Projects I seek out are the ones others shy away from. I am a self-taught senior engineer who has taken on diverse challenges but is far from out-challenged.
With 16 years of professional experience under my belt, I develop systems which remain resilient under pressure. Having both Australian and Dutch ancestry, I am adept in English and Dutch. I currently live in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
As the popularity of eBuddy rose, the team behind it found themselves spending more and more time on ad management. I joined the project to automate various manual processes related to monetisation. Different services were connected, internal and external, often in accordance with poorly-written and loosely-interpreted specifications. I take pride in having supercharged the advertisement pipeline.
This project was in its conceptual stage when another engineer and I were brought on to develop the required software from scratch. Fast-forward a few months and we were dealing with real customers and moving money between them, all while continuously ironing out the details of how the system should operate. Gavin gave me a crash course in the competitive start-up world; one which requires you to plan ahead and sometimes to pivot at a moment's notice. A lot more adrenaline was involved than you might expect from the insurance sector.
Aside from contributions covered by NDAs, I am responsible for the official Mollie Node.js SDK. Coordinating the journey of an SDK stands in stark contrast to working on end-user products. Rather than building the palace, you design the building blocks. Your users are other engineers, and your design must compliment their structure. Millions of euros flow through the SDK every month, requiring a heightened level of rigour in development. In some projects, slow and steady wins the race!