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Paul
Bet Placer

Paul

Bet Placer

Academic Background: BSc Mathematics at Loughborough University

Employment Background: Prior to Smartodds I worked for a Wealth Management Firm.

Why I joined Smartodds: I was looking for a change of industry and something different from the typical 9-5 job. Smartodds offered me the opportunity to learn new skills while being involved in a fast paced sports related environment.

When did I join: September 2012

My team: I work in the Bet Placement Team.

What I do: I help our clients to gain a better understanding of the football betting market. My team provides them with valuable knowledge and expertise to help them adapt to market trends.

What is good about my job: I’m a massive sports fan so working in the sports industry is the biggest plus for me. In this job I feel that I’m learning new skills every day.

What is good about working at Smartodds: : The atmosphere is excellent. In this company the people are not just workmates, they are also your friends. There are also some nice perks such as a cooked meal 5 times a week and a weekly massage.


Tina
Head of Analysis

Tina

Head  of  Analysis

Academic Background: BSc. Sport Science, Brunel University

Employment Background: Prior to joining Smartodds I worked as a football coach in England and USA.

Why I joined Smartodds: After University I knew I wanted a career working in Football. The opportunity to work for Smartodds arose and I haven't looked back since.

When did I join: October 2005

My team: I head up the Research and Analysis team.

What I do: I manage the team that provides in-depth pre and post-match analysis for a set group of football clubs. The information and thoughts they collate are then used by our clients to aid their success and make winning selections.

What is good about my job: Football has always been a big part of my life. To be working daily on the thing you love is fantastic. Working in the analysis team provides a great platform to talk and share opinions on all football issues with other like-minded people. The job satisfaction is also great. It's a great feeling knowing the research and analysis I provide is important to our clients.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The flexibility and working environment are the 2 best things about working at Smartodds. It's not your typical 9-5 job. The world of football never sleeps which causes your working schedule to move with the fixtures and seasons. The flexibility means our working environment is relaxed yet exciting.


Kingsley
Watcher Operator

Kingsley

Watcher  Operator

Academic Background: BA (Hons) English and Media Studies

Employment Background: I worked as an Administrator at an Austrian based Office Furniture Company for 18 months.

Why I joined Smartodds: An old school friend who was at Smartodds used to talk to me about how much he enjoyed working there and then an opportunity to work there came up. As I watched a lot of English, Spanish and Italian football at home, I naturally jumped at the chance to get involved.

When did I join: August 2010

My team: I work with a team whose responsibility is to ensure all of the stats that we collect from the various World and European matches are as accurate and balanced as possible. We engage a large number of watchers to provide services here in London and around the world.

Not only do we cover games that are watched live but also historic games which can help improve our football models. It's very important for the stats of the games watched to be as accurate and precise as possible, especially in real time for our clients to see how the game has progressed and have a greater understanding of how well each team is playing during the game.

What I do: It is my responsibility to maintain the quality control of the watchers stats of the live and past games. I check all the stats to ensure everything is accurately reflecting the progress of the game measured through our own self devised system at Smartodds and if they aren't I provide feedback to the watcher.

What is good about my job: I work in a fun and relaxed atmosphere around people who have the same passion for the sport I adore. I'm part of one of the office 5-a side football teams and there's always good banter and rivalry whenever we have one of our legendary derby matches.

What is good about working at Smartodds: Working at Smartodds has expanded my football knowledge and introduced me to so many leagues and players that I would never have seen properly when I was younger, giving a me a new found love of the great attack-minded Norwegian league. I also get to work with some great people from different cultures.


Andrzej
Watcher

Andrzej

Watcher

Academic Background: Degree and PhD, Wroclaw University of Technology

Employment Background: I am currently working in Materials Centre of Excellence at Wroclaw University of Technology.

Football team I support: At home it's Slask Wroclaw and Wisla Krakow. In England it's Arsenal.

