Meet Senior Designer Philip and share his excitement about his role
“The trust gained from multiple large-scale projects allowed me to explore and investigate new and exciting areas”
Name: Philip Billmore
Job title: Senior Designer Sky Sports / Sports News HQ
What area do you work in? Creative Department
What’s your career journey been like up until now? My career here’s been an amazing experience and journey for me, developing far beyond anything I could have ever expected. The trust gained from multiple large-scale projects allowed me to explore and investigate new and exciting areas for the company that kept us at the forefront of creative development and technology.
What does a typical day working here look like for you? I’d be tasked with finding new and creative ways to deliver solutions for our internal clients that would be visually beautiful for broadcast. Keeping their requirements and the end user/viewer in mind for what those solutions would be, while doing the absolute most to keep creative leading the way. Problem-solving from original concept through to delivery.
If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role? I believe I’ve made a difference in my role by not being afraid to get out of my comfort zone to deliver projects. The best solution to a problem might not always be the one that’s directly in front of you. It might involve new processes, people and departments that need linking together to deliver great content for our viewers. I like to think I’ve done this in my time here, not being afraid to think sideways to find a solution that works better for the company and the viewer.
What’s been your proudest moment since working here? My proudest moment was the launch of the Ford Monday Night Football, through sheer will and determination as a team we were able to overcome some difficult technical problems to deliver a virtual studio that allowed the presenters to demonstrate and interact with graphical content in a way we had never done before. Matching studio elements to a real set was a challenge and the fact that people at home could not see the difference between the real and the virtual, for me felt like a job well done.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? The greatest thing about my job is the people, this might sound cliché but it really is. I get to work with some of the most talented people in our industry and the collaborative nature of the job keeps me wanting to do more and more with them. Everyone has the same goal and we help each other achieve that goal.
Describe your work/life balance? I have a good work/life balance, pushing at the beginning of a large project would always be followed by a good period of rest, to reassess and go again.
What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Don’t be afraid of thinking sideways or around things, always think how can we do something better for us as a company, our clients and most importantly our viewers. I think it’s important to be interested in not just what you and your role is meant to do, but explore what others do inside and outside the company. As you may find something that you could work collaboratively on that could make a big change for the company and the way we deliver our content to our viewers.
An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you? If I hadn’t gone to University I most probably would’ve become a Basketball player, I used to play for West Berkshire and Reading Rockets and I used to live and breathe the sport.