in expressing expert knowledge designing, developing and implementing a wide variety of software solutions using skills such as C#, .Net, WPF, WCF and SQL. I have had the privilege of designing Metals Accounting software for one of the worlds largest Platinum producer Lonmin.

I would like to find out what cities you recommend for English job opportunities in Software Development? We have looked at the likes of Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
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I assume there are lots of internal application development taking place in companies. But high cost of living drive the cost up. I find that a developer in Western Europe can be 4-5 times the cost of a developer in Asia, and 3-4 times the cost of a developer in Eastern Europe. So for the bulk of the work, we are under pressure to best-shore it.

Nevertheless, I have developers in Western Europe, but I do keep them aware of the situation and try to encourage them to find ways of providing some higher value than their best-shore counterparts to justify their cost. So it may be some creative, cultural, leadership or new technology value.

One of the values of using a local developer is if they have particular industry expertise, cultural or language that best-shore developers do not. You need to find an edge to justify the cost. Good luck!
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Would someone translate the OP into English for me, please?
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Old 08.10.2014, 13:08
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I have had the privilege of designing Metals Accounting software for one of the worlds largest Platinum producer Lonmin.
By the way, Switzerland has many of the leading mining companies in the world. Many based in Zug or Baar, though not a single mine to find there. I suggest you look into vertical industry opportunities for yourself.
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Re: Application Development Analyst Opportunities

Hi Phos,

Thank you for the prompt response.

I understand your point of view, even in South Africa you need to diversify and provide specific skills. That's where I am hoping my experience in the Manufacturing systems, Metals Accounting and ISO-S95 will play an advantage.

I will do some additional research into ZUG and Baar as suggested.

As we are currently still located in South Africa, would you suggest staying in Zug or Baar whilst trying to find a position or are the companies open for telephonic interviews (skype, etc)?
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As we are currently still located in South Africa, would you suggest staying in Zug or Baar whilst trying to find a position or are the companies open for telephonic interviews (skype, etc)?
No, not at all. Only that Baar and Zug has been a magnet for international mining corporations such as Glencore/Xstrata, etc. because of their attractive tax packages. Some of these are just mailboxes. But no need to limit your scope to Zug and Baar.
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Would someone translate the OP into English for me, please?
Gizza job mate.
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