Empowering impactful ideas
We’re celebrating 20 years of Zuhlke UK.
As part of that we’re talking to people across our offices in London and Manchester who help drive our growth and are growing with us:
The people behind Zuhlke UK.
Finding what fulfils me
Meet Daphne Tsallis
Data Scientist & Data Capability Lead in London
We believe in enabling people’s personal and professional growth through their work, and Daphne is a perfect example of this. The data science team was formed as Zuhlke UK expanded, giving Daphne the opportunity to move across and find her area of true passion. She joined us as a graduate, and now she’s a Data Science Capability Lead, which means she’s our internal subject matter expert responsible for growing the skill internally and identifying opportunities for it to add value to the work we do for clients.
What do you do at Zuhlke?
I’m a Data Scientist, and since September last year I’ve been involved with the NHS Covid-19 App project, working on a team with other Data Scientists, Data Analysts and Epidemiologists.
Have you always been in data science?
No, I have switched roles since I started. I used to be a Software Engineer – mostly because we didn’t have Data Scientists when I joined – and I had wanted to move over for a long time. There are a two different data-related roles that I could have moved into, either a Data Scientist or a Data Engineer. I was more interested in the mathematical side of things, so I chose data science.
What has it been like working on the NHS app?
Where do I start? I really enjoy working on the app and the challenges we have been presented with. It’s the best thing I have done in my career thus far. Before I joined the project, there was a period where I was trying to work out what I wanted to do. I was content but wasn’t totally fulfilled. I realised at the beginning of the pandemic that I needed to move towards health-related work to find that fulfilment. I have a background in Engineering for the Life Sciences, and I’ve always been interested in this area of expertise. On this project, I have been able to combine it with data science.
What do you like most about working on the project?
I get to see my work’s short-term impact, and its influence on the bigger picture. That’s very satisfying. I also like the type of work on a day-to-day level. It is open-ended and research-based. On previous projects, I had quite clear, well-defined tasks to do, but in this case we are observing the data and figuring out what to do based on our observations and what we know about the situation. I particularly enjoy working with academics and researchers. It’s a unique opportunity and one that is not presented so frequently. Not to mention that everyone I work with on my team is really lovely, and I am learning a lot!
What made you decide to take a sabbatical?
As I mentioned, I have an academic background in Engineering for the Life Sciences. When I started as a Software Engineer after my undergraduate degree, I was basically trying it out. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do – which is probably true for many people after university. I came into work knowing I would do a Master’s at some stage, so after two years with Zuhlke I applied for a place on a Master’s programme in Machine Learning.
I’m grateful because the company gave me loads of support during this time. It is generally a very supportive environment, but I had the support of Wolfgang, our UK CEO, in particular. After I talked to him about my Master’s, he not only encouraged me to pursue it, he introduced me to a professor from the Machine Learning course that I was interested in, so I could learn more about it before applying. He also helped me to review my application and provided me with a reference.
Is there generally a culture of learning in the business?
Zuhlke is interested in their people being stimulated and happy with what they’re doing, as such there are many different learning opportunities. There is also a lot of exposure to different roles here. I’ve worked as a SCRUM Master and a Technical Business Analyst, and I’ve significantly developed my interpersonal skills as a result.
In addition to enhancing my technical skills, I have also developed as a person. I’m passionate about promoting mental health awareness and mental wellbeing in the workplace, and through Zuhlke, I’ve had the opportunity to train as a Mental Health First Aider. It’s a role that I’m continuing to invest in and that I’m learning a lot through. I also had the opportunity to participate in life coaching through the company, which has been invaluable in helping me develop as person, especially in working out what matters to me and how I can feel more fulfilled. I really value the culture of learning at Zuhlke, where I feel I am constantly able to grow personally and professionally.
What in your work fulfils you?
I’ve discovered that I just want to do something meaningful and impactful that makes a difference to people’s lives. That’s why I’m drawn to the healthcare sector. What I’ve learned from the COVID-19 App project is how important collaboration across different sectors can be to achieve impact. Going forward, I would like to get even more involved with research-based work in the health sector, possibly for the Government or within the institutional sector. It’s something we are interested in as a company, and something that I personally get a lot out of too.
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Working at Zuhlke UK
Welcome to one of Europe’s most diverse, fast growing tech hubs. Whether it’s the big city life in London or the dynamic tech community in Manchester, you’ll find a home at Zühlke UK.
Be part of a dedicated international team brimming with creativity and ambition. Whether at work, events or Zühlke socials, we thrive on customer success and supporting our local tech community. The UK has a flourishing arts and culture scene with much to offer, whether it’s restaurants, microbreweries, festivals, art galleries or green spaces, you’ll never be short of things to see and do.
Your benefits at Zuhlke UK
- Commited to developement: We dedicate 10% of our turnover to the development of our colleagues skills and our technology offerings,
always making sure to personalise so that it will be tailored to fit you and Zühlke perfectly.
- Good work-life balance: a family-friendly workplace, parental leave benefits, flexible working hours, the possibility to work from home and 25 vacation days.
- A profit share scheme: in addition to your annual salary, you may receive a profit share defined by the company’s success in the previous year.
- Health Care and insurance: you benefit from competitive medical benefits plus long-term illness, life and travel insurance.
- Topic teams: share your knowledge and learn from our experts across local and global teams.
- Company iPhones and MacBooks for you to work with.
- Social and employee events including the annual team camp, Christmas and summer party, and more.