Meet the team - Emily Chen

Emily plays a key role in the development of our products. It can be demanding, but she explains what keeps her grounded.

Hey Emily, what is your role at Iress?

I am the Product Executive, responsible for the overall product direction, user experience and delivery of our Wealth Management software as well as the Iress Labs initiative.

I lead a team of product managers, product owners & specialists, as well as user experience consultants based in both Australia and the UK.

What is life at Iress like?

We know how to have fun but also how to get the job done. It can be a balancing act to manage time to engage with teams and clients globally. And we are constantly learning from our clients. When gathering all the insights, it can sometimes be quite mind blowing.

We are constantly learning from our clients. When gathering all the insights, it can sometimes be quite mind blowing.

However we have some great initiatives that help keep us grounded. Our Iress Foundation (CSR) allows us to volunteer for charities such as the Red Cross blood bank, or to help out at the Two Good Kitchen in Sydney. And social activities like games night and lunchtime bootcamp gives us the chance to let off steam and have fun with our colleagues.

What is the best thing about working at Iress?

People - Iress respects and supports diversity so there are a group of really interesting people you get to work with - locally and globally.

You as an individual have the license to change anything, which makes this a creative and innovative culture.

You as an individual have the license to change anything, which makes this a creative and innovative culture. We can all tap into that. I genuinely think this is the best thing about working at Iress.

What advice would you give your younger self, starting out in your career?

Take risks, don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new. My younger self had an opportunity to work at Xplan Technology many moons ago but I did not grab it by the horns and every so often I wonder what life would have been like if I had just got on the ride earlier!

What do you tell your mates about Iress?

It is fast paced, it is constantly evolving. We create software that helps people remove their financial worries. It is a place that constantly challenges you, and empowers you to challenge the status quo.

What makes you tick outside of work?

I enjoy snapping street scenes - inspired by Trent Parke’s work, and eating good looking food in between the breaks. I tweet about them both so follow me to see check out both!

Also a passionate “investor” on Kickstarter and love exploring the tech projects, and often end up with weird and wonderful gadgets in the post. Currently waiting for a “smart, flying, phone case camera” to show, any day now!

What is your favourite pizza topping?

Anchovies. The world is a better place with anchovies!

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