Life as a Drupal developer at Torchbox: Justine Pocock
Since joining Torchbox in 2012, Justine Pocock has led some of our most exciting front-end development projects.
Based in our Charlbury office, Justine plays a big part in the Drupal community and is responsible for organising Drupal’s Frontend United conference, as well as Torchbox’s very own Oxford Geek Nights.
To give potential candidates an idea of what Torchbox life is like, I sat down with Justine to find out what she gets up to inside and outside of work.
Tell us five random facts about yourself:
- I’m an Elite Status Younique Presenter, selling makeup and empowering women as I do so.
- I ran a marathon and jumped out of a plane because I was told I couldn’t do it…
- I was meant to be the second member of the Bristol team, but I haven’t got around to moving yet.
- I want to have my own smallholding so that I can grow everything I eat.
- I’ve organised three Frontend United conferences.
How did you get your job at Torchbox?
I met one of Torchbox’s Drupal Developers at a London meetup. I wasn’t looking for a job at the time, but I was really impressed from what I heard. The rest is history!
How did you find the interview process?
Relaxed. It was just a long chat with different team members. I thought I had waffled on too much about my out-of-work interests, but I arrived home to an offer to start as soon as possible.
Why did you choose to work for Torchbox?
After my interview, it was pretty clear that I’d be joining a family. I liked that Torchbox had an ethical approach. The thought of coming home after work with a done-good feeling was appealing.
What do you enjoy most about working at Torchbox?
The people! We’re an eclectic bunch who have come from the far corners of the world. It’s been interesting to learn about different cultures and delicacies (Chinese gyoza anyone?).
Torchbox Skip Trip 2016
Which clients have you worked with?
What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?
An eye for detail, front-end development, UX and design principles, an understanding of Drupal’s theme layer and the ability to host client demos.
What have you achieved at Torchbox that you are most proud of?
The project we undertook for Chatham House was really challenging. We had to achieve a lot within a short space to time. I'm really proud of how we all pulled together as a team to deliver a really good site.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in your job recently?
It’s a toss up between implementing what I’ve learnt at Drupalcon Barcelona and getting Dr. Sue Black to present at Oxford Geek Nights.
Justine at Oxford Geek Nights
What do you get up to during your lunch breaks?
I’m based in Torchbox’s Charlbury office, which is located in the gorgeous surroundings of Cornbury Estate. During my lunch breaks I go for a wander around the grounds, grab an ice cream from the local village or get involved in one of the company’s lunch time barbeques.
What do you get up to after work?
I’m currently trying to get my garden blooming again. When the sun's not shining, I can be found in the kitchen making chutneys and cheeses, trying a new kind of hedgerow wine and checking if the cider I made in the Autumn is ready yet.
What advice would you give to someone looking to join the Torchbox team?
- Be yourself.
- Be prepared to jump in on lots of fast paced projects.
- Be excited about front-end development and where it’s going next, especially Drupal 8 front-end theming.
- Have examples of work you’ve done and are proud of.
- Be part of the Drupal community, go to user groups, contribute to modules, hang out at IRC.