At IBM I had a very technical role, developing leading edge prototypes and customer solutions. It’s quite common for career progression as a software engineer to step away from deep technical stuff to focus on the bigger picture but this is something I’d mostly avoided until the Vodafone opportunity presented itself. Although I still retain a strong technical focus, in my 6 months as a technical lead for Vodafone R&D I haven’t done any programming at all. A summary of my role that I wrote for LinkedIn reads like this:
“Leading the technical aspects of cutting edge research programmes for Vodafone worldwide, from inception to commercialisation; responsibilities include: researching products and technologies, managing supplier relationships, designing architectures and solutions, running global customer trials through mobile operators, and engaging commercial stakeholders in order to drive solutions to market”
I’m really enjoying the variety and strategic focus of the new role and not missing the deep technical stuff at the moment. Is this the start of a trend or will I swap back? Who knows.