Gareth Bright, Enterprise Architect tells us what he enjoys about working at Hastings Direct as well as his aspirations for his team. Could you be interested in being a part of this bright future?
After graduating I worked at Microsoft for nearly 10 years as a consultant working with numerous enterprise and public sector organisations mainly on large ‘light house’ projects. The highlight was undertaking the lead consulting role for designing and building the London Olympics 2012 Administration network for which Microsoft was engaged to undertake. The breadth and scale of projects during this time has proved to be a great foundation for my later career, which has progressed in to Architecture roles. After leaving Microsoft, my fiancée and I were looking to move to East Sussex, which led me to joining Hastings Direct, buying a house and getting married all within three months! Five years later I’ve never looked back and still enjoy the same positive and inclusive culture at Hastings Direct that first struck me when I joined.
My role within IT at Hastings Direct is to define and maintain the integrity and consistency of the end to end technical architecture in order to deliver Hastings Direct business and technology strategies. This requires working with a wide range of business and IT roles within the company, from informing and guiding business requirements to shaping the technical detail required to deliver them.
To ensure our business strategy and goals can be realised we are increasingly working with a wider range of technologies from established vendors, open source solutions, cloud providers, partners and solution providers. This variety along with the breadth and the need to continually learn to keep the company’s architecture moving forwards are the key aspects I enjoy about the role.
The transformation to a digital company is what excites me most for Hastings Direct, not only being part of the process but the team actively influencing and guiding the transformation, leading on a number of the key technical aspects to provide the technology architecture foundations.
If you are looking for a challenge that will bring variety with the requirement to directly lead and influence technical solutions within you area of expertise, this could be the opportunity for you. Working collaboratively with colleagues in adjoining and related roles to ensure the best possible technical solutions along with a continuous need to learn, grow and innovate within a supportive and talented team environment are just some of the reasons myself and many colleagues come back to Hastings Direct on a Monday morning.
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The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.
It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.
There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.
There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.
As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.
All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.
It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.
The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.