Introducing 5 New Members of the Spidertracks Team

Dec 14, 2018

We’ve been busy over the past few months, adding new talent to our team so we can continue to improve Spidertracks for our customers. These five new employees come from all over — India and China included — and have rolled up their sleeves and gotten right to work.

Meet Arun, Andrew, Travis, David, and Bruce!

Andrew McKibbin, Senior Developer

Andrew comes to Spidertracks from the United Kingdom, where he built a robust resume as a developer in multiple different industries. He joins us in a senior capacity and has already begun working to bring our customers even more simplicity and value. Get to know him below. 

Andrew What drew you to a career at Spidertracks?
My family and I moved to NZ from the UK at the end of 2014, after my moderately dazzling career as a software developer in a variety of industries including banking, pharmaceuticals, and oil exploration. Mindful of the consequent damage to my immortal soul, I decided to come to Spidertracks to do something definitively good for mankind. It's exciting to be part of a business that's established, well-known, and well-respected but still small and ambitious.

What’s your position at Spidertracks, and what does it mean?
I'm a Senior Developer. In practice this means that I work on ensuring our customers' data continues to flow through our systems and get processed. As well as working with the business team to add new functionality to our offerings on various platforms, we in the development team have to be ready to respond to urgent customer issues at all hours; the geographic locations of our customers mean that it's a 24/7 business.

What three words summarise what you do?
Deliver. Customer. Value.

What makes you get out of bed each morning?
Software is an incremental process. At the end of every day, you want to be able to say, ‘Our product is a little bit better and a little bit more capable than it was this morning — and I can prove it.’ The passion comes from the last part. We work to improve certainty of outcome; with modern tools and technologies, we can be increasingly sure that what we release to customers is right.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do at Spidertracks?
I've been working on improving our ability to upgrade customers' Spiders in the field to ensure they have access to the latest features and improvements. And since I've just arrived, I've been absorbing lots of information about the industry in which Spidertracks operates. There's nothing more motivating than the opportunity for learning.

 

Bruce Xie, Senior DevOps

Chinese native Bruce has called New Zealand home for nearly two decades, and he brings his formidable IT skills to his new role as Senior DevOps. Learn a bit about him below!

Bruce


Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, and how'd you end up here at Spidertracks?
I’m originally from China, but I came to New Zealand 16 years ago after I graduated from university. I love IT, but I also want to be a people and company leader. Spidertracks is a great place to work on things I’m passionate about while building skills to be that kind of leader.

What words summarise what you do? Continuous integration, continuous deployment, and simplification of operational tasks.

What makes you get out of bed each morning?
Getting food ready for my kids!

What’s the first thing you’re going to do at Spidertracks?
Optimise the current infrastructure solution.

 

Travis Scott, Engineer

Born-and-bred Kiwi Travis joins Spidertracks after years working as an engineer for a larger company. He’s excited by all the opportunities Spidertracks has to offer, and he’s already begun to dive in. Here’s a bit more about him:

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, and how'd you end up here at Spidertracks?
I was born and raised in the Waikato but ventured to Auckland to study engineering in 2010. My interest in electronics has continued to grow since then, and after five years working on retail products for the agricultural sector at Tru-Test, I was ready for a new challenge. The offer to come and establish a hardware division at Spidertracks was too good to pass up!


Travis What drew you to a career at Spidertracks? 
In my previous role, I was working for a large company in an established market. The opportunities to be innovative were limited, and the speed of change was slow due to the size of the organisation. At Spidertracks, there are more opportunities than we have time to pursue. The commitment to being agile means I've seen more change here in a few weeks than I did in several years at my old job. The work environment is also fantastic, and as a Parnell resident, it's just a short e-scooter ride from home.

What’s your position at Spidertracks, and what does it mean?
I'm an embedded engineer, which means I do whatever our Hardware Project Lead asks. Generally this covers assisting with electronics circuit and PCB design, as well as the product firmware — which I’m responsible for.

What three words summarise what you do?
Hardware. Software. Together.

What makes you get out of bed each morning?
Prototyping is my jam, and I love getting a concept from paper (or even someone's head) into their hands. There's nothing better than a delivery of new circuits to get up and running!

