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Life at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy…
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Tell us about yourself?
I’m a Developer and Infrastructure Lead working within the Finance Systems team at BEIS. I have been working in the team for 3 years, before that I worked in the Private Sector leading on various infrastructure projects across a broad range of industries such as Hospitality, Banking and Insurance.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on several interesting projects, all critical to the timely and accurate collection of Financial data from across BEIS and its Partner Organisations.
Currently I am involved in a project to update the Operating System across our estate on which our applications run. This needs to be carried out to ensure the systems are supported and secure. Due to the distributed nature of our applications this is a complex project due to the number of moving pieces.
I have been involved in the full lifecycle of the project, not limited to; discovery, planning, implementation and testing of the update. I will be working closely with our Infrastructure partners to coordinate any infrastructure changes that need to be made. Any downtime needs to be carefully planned in consultation with our Stakeholders.
I am also working with a colleague on a new application which will be used to manage changes to our Universal Chart of Accounts.
Due to our legacy technology stack not being suitable for this type of application we decided to use Vue.js for the front end and for the back end we decided to write a Node.js API. This is an approach we have not used before and even though it has been a challenge we think the benefits that users will get for usability and maintainability will far outweigh the learning curve.
Working with our Stakeholder team and our stakeholders we have been through several iterations of the application, doing demo’s and taking away feedback to further improve the system. This kind of live feedback has ensured that we are constantly keeping the users in the loop with our progress and giving them the opportunity to feed into the design. We have found that this drives much better user engagement for our applications and a much better product.
What do you enjoy most about working for BEIS?
There is a real variety to my work, not just because I am involved in Infrastructure and Development. Also, because I am exposed to a wide range of technologies. We are not limited to existing technologies. The team is always open to exploring ways in which we can add value to our users; whether that is through existing technology in our stack or something new. As well as this every member of the team is encouraged to input into design or roadmap items, which gives a real feeling of inclusivity.
I work in a great team; between us we have a real broad range of skills and backgrounds and everybody is extremely willing to help one another out. We have regular team events, whether it’s a meal or crazy golf and quite often you will find several us at the pizza shop on a Monday lunchtime.
What makes BEIS a great place to work?
BEIS offers a huge amount of flexibility to ensure that you get the correct work/life balance such as flexible working hours to fit around your personal life.
I’ve been on many different courses whether these are technical courses arranged by my team covering topics such as IBM TM1, advanced SQL concepts or JIRA training; or wider BEIS courses which cover soft-skills such as the BEIS Manager Camp, dealing with difficult conversations and other courses that give you great life skills.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy