Name: John Ennew
Degree/University: MEng Computer Systems Engineering / University of Warwick
Year of graduation: 2004
Occupation: Product Technology Engineer, RM
What do you do in your job? I manage the research and sourcing phases of new projects. During the research phase, I attend trade shows, visit suppliers (such as Intel, AMD and Sony) and work with the RM Product Managers to understand the market and to define precise new product requirements. In the sourcing phase I test and benchmark samples of computer hardware from suppliers to recommend the best one to the senior management team. Once they have OK’d the product choice, I hand over the project to the product development team for implementation by writing a project definition.
I chair a weekly product forum where the new technologies are explained and the options discussed between the development engineers, manufacturing engineers, product managers and buyers. I also maintain the RM hardware product and project roadmaps and present this fortnightly to management at a technology steering session which I also chair.
What was your motivation in applying? I wanted a job which allowed me to find out about the newest developments in IT and get some hands on experience in testing and benchmarking them. I also wanted a career within a company which promoted inclusion in the Institute of Engineering Technology and encouraged its staff to become a chartered engineer.
What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy learning about new technologies, particularly when using them. I also enjoy working at RM. Everyone is always keen to help when you have a problem. When everything is going wrong, everyone pulls together to work out the best solution rather than pointing the finger of blame.
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