What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
The number of people who want to pick my brain or ask for my opinion.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
Product Management attracted me because I love hearing about new concepts or ideas and seeing them become a reality. It’s like sowing a seed, nurturing it, and helping it blossom into the best that it can be.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Lego, Meccano and Etch-A-Sketch.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Sport, History and Physics.
Secondary School: Maths, English, Geography, Physics. At college I attained an NVQ in Plumbing.
Your reason for choosing this career?
I wanted to be where the ideas are. I enjoy being challenged, making my brain think about and solve complex problems.
Tell me about your career path to date?
My career path has been completely unplanned and mainly accidental. I started out as a Telecoms Engineer, looking after a large internal telecommunications system, everything from the interchange exchange to the telephones on the desk. Then I became a self-employed courier for same day deliveries all around the U.K. After that, I was a Technical Engineer, which involved setting up and installing Voicemail – this was back when everyone hated it! – training customers. I progressed to a Technical Manager, running the design team, development team and SEO team for a web design studio. I wanted a change, so I became an Ocado Delivery Driver delivering customers online grocery orders. People move around the business all the time at Ocado Group, and I’ve since progressed to a Product Manager role inside Ocado Technology. This role involves many varied projects and allows me to learn about all aspects of the business, not just the technology side.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I love my job but if I could do absolutely anything, it would be something arty and creative, possibly expanding my hobby in photography.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Go for it! Nothing is impossible and there’s something out there for everyone, so don't be afraid to try new things. There's no shame in failure either, it's just another opportunity for learning.