Employee Q&A — Geoff — Enable

Employee Q&A — Geoff

Filed as CareersPosted June 22, 2018

Over the past 17 years, Enable has forged strong relationships with some of the finest universities, bringing in the brightest students that they have to offer — with 79% of our analysts and developers graduating from one of the top 25 featured in the Times 2018 UK rankings! We regularly hold recruitment events and have formed close ties to the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. This gives us the opportunity to engage and network with students, whist giving them a real insight into our company.

We particularly focus our recruitment on high achievers in numerate subjects, with 66% of our employees holding an undergraduate degree in either Maths or Science, and 41% attaining a Masters or PhD in their chosen field of study. This provides us with exceptional employees who not only possess outstanding technical skills, but also the ability to translate that knowledge into highly effective business solutions.

Geoff graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with an MEng in Computer Science before joining Enable as a Business Analyst. Geoff began his career at Enable working alongside our existing experienced analysts to uncover, discuss and challenge our clients’ requirements, and then document those requirements in the form of a comprehensive specification. Geoff offers his thoughts on his experience as a Business Analyst at Enable so far.

Why did you decide to become an analyst?

I was at a university careers fair looking for jobs in the technology sector — primarily for developer-type positions, given my background in Computer Science — when I first encountered Enable. They were recruiting developers which is why I initially approached their stand, but after reading the role description for a Business Analyst I thought that it might be a job that suited me. It still offered the opportunity to solve problems using technology that I was looking for in a developer position, but also offered a chance to spend time working face to face with clients.

How much experience as an analyst did you have before joining Enable?

Whilst I had no direct career experience in Business Analysis prior to joining Enable, I was able to transfer skills I’d gained elsewhere to the role. My degree was obviously highly relevant and gave me the understanding of software architecture and the ability to analyse and optimise data structures that I needed to succeed in the role. I’ve also held part-time jobs in the past that were public-facing, so these provided useful experience too.

What initially attracted you to work for Enable?

I got a really strong first impression of the company at the careers fair. The people I spoke to were friendly and helpful, and I could tell from the quality of the printed materials they’d brought with them, and later from looking at the Enable website, that this was a business that shared my passion for quality, detail and design. This was reinforced when I came in for an interview — again, everyone I met was very friendly and the offices were superbly designed.

Tell us about your average day at Enable.

Most days are spent in the office, but one of the things I enjoy about the job is that it offers fairly regular opportunities to visit clients across the UK, and occasionally abroad. The nature of days spent in the office will depend on where we are in the six-week analysis cycle.

Towards the beginning of the cycle, it will usually be possible to focus singularly on more complex pieces of analysis, often over multiple days. This will usually begin with a workshop with the client to discuss their business requirements for the software, with time spent after that writing up the best solution for their needs in a functional specification that is easy for the client to read, but also minimises ambiguity for our developers.

Towards the end of the cycle, when we are attempting to book projects in to be built, days can be a bit more dynamic as final clarifications raised either by clients or by our developers need addressing within our specifications before they are signed off.

How would you describe the culture and working environment?

For me, the culture strikes just the right balance of relaxed and professional. It’s easy to take for granted having been here for a few years, but the offices really are exceptional and contribute hugely to creating a pleasant, productive working atmosphere.

What do you enjoy most about working at Enable?

There’s a real satisfaction in seeing a piece of software that you’ve been discussing and documenting over a period of several weeks, sometimes months, come to life when it’s delivered for testing. It’s even more satisfying to speak to clients later on and see their enthusiasm for the software, and learn that it’s making a real, positive impact on their business.

Where would you like to see yourself in the future at Enable?

I’m really excited by the rate at which Enable is growing. The company is well over twice as big as it was when I started, so hopefully as this continues it will present exciting opportunities to further my career.

What piece of advice would you give to graduates looking to secure a career with Enable?

I would say that if you enjoy problem solving, are passionate about quality software and want to work with clients from a wide range of industries then a career in Business Analysis with Enable would suit you perfectly. Good luck in your application!

Conclusion

One of Enable’s top priorities is to provide a positive environment for all of our employees to work in. Our employees have the freedom to work creatively; to suggest improvements and new ways of working, while our team structure and project processes allow them to focus entirely on solving any given challenge. Enable prides itself on staff retention and expects to grow to over 100 employees by 2020. By investing in our employees, we benefit not only by being able to devote more time increasing our existing employees’ abilities, but also by having a constant supply of high calibre applicants.

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