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We have such a wide variety of learning opportunities that I feel like I'll always have something new to take on. By working in the customer context I get to hone my skills in a vast variety of programming languages, technologies and frameworks. In addition, our internal learning environment is flexible, allowing me to focus on the things that matter to me.

Tuuli Tiilikainen, Senior Software Developer

Our approach

We're software developers who love business problems

As a developer at Columbia Road, you get to work with a wide variety of different industries and different clients. Being a software development consultant means that you have two skills sets you get to use every day: hands-on software development and consulting.

Coding

Always hands-on

Hands on development is involved in every project we do. At Columbia Road, all developers are trusted advisors for our clients, no matter your seniority. Come as you are and learn something new every day. We don't usually have project managers, which means you get to take ownership and responsibility of projects. 

ProfessionalDevelopment

Technology is a tool

We are technology agnostic by heart and are not afraid of legacy if it can bring value faster than implementing new technology. All of our developers are open to learn new technologies and consider the variety of technologies we use a huge plus. Most developers are full-stack, with a possible emphasis on either frontend or back-end, or a specific platform.

Commercialisation

Solving business problems

We create business impact for our (usually large and well-known) clients, often visible to many consumers or companies. Seeing the impact of your work first-hand, building long partnerships, and measuring and improving services are the bread and butter for Roadies. 

 

Career story

Being a developer at Columbia Road

We asked some of our developers to sit down and think about what it really is like to be a developer at Columbia Road. Watch the video and see for yourself!

How we work

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As a company focusing on digital commerce, our projects focus on building digital sales solutions. We build new capabilities (such as digital sales channels for both B2C and B2B), we work with existing services and optimise them, or build new functionalities on top them. It can be, for example, webshops, B2B sales configurators, customer portals. Often a mix of frontend, backend and mobile applications.

We adapt to different tech environments and use the best-fitting tools and technologies for getting the job done. Sometimes we build an MVP webshop with an existing platform, sometimes the project requires a more modern microservice architecture approach. We are very data-driven in our work and always use experimentation methods to reach best possible business results. 

Our clients

Our clients are typically large organisations and well-known, coming from different industries. Some clients are with us for years, some for a shorter time. We adapt to different tech environments and use the best-fitting tools and technologies for getting the job done. It's not the ultimate software product or system we're after, but continuous business improvement.

Professional growth

We fully support you

In a community-led and self-directed company such as ours, the learning opportunities are abundant but also the responsibility of each individual develope. Limitless learning budget, endless certification options, and continuous learning through client work are facts that are all true. The real value of these opportunities is and should be defined by each Roadie in order for the learning path to support and elevate the skills of everyone in the most fruitful way. You be you.

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Team

Learning with clients

While we offer a multitude of opportunities for learning, client work is the ultimate chance to learn the most. That is simply because most of us spend almost all of our time with clients.

We do our best to find the best match between our client needs with our consultants’ wishes for learning and development. Sometimes it's a new technology, sometimes people skills. What you learn in a project is much defined by how open you are to new adventures and opportunities to take the mental position of an apprentice.

Community

The Roadie community

There is no question, problem, or even a passing thought that would ever go unnoticed if you voice it out. You can rely on the support of a community that goes out of its way to support each other.

You'll have 150+ experts in software development, design and marketing technology ready at your service. In addition, we have a very strong feedback culture that creates a safe environment to push each other forward.

Checkpoint

Checkpoints and Mentoring

Checkpoints are our way of getting feedback and planning for professional development. They are not performance reviews and are 100% up to each Roadie to plan. You can choose the person to have the checkpoint with, you can choose the topic and you can choose the method.

A set of Roadies have been educated as Mentors, who have skills and tools to hold supportive, meaningful and inspirational checkpoints. The Mentors will guide you, but you get to choose what kind of discussion is best for you.

OrganisedLearning

Organised learning

We organise monthly Lessons Learned sessions that are focused on sharing stories and learnings that have made a difference at a client. The projects are sometimes straightforward, sometimes challenging. They can be full of quick wins or long term bit-by-bit building. At all times, they are unique learning opportunities.

The developers at Columbia Road also organise weekly or biweekly learning sessions on current and interesting topics. The weeklies are for sharing answers to problems you've discovered, for helping others, for hearing about new development in your field and sometimes for welcoming speakers from other organisations and learning from them.

CULTURE CODE

Get to know us, the Roadies, and Columbia Road in this culture book. We wrote it as a team, and it's about how we see, feel, and live Columbia Road's culture, values, and mission — and everyday life on the Road.

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