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I am a non-binary trans frontend engineer with over a decade of experience and a strong focus on web digital accessibility, diversity and inclusion. I have spent the last 6 years leading teams and growing engineering departments in a healthy way. My other skills include (but are not limited to) automated testing, frontend performance, web security, documentation, inclusive design and agile practices and methodologies.

I also happen to be a former technical writer who loves everything documentation. I have authored two books on CSS and Sass respectively at the start of my career and over 300 technical articles on various popular publications, from CSS-Tricks to Smashing Magazine, from Codrops to Tuts+. As a result, I have great communication skills and a passion for writing all sorts of things.

I have done my fair share of open-source work over the years. I am the author of Sass Guidelines, a Sass documentation translated in 13 languages and used by companies all over the world. I have authored and maintained a11y-dialog since 2015, one of the most popular libraries for creating accessible modal dialogs. More contributions and projects can be found on GitHub.

Anecdotally, I am a former Google Developer Expert in frontend development as well as a nominee for the Developer of the Year (2015) Net Awards.

Skills

Technology

HTML (knowledgeable), CSS (authored 2 books about it), JavaScript, React (main JS framework for the last few years), accessibility (steady theoretical knowledge)

Other skills

Documentation (tech-writer and passionate), hiring/team building, workplace safety (minorly involved in N26 Works Council formation), agile practices (informed)

Experience

Group Engineering Lead @ Gorillas Berlin, 2021–2022

  • Helped grow the Product, Design & Engineering organization from a few dozens to over 200 people.
  • Established processes and guidelines for the department (most notably the 360 feedback process, but also absence policies, engineering practices, IT and security guidelines…).
  • Championed accessibility, diversity and inclusion, as well as workspace safety in the organization.
  • Supported officializing the use of the culture-add interview for all roles and helped design and conduct that interview stage.
  • Designed the interviewing process for web engineers (through which over a dozen hires too place), and helped hiring tech recruiters and group leads.
  • Worked with the security team to enable relevant policies and guidelines for the department.
  • Took part in Due Diligence exercises to audit the quality of the organization’ SDLC, architecture and security practices.

Lead Web Engineer @ Gorillas Berlin, 2021–2021

  • Hired as one of the first engineers to build up the Product, Design & Engineering organization at a time where there wasn’t one.
  • Grew the web team to over 10 engineers, whose seniority levels spread from junior to engineering lead.
  • Defined the early web infrastructure such as the adoption of Next.js, Sanity, Cypress, Fela and other frameworks and technologies.
  • Championed accessibility, testing and security in all web projects.
  • Championed diversity and inclusion at the organization level to ensure it grows in solid and healthy bases.

Web Tech Lead @ N26 GmbH Berlin, 2018–2020

  • Grew the web team from 1 to 20+ engineers, now in 4 different offices over the world.
  • Built a culture of feedback, inclusion and respect, now powering a very diverse and high-performing team.
  • Designed and implemented a test automation strategy and deployment pipeline to release multiple projects on a daily basis.

Senior Frontend Developer @ N26 GmbH Berlin, 2016–2018

  • Set up the groundwork for all N26 customer-facing web projects to ever come, now supporting the marketing website, the support center, the N26 webapp, the signup process and more.
  • Installed high quality practices such as security, accessibility and testability, shared with all members of the web team and beyond.
  • Initiated the web docs hub and wrote most of the existing documentation (70,000+ words).

Web Developer @ Edenspiekermann Berlin, 2015–2016

  • Worked on a variety of frontend client projects.
  • Paired with designers on a regular basis to ensure consistency between design deliveries and final implementations.
  • Encouraged authoring guidelines and practices across the organisation, especially around CSS.
  • Started the Edenspiekermann dev blog.

Web Developer @ Crédit Agricole Grenoble, 2011–2015

  • Implemented frontend of a now-retired e-commerce platform.
  • Set up Sass guidelines to author CSS which could scale.
  • Designed Twig (Symfony) architecture to support theming.
  • Developed a simple ad management system in PHP.

Projects

Notable open-source projects

Achievements

Publications

Honor & Awards

  • Former Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies
  • Web Developer of the Year 2015 Nominee

Hobbies

Playing pool (well, before the pandemic anyway…), hanging out with my cats, writing, cooking, and the occasional side project that never gets finished. 😅