We caught up with David Nandi to find out more about his role as Performance Executive in the Commercial team at Betfair.
Tell us about your role at Betfair
In my role as a Performance Executive, I track Betfair’s commercial performance, and help develop the potential of the business. A small amount of my time is taken up tracking week by week performance and forecasting future performance. Some of my time is taken up working on mini-projects with people from different parts of the business to help them assess commercial implications of their work, or to provide them with appropriate data. So far I have worked with PR, Commercial Planning, the Customer Managers, and the Market Operators. I am also commercial manager for a specific product, which requires me to work with everyone involved with that product, and to ensure that our objectives are aligned to get the most out of the product.
How did your career begin?
I began my career at Betfair straight out of education. I did a Natural Sciences degree at Durham University, followed by a Physics PhD. I was uncertain what do next, and applied for various different jobs, but this was exactly the kind of job that I was looking for.
What has been the most interesting project you’ve worked on to date?
I’ve worked on several interesting projects already, but probably the most interesting one involved tracking the odds of political election markets over time. This gave me great appreciation of how the accurate the Betfair Exchange is as a predictor of event outcomes.
What is best thing about your current job?
The best thing about my current job is that it allows me to work on things that I have a passion for: problem solving, commerce, and sports. It stretches my analytical thinking skills and allows me to work on a wide range of tasks that get me involved in different parts of an exciting business.
And the hardest part?
The hardest part of my job is probably keeping track of all the different projects that I am involved in at any particular time. Normally, however, this is an enjoyable challenge, and there is plenty of support from colleagues if you need it.
What skills are essential for your role?
In my role it is important to have strong analytical thinking skills, to draw out important information and trends from large amounts of information. It is also important to be able to prioritise effectively, as there are a lot of requests from different parts of the business, which each have different levels of importance and urgency. This also means that effective communication skills are required to assess the requirements and importance of each request.
What advice would you give someone who’s looking to work for Betfair?
If you are passionate about what you are working on, you are much more likely to be successful. Betfair is full of people who are passionate about their area of work, and allowing people work on different projects. My advice would therefore be to find a role that involves something that you are passionate about, and peruse that.
One thing you wish you’d known when starting out…
One thing I wish I’d know when starting is the importance of meeting and communicating with people from different parts of the business. This will help your personal career development, as well as the value of the work you do. If you’re keen, and not afraid to ask questions, however, you should be able pick this up pretty quickly.
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