Wave Spotlight: Rob van Oostrum

Sep 26, 2019 | 2 minutes read | News

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This is Rob. Rob is the Team Lead, Operations Engineering here at Wave. He is currently looking for an Operations Engineer to join his team. We sat down with Rob to get to know him better!

Can you describe your role for us?

I lead the Operations Engineering team. We take care of Wave's hosted infrastructure, as well as a growing number of SaaS vendors we integrate with. We work closely with our Developer Systems team to ensure low-friction access to our software engineers.

How has Wave helped you with your career development?

I spent the first 20 years of my career as an individual contributor looking for a voice and a way into a leadership role. At Wave, I finally found the people who cared about that journey enough to invest time and energy to help me find my way through that evolutionary process.

What kind of worker are you looking for on your team?

Autonomous, but with an instinct for collaboration. Tenacious, but knowing when something is not a hill to die on. Calm under pressure, but possessing a laser-focused sense of urgency. Caring deeply and taking one's job seriously, but not personally.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I run, slowly (working up to my first half marathon). I play guitar, rarely and (consequently) poorly.

Fun fact: Rob was the lead guitarist for the legendary Wave Band!

If you had to describe your job with one song, what would it be?

Mostly, Joe Cocker's version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Some days, Better Days by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

For my money, nothing beats a cottage on a quiet Ontario lake. Give me a dock to jump off of and a stack of good books to disappear in, and I'm a happy camper. Bucket list: Italy (the wine and the food) and Scotland (the hiking and the whiskey).


Interested in working with Rob? Come join him and the rest of the team at Wave. We’re on a mission that’s changing the world, one entrepreneur at a time.

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