Jamie Wright

Age: 32
Company: Engage
Job Title: UX Manager
Length of time in role: 18 months
From: Meanwood

The first thing I do when I get into work is…

I’ll usually grab a coffee and a bowl of porridge. I’ll have this while I check through any emails and slack messages I received since leaving the office the previous day.

I’m responsible for…

My role is split 70/30 between being a senior UX developer (where I’ll create wireframes, build designs and complete testing) and a project manager. I also look after and manage the workload of our Junior UX developer.

I got the job by…

I knew I wanted to be a web designer, from about 16 years old when I created my first person site sharing my photos and a very basic comic strip. Friends then wanted band websites and it snowballed from there creating into making funny flash animations with a friend, to going to University to study a Web Design BA(Hons) course. I then got my first job in the industry off the back of my degree show exhibition.

My average day…

Day to day I’ll check the status and progress of the projects that I’m currently managing. Make sure I’ve sent any weekly updates that I need to. I’ll then go through my list of jobs (we use software called Asana to handle assigning / scheduling) and decide what I need to work on that day. Sometimes that’ll include working on a bigger project, building websites, apps and/or games or retainer work where clients will need updates making to their current websites, changing promotional imagery, creating new pages etc.

My most memorable moment…

When I first joined engage we had a small team and there was crossover of disciplines. I would work on design as well as development tasks. I’ve worked on many really cool projects but personally, being responsible for designing the label of the custom engage beer called “#beer” that we made to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, it’s probably one of my proudest moments.

The most challenging part of my job…

Development and project management can use very different parts of your brain, so it can be quite challenging at times to quickly switch between them. Staying on top of the latest developments is hard enough but to be balancing this while also performing project management tasks, adds an extra angle of difficulty to the challenge.

The best part of my job…

Being part of a really friendly working environment, consisting of people that I’ve now known for over 6 years. Constantly being challenged and knowing that I work for a really forward thinking company that isn’t afraid of change and wants to be as creative as possible.

When I finish work…

I used to go home every day and play computer games but these days I spend a lot more time away from screens when not at work. So when not binging on Netflix etc I’ll be playing football with friends as well as in a league, alongside bootcamps, spin classes and climbing.

If I wasn’t in this job I would be…

I’d be a teacher in a primary school, it was always my backup, I think primarily because my dad was one and you can gain a lot through teaching others in all environments.