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Brand Technology Director: Betfair
The Brand Technology Director will be accountable for the delivery, management, design and implementation of technology services that support Betfair as a part of the Flutter UK&I technology team. They will work directly with the commercial and product management teams within the Betfair brand to ensure that the allocated technology team delivers against commercial roadmaps, objectives and strategies. They will act as a part of the Betfair Leadership team ensuring a strong, supportive technology voice is a part of the strategy, planning and decision making process.
They will be the primary representative of UK&I technology into the brand and make sure that they fully manage with them the demands of delivering technology within their own team, in cooperation with the broader technology function, and within a large global enterprise. Within their Brand they will ensure that technology risks, issues and standards are accurately understood and expectations for delivery managed appropriately. They will champion to these stakeholders the relevant use of shared platforms, reuse and mitigation of risk.
The priority is to lead and motivate the area to achieve predictable, rapid delivery of high-quality, innovative products that delight our customers, which are scalable, secure and highly available. Using data driven insights and commercial awareness to guide development work aligned to the Betfair and UKI technology strategy and work in close partnership with Product Management and Commercial teams. This will involve working both across UKI and also being responsible for demonstrating effective and efficient use of resourcing to deliver complex roadmaps
This role will work with the commercial and product teams to shape and continually refine the ways of working between technology and the brand teams such that it is continually improving and enabling autonomous delivery of roadmaps as is possible. It will be responsible for exposing shared componentry and embedding in technology plans where appropriate.
The role will involve management of a distributed team (across all Flutter UKI Locations) in both a direct and matrixed management style. On this basis they will work very closely with the UKI Platform technology teams and tribes to ensure that they appropriately leverage the service the platforms team offer, to make sure that they are maximising appropriate scale, reuse, and where appropriate contributing to the overall capability of the platforms. The expectation is that as both technology transformation and shared platforms architecture develops the amount of matrixed teams will diminish and brand technology teams become more autonomous.
This role will also be responsible for ensuring that the brand is robust from a stability, service and security perspective. They will work with the UKI Infrastructure and security teams to ensure that holistic management of these aspects of service are in place, managed and supported from a brand perspective. They will develop an excellent operational framework, ensuring the brand receive reliable, 24/7, 365 days a year. As a brand technology director they will expose the services provided by technology, promoting transparent communication, continuous learning, and a desire for excellence across the team.
Given that delivery will be facilitated for the brand using a mix of direct and matrixed management. A key emphasis of the role will be to ensure that all contributors to Betfair delivery are highly engaged and aligned to brand ambitions and objectives. They will help shape ways of working within the brand technology organisation and ensure that ways of working within the platforms team meet the needs of the consuming brand.
This role can be based in any of our UK &I locations (Porto, Dublin, London, Leeds, Cluj) offices, however as this role will involve managing a team split across a number of locations, regular travel will be a necessity when global and local situations permit. .
This position will be a part of the UKI technology leadership team and will play an active part in developing the UKI technology strategy and ensuring the wider technology team deliver on their objectives.
What Skills will be valuable.
You will have deep expertise from related roles within a large, fast moving online digital business, and will have significant experience of technology leadership, driving change, delivering highly available critical services.
You will make an impact on teams you lead, getting results by improving the team, providing a strategic vision, driving delivery, and ensuring a collaborative and positive working environment. You'll focus and motivate the delivery teams to work at pace with quality and deadlines at the forefront of their thinking.
You'll have been accountable for developing the strategic direction for a significant technology function and be able to bring this strategic direction to life and able to show how you've communicated and delivered against that strategy
You'll have a strong background in lean, agile, and more traditional delivery methodologies. You'll need to be a strong leader, skilled in matrix operating models.
You will have exceptional leadership skills and are seen as a role model. You will be able to influence teams and key stakeholders with your knowledge and experience
You'll have exceptional stakeholder management skills, be used to working with a diverse set of business leaders, balancing opportunity, demand, and risk - with an ability to get things done outside your immediate structure
You'll be able to demonstrate how you've led and scaled large technology functions, developing teams and senior leaders.
You'll be able to show how you've driven application modernisation and cloud migration initiatives.
Approachability, open-mindedness, and an ability to work well with people at all levels of the business is at the heart of how we work
Be outcome focused with the ability to determine what adds value and what does not. Have a good sense of when to pivot or persevere? And know when to escalate or guide teams through issues.
You will have the ability to understand and operate manage multi-million-pound budgets, the finance cycle and be experienced in commercial contract negotiation
You'll be experienced in working with vendors and successful in driving service improvements in situations where vendors have an effective monopoly position.