How to get ahead in the shipping business
Suraj Ranjit started as an intern here in 2014, and now works full-time as one of the solution developers.
In this Q&A, he shares some of his background and what it’s like to start out and work at Sandfield, some common misconceptions about getting into I.T. development, and how he's getting ahead.
Why did you decide to become permanent?
“The internship gave me the confidence to want to progress as a developer. I also really liked the people who work here, so saw some great mentoring opportunities for growth and also socialising with a good group of people”
How has your career progressed since being at Sandfield?
“I was put on the Mainfreight team and assigned to a number of different technical and business tasks over time to continue developing these skills.
Sandfield doesn’t have a ‘backroom’ with business analysts and sales people, developers are the whole package here and that holistic set up really appealed to me. I like that you get to see a project through from set-up to completion - you have ownership and can shape the progress and outcome, I think this means a better experience for the client and also for me as a developer.
They’re good at letting you pursue your passions here. After the first year, I shared that I enjoyed working directly with clients and liaising on requirements, so I was assigned more of this type of work and found satisfaction in using the agile methodology to work on projects together”
What has been a highlight of working at Sandfield?
“Working on the rollout of Mainstreet - Mainfreight’s new domestic freighting application customised to US, AU & NZ specifications. 70,000 shipments move through the system weekly in NZ alone. We have the client team, 10x core developers and some external developers who work on the systems - so it’s a lot of collaborative work. Having ownership of one of the areas of this rollout was cool, and gave me the skills and confidence to work in an intense and high pressure environment with high stakes”.