Meet the Squad: Fiona (Assessment)

by Matthew Rigley

As part of our Employee Spotlight Series, this month we are introducing you to “Fiona”. Named after Princess Fiona from “Shrek”, this cross-functional teams focus is around the functionality and features of the “Assessment” component of our platform. I sat down with each one of then to get an understanding their role in the squad and how they find life as a “Trade Legend”.

(from left to right) Gagan, Daniel, Julius, Hans, Dorian, Adam and Mayur

Mayur: Snr Product Manager
My typical day looks like: I deal with leading discovery, driving roadmaps, managing backlog, resolving impediments, eliciting requirement and capturing insights.
The reason I love working at Trade ledger is: Because of our work culture and ability to solve end customer problems.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger is: Managing priorities and striking the balance of solving varied level of problems with speed and accuracy.
When I'm not working I like to: Listen to music, play the drums, walk and play with my kids.

Dorian: Engineering Manager
My typical day looks like: My role is centred around people management.  At Trade Ledger, my day is usually unstructured and working around with people and processes to achieve two main goals.  First of all, guiding the development team to reach their potential to be a high performance team.  To help them to focus on the delivery by identifying and removing the obstacles so that the engineers could deliver fit-for-purpose solutions to customers and achieve the company objectives.  In addition, as the people manager, the career development of the engineers is a top priority as well.  Connecting with the engineers regularly and listening to their needs, coaching to reach their full potential and hitting the high notes of career while helping Trade Ledger make history.
The reason I love working at Trade Ledger is: Trade Ledger has an open culture.  We all have a voice and we are welcome to make an impact on the business.  This is very fulfilling and satisfying.
The most challenging part of working at Trade ledger is: Dealing with a lot of ambiguity.  Just as importantly, it's also a very fast paced environment.
When i’m not working I like to: Archery, bushwalking and travelling. 

Adam: Technical Lead
My typical day looks like: Discovery and design of product items in preparation for squad to work on it. Assisting team with direction and decisions from technical view point

Adam

The reason I love working at Trade Ledger is: The culture and environment is far more open and inviting than any place I’ve worked previously.  Working with the team is a joy, the work we tackle is very interesting and having the full support of everyone around you makes it extremely enjoyable.
The most challenging part of working at Trade ledger is: Being in such a new field, customers have problems that are yet to be fully identified or solved for, so working with this ambiguity and uncertainty can be an interesting challenge.
When I’m not working I like to: Test out my cooking skills on any dish or idea I can come up with, and shredding any slope that has snow.

Daniel: Software Development Engineer
My typical day looks like: Backend development, writing e2e tests, writing documentation, it depends on whatever the team needs really!
The reason I love working at Trade ledger: Great opportunities to learn and make decisions that really drive the product
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: The space and company is still young, which means you need to be adaptable and able to respond to change
When I'm not working I like to: Go on bush walks, play board games, and travel

Edward: Product Designer
My typical day looks like: I start my day by catching up with all the comms overnight from the UK, cleaning out and organising my emails, reviewing my previous days tasks/goals and writing out my new daily set of tasks/goals. This is followed by a few Squad rituals to catch up with the teams in Sydney and from there I begin my design and discovery work. At the end of the day I spend a bit of time to catch up with the UK team whilst on Friday’s I try to leave a few hours aside for personal development or to document my output for the week.
The reason I love working at Trade Ledger: For me, there are a myriad of reasons; Being able to work alongside incredibly talented individuals with a wealth of knowledge, the constant growth opportunities, the fact that I am always learning and being challenged.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: Having spent the last 5.5 years working in the major events, exhibitions, weddings and parties industry, the shift into a digital design space and understanding the lending sector has been the most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger.
When I’m not working I like to: Try and keep a balance between staying active through power lifting and attempting to be a foodie. (Can recommend some good Sushi in Sydney)

Julius

Julius: Software Development Engineer
My role in the Squad is: Executing tasks in the sprint. There are different types of tasks from implementing & designing new systems / features, fixing bugs and writing automated tests.
My typical day looks like: Stand up in the morning, followed by catching up with other stakeholders (engineers or PM) until lunch time. Lunch time until late afternoon will be my focus time where I do most of the coding work. Spare sometime at the end of the day for catch up with the London team or some personal development.
The reason I love working at Trade ledger: Trade Ledger thinks about my personal development even more than I put myself towards sometimes.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: We have a lot of tenants / clients, new features have to cover use cases for different clients.
When I'm not working I like to: Watch TV Series or play games. Currently watching the tv series Merlin (Let me know any good sci-fi / crime tv series), also start playing Witcher.

Priya: Quality Engineer
My typical day looks like: Monitoring e2e and component tests running in our build pipelines, build new tests, planning quality initiative.
The reason I love working at Trade ledger: This team (fiona) - everybody is helpful and have got each other’s backs.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: Things change frequently and you have to be on your feet to accommodate it - there is no such concept at Trade Ledger as “settling down in your work”
When I’m not working I like to: Play with my son, cooking , watching Netflix, going to gym for running and exercise, reading the news and books.

Gagan: Quality Engineer
My typical day looks like: Planning and execution quality initiatives, monitor product quality and automation, automation suite development.
The reason I love working at Trade ledger: Amazing team work and `together we can` attitude of each team member.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: Cross region communication/sync up challenges. Some complications in the product needs significant effort to understand the bits.
When I'm not working I like to: Play guitar, solve rubik's cube, read book, listen to music, outdoor games and fun.

Hans: Software Development Engineer
My role in the Squad: is to make sure users' have a great experience on our platform and build new UIs, basically making things beautiful! 
My typical day looks like: Arriving at my desk in the morning, making my coffee (coffee is a must), then going through my calendar, emails, and reviewing a couple of pull requests in the morning. This is followed by a standup meeting and catching up with fellow engineers in the team to discuss some challenges. The rest of the day, I will do most of the scoping, coding, and getting things done.
When I have spare time, I will do my own personal development.
The reason I love working at Trade ledger: Tons of reasons, but the prime reason is working with experienced individuals with constant growth and learning opportunities.
The most challenging part of working at Trade Ledger: New processes that evolve fast as we are a growing company
When I'm not working I like to: Learn something new, catch up with my friend, go for walks and try new food!

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