There's more to a career in Finance here than meets the eye...

The people behind sky posted on 19 Feb

Xin's passionate about Finance & Big Data

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Name:  Xin Li

Job title: Financial Analyst

What area of Sky do you work in? Finance & Big Data

What’s your career journey been like up until now? I started my career journey with PwC & I soon discovered I had a strong interest in data. Sales & Marketing is a fantastic place for a data lover, there’s always something to keep me busy. Working in Finance is a fast-paced and dynamic job. This also offers me a great opportunity to learn new ideas, gain knowledge and learn new tools for work. Starting from data visualisation, I gradually learned how to handle big data and how to use databases. My team’s supported my study throughout and I’ve had many opportunities to work with Data Scientists who use machine learning algorithms to make our decisions smarter.

What does a typical day working here look like for you?  Lots of my work is analytical based. Playing around with the data and trying to discover the things that can generate additional revenue or produce savings. At the same time, I support a number of projects as a finance partner and work closely with our Marketing, Procurement and Operations teams. Both give me the feeling of achievement and enjoyment, which probably is the most important thing!

If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role? By working together as a team, we’ve changed from traditional finance to being much more data driven. We make decisions based on actual data, and we do things scientifically to ensure the robustness. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved and have started to help other finance teams to transform.

What’s been your proudest moment since working here? It feels great when a piece of analysis can be used widely to make an impact. Especially, when the analysis reveals something we didn’t know before bringing the data to life.  

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job?  Having lots of opportunities to learn, to explore and to define what I like to do. The team’s very supportive when I want to do something outside the normal finance territory. And creativity is always encouraged.

Describe your work/life balance? I love to learn and also need time to study towards subjects in Data Science. The whole team’s really supportive of this and we work together to balance the work/study (life) well, this is highly appreciated.

What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Keep hungry, keep learning.