I graduated with a Software Engineering degree from Shiraz University in Iran. After a year working in my home country I moved to the UK in 2003 to further my career in software development. My first roles in London gave me a great grounding in a variety of syntax and platforms, specialising in Microsoft Technologies such as .Net and SQL. After many years commuting to London the time was right to look for roles more locally to support a better work / family life balance and in January 2012 I found the ideal position at Hastings Direct as Senior Developer. I have been given many opportunities to expand my knowledge, use my specialisms and work with amazing people and more recently led to my promotion to a Solution Architect.
As a Solution Architect, my role involves working with our agile teams to assist with solution design, development and quality assurance processes across all aspects of the software development life-cycle. I regularly provide technical guidance and development activities to support the IT strategy and organisational change programme with colleagues, stakeholders and external partners. I am passionate about technology and I get to use my skills and knowledge on a variety of technologies, platforms, and tools such as Microsoft C#, SQL, Java, GOSU, HTML, SOAP, REST, XML, JSON, WPF, WCF, MVC, JQuery, Web services and APIs, Guidewire, Visual studio, Jenkins, Subversion and Cloud technologies.
Hastings Direct has a learning culture that encourages colleagues to develop knowledge and competence, both professionally and personally. It provides resource to help people grow and excel in their careers. I was given the opportunity to get involved in the recruitment process for our IT Graduate Scheme and provide mentoring and coaching to colleagues, which helped me expand on my personal and soft skills. There are always lots of internal courses, brown bag sessions, and learn-at-lunch events to choose from to develop new skills.
It’s a fantastic experience to work with a great, highly talented, supportive team, in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. IT delivery is a modern, fast developing and fully agile team with a culture of relentless improvement that provides the space required for people to learn, innovate and utilise their skills to provide the most professional service possible.
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The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.
It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.
There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.
There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.
As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.
All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.
It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.
The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.