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Marcus Craske

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Promoted to Principal Engineer

Promoted to Senior Engineer


Primarily working on Hosted Payment Pages (HPP).

An online payment page platform used by, at present, corporate merchants to process payments for cards and alternative payment methods (APMS), such as PayPal / Giropay / bank transfers. Supporting multiple languages, countries and integration methods. The purpose of this new platform is to provide enhanced customisation for merchants and a responsive design for shoppers.

Technologies include Oracle stack (Weblogic, DB, Coherence), Tomcat, Ansible, Spring, REST/SOAP, HTMl5, AngularJS and JMS/MQs.

Also worked on a legacy back-office system for handling orders/payments and merchant configuration.


Continuing some of the design and building a tokenised issuance product, from my internship, using Java EE 7. And contactless transaction demo software, using a Verifone VX820, for said product - shown to tier one and two financial institutions and Mobile World Congress 2015.

R&D Internship

An internship at Proxama for three months, primarily looking at graph databases for transaction fraud and designing a tokenised card issuance and risk management product for contactless payments.


With an 83.48% first class (starred) honours degree in computer science - BSc (Hons), refer to university for breakdown of grades.


I did two jumps from between 4000-4500ft, with the UEA Skydiving society.

These were static-line/RAP jumps, which required six-to-eight hours of training the previous day. The best part was sitting on the door, of the plane, with half of my body hanging out, and then having to push away, which goes against one's survival instincts.

Started University the University of East Anglia; this section is covered here.

Web Design Competitions

I competed in the WorldSkills web design national final in 2010 and 2011. This would initially start as an internal competition in colleges, with the best website of each course level submitted to WorldSkills for selection in the national final.

In 2010, we had to compete in a barricaded arena in a Milton Keynes shopping mall, with the public walking around and talking. And the in 2011, the competition took place within Highbury College. The competition required a website to be constructed in around eight hours, including: documentation (site-maps, storyboards, page descriptions), Adobe Flash animations (with actionscript) and a website (with JavaScript, CSS and HTML conforming to XHTML 1.0 strict standards).

On my first attempt, in 2010, I came joint-third and received bronze. And then in 2011, I came first and received gold, with the website using PHP (as opposed to a static site the first time). I developed all of the CSS, JS, PHP and HTML in Notepad++, which had only syntax-highlighting (no auto-completion). I suspect this impressed the judges, especially since I finished around an hour or two early. We also had no access to internet for resources, so the development took place within a very limited amount of time, using purely what we had learned. The PHP was also not a requirement for my level, but I used it to have a global site layout, to make my life easier and reduce repetition.