We chatted to Ben Gilbert, principal engineer, about his work at Global Graphics Software:
How did you come to work at Global Graphics Software?
I joined Global Graphics Software following a 10-year career in the Royal Air Force. I had always been interested in computers and programming so I decided to make this my career upon leaving the service.
What has been your career path since joining Global Graphics Software?
I joined as a technical support engineer, providing first line support to our gDoc Application Platform (GAP) SDK customers. I also started developing sample code and automated test harnesses for the GAP team to use.
I then moved into a software development engineer in test role, where I became responsible for all test automation within the applications team across all products.
I became a full-time software developer on the applications team and worked on our GAP SDK as well as a short time working on our gDoc Core (now Mako) SDK.
I then moved to the Technical Services team, as a senior software engineer, where I was involved in many customer-driven projects – working directly with our customers’ engineering teams.
My current role as a principal engineer is to architect solutions for our customers and be responsible for design, implementation and delivery against tight deadlines.
Most recently, I have been working on our ScreenPro™ Direct solution. This began as a single customer project, with the goal of driving print data to hardware in real-time. It has now matured into a product being used by multiple customers.
How long have you worked here?
What is the environment like?
Relaxed and informal. We are trusted to perform our work to the best of our ability, so there is little micro-management.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
Helping our customers solve real-world problems and helping them ship their products faster. It’s a good feeling knowing that our customers are running code from Global Graphics Software, that is allowing them to achieve their vision and business goals.
What keeps you here?
The people I work with day to day, plus the freedom to make decisions (and learn from mistakes). Career progression is very good. If you make it known where you want to go, Global Graphics Software will try it’s best to get you there.
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