The technology sector is growing 3 times faster than the rest of the UK economy so we want to give you an insight into the people and companies which make up this thriving industry through a series of case study interviews.
This week we meet Ross Davidson, a Development Team Leader at Orange Bus, a strategic digital agency with offices in Newcastle, Sheffield and London.
Hi Ross, how long have you been working as a Development Team Leader and what were you doing beforehand?
I’ve been a Developer for 16 years and a Team Lead for 3. I studied Physics at Durham University and after gaining a Master in Science degree chose to start my career in the rapidly expanding world of computing and the Internet. I’ve been constantly excited by the progress being made in the digital world and have no doubt this will continue for many years!
What made you choose a career at Orange Bus?
Having previously worked with one of the founders, I have known about Orange Bus since it was started in 2006 and always admired their scientific approach to Web Development. I was lucky to have the chance to join at the start of a great period of growth and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A forensic scientist! I still think this would have been an interesting career, but suspect day to day life is nothing like CSI makes it out to be!
What do you like most about working at Orange Bus?
The people and the interactions between them and with the clients – everyone is encouraged to get involved from the start and work together to deliver a quality result.
What’s your typical day like in Orange Bus?
A typical day would start with the daily stand-up where the progress from the previous day and the targets for today are covered along with any blockers in our way. After a swift cup of tea it’s then down to business which would be fairly ad-hoc. Any meetings are usually kept short, and often via Google Hangouts if with clients, so less time is spent travelling and talking and more time doing! Fridays are the best days beginning with a bacon sandwich and after a morning of work a lunch time game of pool! At 16:30 we have our weekly ‘Beers with Ideas’ session which is an hour where we can discuss new ideas, demo new technologies or even have a workshop with an external guest.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your footsteps?
If you want a career which is challenging, always interesting and rewarding with every day different to the next – I’d recommend it! You are encouraged to think and solve problems and deliver not just a solution, but the best solution. Orange Bus is a great place to work!
Want to join Orange Bus?
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