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I’m a software engineer with over nine years experience in a variety of roles. Most recently I have been working on data platforms with technologies including Apache Beam, Apache Spark, and Apache Mesos.
Since September 2017 I have been working at GoCardless, where I am building a best in class data platform to meet our needs now and as we grow.
Before then I spent nine years working at Arm in Cambridge, UK.
I spent four years as the tech lead on Arms internal metrics platform, which collected and stored their engineering and operations data and prepared it for further analyses. This exposed me to many technologies from the Big Data world, including Apache Spark, Apache Flume, EXASOL, and Tableau.
Outside of work I enjoy being active. I’ve ran a number of half marathons (PB 1hr 40) and am a member of the Broxbourne Rowing Club.
At home I enjoy occasional baking and beer making, and working on side projects to improve my technical skills. Currently I’m writing an Apple Watch app to track my rowing.
My full CV is available for download at http://andrew-jones.com/cv.pdf.
GoCardless, London, 2017 - Present
I joined GoCardless in September 2017 as the first hire on our new Data Platform team. I’m currently working on building a best in class data platform to meet our needs now and as we grow.
Arm, Cambridge, 2008 - 2017
I first joined Arm in 2006 for a one year placement position as part of my University course and accepted the offer to come back once I graduated in 2008.
Since 2012 I have been working on Arms internal Metrics Platform, becoming the tech lead soon after. The metrics platform is a centralised system to collect, store, and analyse Arms internal data. The initial focus was on what we call the engineering data, for example verification data on Arms processor designs, but the platform was designed with other use cases in mind and expanded to collect large amounts of infrastructure data, including HPC data, shared storage, networking, etc. It is used by all of Arms CPU projects for business critical reporting and analysis.
As tech lead I am responsible managing a team of developers, prioritising and planning deliveries, facilitating decisions, and designing solutions. Until recently we were lacking a project manager, so I was also responsible for all the project management, including stakeholder management, upward management, and reporting.
Under direction of our architect we decided to move to the Lambda Architecture in 2014, and I was responsible for implementing that.
To be honest, this didn’t go particularly well. We tried to do too much all at once with a small team, and ended up with many things half implemented, or implemented poorly. I learnt that I needed to be a stronger tech lead, to be able to persuade and convince when I need to, and to ensure the vision for the platform was well understood by all team members and stakeholders.
In June 2016 I was invited to speak at the Tableau Conference On Tour, my first external presentation. This feels like a milestone in my career, and I plan to do more external talks.
Foswiki open source project, November 2008 – December 2012
I worked on the Foswiki open source project both as part of my role at Arm and also outside of work. I developed and contributed to a number plugins and became a core contributor.
Being part of an open source project was a great way for me to learn how to work inside a remote team with different personalities and different priorities.
I stopped working on Foswiki when my role at Arm changed and I no longer had the time to work on it outside of work.
Bournemouth University, 2004 - 2008
Born and raised in Harlow, Essex, I went off to Bournemouth University to study Business Information Technology, a deliberately varied course as I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career.
I soon realised I enjoyed programming and the other technical subjects and tailored the course to focus on these areas.
The third year of the four year course was spent on industrial placement. I worked at Arm in Cambridge for 15 months in the Engineering IT team, working on internal software solutions and taking ownership of the company wide wiki (TWiki/Foswiki), handling upgrades, support, features, etc.
Arm offered me a position on graduation, which I took up after completing my final year.
I’ve always enjoyed playing football, and played 5-a-side at Uni and weekly at Arm. In 2012 I played in the Silicon George tournament, but generally I’m not good enough to play competitively!
Since then I have ran four more half marathons, with a personal best time of 1:40 achieved in March 2017. I’ve also ran events at other distances, including 10 miles and 10K.
In 2010 I participated in the Engineering Education Scheme. Sponsered by Arm, three of us went to Netherhall School in Cambridge one afternoon a week for 6 months and helped students build an ABS sytem for bikes using an mbed.
If you use some of my open source work and would like to show your appreciation, please use PayPal or buy me something from my Amazon wish list. Don’t feel you have to though — I’m lucky enough to enjoy it ☺
Cover image from Unsplash.