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Meet the team: Introducing our DP & IT team

So what's it really like to work at Swift? Here are a few snippets from the chats we had with our lovely team members, and their managers:

Meet Katie, our Technical Manager, and her hardworking data and scripting team, Liam and Colin. They all love a challenge, think our MD is quite entertaining and keep a collection of yellow ducks!

What's your role and how long have you worked for Swift?

Katie: I'm the Technical Manager. I've worked at Swift for (nearly) 14 years - I feel old!

Liam: I've been here just over a year and a half as a Survey Developer.

Colin: Nearly 6 years as a Data Processor/ Survey Scripter.


What do you love most about your job?

Katie: When the blood, sweat and tears pays off and we somehow manage to pull off the seemingly impossible.

Liam: The challenges it brings.

Colin: It's challenging! You couldn't say you do the same thing day after day.


What's the best thing about working for Swift?

Katie: Life is never dull!

Liam: Every day presents a new challenge!

Colin: Never short of cake and biscuits!


Who or what makes you laugh most at work?

Katie: Nick, our MD and my boss because his reaction is always so predictable!!!

Liam: Nick, our MD, is always fun to be around.

Colin: Askia, our survey scripting software - its little eccentricities.


What can you see on your desk right now?

Katie: Chocolate!

Liam: Computer, sticky pads, paperwork. A bright yellow rubber duck!

Colin: Lots of Post-it notes for things I've long forgotten about!


If you had to change jobs for one day, whose job in Swift would you avoid and why?

Katie: Mine!

Liam: I don't think there's a bad job at Swift.

Colin: Anyone in Data Collection, I prefer not to work evenings or weekends


And whose job would you take on and why?

Katie: The FDs (Martin) - to pay myself a large sum of money so I can retire and emigrate to Whistler and spend my days snowboarding.

Liam: The Research Team Manager, to see what it's like working with the Research Team and directly with clients.

Colin: Our Research Team Manager. He has a larger desk and it's nearer the printer!


What's the most memorable thing that's happened to you whilst working for Swift?

Katie: Getting to throw a bucket of water over Nick (my boss!) in the "Drench the Manager" charity event after the FD donated his prize to me.

Liam: Probably the big move from one building to another at the end of last year to free up space for our new sensory lab.

Colin: I bought my first car whilst at Swift, my old rust bucket Ford Ka.


Which project has given you the most satisfaction and why?

Katie: Creating Swift's Management Information System because it was a huge project that took many many months of hard-work and long hours. It launched on time, was (generally) well received and it still (sort of) works nearly ten years later.

Liam: Our customer sat tracker for VWG, it's a project that always presents new challenges.

Colin: 'Staying Ahead' for VWG was interesting as you got to learn about new cars available on the market.


What's your favourite thing to do out of work?

Katie: Travel the world!

Liam: Binge TV shows.

Colin: Music and football.


Finally, the question on everyones lips, what are you having for lunch today?

Katie: The same as every other day... cheddar cheese sandwich on white bread, salt & vinegar crisps and a Kit-Kat.

Liam: Chicken sandwich.

Colin: Chicken and bacon slice - not what I wanted but it was slim pickings in Aldi!