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Sports Platforms Director

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    Clonskeagh Office, Cluj - Napoca, Hammersmith Office, Leeds Office, Porto
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3 extra days of vacation


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Director of Product Engineering, Sports & Platforms


Role purpose:

The Director of Product Engineering, Sports & Platforms will be accountable for defining and delivering the Technology strategy to meet customer and commercial outcomes for Paddy Power and Betfair sports products, including Sportsbook and Exchange across UK&I and International jurisdictions, as well as defining and delivering the strategy for how PPB builds and maintains the platforms that enable our sports betting products and the internal tools that support our risk and trading capabilities.

In line with this, the Director of Product Engineering, Sports and Platforms, will lead the teams who: i) build and operate our market-leading group of services and products that make up our betting platform; and ii) build and operate our risk, pricing and trading tools, 3rd party feeds and distribution platforms that drive our Sportsbook and Exchange products.

The underlying priority is to lead and motivate the area to achieve predictable, rapid delivery of high-quality, innovative products that delight our customers, which are also scalable, secure and highly available. Using data driven insights and commercial awareness to guide development work aligned to the PPB strategy and work in close partnership with Product Management and Commercial teams.


This role can be based in our Dublin, London or Porto offices, however, regular travel will be a necessity.


  • Accountable for the delivery of customer focused outcomes, setting out a clear set of success metrics and seeking to unearth insights which drive forward our understanding of the customer experience;
  • Attracting and retaining talent, ensuring that high performers are continuously challenged, and poor performers are managed up or out;
  • Actively and energetically communicates to support change and acts as an organisational glue to bring together squads, tribes, functions and locations;
  • Driving a culture of openness and continuous improvement which captures, shares and implements key learnings;
  • Owning the relationship with key third parties (i.e. Apple) to ensure that we maintain a constructive relationship that enables the achievement of our goals;
  • Engaging with colleagues inside and outside Technology to ensure cross-functional initiatives are delivered and dependencies are managed;
  • Managing budgets effectively and ensure resources are deployed as cost-effectively as possible; Defining and executing large scale programmes, ensuring appropriate change management and risk management.




  • Effective Communicator: Provides clarity on business goals; is effective in all types of communication; adjusts communication style to fit the audience; consistently communicates the mission, vision and values to inspire, energise and motivate others throughout PPB; ensures others understand how their efforts positively impact the bigger picture; creates an environment that encourages effective communication and the sharing of diverse perspectives
  • Talent Focused: Demonstrates a strong commitment to the development of talent at PPB; recommends and supports development activities in preparation for future roles; invests time to coach and mentor others; builds and proactively manages development to ensure a pipeline of talent is in place; identifies and takes proactive steps to resolve current and future gaps in PPB's talent pool and succession plan; is a talent magnet, capable of identifying, attracting, selecting and developing top talent including and not shying away from talent that goes beyond their own capabilities; finds and attracts diverse talent who have the critical capabilities needed by the organisation; works to create an organisation that is an attractive place to work
  • Big Thinker: Constantly explores and analyses future scenarios and possibilities to help PPB respond to change and shape the future; drives self and others to pursue opportunities that will create sustainable value for PPB; contributes to the functional and the Paddy Power Betfair strategy, mapping and aligning efforts to strategic imperatives
  • Quality Decision Maker: Makes quality, long and short-term decisions at pace considering various inputs and through collaborating effectively; provides tools to empower teams to make decisions; regularly practices and encourages cross-functional problem solving and decision making
  • Commercially Savvy: Makes it their business to be aware and anticipate emerging external factors and changing market dynamics; constantly explores and analyses future scenarios and possibilities to help PPB respond to change and shape the future; has deep understanding of business drivers and the industry to guide decisions and lead others
  • Customer Obsessed: Builds and maintains strong relationships with stakeholders; champions the needs of customers and the importance of exceeding expectations; builds and delivers solutions that exceed customer expectations; prioritises customer satisfaction and builds commitment in others to provide outstanding service
  • Hungry for Results: Drives teams in the matrix to achieve and exceed results with agility, pace and energy through high impact, bold and challenging objectives; always takes accountability for results and is able to cut across silos to make the right decisions that they and others can be proud of; proactively addresses obstacles to organisational performance and motivates others to achieve even in difficult situations; has a strong reputation with stakeholders for being trusted, fair and for doing what's right
  • Nimble: Is energised by new and unfamiliar situations and quickly adapts; advocates active experimentation and encourages others to be agile in their approach; is adaptable and flexible when developing others encouraging them to learn quickly when faced with new situations and be open to new ideas and ways of working; proactively shares lessons learned across the organisation.
  • Wins Together: Gains trust and support of others, generous with time, advice and knowledge; is able to establish and engage networks to get stuff done rather than depend on authority; seeks out opportunities to break down barriers and collaborate and partner across organisational boundaries.
  • Resilient: Creates a climate where people are curious, resilient, determined, learn and adapt; handles and manages crises effectively; anticipates and shows the way forward during setbacks; builds energy in others to stick with it/ to stay on track / push through.




  • Experience of operating in a senior technology role within a fast-paced online/eCommerce organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of creating multi-faceted, multi-year strategies that contribute to commercial performance
  • Demonstrable experience of leading teams to successfully deliver against strategic objectives
  • Extensive experience of stakeholder management, up to and including C-suite drive value creation.

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Unit 1-4, Paddy Power, Power Tower, Belfield Office Park, Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland, DUBLIN 4

This is who we are

Blip is a Tech and Innovation Hub with a strong knowledge in software development, mobile apps, web platforms and retail applications for betting and gaming.

We are part of Flutter Entertainment – one of the World´s Largest Groups in the bookmaking industry, with an annual revenue of around 2 billion euros. The Code we develop, powering brands such as PaddyPower, Betfair and Fanduel, is used by over 5 million people in more than 100 countries and we are in the API Billionaire Club alongside players such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.

The Missing Piece

At Blip people always come first, that’s why we believe we can complement each other. You are our missing piece to be a better company, to build a better business for everybody, including ourselves.On the other hand, we are your missing piece, giving you the flexibility, work life balance and the tech challenge you´re lacking.
It all starts here!

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