Financial Controller Tom shares with us how his responsibilities have changed since being promoted

The people behind sky posted on 16 Feb

“I’m now responsible for delivery across a broader space and have more autonomy & opportunity to make my mark on the department”

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Name:  Tom Shardlow

Job title: Financial Controller

What area do you work in?  Technology Finance

Previous Job title before promotion: Senior Financial Analyst

How do you think you achieved your promotion? I think the key was taking on additional responsibility.  By demonstrating to senior stakeholders that I could deliver that work effectively, making use of the team around me in doing so, it was possible to show that I was ready to step up.  My manager was also really supportive which definitely helped.

How has your role changed since being promoted? I’m now responsible for delivery across a broader space and have more autonomy & opportunity to make my mark on the department, with the help of my team.  It’s also now my responsibility to ensure that the team is given challenging work, keeping them engaged & aiding their development.

What advice would you offer people challenging themselves to get a promotion? Make sure you’re taking on challenging pieces of work that demonstrate your abilities to the right people.  Also, discuss up front with your manager your goals, including promotion aspirations, and get their input into how you can achieve them.

If you decided not to look externally, what was it about the Sky team that has encouraged you to stay here? We have a really meritocratic culture here and if you can fit into the fast-paced culture and prove yourself, you can progress here really well.