Martin tells us about his experience in Change Delivery, from Grad scheme to Business Analyst...

The people behind sky posted on 4 Apr

Martin tells us about his experience in Change Delivery, from Grad scheme to Business Analyst...

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Name:  Martin Williamson

Job title: Business Analyst

What area of Sky do you work in? Change Delivery  

What’s your career journey been like up until now?  I studied Physics at the University of St Andrews for five years. Once I was close to getting my Masters, I decided that further academic research was not for me, so I looked to use my problem solving skills in a more corporate and fast-paced environment. I joined the Change Delivery Graduate Scheme and after two years on the programme I’m now a fully-fledged and certified Business Analyst in the team.

What does a typical day working here look like for you? There’s never a ‘typical’ day in Change Delivery, it varies depending on the project we’re working on and the stage of that project. If I were to try to describe typical aspects of my role though, it would be that we liaise with different stakeholders across the business to ensure we can deliver the next projects to time and budget. This liaising is typically in an analysis capacity; this is where I help to translate the business vision into how we technically and operationally land the vision in our current operating mode.

How have you made a difference in your role? I feel we’re always making a difference, we deliver change. In my time here I’ve been part of project teams that have helped launch changes to our telephone packages, launch a new assurance model for our Broadband and Talk customers, and helped launch the service aspect of Sky Mobile for both our device and SIM launches!

What’s been your proudest moment since working here? The proudest moment was seeing the Sky Mobile adverts appearing on prime time television. I remember sitting with my parents and being really proud to say that I helped deliver the product! It’s not until you’re away from the rush of the office that I sometimes realise the magnitude of the projects I get involved in with Change.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? I love solving problems in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. My team here in Change are so knowledgeable, so creative and so supportive!

Describe your work/life balance? Sometimes the going can get a bit tough in a project – unfortunately it’s the nature of project delivery. There’s always a bit of hype and a rush before we go live with something, but that’s where the excitement is! That’s made up for with flexible working locations, great work incentives and you can always get a few hours back if you’ve worked a few extra earlier in the week.

What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Seek out people in your team who have a spark and inspire you, then approach them and ask for advice. Perhaps ask them about their career and whether they’d like to mentor you! There's so much experience and knowledge out there, generally with people who can’t wait to share it with you.

An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?  Outside of my work, I enjoy playing ten pin bowling! I’ve been fortunate enough to represent Scotland internationally at events all over the world, including the World Cup in Shanghai, China last year!