Welcome to the eleventh in our series of team interviews. Each month, we’ll be asking a member of our team to tell us more about them and their involvement with rradar. This month, it’s time to hear about our workflow developer, Brian Christensen.
How and when did you first become involved with rradar?
February of 2016. After leaving a Team Leader position in a large law firm, I had made the decision to take a few months’ sabbatical before deciding what to move onto and the position at Rradar showed up on my Radar.
Who/what was the biggest influence on your decision to work at rradar?
Mark Speirs – he showed the enthusiasm, ambition and drive of the company from our very first interactions. The MI Requirements outlined in the interview were both cogent and comprehensive, reassuring me that the ambition of the firm coincided with my approach very well.
What was your first impression of the company?
Very positive overall. My interactions with all senior management were very productive from day one, allowing me to progress the system development quickly, in line with the requirements of the company. The staff were all very friendly and enthusiastic, creating a very nice atmosphere in the office.
What have you found to be the most surprising/challenging aspect of working for rradar?
The scale of the task is without doubt the biggest challenge, and the enthusiasm of all levels of staff was quite surprising given that Proclaim at that point was a very underdeveloped system, but suggestions and questions about improvements started coming through almost immediately.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about working for rradar?
I would encourage them to join up ASAP. I have found the firm to be quite demanding in what is required but without ever making me feel overwhelmed. Work and timescales for delivery are well thought out and consultation within and between teams is given a suitably high priority.
How do you see rradar developing over the next five years?
I believe the business will continue to expand and grow, branching into new areas of law as well as the many other strings we have to our bow (ARC, Design work, Consultancy for Health & Safety etc.) With the backing of a company like AXA, there is no upper limit.
If you weren’t working for rradar, what would you be doing instead?
At the point where I joined I was looking to change industries away from law. As a result I can’t say for sure, but most likely in the financial services sector as an MI or BI development specialist.
How would someone describe you?
Irritable, annoying and pedantic (and that’s my friends!) My enemies have all been vanquished!
Surprise us with a little-known fact about you/your profession
I am 2 weeks away from my first ever holiday outside the UK!
What inspires you that you think other people should know?
Many things inspire me. Movies, books, personal stories and the natural world.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
Running, hiking, surfing (badly) converting my Van into a Camper or researching how to do the same!
You’re on a desert island and you can take one album, one book and one film with you. What do you take?
The Doors Greatest Hits, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus and Goodfellas.