A Day in the IJYI Life of Mat Bland – Development Team Lead

In the latest of our profile blogs, we talk to Mat Bland about his role leading the Software Development team and what it’s like to be part of the IJYI team.

Tell us about your role – what does it involve?

My role involves managing a team of developers alongside getting involved in doing some development myself. I also get involved in many other stages of a project, and together with the other teams, I try to utilise my technical knowledge and experience to help enable the smooth delivery of work.


IJYI has a flexible and remote working policy - how do you make that work for you?

The fact that IJYI is so flexible with the remote working policy means that I can choose what is best for me and my current workload. I try to ensure I get into the office every week as it sometimes feels more fluid to jump into a meeting room and work through some planning or crowd around a whiteboard to solve a difficult problem. However, working from home is also made easy, and everyone in the company is never more than a call away.


What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the challenge and the freshness of projects that IJYI take on. Every new project is a chance to interact with some of the newest and most interesting technologies, it’s rarely a dull day!


How would you describe the company culture at IJYI?

Employee well-being is a really high priority at IJYI, and that applies to both health and personal development. When people ask ‘how are you doing?’ it extends beyond the usual work-based enquiries. There is also a great culture of allowing people and ideas to grow, everything is considered and helped along if it’s deemed to have merit.


Is there anything you do to de-stress at work?

Grabbing a hot drink and/or stretching my legs is often a good way to just hit pause for a moment. It’s also when the solutions to problems often choose to pop into my head, which may have eluded me while I’ve been sitting at my desk racking my brains!


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