15th March 2018
Spotlight on... Rebecca Dibb-Simkin, Product and Marketing Director
Maddie Inglis, Social Media Manager
It's Product and Marketing Director Rebecca Dibb-Simkin's turn in the Spotlight, and we're talking product innovation, development blitzes and deciphering deep code.
Why did you join Octopus?
Working for IOT business Hive opened my eyes to the revolutionary nature of technology in the home for consumer facing devices. Octopus takes that same hunger for innovation in a market, adds incredible proprietary tech and a market which touches every household – I was excited about what they might achieve, and wanted to be part of their journey.
What do you do at Octopus?
I lead Marketing & Product Development functions, working with a superb team of marketers, designers and front-end developers.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently we’re in a Blitz known as 10 in 10: 10 sizeable improvements to self-serve functionality in 10 days. It’s rather a challenge (full dev loop daily anyone?!) but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
For the first time, designers and developers work directly in my team. I love the opportunity to get into the detail, and I’ve learnt a lot, but sometimes I do have to ask for translation if a deep code chat gets a bit beyond my rudimentary understanding.
What's the best part of your job?
Having the capability in platform, people and good old-fashioned hard graft to deliver innovation like the Agile Octopus, the first ever 'time of use' tariff which uses the full functionality of a smart meter and grid to let customers know when it might be cheaper to use power.
The WhatsApp team banter is also pretty above par.
Any message for people thinking of switching?
Do it. See what we’re about.
Any message for people who’ve switched already?
I like to keep an eye on customer emails - drop me a note and ask for it to be passed to me and see how quickly I can respond!
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