Posted: 04 Feb. 2019 8 min. read

Xia Chen – Leading the way for women in Technology

Xia’s recognition as one of We Are The City’s Top 100 Rising Stars, shows we’re not the only ones who appreciate her amazing contribution as a Consultant in our Technology, Strategy & Architecture Team.

How did you join Deloitte?

After hearing about the role, I felt it was an ideal fit. Both the company and the position perfectly matched my experience and career goals.

What are you responsible for in your role?

I support a Lead Architect to provide clients with IT Architecture guidance as part of their transformation journey. This often involves translating a company’s vision into a strategic plan and establishing a conceptual and logical architecture.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I usually start my day by catching up with the Lead Architect to talk through yesterday’s work, potential issues and the plan for the day ahead. I then divide my time between stakeholder meetings and working to create or refine architecture deliverables.

I always make time to catch up with colleagues too, stopping for a quick chat about what’s happening over lunch, dinner or a coffee.

What was your most memorable moment on the job so far?

Being nominated by my director for the Rising Stars award from We Are the City and being shortlisted in their top 100 females. Meeting so many amazing women in tech inspires me to keep making an impact.

I was also proud to receive the Dean’s Community Award for Alumni 2018 from Imperial Business School. This award means a lot as it recognises people who have an impact on social change and encourage diversity.

What’s the best part of your job and in what ways is your team innovative?

I love working alongside fantastic people with positive personal values. Deloitte encourages these qualities, which means everyone you meet is very professional, energetic, passionate and caring to others. Everyone is always happy to help and give you advice.

Why would you recommend Deloitte to someone?

The positive and supportive culture here is the most attractive factor to me. I’d heard good things about Deloitte’s people-focused culture and excellent professional services before I joined the team. It’s been over a year since I joined now, and it’s far exceeded my already high expectations.

How are you supported to work flexibly?

It depends on the project, but I have the flexibility to work from home on Fridays from time to time. If I ever need to work from home on other days or I arrive late due to personal reasons, there’s never any problem.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I feel it’s important to give something back to society, especially in the educational space. I’m also a big foodie and love dining out with friends.

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