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Zahra
Lead Engineer
The UK Home Office
WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am a Lead Engineer in Shared Application Services (SAS) in Home Office; I design and implement cloud native solutions. I work closely with program management, security, quality assurance and engineering team to deliver value for money state of the art applications for Police and Public Protection Technology (PPPT).

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU USE MOST IN YOUR JOB?
  • Architecture and design
  • Problem solving and code reviews
  • Leadership and mentoring
WHAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU'VE WORKED ON IN YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I have worked on multiple interesting projects like an address standardisation machine learning application, snagging tool for the world tallest building (SnagTRAK), arts and design web solution for kindergartens, but the one I enjoyed the most was cloud based portal for Renewables electricity register (RER). I take pride in participating in all phases of development from discovery to private beta.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

I am a Computer Science graduate with majors in Software engineering and Artificial intelligence. I love learning and up skilling myself through courses, conferences and tech meet ups; the ever changing technological landscape keeps me on my toes.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO DIGITAL & TECH?

I always enjoyed creative subjects like arts and crafts but I really thrived in more academic subjects like science and maths. Computer science seemed like a perfect mix of both where, I can use my logical mindset to solve problems and my creativity to think out of the box.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN DIGITAL AND TECH?

Don’t let anybody tell you that tech isn’t for you. It is one of the most diverse, innovative and well paid space.


I AM...
ADAPTABLE
PRAGMATIC
DETERMINED