Head of Distribution Platforms

01 Sep 2021
01 Oct 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Want to do the best work of your life? With 24 million customers in 6 countries, make your mark at Europe's leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work.

What you'll do:

* Be an inclusive and thoughtful leader managing the performance and wellbeing of a team of people organized across Distribution platform's teams built on top of engineering and DevOps groups. You will build high performing fast paced teams to develop software and systems that support future growth and allow the business to efficiently scale.
* Collaborate with all Sky business and product divisions to co-define a continuous 5-year technology strategy. Work closely with key stakeholders, specialists and peers across Europe to advise and plan investments that will innovate and transform existing distribution systems into Group platforms, leveraging new approach to contribution and deployment with strong automation and virtualization baseline.
* Following a product philosophy, you will work with your teams to translate Sky business requirements into roadmaps and to push for new insights and solutions. You will develop agile and lean approaches to delivering our global product strategy and being an agile advocate, you will create an invigorating environment for your team leading towards rapid release process and continuous delivery of changes.
* You will lead a group of solution architects and engineers to ensure all design solutions, workflows and architecture are industry leading, efficient, and scalable. Together with your internal and external peers, you will be responsible for designing and building Sky's next generation Broadcast platform in the cloud, working collaboratively and constructively with all other technology teams at Sky and ensure the implementation of the best design and development practices.
* Lead teams of engineers to proactively supervise the health and security of every channel distributed by our encoding and delivery platforms, anticipating risks and failures. You'll be responsible for delivering a high quality, rapid response support to Sky business divisions such as Sky Sports, Sky News and Sky Media in all group territories and be the primary escalation point as when required 24/7.

What you'll bring:

* Existing senior technology leader with experience managing origination and distribution technology deployments and ongoing live environments. The appropriate candidate will have proven experience working within a similar scale of Content distribution environments.
* Exceptional leadership skills and boundless optimism, unwilling to tolerate mediocrity and passionate about building a world beating team.
* A self-starter who can drive through change at all levels, recognized by their peers as inspirational and the "go-to" person for solving organisational problems.
* Experienced professional with an impressive track record in leading integration teams, you will have strong experience in the global delivery of projects.
* Commercially astute in the influencing factors of financial investments, procurement and contractual negotiation.
* Culturally fluent and able to engage people from a range of backgrounds.

Team Overview

Content Technology & Innovation, we use the latest tech to create, process and distribute the best entertainment. We are a unique blend of talent covering both engineering and operations with more than 2500 people across Europe. We connect our customers to more of what they love all day, every day. You'll be joining a proactive, forward-thinking, and collaborative team setting the standard for excellent innovation.

The Rewards:

There's a reason people can't stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few:

* Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place
* A generous pension package
* Private healthcare
* Discounted mobile and broadband
* Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences

Where you'll work:


Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There's also plenty of bike shelters and showers.

On campus, you'll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon.


We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we've been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for this, and we've committed £30million to support the fight against racial injustice. We've also set ambitious targets for increasing ethnic diversity and representation throughout our organisation.

At Sky we don't just look at your CV. We're more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, so we're happy to discuss flexible working.

And we'll do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.

Why wait?

Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can't wait to hear from you.

To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media. A job you love to talk about.

Just so you know: if your application is successful, we'll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer.

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