Each month we're introducing a different member of our two professional services teams. This month Antony Doyle, a front-end developer in our Coach House team, talks about life at Zengenti.
How long have you been working at Zengenti and what were you doing before?
I’ve been part of the Zengenti Professional Services team for just over two years now. Before that I worked on a freelance basis and for small web companies for around six or seven years. I was working with small to medium businesses, often doing everything from discovery and design, through to development, and even content writing.
Having to do everything myself was challenging, but it taught me a lot about aspects of the job I’d never really gotten involved with. Being self-employed, I also became acquainted with the joy that is dealing with HMRC.
Even further back in my colourful past, I owned a couple of pubs. In four years, there was never a dull moment. If you buy me a beer, I’ll tell you all about it.
What does your role involve? What are you responsible for?
I’m a front-end developer, so my role usually makes me responsible for everything from wireframes and HTML prototypes to developing new functionality in Razor. Our team is responsible for quoting on almost all work that comes in too, as well as supporting our clients via the helpdesk and Zengenti forums.
We’re also involved in a lot of other aspects of the business, such as feeding back our own suggestions to improve front-end development within the product.
What services are offered by your team? What sort of skills do your team members have?
These days, I’m doing more and more work in Razor. It lets us deliver more complex functionality quicker. But we also do everything from discovery and design, to upgrades and migrations.
Take us through a normal day for you.
It usually starts off with coffee. Then, as a team, we’ll have a quick run-through all of our ongoing work to keep each other, and our project manager, in the loop. Once someone has decided on a playlist for the day, we get started. Sometimes they even let me pick the playlist. But not often. They don’t appreciate good music in my office.
A day in Professional Services can be quite varied; it all really depends on what projects we’re working on. But usually, for me, there’s a lot of writing code, styling things to make them look awesome, liaising with clients, and document writing. Interspersed with good coffee, of course.
How do you find working at Zengenti?
Well, we’ve got an office cat, a lake full of ducks, and there’s a bacon sandwich run on Friday mornings. What more could you ask for?
After freelancing for so long, I wasn’t entirely sure I’d enjoy working in an office full of people again, but I really do enjoy working here. We’ve got some great people here, a great location, and we work with some fantastic clients.
There’s also a good social side to the company, which is pretty cool. And just the other week, my manager spent an entire afternoon with her face painted to look like a puppy. I should probably add that it was Red Nose Day…
Are there any current trends that are leading the kind of work coming in from clients?
There’s a definite change in design direction since GOV.UK and manchester.gov.uk were redesigned, which builds on an ongoing trend towards responsive design and embracing all things mobile that has been happening for the last few years.