A Day in the Life: Maria Stylianou (Engineering Manager, Monzo)

Maria Stylianou (Engineering Manager, Monzo)

What did you do before Monzo?

What does your typical day look like?

What does your role as Engineering Manager involve?

What do you love about being an Engineering Manager?

What you love about working at Monzo?

What are the qualities you think make a good Engineering Manager?

  • The ability to actively listen to your engineers
  • Being humble and trustworthy; it’s important your engineers can feel they can trust you and reach out to you, no matter of the time or reason.
  • The ability to empathise; and if empathy doesn’t come natural, a big drive to practice empathy.
  • Approaching every challenge from a place of care; feeling rewarded when your engineers succeed.
  • Understanding and prioritising self-care; working with people is an emotional challenging work. Therefore, building a personal toolset for off-loading, self-pampering and switching off is as vital as sleep is.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

What is your most useful resource (book, blog, newsletter)?

What’s one thing you’d like to learn, develop or work on in 2019?

Are there any specific roles you’re hiring for at the moment?




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