• Phil Leonard
    Platform & Foundation Domain Lead
    About Me

    Hi there! I'm Phil Leonard, Tech Lead of the Foundation Domain at Picnic Technologies in Amsterdam. My role is the engineering management and technical leadership of a domain of 10 product and operational teams and their tech leads. I am passionate about building and enabling productive software engineering teams to deliver impactful products, with a focus on architecture and, importantly, getting hands on and assisting teams where needs must! I am keenly interested in Distributed Systems, Software Architecture Reactive Programming and Observability amongst other things! I am an occasional tech conference and meetup speaker, blogger and podcaster. I'm a University of Cambridge graduate, with a Masters Degree in Advanced Computer Science with distinction.

    • Age . . . . . 29
    • Residence . . . . . Utrecht, NL
    • Employment . . . . . Picnic
    • Nationalities . . . . British & Irish

    I thrive on enabling engineering teams. Not only technically, but also as an engineering manager. I am TL/EM of the Foundation Domain of 10 product teams focusing on Platform, Security, Infrastructure, QA, Analytics, Networking and more. Applying the platform strategy where applicable to build, ship and enable 250+ developers, and most importantly internal customers, to ship amazing software with the best possible experience.

    Writing & Speaking

    Enjoy speaking at conferences and meetups, and sometimes writing tech blogs. Sharing my opinions and experiences, even when not strictly necessary. Also enjoy writing fiction.


    🧔🏻 Recently started growing a beard. Still sculpting it into a masterpiece...


    Love to play guitar. Anything from Heavy Metal 🤘 to Blues, and from Rock to Country.


    Lived and studied in China 🇨🇳, currently living and working in The Netherlands 🇳🇱, but originally from the UK 🇬🇧.

    Writing a Novel

    A creative ambition of mine is to write a novel about a dystopian future society on Venus and AI religion. Currently 100k words in, watch this space! 🪐

    2022 - present
    Domain Lead
    Picnic Tech.

    Tech Lead and Engineering Manager of the Foundation (Platform & Infrastructure) Domain.

    2021 - 2022
    Tech Lead
    Picnic Tech.

    Tech Lead and Engineering Manager of the Analytics Platform team.

    2020 - Present
    Tech Lead
    Picnic Tech.

    Tech Lead and Engineering Manager of the real-time event driven Rule Engine team.

    2018 - 2021
    Tech Lead
    Picnic Tech.

    Tech Lead and Engineering Manager of POM inventory management & purchase order forecasting team.

    2017 - 2018
    Java Developer
    Picnic Tech.

    Java Backend Developer.

    2015 - 2016
    Software Engineer

    Worked on iOS and Android app, and the gateway API.

    2014 - 2015
    MPhil Advanced Computer Science - distinction
    University of Cambridge

    St Catharine's College, ACS scholarship. Thesis entitled: "Graph Compression in the Semi-External Memory Environment"

    2011 - 2014
    BSc Computer Science - 1st Hon.
    University of Liverpool

    Thesis leading to AMC publication: "Random Number Generation using Genetic Programming"

    My Skills
    • Java
    • RxJava & Reactor
    • Spring
    • Mongo DB
    • Kubernetes
    • Python
    • Android
    Other Skills
    • Engineering
    • Presenting
    • Distributed Systems Arch
    • Observability
    • Mentoring
    • Academic & Scientific Thinking
    Get in Touch
    • Residence . . . . . Utrecht, NL
    • Work . . . . . Amsterdam, NL
    • Gmail . . . philleonard92@...
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