Under the Hood

The New Zealand IT industry is one of the most exciting in the world. Whilst we have our fair share of enterprise organisations, we also boast a broad range of technology start-ups.

As an IT professional it can be challenging to clearly understand the range of different opportunities that exist. So Under the Hood is doing this for you, regularly taking time out to meet and profile the people that make our industry tick.

Under the Hood: An Evolving Industry – Rebecca Grainger

Welcome to the latest edition of our blog series ‘Under the Hood’, where we meet the people who make New Zealand’s amazing IT industry tick. For this blog we caught up Rebecca Grainger, who is the National Sales Manager for Smart Parking in New Zealand.

Read and watch on to find out about Rebecca’s experience with Smart Parking, her thoughts on the future of the global parking industry, the effectiveness of new technologies and her advice for those looking to enter into this industry.

Falling into IT

Since the start of her career, Rebecca has gone into various sales positions, and is now Smart Parking’s National Sales Manager within New Zealand.

Through her career in a sales orientated role, Rebecca’s main focuses are to liaise with existing and potential clients to deliver the best services possible. Her role also predominantly consists of providing her leadership expertise to a team and providing a creative insight into improving the products and services used by clients and customers everyday. Her advice to those entering a career in the IT industry is to ‘act like a sponge’ and utilise the knowledge and expertise of those around you. She references her mentor from a previous position, whom she shadowed for numerous years, and whose mentorship she used to develop her own knowledge and skills.

You can learn more about Rebecca by watching the video below.

Modernising the Parking Industry

The IT industry, in all of its sectors, is constantly evolving to provide better services and technological capabilities to users, and the parking industry is no different. The company is currently running international trials to make disability parking areas better. This new technology will notify a parking attendant if a parking space has been taken by a non-badge holder.

Closer to home, Rebecca feels that New Zealand’s smaller towns are currently leading the way in terms of utilising the parking technology; most notably in New Plymouth where with the help of new technologies, they are able to better regulate parking, which is having a positive effect on local retail.


A massive thanks to Rebecca for taking the time to be a part of this series, your experience, insights and advice are sure to be valuable to many IT professionals.

Until next time, keep an eye out for the next ‘Under the Hood’ blog, and get in touch if you think your current role would make for a great blog.

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