How did I find out about Smartodds: Back in 2008 a friend of mine who was already a freelancer for Smartodds informed me that there was an opportunity for self-employment watching football games.

Why did I become a watcher: I started freelancing because it gives me flexibility and I loved the idea behind it as I am passionate about football and IT technology.

What I do: During the course of a game I watch it and judge each single action for each team. Additionally, every 10 minutes, as well as after the first and second half, I write an update saying how the game is being played.

What is good about it: It's really interesting and challenging. Each problem or challenge to be overcome is new and different from the last. I am paid for what I love to do. I get to work with a lovely team of people and it is great fun to solve problems with them.

What is good about being a freelancer for Smartodds: All I need to provide my service is my own computer and a comfortable room in my house. Moreover, I can choose my hours and don't have to be office based although I do love visiting Smartodds when the opportunity presents itself.


Jonathan
Systems Support Engineer

Jonathan

Systems Support Engineer

Academic Background: BA Joint Honours Business with Marketing; HRM Honours, Middlesex University

Employment Background: My last job was as an operation manager for E.I Group.

Why I joined Smartodds: I was looking for a new job in London and after viewing the company website and reading the job description I thought it would be the ideal role for me. I love watching football and being in a sports related evironment it was a no brainer in terms of applying for the vacancy.

When did I join: May 2012

My team: I work in the Satellite team, part of the Information Technology team.

What I do: Because I'm the newbie of the team I'm still learning the ropes but basically what we do is provide and maintain the channels which show the football matches for our analysts, clients and watchers. We schedule the games, record them, assign them to various channels and ensure that the right matches are showing at the right times.

What is good about my job: In this job I'm learning something new every day. I'm developing and enhancing lots of new skills and getting a rounded view of how the company functions. Also working in a fantastic team makes everything so much easier and makes coming into work a pleasure.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The fact that I get paid to watch the sport I love is one of the great things about my job. Also the people I work with; there's a lot of great people in and around the office and always a bit of banter flying about. There's subsidised food and drink vending machines and also a chef comes in on certain days to cook everyone in the office fresh, hot meals. If you're a fan of football or sport in general, trust me, there is no better place to work.


Adrian
Software Testing Manager

Adrian

Software  Testing  Manager

Academic Background: Bsc. (Hons) Computer Science

Employment Background: I worked for a couple of consultancy firms, and then a large sports media company before joining Smartodds.

Why I joined Smartodds: When I joined they were a lot smaller and there wasn't a testing team in place, so it was an opportunity for me to come in and make my mark by defining the testing process and strategy for the company.

When did I join: January 2009

My team: The test team ensure that we deliver high quality, reliable and user-friendly tools to our clients. We perform a mixture of manual, automated and load testing, using mainly Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Ranorex (using C#), SQL Server, and Test Manager. We work to an Agile methodology so we are involved in development from design all the way through to delivery.

What I do: Overseeing all testing of our systems, which consist primarily of a web based analysis tool and a WPF desktop trading platform. I also ensure we have a robust testing framework for our automated test suite, and detailed test plans for our systems.

What is good about my job: The tools we develop are pretty much bespoke, so innovative thinking is required to enable us to achieve our goals. The whole team can get involved inputting ideas for the design and implementation. We are also flexible in our approach to work. For example, the development of our new trading platform in WPF identified a weakness in our existing automation software. So we did some research and identified a new application that would allow us to better automate testing. This was purchased without the bureaucracy I have experienced at former companies.

What is good about working at Smartodds: There is a real feeling of being a valued employee. We often do things as a company, be it go-karting, bowling, table-football, attending sporting and non-sporting events, and of course playing football.

The atmosphere for the main is professional but relaxed, but when it's a busy day in terms of football fixtures it's akin to any trading floor in the city. There's a real buzz around the office as people watch games on the numerous TVs around the office, and shout words of encouragement or discontentment as appropriate based off our model predictions. We have yet to prove statistically whether shouting at the TV helps swing the result, but that doesn't seem to deter anyone.


