Joud Hadaie

Joud is the product owner for a technical solution used by retailers across Europe.

After moving her university studies from Syria to Lebanon, she now lives and works in London, managing a global team of software developers and designers.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

Having graduated with a degree in Engineering, I wanted to gain business and consultancy skills, so I joined Oliver Wyman in 2016. After a year, I combined my technical and consulting skills by moving to Oliver Wyman Digital, where I create innovative, robust, scalable software solutions for our clients.

How does a typical workday for you begin and end?

My teams practice agile development, so we like to start the day with a video conference with everyone to discuss progress, priorities, blockers and achievements.

Although the meetings follow the same format every day, no two days are ever the same due to the nature of my job and the project.

I aspire to creating a good work-life balance for myself, so by the end of the day I always aim to be offline from work emails and spending quality time with my husband and hobbies.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I always wanted a career that involved both technology and business, but I didn’t know exactly what that would look like. The digital and technology sector is changing so rapidly even now I don’t know what the future holds for me! But so long as I continue to learn, grow, and face new challenges I will be happy with my career.

What do you love about working for Oliver Wyman?

I’m proud to work somewhere with a culture that helps people flourish. The business puts a great degree of trust in those it hires, and myself and my peers had the opportunity to work directly with senior clients from the very beginning of our time here.

I also love working among super-intelligent colleagues who combine amazing critical thinking skills with a practical approach to problem solving. It’s a collaborative environment where we all learn from each other.

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you overcome these challenges?

I had never stepped foot in England before joining Oliver Wyman. Coming to London made me face a few cultural differences. I had a different working style to everyone else but benefited from continuous guidance, mentoring, and support from my career advisors to help me find ways to adjust to the new environment while staying true to myself.

Have you benefited from coaching, mentoring, or the sponsorship of others?

I am very lucky to have participated in several mentoring programmes such as MissionINCLUDE and the 30% Club. I’d recommend them both very highly: they helped me take on new challenges and choose courage over comfort.

Do you believe in the power of networking? If so, where do you network?

Networking can help open doors you didn’t even know were there. I network at the conferences I attend, and in smaller, more focussed settings. I’m keen to meet people with similar values and career interests, and of course connect with and learn from people who inspire me.

What advice would you give to those who aspire to a career in tech?

I would definitely say that it is never too late to start a career in tech. You don’t have to know coding and programming to have a career in the sector. There are a lot of transferrable skills that you can bring to the table. If you are passionate about a topic then try to be courageous to step into the unknown.

What does the future hold for you?

No-one knows what tomorrow holds, however, I am determined to keep developing myself as a manager and as a person. I want to continue to be inspired by amazing people, especially amazing women. My hope is that one day, having put all my heart and energy in what I do, younger women could look up to me and call me inspiring.