Tech Trailblazers

Tech Trailblazers: Jen Winson

  • Name: Jen Winson

    Role: Project Delivery Manager, Dawson Andrews

    Biography:

    I am a project manager at Dawson Andrews. I have a background in design and originally joined DA as a designer however over 3 years have moved into project management. I am responsible for projects of varying complexities, juggling multiple timezones and stakeholders. Often I am the bridge between client stakeholders and a team of designers and engineers who are working on the project.

    One of my main priorities is to keep the project team accountable and on track to meet our deadlines and customer expectations. Having studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Ulster University I’ve still got a keen interest in design trends which helps to keep project standards high. 

    What does your typical day look like?

    My typical day involves, internal team check-ins which evolves into client check-ins. Both focus on work reviews, clarifying needs and keeping everyone aligned. My afternoons often involve workshops, scoping work or other information gathering exercises and ensuring the team are clear and are delivering on customer expectations. 

    What are you currently working on?

    Currently I am working across a number of project but most significantly Mobile World Congress, an event of GSMA. The project is the delivery of the 2020 website for MWC Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles. 

    What inspired you to join this company in particular?

    My role at Dawson Andrews has evolved significantly but has been aligned with the growth of DA making DA and myself very compatible. 

    Did you always want to work in this industry (tech)?

    The tech/digital industry was always on my radar but I studied quite a traditional course. Tech seemed a little overwhelming initially as there are so many sub-sectors but once I understood the design fundamentals were close, I researched and read as much as I could so I could thrive in the digital space.

    What’s your favourite part about your work?

    I have the opportunity to have constant exposure to other industries as digital is a pivotal to almost all. Some of my favourites have been conferencing and events, retail and eCommerce, and Sports tech. 

    What would you say to other people considering a job in this industry (tech)?

    Set your standards and don’t let them slide. Constant learning is needed and the industry is always evolving- keep reading and learning. 

    How do you see this technology impacting on our lives?

    Software development and design will impact almost everyone everyday. You can’t avoid it, it’s become a users expectation to receive a more than good user experience. 

    Who inspired you to work in this field?

    My team- the constant support and encouragement is daily inspiration. We have a close team despite being spread across Europe and solving the hard problems is enjoyable and rewarding when you’re so aligned. 

    What do you consider to be the most important tech innovation or development in recent years?

    Voice control - I am a big Siri and Alexa user and I definitely interact with my devices differently to even a year ago. 

    What tech gadget could you not live without?

    "Alexa play Celine Dion!"

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