A day in the life of an Automation Engineer
Lucy from the Central Tech Tribe
Meet Lucy, our Senior Automation Engineer! She develops new automation features, supports the business with the systems we use and delivers on her passion of making SBG an inclusive place for all...
What's the Tribe and the product you work on I'm a Senior Automation Engineer in the Infrastructure Tribe, Delivery Engineering Squad. We manage services for the rest of the business, including Hashicorp Vault, Elastic Stack, Rancher, as well as maintaining everyone else’s access to AWS.
What tech do you use? A lot of the work we do involves integrating various different systems. So this can involve Ruby, for Chef recipes; Groovy for Jenkins pipelines; Go for any complex services or products we run; Terraform to manage it all.
What it’s like to work in your tribe on a daily basis? My day job is quite varied, so there’s not really a “typical day” as such. Part of the time is spent supporting others using the services we maintain. This tends to be one day a week, where each of us is the designated “interruption monkey”. This is what we call the person who gets to answer support queries that day, leaving the rest of the team uninterrupted and free to concentrate on development work. Part of the time is spent developing new automation features for our services, to make them easier to maintain for ourselves, and easier for other teams to use or request changes to. Outside of my day job, I’m involved in our Diversity & Inclusion initiative, as a co-lead for our LGBT+ staff network. Some of my time is spent with that, in an effort to help make SB&G a more inclusive place for people regardless of their gender or sexual/romantic orientation.
What has been your proudest moment at Sky Betting and Gaming? I’m responsible for over 550 custom Slack emojis! Serious answer though is that I was one of the people who helped start the staff LGBTQ+ network, which has now grown to over 20 people in just over a year.
You’re favourite three things about working for Sky Betting and Gaming… 1. Tech Ninja is a really great benefit for working here. I’ve spent mine on all sorts, from some SaaS subscriptions for myself, to attending conferences in Belgium and Denmark. 2. Learning & Development time is great. I usually accrue half-formed ideas for cool tech things I want to try out over the course of the week. Previously, I’d spend some time in the evenings or weekends on these, or day time while waiting for code to compile. But having a dedicated timeslot each week to experiment with these things means I’m able to really focus on them, and frees up my evenings to relax at home with my wife. 3. We’re still working on it, but we’re actively trying to improve when it comes to diversity and inclusion. It’s been good to see the progress on that over the past year.
An interesting fact that no one knows about you… I occasionally play video games with people watching me on Twitch.tv