Q. What is your role and what does a typical day look like for you?
I’m a software engineer, primarily working on Bread’s frontend web applications and systems. My days start by reviewing open pull requests on GitHub and addressing any feedback. Our managers do a great job of ensuring we are involved in only relevant meetings, so I have plenty of dedicated focus time every day. After lunch, I spend time tackling sprint work by coding, looking at Figma mockups, and collaborating with my teammates, including those in product management and design. My favorite days include demos and pair programming. I greatly enjoying seeing engineers share new product updates and I’ve always felt that demos help keep us engineers connected, even before our teams went remote.
Q. What’s it like working in the Bread Engineering Division?
We have an amazing team of engineers and working in fintech presents interesting challenges. Last year, I had to learn how to internationalize our Member Portal after we partnered with the Royal Bank of Canada. Once I started working on making our application support multiple languages, it made me understand the different frontend engineering challenges to consider when supporting users across multiple regions, timezones, localities, etc., especially in the regulated financial world.
I’ve primarily worked on greenfield projects, which plays to my entrepreneurial strengths. I’ve always been interested in learning how to build applications from the ground up, and Bread has provided me with ample opportunities for that. I’ve seen product development from inception all the way to launch, multiple times.
Earlier this year, thanks to my manager, I also did a rotation on the Shop team to get a new perspective on frontend engineering by working on a different application. This helped solidify my understanding of Bread’s product and the loan lifecycle. As someone interested in fintech, working across multiple teams has been an enjoyable way to learn more about our industry while sharpening my engineering skills.
Q. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Working on a product for many months and then seeing it launched is an incredible feeling! While I’m generally working on product-led initiatives, we also have a week dedicated each quarter for engineering-led initiatives — Working Groups. One of the most rewarding times was leading my own working group. Switching between our different frontend apps felt cumbersome, manual, and poorly managed. I knew the problem would worsen as we scaled. My group and I built a developer tool to easily switch between 40+ different instances of our frontend web apps. While I love developing new product features for the business, that Working Group was a surprising reminder that a clever improvement in the developer experience can be just as impactful.
Q. If you weren’t a Software Engineer, what would you want to be doing?
I started cooking more during the pandemic but would like to be better at it. I would definitely want to go to a culinary school. Hopefully, I have the chops for it?