Hire me!

Hello new employer!

It’s lovely to see you here, and I am excited to get in touch with you. I’m looking for a new role in the Customer Support field.

My background

I have been part of the WordPress ecosystem for over a decade. First as a PHP developer, then as a support engineer (once I realised how well I can translate technical jargon into human language).

For the past six years, I have been working at Automattic as a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer. Here, I have honed my skills as an excellent communicator, focusing heavily on improving my division’s interaction quality.

While I really love my work at Automattic, I feel it’s time for me to find a new challenge. I am looking for a new role as team lead or interaction quality expert.

If you are looking to bring your support team to the next level, we should talk.


Support quality assessment

Coding languages: PHP, HTML, CSS, MySQL  

WordPress development

WooCommerce development


Dutch – native
English – fluent

Empathetic, outspoken, solution-oriented, and a gifted translator between the tech world and humans – that’s Ines in a nutshell. She not only understands both worlds, she is able to engage people across the divide, something I look for in a leader in the CS field. Her experience in quality initiatives that go far deeper than simply elevating CSAT set her further apart – so if you need someone to level up your support team, you should talk to her.

Valentina Thörner – The Remote Empire

Other than being a CS expert, I am also:

An experienced public speaker. I have spoken at both small meetups and large conferences. I enjoy educating my peers and colleagues alike, and will jump at the opportunity to share what I know.

A community advocate. I have managed several communities with 10k+ members. Open source communities have a special place in my heart. I even run a non-profit to help minorities go to conferences.

A long-term and skilled remote worker. Working remotely is not new to me; I have been doing so for over a decade. I am pro-active and self-organised.

My Career So Far

March 2016 – Present

Happiness Engineer – Automattic

As a support engineer, I work hard to ensure our relationships with WooCommerce customers are maintained and improved upon. With my background in PHP and WordPress development, I assess technical issues and offer solutions. I also provide pre-sales advice on WooCommerce specific setups and frequently open GitHub issues on bugs that I find within our products.

One of my main focuses is quality assessment; what makes interactions with customers truly great, and how do we measure that data? What do we do with that information afterwards?

Freelance Support Engineer – ibericode

As a Support Engineer I was in direct contact with the users of ibericode’s various WordPress plugins. My goals were to make sure users felt happy and well supported, as well as make the available documentation as easy to understand as possible.

January 2015 – January 2016
Augustus 2012 – March 2016

Freelance Support Engineer – programmeurSTER

With programmeurSTER, I offered two services: WordPress website development and freelance support for WordPress plugin developers.

I worked together with small business owners to envision and develop their new websites. I taught them how to use WordPress as part of this service. What my clients said most often of my service is that they appreciated how I can translate difficult technical issues into a language they can understand.

Education: PHP & MySQL course – Leidsche Onderwijs Instelling


Education: Entrepreneurship – Instituut voor Midden- en Kleinbedrijf

Interested? We should chat.

You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or you can send me an email. Looking forward to hearing from you!

If we have worked together and you have something nice to say about how I am to work with, please get in touch.