#MYSPORTSJOB: Head of Online at deltatre UK, Moe Hamdhaidari
In this interview with Moe Hamdhaidari, Head of Online at deltatre UK, he talks about his role & how he came to work at the organisation, what he likes about his role, which key skills are important for his success and what his ambitions are for the future.
What is your role at deltatre?
My name is Moe Hamdhaidari and I am the Head of Online at deltatre UK. deltatre is a solutions provider for the sports industry – in the Online team we deliver a wide portfolio which includes large scale websites, cross platform mobile applications, B2B applications, bespoke video players, streaming solutions and OTT platforms. Our client list ranges from the likes of the BBC and Channel 4 to the Premier League, England Rugby, and BT Sport, among many others.
Can you tell us what your main responsibilities are at deltatre?
As the Head of the department, I am responsible for leading the successful operation of the department. My main areas of focus are: setting the overall strategic vision in line with the wider company, new business development, managing key client relationships, and running the day to day with the support of three senior managers who I line manage.
There are currently around 30 members in the department – which includes the technical, project management and commercial teams – but this fluctuates with ever changing capacity needs, so I often get involved with recruitment too.
I am lucky enough that the role requires some travel and have visited Italy, Germany, America, and New Zealand for client meetings and trade shows. I also present or sit on panels from time to time at industry events.
How would you describe a typical day in the office?
There isn’t one! One day I could be presenting to prospective clients or working on sales proposals, and then next I could be meeting with a current client to design digital strategies, interviewing for a new position at the company or discussing road maps of our products. No two days are the same – and that's part of the appeal.
Can you tell us about your career to date and how you came to be a part of deltatre?
I’ve been in digital media for over a decade, during this time I’ve seen the media landscape change a fair amount, and of technological advances are made all the time. I have worked on numerous projects – traditional software development, e-learning platforms, digital and sponsorship activations, web, mobile, video streaming, as well as live TV and video production. I even worked for a well-known political party through one of my roles!
I joined deltatre about 6 years ago as a Project Manager having applied to an advert in a job board. It was a very easy decision for me to make as the role integrated two things I am most passionate about: sport and technology.
What are the key skills you need to be successful in your role and working at deltatre?
The world of sport is fast paced – add to that to the ever changing technology space – and you have a challenge on your hands.
To succeed at deltatre, you need to be forward-thinking, innovative, enthusiastic, and not afraid to roll up your sleeves. Delivering to the quality expected of us is a real team effort, so you will need to have excellent communication, organisation, time management and planning skills. The ability to work calmly under pressure while prioritising your work according to ever changing business requirements is another important factor to consider.
What do you love about working at deltatre?
I love the fact that as the intersection point between technology and sport, we work on innovative solutions for some of the world’s biggest stakeholders in sport. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this.
We have a strong culture at deltatre – something which we're proud of. It's like working in a big family, everyone always has time to stop and have a quick chat – be it work related or not. We also have a good social crowd which means that personal relationships go beyond the office.
deltatre is an international company with offices around the world so career progression and the ability to work abroad is actively encouraged. Each employee has personal goals which are set with their line manager every 6 months enabling growth and development, be it via external or internal training.
What are your ambitions while in your current position?
I’d like to know that I have enabled the enhancement and enjoyment of the digital experience for the sport fan with the ultimate aim of leaving a legacy in some form or another. If something which I have worked on is fondly remembered in years to come – be it by fans or by young aspiring digital enthusiast who would like to break into the industry – then I will have achieved this ambition.
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Date published: 15 March 2016