A day in the life of Digibank’s Senior Software Engineer

In our previous Digibank feature, we had the opportunity to chat with Jasper Nguyen who has joined the Digibank team as a Lead Software Engineer for Mobile (iOS). The team is currently expanding to build a robust banking infrastructure in the fintech space, and we aim to fill 200 technology and fintech-related roles by the end of 2021.

Grab’s Group Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Anthony Tan shares the exciting prospects of our new consortium with Singtel: “The digital bank will further our goal to empower more people to gain better control of their money and achieve better economic outcomes for themselves, their businesses and families.”

For our second feature, we speak to Shie Liang, a Senior Software Engineer in the Digibank team, on his goals and what he thinks it takes to succeed in the team and fintech industry.


Hi Shie Liang! What are you most excited about for Digibank? 

Digibank is a once in a decade opportunity for us to start a brand new bank from scratch. We can bring financial services closer to everyone with our “internet thinking”.

As a Software Engineer, this is a greenfield that allows me to leave behind all legacy burdens. I have the chance to build a new system by concluding previous experience and knowledge.


In your own opinion, what do you think it takes to succeed in your team, and in fintech?

We need to have the courage to innovate, fix problems and leverage on the assets of the team. It’s great to work with people from different backgrounds and experiences to come up with the best solutions!


Share with us a typical work day for you now.

I start work at 10am, and I usually focus on the engineering part of things until lunchtime. After lunch I spend time syncing up with my teammates. My afternoons also consist of handling ad-hoc requests from the team while working on my code.

My work day ends by 7pm most of the time. Work-life balance is important here, so working overtime is on an exceptional basis instead of the norm.


Shie Liang and his team in the office (photo taken before COVID-19 social distancing measures)


Prior to joining the team, what previous professional experience have you had to prepare you for Digibank?

My previous experience at Grab has helped me to understand the pain points in large-scale engineering, on top of cloud infrastructure, microservices architecture, and distributed systems.


Tell us why now is the best time to join the Digibank team?

Joining Digibank right now is akin to investing in the stocks of some hyper-growth companies 10 years ago (e.g. AmazonAppleTesla). The earlier we join Digibank, the higher the gains we can potentially expect.

We have the golden opportunity right now to build the system from scratch, while gaining valuable experience as the company grows, and also be able to go through different phases with the company from the very beginning. This is a rare chance, and certainly one to jump on.


List one less-known fact about you that you wish more people knew about.

I can speak very fluent Mandarin with a Chinese accent. Many natives have a hard time figuring out that I am born and bred in Southeast Asia.


If you’re keen on joining the Digibank team, take part in our exclusive Digibank Hiring Drive happening on 6th March, and fast-track through your interviews to land a role with us. Find out more here.


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