Meet our team blog - Allan Aikman - Product Manager
28 Jan 2022
How long have you worked at Pinpoint?
This is my 8th year here.
What are three words to describe your role?
Diverse, product, people.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
The most typical thing is that it starts with coffee. Depending on what is on fire that particular day will generally dictate how my day looks. If there’s nothing urgent then I’ll spend my time dreaming up the future of our products and then working on developing it and making sure that the product supply chain is moving smoothly.
What is the best thing about your job?
I love seeing ideas come to life; creating a new product can sometimes be a little like whittling wood; you start with a rough idea and then refine, refine, and refine to get to a more resolved picture; sometimes you learn new skills or learn about new technologies along the way. When you see the idea that you scribbled onto a piece of paper finally roll off the production line and then go on to protecting people – it’s a really rewarding experience.
And the most challenging?
Having to wear many hats; I spend a lot of time jumping from one area to the next; software, electronics, graphics, networking, documentation, product design (even IT troubleshooting in the office) – sometimes there’s an inertia; like changing gear it can take a while to re-engage with something totally different from what you were doing 5 minutes ago.
What has been the best product/solution you’ve been involved in designing/launching?
I think the best is yet to come; I’m really excited about the line that we’re working on at the moment; but second to that I’d have to say the mobile app lives very close to my heart.
How do you unwind after a busy day at work?
It entirely depends on my day; I’ve got super into Simracing during lockdown so if I need to blow off some steam it is good to do it on the (virtual) track; otherwise, you can’t beat a homecooked meal and a glass of wine on the couch with my fiancé.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t working in Design and Engineering?
My head says I’d be doing something in software; but I wanted to be a motorbike mechanic once upon a time too.