Getting to know our Engineers at Funding Circle: Q&A with Panos Stravopodis

Posted by Alexandra Staniland

This is part of a regular series where we catch up with our engineers to discover more about what life is like in the Engineering team here at Funding Circle!

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Tell us about yourself! What is your name and role here at Funding Circle?

My name is Panos Stravopodis. Iā€™m a Principal Engineer for the Platform Team.

How long have you been with us and what do you enjoy the most?

I have been with Funding Circle just over a year. I like that Engineering is a big team; everyone is so accessible which makes cross-domain work a breeze. I am also lucky to be part of one of the coolest teams (go platform team go!).

How do you start your day?

Coffee and team stand-up! It’s important to be in-sync with the team and be able to help with any blockers!

What are the main challenges you face?

We are growing fast and we need to make sure that everything we build is future-proof, delivering always the best possible experience to the end user. We operate across a range of geographies and it’s imperative to have consistency in our platform, avoiding at any cost introducing downtime or deteriorating the user experience.

What are some of the projects you are working on?

We are migrating from our existing workload orchestrator to Kubernetes. This transparent transition enables us to improve all aspects of our platform investing heavily in automation while standardising even more the way we deliver software. Another interesting project we are implementing is around observability and distributed tracing.

What advice would you give to someone who may be interviewing with an Engineering team at Funding Circle?

First of all to relax! We love chatting to fellow engineers and the purpose of the interview is to have an in-depth, honest and friendly discussion! Try to articulate your thoughts, have in mind our business domain, and scope your answers to the purpose of the interview - we can issue a paper later on together if you want more detail. :)

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