What is it like to work for Klinik Healthcare Solutions?
Why choose to work for a fast-paced, constantly changing startup and a small team? “The answer is: because you can have a say in how you work and what technologies you use”, says the software developer Tariq Al-Sadoon, who started at Klinik in the spring of 2017. “It's great to see how committed everyone is”, says the head of product development at Klinik, Jukka Happonen, who joined the team last autumn. “We strongly believe in our product; everyone on our team understands what we do and why we do it. We are in the business of making people's everyday lives easier, by cutting queues and providing easier access to treatment in both public and private healthcare.”
Jukka is an experienced software architect who has a long history of working in the fields of banking and pension insurance. At Klinik, he is in charge of the software development team, coordinating activities based on business priorities. There are currently six people in the Klinik technical team, including a couple of subcontractors. “A coordinator is there to facilitate the developers' work, and we do have a say in what we do”, says Tariq. “They really listen to us.” Tariq originally graduated as an English and French teacher, but he then studied information technology in Amsterdam, and upon returning to Finland, joined the Klinik team. “Keep the software running and write new code”, says Tariq, describing the work. “Sometimes, the days are long, but things are pretty flexible, so you can take time off for overtime, and, for example, work a shorter week.”
What motivates you?
“Doing the right things”, says Tariq. “We also do things from beginning to end, not just deliver a small part of a larger whole”, adds Jukka. “In a small firm, nothing comes as a given. We work in close cooperation with medical experts, and support sales and deployments, whenever our expertise is required.”
What is the most challenging thing?
“Freedom and responsibility. Advanced technical skills are required, and with that comes a great responsibility; for example, we cannot afford to make any blunders when it comes to information security. We are given responsibility, and we are also assumed to shoulder it. And we are allowed, and expected, to voice our opinions.”
What types of people will join the team next?
“Well, if we are talking technical skills, requirements include Python, cloud technologies, architecture, DevOps, and the use of virtual servers”, say Jukka and Tariq. “An understanding of GDPR is necessary”, adds Jukka. And, there is one more wish: “Having a sense of humour helps.”