Getting to know… Cara Thresh, Product Owner
So Cara, how long have you worked for Atomic?
I’ve been at Atomic since December 2021, working as a Product Owner.
What was your background and what stood out at Atomic to make you decide to join?
Before starting my career, I studied Computing at the University of Leicester. I enhanced my degree further by taking a year in industry, working as a Frontend and Backend Developer. Taking the theory and trying it out in practice in my industry year gave me the foundations in computer science and business to start my career.
From there I joined Experian, rotating around a few roles before taking on the full time position as a Scrum Master. Working across multiple infrastructure teams and getting hands-on experience of agile working in a non-software environment was challenging but invaluable, and it taught me the value in encompassing the agile mindset and the benefits that can be received from having business agility.
After leaving Experian, I moved into a Product Manager role on an analytics based product at ENSEK, a software-as-a-service company in the energy sector. This role was a great step up and it gave me exposure into product delivery, creating and delivering against a product roadmap and working with clients.
When I saw the Product Owner role at Atomic, it felt like the perfect opportunity to continue my career in delivery, but also get back to my roots of working in software and web development. When I knew that I could work with such varying clients in very different industries, my decision was very easy as I knew I would continue to be challenged and I would never get bored.
Tell us a bit about your role
As a Product Owner, it is my responsibility to work with clients and stakeholders to deliver against business objectives. I work directly with teams of developers and QA testers to deliver and improve both web and mobile applications for our clients.
What I enjoy most about the role is that I can be that middle person between developers and stakeholders, so I have sight and involvement in both the technical aspects of product delivery as well as the business aspect.
How do you see your role developing over the next year or so?
Over the next year I hope to be working alongside the team to take the current product I’m working on to the next level, but I’ll also be delivering products for other clients in completely different industries, which is very exciting.
What do you most enjoy about working at Atomic?
The team at Atomic are amazing, everyone is so supportive and they made my first few weeks so easy and enjoyable and continue to do so. Whenever I have an issue there is always someone who will help, and the culture makes it very easy for people to call out when they have a problem or if something could be improved, which makes it a really open and friendly environment to work in.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to travel with my family. Work life balance is really important to me, so whenever I get the chance I love to get away whether it be in the UK for a day out or abroad for a couple of weeks and I hope to do that more and more now travel is a lot easier.
Tell us something interesting about you!
Most people find it interesting that I often go go-karting. My husband got me into it and I actually quite enjoy the challenge. I can’t say I’m the best at it but I enjoy having a go and it’s always fun to beat some of the guys that assume I’m going to be rubbish!