11 Months at Backbase and my journey in Amsterdam so far.
Hi, my name is Arthur Alves, and I am a Mobile Developer at Backbase. After leaving Brazil and spending more than five years in Romania, I’ve decided to embrace a new challenge and move to Amsterdam, and here is where Backbase kicks in, and my journey begins.
Fasten your seatbelts!
The Netherlands is a promising place for an expat in the tech industry. Everything is connected within the country and you are able to access every part of Europe within a few hours only and at considerable prices. Amsterdam and the surrounding areas have plenty of diversity without losing their identity, which makes it much interesting to explore and enough to fill in your time all week long, so this choice was anything but difficult.
The icing on the cake to make the relocation a reality came from Backbase. Ever since applying for the iOS Developer position in the Product Development department, I’ve seen extreme professionalism, flexibility and eagerness to make my choice final - from the first reply, through each interview step, feedback, visa support and relocation assistance.
Life at Backbase
I joined at a time when we started strengthening our mobile forces in the Product Development department, one outcome of switching to mobile-first mentality. After a couple of trainings, I’ve had my fair share of challenges in the first month. We kick-started a new team - which we proudly named Valhalla - and created a set of functionalities for the North American market, from scratch. I hope you’ve heard about RDC (Remote Deposit Capture).
While working towards achieving our primary goal of providing real digital acceleration to project teams and, as a result of the industry we are in, I expanded my knowledge about the financial sector and banking technology. At Backbase, we make a real impact as one team and one company by working with smart people from diverse teams by pushing our boundaries and accepting the challenge. This is exactly what I was looking for!
I am proud of what we’ve achieved together in such a short time, and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead of us. This is only Chapter #1 of the many to come.
It's all about the people
We often and proudly say we employ 600+ people with 45+ nationalities, and rightfully so, because it’s one of the main things that keeps me and my colleagues going is how diverse we are. In one single team, we have so many cultures, points of view, stories to share, lessons to learn through different circumstances, and how all this makes us better not only from a professional perspective.
Besides working to create excellent mobile banking features, it’s quite common to see us having lunch together - we book the big table. You'll also find us going for lunch-time walks, hosting movie nights, playing football every week as well as running and doing other activities.
This open-minded mentality is present in all of our teams. We often have a nice chat while drinking a beer with everyone - including our CEO - on a Friday after work or playing games in the office.
I’ve embraced the role of Mobile System Owner and I’m extremely happy to continue contributing to our mobile-first agenda. I am proud of what we’ve achieved together in such a short time, and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead of us. It has only been 11 months, but what an exceptional experience it has been alongside smart, creative, and dedicated people. This is only Chapter #1 of the many to come.
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