Do you feel like your work is making an impact?
There’s an opportunity for what we’re doing here to be a petri dish for rolling out tech to the rest of the company. The digital capabilities we’ve built have allowed us to make major strides in our eCommerce business in the United States, and we’re now deploying them in international markets. Furthermore, even though we started with eCommerce, we believe we can leverage our digital expertise to strengthen PepsiCo’s brick-and-mortar business as well.
Tell us about your day-to-day schedule.
Day to day, it’s much like any other technology company. We operate using similar procedures as your typical tech or Scrum-based org. We start each day with a standup meeting, where we all say what we did yesterday, what we’re doing today and what’s been blocking us. It’s a great way to make sure everyone’s on the same page and everyone’s working on the right thing.
Do you feel fully supported at PepsiCo? Has anything surprised you?
The company has been very supportive in giving me the opportunity to build an engineering team. I came in with a lot of experience as an engineer but not a lot of experience in team building, and I certainly never had the opportunity to grow something as large as what we want to do here at PepsiCo.
What’s your best advice for someone starting out in your field?
Build stuff on your own. Have a project you can hack on at home that you find fun and want to work on. This makes you a better engineer because you’ll learn how to do certain things that you might not have known how to do, and you’ll get better at these things as you learn in your own way.