Reuben
Development Manager

Reuben

Development  Manager

Academic Background: BSc. (Hons) Computer Science, Brunel University

Employment Background: Before Smartodds I was a Web developer with a leading design agency.

Why I joined Smartodds: Although my previous work has involved some degree of problem solving, it has mainly involved fulfilling clients requirements with little creative input from myself. Smartodds gave me the opportunity to apply some creativity to solving problems on a daily basis.

When did I join: April 2007

My team: Software Development.

What I do: My development activities are currently focused on the development of our in-house software applications, where my day to day development activities typically include: C#, WPF, SQL.

What is good about my job: The good thing about my job is the autonomy we are given. If we can improve what we do by using a new technology, then we are free to make a case for it and we can start using it. By doing this, skills are kept fresh and move the natural progression of technology.

Also we don't overdo process. We have our coding standards, processes and procedures that protect the integrity and quality of our software, but don't hinder us. It is a good balance, it's enjoyable and most importantly, it works.

Fundamentally I work with other like-minded, intelligent developers and innovators who share a common goal of company success and a passion for the job they do.

What is good about working at Smartodds: Smartodds have nailed the Smart-Casual working environment, and even as I watched the company grow from 15 to 50 people over the last 5 years we have still managed to maintain the same work ethic and commitment to improvement. The company has the feel of a flat-hierarchy, where everyone is approachable, allowing us to work closely with our clients.


Tristan
Software Developer

Tristan

Software  Developer

Academic Background: BSc. (Hons) Cognitive Science

Employment Background: Web development in sports stadium & aviation security systems, and shipping.

Why I joined Smartodds: The opportunity to work closely with football information applications, and further my skills in key technical areas such as ASP.NET MVC, Continuous Integration, and Unit Testing meant it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

When did I join: December 2009

My team: Software Development.

What I do: Mainly web development, statistical data harvesting, and support our applications.

What is good about my job: Having the flexibility to work with innovative technologies where appropriate pleases the geek in me. Also each member of staff is highly talented, ready to share knowledge, and dedicated to doing a great job, which makes working here a very smooth and educational experience. In this field this counts a lot.

What is good about working at Smartodds: Aside from the great passion shown by employees, there is a strong social element which further informs our work rapport. Monthly dev nights out, company off-sites, and the odd beer or two after a big release means we can let off some steam and get to know each other in a different light. On site massages, a chef, and regularly playing football together also help to make Smartodds a fantastic place to work. Smartodds are always looking at ways to make our day to day lives as comfortable as possible.


Ben
Data Manager

Ben

Data  Manager

Academic Background: BSc. Mathematics and its Applications, Cardiff University

Employment Background: Smartodds is my first job since graduating, however I spent a years work experience working as an Analyst for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Why I joined Smartodds: As a mathematician with an interest in sport, and particularly football, there are not many jobs which combine those two interests. Therefore Smartodds seemed the ideal job for me, and since I have been here this has proved to be the case.

When did I join: August 2010

My team: I work within the Quantitative Research team in Smartodds. The role of the team is to develop mathematical models to provide probabilistic predictions for matches to assist our clients in making profitable betting decisions.

What I do: As a data manager I ensure that all data which is used in our model is clean. I also analyse this data to answer various queries from clients regarding different aspects of football.

What is good about my job: The work is extremely interesting and the variable nature of the queries from clients means that no two days are ever the same.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The atmosphere at Smartodds is very friendly and relaxed whilst remaining fast-paced and challenging. There are also unique perks such as being able to play football a couple of times a week and getting a weekly massage all of which makes Smartodds a fantastic place to work.


Lukasz
Quantitative Analyst

Lukasz

Quantitative Analyst

Academic Background: MSc. in Econometrics, Warsaw School of Economics. In 2010 I began part-time Ph.D. studies in Statistics and Operational Research at the University of Salford with my research focusing on evaluating soccer players using quantitative methods.

