Being a Mancunian, it’s no surprise that Daniel likes working in his home city. And he says the Manchester hub is a great place to deliver digital projects from.
“The working environment’s really good,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of breakout spaces, whiteboards we use for sprint planning, a physical Kanban board to keep up with progress, and stand-up desks. We get together a lot as a team to work through issues.
“I’ve recently been working on a new front end for Jobseeker’s Allowance, allowing people to apply online. It’s been interesting working with legacy systems, bringing them up to date.
“It was a big challenge, working on older technologies that I’ve not used before. We all learned them together, upgraded them, and connected the front-end and back-end together.”
Daniel says working in the public sector has some unique advantages, and that life in the private sector doesn’t always match up.
“For me, it’s all about technology,” he says. “We have some of the best technologies here, but it’s also the size of the organisation. We have over 100 million customers, and we deliver over a billion pounds a day in transactions.
“As a software engineer, it’s exciting to work at this scale ‒ knowing that you’re making things work better for the end customer.
“The work I do allows customers to access services and benefits quickly, and they can do it online. I love coming to work knowing the software I’m working on will help people.”