Meet Harry, Head of Engineering
Tell us a little bit about you
I’m Harry, I’m the Lead Developer at Picnic. I joined in 2018 as a Junior Developer and helped build our first creative formats.
I had a roundabout way of getting into software development. I studied politics and business at university. I then worked in various roles in sales and marketing for a few years. I had tinkered with code for several side projects whilst at university, but the turning point came when working in a marketing job for a startup. I helped put together some new websites, and really enjoyed the whole process of working with developers and creating things. I joined a coding Bootcamp shortly afterwards, and the rest is history.
Describe your role at Picnic
As the lead developer, I wear a few different hats. Principally my job is managing the engineering team. I mentor and guide some of the other team members, I also help to define our technology strategy, and it goes without saying, I help build some cool software.
What excites you most about your job?
So many things.
- Onboarding more developers and growing the Engineering team’s capabilities is really exciting.
- Building our self-serve ad creation platform has been a hugely rewarding process. We are constantly adding new features and performance updates, so it’s exciting to see the platform evolve.
- Working with such an awesome group of people is also such a great motivation!
What are your passions outside of work?
I’m really into sports and keeping fit. I acquired a love of cycling in London over lockdown 1.0.0 back in 2020, and it has snowballed.
I’m also a keen skier. I trained as a ski instructor whilst living out in New Zealand, and I’ve been lucky enough to go heli-skiing a few times. Sadly, there are precious few opportunities to ski in London. Fingers crossed that travelling to the Alps is back on the cards in 2022.
Finally, tell us a fun fact about you that people may not know.
I’ve played Joseph in two primary school nativity plays in two years...my theatrical career really peaked before I turned 8.