What were you doing before you joined Leyland Trucks?
I was working as a software engineer for another local company developing a range of applications including Customer Management Systems (CMS), external websites and mapping software. I joined Leyland Trucks in 2008 because I was looking to take on more responsibility and work on projects from their initial concepts through to implementation.
How have you progressed since you’ve been with Leyland Trucks?
When I started at Leyland Trucks, the team I joined was in its infancy and I had a couple of applications to manage. These included the plant’s robotic painting and track monitoring software. Over the years I have developed a number of business critical applications and have had the opportunity to be part of a global team defining and developing manufacturing execution solutions for the whole of PACCAR.
What’s the best thing about working at Leyland Trucks?
I have enjoyed being part of the team that has supported the company through some large technology changes over the years and I've been able to see first-hand the positive affect that the software I have built has had. I like to develop good relationships with people I work with and at Leyland Trucks I get to meet people from across the whole business. I particularly enjoy being able to talk to the same people that will be using my applications, I think this ultimately helps me to deliver the right solution.
What’s a typical day for you?
My daily tasks change depending at which point I am working at in the software development lifecycle. I spend a lot of time speaking to the business and operators on the factory floor - gathering requirements and arranging project timescales. Conversely, I have days where I spend most of my time writing code and building applications in order to deliver a specified piece of functionality. We work in a very agile way at Leyland Trucks which means that I am constantly reviewing my ideas, designs and applications with the end users. They are the people who use my software every day, so I like to let them to be the main driving force behind every change.
What do you hope the future holds for you at Leyland Trucks?
I hope to be part of more development teams that bring about changes to the way the company uses IT through software and applications. I would like to take the experience I have learned at Leyland Trucks to help me make bigger contributions at a global level for PACCAR.