Miquel was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat 26 years ago, a city located just a few kilometres from the centre of Barcelona. He studied Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona (UPC), which he had chosen without knowing exactly what he wanted to do in the future, but he obviously guessed right because today he is one of our brilliant front-end engineers.
Some of his hobbies include being passionate about basketball, both the NBA and the European leagues (he’s a big fan of the Boston Celtics since Kevin Garnett played there), and he loves cooking (if he didn’t work with us, his plan B was to be a chef). What a forward-looking guy, you always have to think ahead and have a plan B…
His love for the kitchen is the result of his love for food, which could be an issue for him if it wasn’t that he also loves to run and participate in fun races. But he can rest assured and eat at ease, because he is preparing for his 2019 goal to run a marathon!
If you’d like to meet another one of our IT Signabuddies, who is a follower of the themed-socks fashion trend together with his colleague Santi, then continue reading their interview here.
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Meet our Frontend Engineer, Miquel Arranz
1. How did you discover Signaturit?
I had been working for two years in a Startup that never got off the ground and I needed a change of scenery, and even though I didn’t want to get away from the whole atmosphere that you find in a young company, I was looking for a more advanced proposal in order to move up in my professional career.
Searching on LinkedIn, I got to Signaturit and became interested in being part of their team, because it was a technological solution that I was already familiar with since I had used their electronic signature on previous occasions.
2. How would you describe your work?
For me it’s like my hobby, I love everything about web development and I like to be able to call this my job. At the end of the day, it often involves being creative and sometimes turning around complex problems in order to find the most optimal (or realistic) solution.
3. What is the overall purpose of your position?
I’m in charge of the visual part of the platform, where our clients manage all of their signature requests, create templates, reminders, etc. Together with my colleagues from front-end, we maintain the platform and add new functionalities.
If you ask another member of the IT department, they will probably tell you that we take care of the painting and colouring, but that’s not really the case, we also do the cutting.
Miquel in our offices
4. What have you learned from working in the IT Department?
I entered Signaturit a year ago, when the department was really small and now we’re three times the size. I would say that what I have most valued about this time, and what I’ve ultimately learned, is that going from a small team to a big one isn’t easy, both in terms of processes and organisation. You have to find a balance between everyone, but when the machinery really starts to work well, it’s a luxury to work like this.
The opportunity to work surrounded by people who have made this possible is what I value the most of everything I’ve learned. Everyone typing to a rhythm and in harmony. An authentic Tech orchestra.
5. How is a typical day in Signaturit for you?
There really isn’t a “day to day”, because every day is different, depending on the day’s task that needs to be solved. When it comes down to it, we are in a very dynamic work environment and there is no pattern. I would say that one thing that does repeat itself is that I like to arrive early and that I programme a lot of code. That never changes.
6. What do you value most about working in Signaturit?
What I most value is the work environment and the ability to use cutting-edge technologies without having to go after my supervisor asking for permission. The trust they’ve placed in me is one of things that I like most when I’m part of a team.
7. What are your biggest challenges in Signaturit?
Continuing to grow professionally and individually. At the end of the day, we spend many hours in the office and the days go by very fast, so I would say that my main challenge is to try and learn something new every day, and to not get left behind if I compare myself to others who work at the most advanced technology companies.
8. What do you like most about working in such an innovative sector?
I believe that the product has a lot of potential and this is something that’s very motivating for developers. The problem that Signaturit has managed to solve seems very simple at first, but for us it has a complexity that ultimately is an added plus.
Agile, legal, safe and beautiful digital transactions and communications. Everything needs to work perfectly and look just as good.
9. What are the characteristics of a Signabuddy for you?
I think that the most important characteristic you need is to have a good spirit and energy. Eagerness to learn from your everyday activities and motivation. I think that anyone with this attitude would fit perfectly into the team. You can’t be limited to simply reproducing what you already know, but instead be open to going above and beyond.
Oh, and it’s important that they know how to or want to play FIFA, which we usually play every day during lunch!
10. What would you recommend for future Signabuddies?
- They should come and visit us and see who we are and what we have created here. Right off the bat, a company that has been designated a qualified provider of electronic services may seem very serious, but once you’re inside you’ll know that you’ve made the right decision.
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