Head of Platform Engineering
With a background of over 20 years spent mostly in IT consulting and offshoring, Andrew arrived at Seek in 2014 with the immediate goal of transforming a traditional operations team (the Platform Engineering team), from using manual and labour-intensive work-practices, into a Software Development team adopting software engineering principles. Through techniques focusing first on automating all-the-things to improve quality and the predictability of work processes, to building infrastructure and operational solutions using API-first methodologies, he enabled the team to push operational and support knowledge and practices outwards to where they were actually needed. This had the effect of shortening feedback loops to where «work-is-done» for the teams’ original stakeholders, and also reduced the burden of unplanned work on the Platform Engineering team at the same time. This practice of decentralisation of siloed work functions had the added advantage of freeing the team to focus on helping build common and shared services for Product and Technology teams to more easily adopt new technologies, gain greater speed-to-market capabilities for the business and ultimately enable Seek to move out of the data centre and into the cloud. Day-to-day Andrew still manages the team of 12 Platform Engineers and remains constantly focused on helping them stay successful and engaged as the organisation continues to progress forward. His current role focuses increasingly more on enabling the Technology arm of the business establish new practices around improving the reliability of our sites and systems through continually supporting cross-team collaboration initiatives and better integration of our overseas businesses into our technology ecosystem. Andrew has always had a real passion for working in dynamic, innovative and challenging environments, building high-performing teams of talented and unique people, while still getting his hands dirty with code and infrastructure. A life-long inhabitant of the Mornington Peninsula region of Victoria, Australia, Andrew loves spending time with his wife and two kids, surfing waves down the coast and fiddling with old Datsun 510 cars on the weekends.