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Flutter UKI Infrastructure Strategy and Solutions Director

  • Primary Location:
    Clonskeagh Office, Cluj - Napoca, Hammersmith Office, Porto
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent
  • Employment Basis:
    Full-Time
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Flexible Working

(when applicable)

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Global Mobility

Ongoing Learning

Pension Scheme

Health Insurance

Pizza and Drinks Fridays

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WHAT YOU'LL DO

 

The Flutter UKI Infrastructure Strategy and Solutions Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Flutter UKI hosting strategy, which enables innovation and new business development associated with the public and private cloud, whilst also reducing operational costs, risk, and, over time, on-premise footprint. This will be realised through the appropriate mix of public and private cloud solutions for our solutions, whether customer-facing or employee-facing.

Leading a cross-functional team, and reporting to the Director of Infrastructure, UKI, the successful applicant will interface with the senior executive team and technologists to create the hosting strategy, and translate the strategy into mid to long term technology roadmaps. The successful candidate will be the catalyst for the implementation of this strategy, delivering the capabilities, communications and momentum required to make the strategy a reality.

The successful applicant will situate both public and private cloud technology (both current and emerging) within our overall hosting strategy, assist the business in determining where change should occur, and act as a key sponsor of that change.

The role will interface with the Evolution Director role to ensure that Infrastructure strategy and solutions are aligned to the overall strategies of the Flutter UKI technology function, and the brands enabled by that function.

You will also liaise with the wider Flutter group in matters where there is overlap of interest with respect to platform and infrastructure. It is expected that the role will contribute thought leadership to these initiatives.

The role will require leadership of a small team of solution designers and architects, and the role will cooperate with the leads of both brand aligned Infrastructure functions to agree mutual sharing of experts (engineers (from the brands) and designers/architects (from the Strategy and Solutions function).

 

HOW YOU'LL DO IT

 

Responsibilities:

 

Vision

  • Establish a clear understanding of current state with respect to our brand infrastructure.

  • Create an agreed to-be strategic vision in collaboration with key stakeholders and communicate it clearly around Flutter UKI, and beyond.

  • Identify technology solutions to fit with future state and evangelise these across our combined businesses.

Execution

  • Identify the activities and plan required to make the Flutter UKI to-be strategic vision a reality.

  • Act as the primary stakeholder driving the implementation of the strategic vision, in collaboration with divisional and brand-aligned Technology functions, through the implementation of a series of strategy implementation programmes.

  • Identify and secure the resources and budget required to make the infrastructure vision a reality.

  • Create and maintain the governance regime that enables safe adoption of different cloud technologies by divisional and brand aligned functions, through the development of policies, standards and guidelines to direct the selection, development, implementation and safe use of cloud platforms within the organisation.

  • Land the inner sourcing model for the public cloud platform creation, update and management.

Collaboration and operating model

  • Work with development tribes to and ensure best practices and compliance to development standards are upheld across teams.

  • Create and land the operating model for public cloud, including cost control, skills development, operational readiness, technology capability creation and governance, and vendor management.

  • Maintain stakeholder relationships and communications necessary to make the infrastructure vision a reality.

  • Integrate brand strategies, divisional strategies and infrastructure strategy to ensure directional alignment.

  • Own the relationship with public cloud vendors and connect them with relevant stakeholders within the group as required.

  • Identify the Infrastructure-delivered product set that needs to be in place to enable public cloud adoption and work with relevant stakeholders in Infrastructure to ensure the delivery of these products.

Skills and Experience:

  • This role requires a senior person with the gravitas required to land the strategy. The expectation is that this person will be liaising with C suite stakeholders and other senior people both within the business and with third parties.

  • The ability to synthesise deep technical knowledge and detail with higher level strategic objectives, to deliver on a small number of key areas of focus for the business.

  • Passion for looking at our problem spaces with an objective eye, and focused on solutions that are for the benefit of our organisation.

  • Experience of, and understands the requirements that come with managing operational teams, and who can ensure that these requirements are met in our hosting strategy.

  • Up to date with the latest developments in key infrastructure technologies, including, but not limited to, networks, storage, public and private cloud, virtualisation, CI/CD, low latency data distribution, and others.

  • Quickly and effectively identify dependencies between different bodies of work, and plot option to satisfy those dependencies in a way that meets the majority of stakeholder needs.

  • A practical person who can act as the key catalyst for change by assembling the required people and resources around him/her to execute against the envisioned end state for problem spaces within the remit of the function.

  • Direct experience of managing the creation, update and dissemination of standards and tools to measure compliance to those standards, with a view to enabling tribes and other technology stakeholders to serve themselves safely from the range of Infrastructure offerings available.

  • Comfortable with uncertainty, and motivated by the desire to bring certainty to areas that lack it.

  • Comfortable with driving initiatives to success with diverse groups and skillsets.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Excellent internal and external stakeholder management up to C-Suite.

  • Experience managing a combination of internal and external teams to get work done


 
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Unit 1-4, Paddy Power, Power Tower, Belfield Office Park, Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland, DUBLIN 4
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This is who we are

Paddy Power Betfair is an international sports betting and gaming operator, with a market-leading presence in the UK and Ireland, as well as a range of operations across Europe including Romania, Portugal and Malta.

We are online-led, mobile-led and sports-led: and our proprietary technology, unique products and innovative marketing all combine to offer a superb experience to our five million customers worldwide.

Our spirit, talent and ambition has taken us into the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange and we now employ over 7,000 people in sixteen locations across the globe; from Dublin to Los Angeles, and London to Melbourne. Our culture rewards innovation, teamwork and we like to stay fast-moving in a dynamic industry.

On a larger scale

We are part of Flutter Entertainment, a global sports betting, gaming and entertainment provider for over thirteen million customers worldwide.

Established in 2019, Flutter merged with The Stars Group in 2020. As the parent company Flutter Entertainment now has a host of brands that sit under it including Paddy Power and Betfair (PPB), Sky Betting and Gaming, PokerStars, Full Tilt Timeform, oddchecker, Sporting Life, SportsBet, Bet Easy in Australia, FOX Bet, TVG and FanDuel in the US.

Across the globe, Flutter employs over 14,000 people across more than 40 offices and over 600 retail sites. We pride ourselves on being a responsible operator, committed to making a positive contribution to the communities we operate within.

This is your Challenge

  • Delivering product at scale for over 5 million customers, 99,9% of transactions in less than a second
  • Our systems process more than 7 million transactions every day (more than all the European stock exchanges combined)
  • Deliver high transitional products, serving more than 2.5Bn calls a day
  • Diverse and up to date technical landscape to explore, leverage and innovate
  • The products you’ll develop will comply with ambitious uptime targets: less than 50 minutes downtime expected per year
  • Continuous Integration, Deployment and Testing