sky technology team set to grow with creation of 60 new senior software roles
28 November 2011: Sky has announced 60 new permanent roles in its software engineering team, as the company continues to develop its digital products and services in areas such as online customer service, Sky.com, Sky Betting and Gaming and Sky Go.
The UK’s fastest growing entertainment and communications company and largest in-house software developer is recruiting senior technology experts to join its 290-strong team. The new recruits will work across a range of areas, including eCommerce, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), content delivery and platforms such as Sky Shop and My Sky, the company’s online customer portal.
The hires will see Sky’s team of dedicated software engineers expanded to 350 people, offering senior technology experts an exciting opportunity to work in-house, developing software from scratch for a FTSE 30 employer. The majority of the newly created roles will be for Agile/Java developers, although there will also be opportunities for tech analysts and testers across Sky’s London offices.
The new recruits will join a company with innovation at its heart. Today, more than 10 million homes have Sky, with more than 8 million of these taking Sky+. Continuing to set the pace of change, Sky has today announced that Sky Movies live and on demand is available on Sky Go. This latest step in the expansion of the Sky Go service and the company’s growing range of apps, all developed in-house, enable Sky’s growing customer base to access TV content on the move.
Paul Cutter, Software Engineering Director for Sky explains: “This is an exciting development in the growth of Sky’s digital services. From cutting edge customer service technology to the latest apps, our online offering incorporates work that is both innovative and technically demanding. We’re looking to recruit the UK’s best software engineers to help us ensure we stay at the top of our game.”
Paul Cutter continues: “Innovation has been part of Sky’s DNA since the beginning, and it’s set to be the bedrock of our future development and success. That’s why we’re looking for dynamic and entrepreneurial individuals with fresh ideas to make our online offering even better.
“Our customers are hungry for the most advanced technologies available, and are keen to embrace new services and new ways of consuming programmes. Our role is not just to keep pace with this demand, but to provide new products before customers even know they want them.”
Sky is looking for applicants who have a degree in computing or an engineering-related discipline, as well as experience working on Java or PHP based web platforms, particularly using Agile development. Many of the new recruits will work in pairs or teams so good communication skills are key.
The news follows the launch in May of Sky’s Software Engineering Academy which recruits people starting out a career in software development. The additional jobs announced today are for more senior engineers with broad industry experience, while the academy will continue its annual intake of entry level roles within Sky’s technology team.
For further information:
Emma Ballantine Dykes, Bell Pottinger Business & Brand
020 7861 2435 / 07768 293 525
Mary Pollard, Bell Pottinger Business & Brand
020 7861 2848 / 07769 640 184
About Sky :
Sky entertains and excites more than 10.4 million homes through the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland. Sky continues to break new ground with its own portfolio of channels: Sky 1 combines its commitment to UK production with the best of the US; Sky Living pushes ahead with fresh and innovative entertainment formats; Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated arts channel brand; Sky Atlantic is the home to HBO and other iconic drama and comedy, Sky Sports is still raising the bar in sports broadcasting; Sky News remains a pioneer in television news; and Sky Movies is leading the way in High Definition and on-demand.
Sky also works with dozens of other broadcasters on the satellite platform, as well as online and on mobile through the ground-breaking Sky Go service. Sky has also led the UK into the age of high definition television, launched Europe’s first 3DTV channel, Sky 3D, and offers customer even more flexibility and choice through Sky Anytime+, its internet-delivered video on demand service. Since launching Sky Broadband and Sky Talk in 2006, the company has also been the UK’s fastest-growing home communications provider.
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