Meet Sara, our IT Programme Delivery Manager. We caught up with Sara to find out more about her role at MotoNovo and what led her to be here.
Tell us about your job role and what it involves?
I’m responsible for the delivery of IT change to the organisation. This encompasses everything from understanding the business priority of change, scheduling resource and managing a team to deliver technical work streams and IT service improvement projects. This ensures our technical governance is observed and we have the right tools and processes in place to support effective change delivery.
What made you choose a career in technology?
It wasn’t a conscious choice…I was working in a Finance team for a Utility company and got talking to a contract Project Manager. I liked the sound of what he did, so when a Project Co-ordinator role came up in our Business Process Outsourcing arm of the business, I applied. And I got the job!
Did you study an IT or technology related subject at A-Level or University?
I actually studied a Law and French degree at Uni. It was a 4 year course with 1 year spent studying part of a French law degree in Nantes University.
Did you get any work experience in IT or technology before this role?
Yes, I’ve spent most of my career working in IT. I’ve worked on a wide range of IT and business projects as well as working at the BBC delivering software development projects for products such as the News and Weather websites.
What made you apply for a role at MotoNovo Finance?
Some of my previous colleagues asked if I would be interested in joining the organisation, as they felt it would benefit from my skillset and experience. I was looking to broaden my experience and could see that MotoNovo was entering an exciting period of change both from a business and technology perspective.
What do you think would entice more women to study technology related courses?
I think having an increased awareness of the wide range of careers that are available would help to entice more women into technology related courses, as well as promoting the flexibility that they can potentially offer; particularly for those women who want to have a family and a career. Many jobs in this sector don’t conform to the office-based 9 to 5 standard. Flexible hours and homeworking are all so much more accessible because of technology.
What could society do to encourage even more women to start a career in tech?
We should be actively promoting the benefits of working in this varied sector by having female role models visiting schools and promoting the IT sector as a great career choice.
There has been a lot of analysis and insight into how women respond to language and many tech sector job ads are worded in a way that appeals to men and discourages women. We should be incentivising businesses to employ a more diverse workforce and be creative when it comes to offering flexible working patterns and opportunities.