Rebecca Boocock is an Operations Lead / Project Manager within Capula’s Operational Intelligence sector. She joined the company in 2011 as a graduate trainee after completing a BSC in Computer Science at Staffordshire University.
What prompted you to pursue a career in technology?
I had an aptitude for problem solving at an early age and I have always enjoyed using technology. I kept my options open through college though and I did consider a career in Law but it was the leaps in new technologies being released at that time that swayed me towards technology. iPods and smart phones had just been released and IT seemed to be going through a new and exciting growth era and I wanted to be a part of that
How did you get into Project Management?
I attended a guest lecture by a Project Manager when I was at University, and I realised that was what I wanted to do. Project Management appealed to me because as well as having an interest in technology, I like interacting with people, I’m definitely a people person. In my role at Capula I get to combine two passions, working with people and technology. Every day holds new challenges as a PM which brings with it lots of variety, and I split my time between three Capula offices, the HQ in Stone and our offices in Aberdeen and Gloucester.
Did you complete the Capula Graduate Scheme?
The scheme was in its early days and there is now a new and improved one. I originally joined as an engineer and I gained a solid understanding in the business. I then transitioned into a Junior PM role delivering projects for the water industry. Capula has supported me through the professional training needed to become a PM and I have completed several contract law courses and I now have the Association of Project Management certification.
Was your training all technical?
At the time I was being trained about five years ago it was quite technical. I was given training on lots of different control systems. Now though our new graduates receive training in conjunction with our parent company Imtech UK which includes a number of sessions on softer skills such as leadership and assertiveness.
What do you do now?
I am the operations lead for the operational intelligence arm of the business. The team take client’s information technology (IT) and combines it with operational intelligence (OT), and process that into valuable information to improves efficiencies and help the client with their decision making. There are a lot of elements to the role, and I have a great team around me. I get involved with the customer in the early stages, even before it has become a firm order, through to the design, build and installation phases. It’s my job to ensure the projects in RTBI get delivered on time and to budget, whilst trying to exceed customer satisfaction
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
My phone, I couldn’t live without it! It has a Microsoft equivalent to Siri that I can speak to, it’s like having a PA in your pocket. It can send me reminders and to do lists.