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Meet the Team: Amber Tang, Junior Front-End Engineer

By Mara Dec 20, 2021

Our Meet the Team blog series highlights the great people behind Moixa. A big thank you to Amber, our Junior Front-End Engineer, who took the time to discuss her role at Moixa and her passion for using AI to build a sustainable future.

Meet the Team: Amber Tang, Junior Front-End Engineer

Amber has been working for Moixa for two years as part of the technology team in charge of designing and developing UI/UX and data visualisation design for Moixa’s apps and tools.

Amber worked as a blockchain product manager in Baidu, Beijing, before deciding to move back to the UK and joining Moixa in her current role.

She holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Design Informatics.

How did you first hear about Moixa?

I heard about Moixa from my friend Charlotte who joined the company a year before me. I had just gone back to the UK at that time, and I was looking for a job, so she suggested that I apply (you can read Charlotte’s Meet the Team here).

What made you want to take the job?

I am very interested in the IoT industry (Internet of things). During my master’s degree, I extensively researched data visualisation with IoT data, and the role offered by Moixa fitted my interests and skill set perfectly.

Moreover, I believe green energy is the future, and Moixa is working on building a smart home energy system for this transition. I strongly align with the company’s vision, and I wanted to be part of the team.

What elements of Moixa and our business are you most passionate about?

At Moixa, our GridShare software uses AI to optimise batteries behaviour to save on customers’ energy bills and minimise carbon impact. I am excited to see that artificial intelligence is used in green energy. Our work is so close to everyone’s life, and it makes me feel I am actually doing something meaningful.

Find out more about the benefits of all year optimisation with Moixa’s GridShare software in combination with time-of-use tariffs.

What happens on a typical workday for you?

I usually start the day by reviewing my previous work and then have a daily standup meeting with the team to discuss what we have done and the upcoming tasks.

In general, my tasks include programming work, UX/UI design, and meetings with different stakeholders to discuss designs and product requirements.

What has been one of your most proud moments since joining Moixa? And what is the biggest challenge in your role?

I recently completed a project focused on developing a new feature that offers customers more control over their battery’s behaviour, allowing them to choose between different device operation modes. I did the design and the development work for it, and it was exciting to see all the hard work finally become a feature that can help users choose between different optimisation modes if needed.

The biggest challenge is that no matter which design or programming issue, there is always more than one correct answer, and one will have to practise and fail many times to be experienced enough to know which one is better. I find it to be a challenging process.

What is the most interesting thing you have learnt whilst working at Moixa?

Moixans are great dancers, painters, artists, gamers, musicians, athletes, chefs, writers, and so much more! 🙂

What steps are you individually making towards a cleaner future?

I’ve been trying to shop locally in the past few years while avoiding unnecessary shopping for clothes and shoes. I also choose to buy vintage & second-hand high-quality furniture that I know will last longer and that often is also more stylish 😉

What are the essential skills you need to be successful in your role?

Simply put, my job is to provide Moixa’s apps and tools with the best user experience, leading the developments and making sure that everything works well. To be successful in my role, I need to have strong design skills to produce the best visual effects, so mastering design tools and knowledge of different design genres is important.

At the same time, I also need to have good research skills to always be up to date with the new trends of UI/UX and data visualisation design and gain insights from user testing and interviews. Moreover, strong programming skills, like Javascript and Typescript, are essential to delivering work efficiently.

Last but not least, strong communication skills are definitely helpful to communicate design ideas to different stakeholders.

What change would you make to the energy industry if you had a magic wand?

I’d make it 0% waste and 100% renewable.

What is the one thing we should know about you that isn’t on your CV or LinkedIn Profile?

I do spicy pasta experiments. So far, the spiciest pasta I have cooked is with Red Savina habanero.

If I wasn’t in my current role at Moixa, I would open my own restaurant featuring spicy food.

(Wow, we’d definitely come and try all the spicy pasta dishes on the menu!)

What is one great piece of career advice you have been given?

“Things take time.”

A huge thank you to Amber for taking the time out to discuss her life at Moixa. You can connect with Amber on LinkedIn here.

If you would like to hear more about available roles at Moixa, visit our careers page or get in touch with our Talent Acquisition Manager Gail Solomon.

Interested in hearing about Moixa’s flexible working? The Moixa team has shared their experiences in our blog.