Meet the Team: Biborka Kvanduk, Test Engineer
Our Meet the Team blog series highlights the amazing people behind Moixa. A big thank you to Biborka, our Test Engineer, who sat down with us to discuss why she decided to work in the renewable energy industry and what she likes the most about her role.
Meet the Team: Biborka Kvanduk, Test Engineer
Biborka has been working for Moixa for a year and three months as a Test Engineer. Her role focuses on identifying and addressing issues seen in the test laboratory or in the field to ensure that Moixa’s products always maintain the highest quality standards.
Before joining Moixa, Biborka gained solid experience in the automotive industry, working for engineering and technology company Bosch in Hungary. At Bosch, she focused on the software test infrastructure of the automated transmission control units. She also provided technical training for new locations and worldwide technical support.
Since her childhood, she has always loved working with her hands, building and fixing things while learning how they work.
Biborka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
How did you first hear about Moixa? What made you want to take the job?
I found out about Moixa when I moved to London and saw that they advertised a Test Engineer role that seemed a good fit for me. I googled the company, and I got really excited about its products.
Before Moixa, I had no experience in the renewable energy industry, and I had never worked with residential energy storage systems or smart grid technology. It was a good opportunity to join this world. Moixa strives to make the world a better place, and I wanted to be a part of it.
What elements of Moixa and our business are you most passionate about?
I’m very passionate about the technology and the mission of the company. Our software offering, GridShare, uses AI to optimise batteries’ behaviour to save on customers’ energy bills and minimise their carbon footprint.
I also love the company culture. Everybody is kind, open-minded, and supportive. Our teams work hard every day to build the energy system of the future. My work is only a small piece of it, but it has a positive impact.
Recently, Moixa also offered all women at the company the possibility of coaching sessions, which really supported me to get closer to my goals.
Read about Biborka and other Moixans’ experience with coaching in our blog post.
What happens on a typical workday for you?
My morning usually starts with reviewing what I did the previous day. Then, I have a standup meeting with my team to share our plans and priorities for the day. After that, my tasks vary a lot.
I find anomalies and make statistics from different data sets to calculate efficiency values, classify faults and find common root causes. I also create and run regression tests if something is updated in the smart battery system. Moreover, I run soak tests after the manufacturing to ensure every device is up to standard before installation.
I collaborate with different teams. Sometimes I help the Operations team troubleshoot so that the commissioning can go smoother. I often work closely with the Customer Support team to investigate enquiries from our customers and find the best solution.
No day goes by without learning something new. This is why I really enjoy working in a cross-functional role at a fast-moving company.
Are you currently working on any exciting projects?
Currently, I’m working on the laboratory testing of new hardware products. It’s fascinating to see how they react to different scenarios. The most exciting part is when I see an unexpected behaviour or result.
I love to investigate and review the small details and see the big picture at the end. Usually, it leads me to the root cause, and I can then implement a solution.
The best part is when I can also pick up new skills along the way. Currently, I’m learning Python programming language to automate some boring stuff.
What is the most surprising thing you learned while working at Moixa?
I love our ‘pets’ channel in the company’s Slack. I realised we have great pet owners at Moixa (for example, somebody gave salmon ice lollies to their cats during heat waves!).
What steps are you individually making towards a cleaner future?
I don’t own a car, so I cycle or walk for short distances (up to 10 km). I use public transport if I’m going to the office or visiting friends and family within the country.
I’m also focusing on smaller things, like recycling and avoiding single-use plastic bags. I’m not an impulse shopper, and I only buy things I need. I also donate the items I don’t use anymore.
What are the key skills you need to be successful in your role?
A big part of my role is understanding patterns and finding anomalies, designing test plans and scenarios, and performing the tests according to strict criteria and controls.
Therefore, the most critical skill is problem-solving and clear, consistent communication. Another important aspect is being open to picking up new skills, researching and reviewing available documents and understanding what needs to be tested.
What is the one thing we should know about you that isn’t on your CV or LinkedIn Profile?
Before moving to the UK, I spent a year in New Zealand on a Work and Holiday Visa. I road tripped the North Island, travelled around 12000 km in our campervan and hiked more than 1000 km on the South Island.
What is one great piece of career advice you have been given?
Learning from mistakes is more important than not making them. Never stop learning. Knowledge is power.
A huge thank you to Biborka for taking the time out to discuss her life at Moixa. You can connect with Biborka on LinkedIn here.