What do the career path and the day-in-the-life look like for a Solutions Architect at Ordergroove?
We connected with Andrew Magne to find out!
Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
The great state of Minnesota (winless in major sports championships since 1991). My dad worked in asset management and my mom runs a small company that produces custom apparel.
Where did you go to college? What did you study there and what was your first job out of school?
I went to school at the University of Southern California and studied economics. My first job was at a sports marketing firm in their analytics/measurement division where we helped brands understand the return on their sponsorship spend.
How did you get into the tech industry and what brought you to Ordergroove?
I liked my job but was ready to move to a smaller company where I could have a larger impact. Ordergroove was included on a list of fast-growing startups in the NYC area so I figured I’d throw my hat in the ring. I didn’t have much in the way of tech experience beyond a few CS classes I had taken for fun in college, but I’m sure glad Ordergroove took a chance on hiring me.
What are the details in terms of your role and responsibilities as a Solutions Architect?
Ordergroove is creating a new category of commerce and my responsibility is to help support the technical side of our sales cycles as we bring new brands and retailers onboard. Our team strives to ensure our platform is a good technical fit for the prospective client as well as educate them on the features and functionality that will drive their success.
You’ve been promoted a couple of times since joining Ordergroove. What advice would you give to others who are looking for a rapid ascent in terms of their career path?
My advice would be to keep an open mind and be opportunistic when you see a match between a business need and your career interests. If you try to define a rigid career path too far in advance you may leave yourself blind to a role that would have been a great fit (this is as true for the company as it is for the employee).
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Cold brew on tap, please.
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
If I’m on the road I’ll try to knock out as much work as possible prior to the day’s agenda, meet with the brand or retailer(s) on site, and cross my fingers for good WiFi on the flight back to New York. If I’m in the office, I’m usually meeting with cross-functional teams to determine the best technical approach to serve the needs of our current and prospective clients.
Any productivity hacks?
One good tip is to respond to each email or Slack immediately (< 2 minutes) or save it for a thoughtful response later. Don’t get stuck wasting 10 minutes deciding whether to respond.
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
First ever employee in my role at Ordergroove.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
Beyond my teammates at Ordergroove, I’d probably have to say my mom.