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.
Documentation (tech-writer and passionate), hiring/team building, workplace safety (minorly involved in N26 Works Council formation), agile practices (informed)
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.
Notable open-source projects
- Sass Guidelines, an opinionated styleguide for writing sane, maintainable and scalable Sass translated in 14 languages.
- Browserhacks, an extensive list of browser-specific hacks.
- a11y-dialog , a script to make modal dialogs accessible to assistive technology users.
- Find more open-source contributions from me.
Playing pool (well, before the pandemic anyway…), hanging out with my cats, writing, cooking, and the occasional side project that never gets finished. 😅