Shaps Benkau

A lead iOS engineer in London, now available for remote full-time or contract roles.

Providing consultancy and engineering services to companies around the world for over 15 years. Experienced in development processes, engineering and/or hiring. An active contributor to the open source community—with a focus on tooling and automation—I've been featured in publications like @iOSDevWeekly herehere and here as well as having my work attract the attention of companies like Apple in San Francisco. Other than the skills listed please checkout my Open Source contributions on GitHub.

Although I work quite well with a hands-on approach, my strongest skills are in leadership, of both projects and teams, as well as aiding communication between the various parts of a development pipeline. My deep understanding of the development process, as as well my ability to communicate on various levels, has allowed me to bring success to companies, teams and products.

  • Led multiple engineering teams–across services, frontend and mobile

  • Clients, stakeholders and development teams–coordinate efforts and aide in cross-team communication and discussion

  • Solution Discovery–worked closely with architecture teams to find appropriate, feasible solutions

  • Agile process—user stories, peer review, scrum, sprint planning, estimation, etc

  • Deep understanding of best practices/principles including—KISS, SOLID, etc

  • Proficient with architecture implementations and design—OOP, POP, Viper, etc

  • Advanced user interfaces and animation—Core Animation, UIKit, etc

  • Continuous Integration—Including integration with Fastlane and other tools

  • Large scale, multi-threaded architecture – I’ve built complex applications big and small

  • Interoperability via RESTful or GraphQL web services

  • Profiling – Using Instruments and 3rd party apps to ensure my applications are highly performant

  • Testing–Lead efforts to improve code quality and test coverage through unit-testing, Automation testing & QA teams

  • Lead and contribute to multiple open source initiatives




Lead iOS Engineer (Contract) Thread Online, London

After a year of development, Thread is almost a 5 star app that's soon to be featured by Apple. I lead the entire project for the startup, their first mobile endeavour. I managed to ship the first version of the app after just 4 months of development, half of which I did alone before building a small team of 3 developers.

thread app



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