Chikku K.
Graduate Software Engineer
Job Function IT

About Chikku

Key Experiences

Different companies, various job titles, always a Software Engineer
I graduated with a degree in Telecommunication engineering. My first job was in India as an Associate Software developer, working for a banking project. Later I moved to the UK and joined Marks & Spencer through their graduate scheme. Currently I'm working as a Software Engineer within the International team.

Current Position

Software engineer within the International team.
I'm currently working as a software engineer within the International team. We are responsible for the EU, France, Ireland websites. Currently working on the roll out of our flagship site to many new countries including Australia and New Zealand.
I work on Demandware platform. My coding background is Java. We work in an agile environment. Daily responsibilities include developing new features, enhancing present ones and unit testing.

Main Motivations

Fast paced environment
My team works in two week sprint cycles at the end of which we release code to production. The changes we make can be seen quickly on the website. This keeps us on our toes and there is never a dull day. The projects provide a wide variety of stories to work on and hence never boring. With the help of an ever supportive team there is always plenty of opportunity to learn and grow.

Top Advice

Always ask questions, never hold back.
Never be afraid to ask questions, the only person hindering your progress is yourself. I've learnt to always ask if in doubt and experiment with ideas. After ten wrong and stupid ideas there always comes a eureka moment. If you don't try you'l never know.

Greatest Achievement

My baby girl (and work-wise) website makeover.
I played a huge role in developing and rolling out our improved website, which looked better and had better functionality. This was one of my first big projects after my graduate year and hence a big test on my skills and my ability to deliver. I was successful to complete the project within the short timescale and my efforts were widely appreciated.

Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer is a major British multinational retailer headquartered in the City of Westminster, London. It specialises in the selling of clothing, home products and luxury food products. M&S was founded in 1884 by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer in Leeds.