What’s the first thing you’re going to do at Spidertracks?
My first goal will be to identify the major avenues for improvement in our current product. While design work is fun, it’s only worthwhile if it brings real value to our customers.

 

Arun Jayasree, Java Developer

Arun hails from south India and joins Spidertracks from a career in IT. Equally passionate about his work and the team surrounding him, he values the flexibility at Spidertracks and is seriously motivated to make a difference in our customers’ lives. Get to know him below.


Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, and how'd you end up here at Spidertracks?
I’m originally from south India. After completing my degree in IT, I started my career at a small software development company, where I was doing customer support and writing code to support the developers. I discovered my passion for software development and decided I wanted to become a developer, an urge that led me to my next job at a big software development company, where I was the Java developer.

While working there, my friends in New Zealand invited me to visit. Mesmerised by the beauty of this country, I decided to stay. After a time working from home, I missed the pleasure of working with a team and started hunting for a job, which led to Spidertracks.
Arun
What drew you to a career at Spidertracks? 
My work experience has taught me that smaller, energetic, results-driven teams are generally better than big process-driven teams in terms of productivity, job satisfaction, and recognition. Right from the first interaction, I was getting a lot of positivity from Spidertracks. I could easily sense the highly motivated team along with the constant hunger to improve, which really drew me to the company.

The cool technologies Spidertracks uses and the real value they impart to their customers were just the icing on the cake. I believe that the perfect work is doing what you love to do in an environment that constantly lets you learn and improvise, creating products that reach a wide audience and deliver a lot of value to customers. I found all this right here at Spidertracks.

What’s your position at Spidertracks, and what does it mean?
I work as a Java developer at Spidertracks, but that doesn’t mean I only do coding. The flexibility at Spidertracks allows me to work in coding, system support, database work, etc. — but I primarily work on the feature enhancements, refactoring, and bug fixes in the platform Java code.

What three words summarise what you do?
Robust, well-designed coding. 

What makes you get out of bed each morning?
Working at Spidertracks excites me everyday: not just doing what I love to do, but also working with great people. It thrills me to be a part of this highly spirited and motivated team who collaborate with each other to create quality results and celebrate success.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do at Spidertracks?
Implement the third-party libraries in their own projects, which should help with breaking down the big platform module into smaller components which should get easier to maintain and deploy. There’s also the constant learning and code refinement as I sail through the project.

 

David Williamson, Hardware Project Lead

Like Travis, our new Hardware Project Lead David is a New Zealand native who joins the Spidertracks team after years of working for larger companies. He’s excited by the prospect of working hard to deliver real value to customers, and you can learn more about him below!
 
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, and how'd you end up here at Spidertracks?
I’m a born and bred Kiwi with a background in electronics design and project management. Over the last decade, I’ve worked on industrial automation products and systems for Compac Sorting and agri-tech products for Tru-Test Group. I was ready for a change and had started considering options but was actually shoulder tapped about this opportunity — and I’m glad I was!
 David
What drew you to a career at Spidertracks? 
Having spent time in my career honing design skills, process understanding, and project management skills, I’m now more focused on ensuring my efforts contribute toward creating products that I believe are truly differentiated and highly valued in the market. Spidertracks was founded on meeting a real customer need with a unique solution.

Advances in technology have created new opportunities for Spidertracks to expand on this success, and I’m excited about being a part of this. I’m also looking forward to being part of a smaller and more agile team and also to working in the aviation space.

What’s your position at Spidertracks, and what does it mean?
As the Hardware Project Lead, my contribution is to lead internal, contract, and external members of the hardware development team to deliver new physical products to specs agreed on with the product owner. The scope of this role also includes managing regulatory compliance and approvals, test systems, and production handover and support. My background is in electronic engineering, and I’ll be contributing around half of my time to developing the electronic circuits for new products.
 
What three words summarise what you do?
Hardware. Alignment. Coordination.
 
What makes you get out of bed each morning?
I get a real kick out of solving product design problems. I find the hardest problems are often the most rewarding to work on, as they’re often intertwined with differentiation and new customer value.
 
What’s the first thing you’re going to do at Spidertracks?
Understand where we’ve come from and why (hardware-wise). Challenging the status quo and growing requires a solid point of reference.

 

We hope you’ll join us in extending a warm welcome to these newest members of the Spidertracks team!

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