Employment Background: Data analyst at a publishing company in Poland.

Why I joined Smartodds: I had been analysing sports data for a few years in my free time as a hobby before I joined Smartodds so being able to do it as a job was an option I did not have to consider too long

When did I join: January 2010

My team: I work within the Quantitative Research team. We provide clients with predictive models for football and for American sports and undertake analytical studies to help price games.

What I do: I normally spend four days a week in the office with another two dedicated to my Ph.D. project. My responsibility is to develop statistical models for soccer and ice hockey as well as tools which enable Smartodds customers to take full advantage of their capabilities.

What is good about my job: The opportunity to work on challenging sport related projects with clever people who share my passions. Exchanging ideas and learning from each other. On one hand we are given great deal of freedom in our research so are able to experiment with innovative ideas. On the other one every model we come up with is eventually verified when confronted with the market which gives us a feeling that we make real impact.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The people who happy and helpful. The fact that they can start their day when they want, have free fruit, a massage, a dinner and work on sports in between may have something to do with it!


Simon
Football Analyst

Simon

Football Analyst

Academic Background: Bsc (Hons) Mathematics at the University of Bristol

Employment Background: I came to Smartodds straight from university.

Why I joined Smartodds: The opportunity arose for me to join a company which combined two of my great passions, football and betting! In all seriousness, I was looking for a company where I could utilise my degree and apply it to real world applications, and with the systems that Smartodds uses the company fitted the bill perfectly. It is also a company with a long term vision and plan, and this was certainly something which interested me.

When did I join: September 2012

My team: Football Analysis Team

What I do: This year I have been providing detailed pre and post match analysis for both the Ukrainian Premier League and the Australian A League. This enables our clients to have a detailed snapshot of how teams and matches are shaping up and hopefully assist them in making winning selections! Next campaign I shall be moving my analysis to the English League Two and be working more directly with our clients.

What is good about my job: Everything! I often pinch myself when I go into work knowing it is a job involving football, and there is nothing more satisfying than providing analysis which gives our clients the edge. The working atmosphere is relaxed and naturally the office talk is all about football, and it offers a good opportunity to share our 'expert' opinions.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The flexibility of the company is fantastic, as well offering me an insight into football from all over the world. On match days the office has a real buzz about and everyone joins in cheering 'good' goals or screaming expletives at players who seem inept at football. There are also many perks, including dinner being served five times a week and playing football amongst colleagues.


Katie
Client Apps Support Engineer

Katie

Client  Apps  Support  Engineer

Academic Background: BSc. Computing

Employment Background: I worked for Pc World whilst studying.

Why I joined Smartodds: I came to Smartodds through a recommendation and was very excited to have been offered my first full time position.

When did I join: March 2010

My team: I work within the Client Apps Support Team who are 1st/2nd line Support and first point of contact for all users, internally and externally. Monitoring is one of the many tasks we do on a daily basis, working with the Quantitative team we do lot of admin work behind the scenes to keep the tools and models running smoothly.

In addition to this we work as part of the IT team and closely with Sofware Development to deliver the best hardware/software platforms to the business at all times.

What I do: New responsibilities are always handed to the team and so I am responsible for ensuring that team is fully aware of all new tasks, and that the relevant documentation is created. I am always looking for ways to improve the service we provide as a team like introducing new tasks or suggesting new features to existing tools.

What is good about my job: New applications or features to applications are often introduced so there is always something new to learn. As we are first point of contact for internal and external users we have a broad knowledge about all the departments in the company and what they do.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The business is always growing and the working environment is very relaxed.


Charles
2nd Line Support Technician

Charles

2nd  Line  Support  Technician

Academic Background: MSc. Chemistry

Employment Background: After graduating, I worked for several years as 1st Line Support in a SmartCard Access Control company.

Why I joined Smartodds: After several years of monotonous work, I wanted to work in an industry that was constantly changing and would give me some scope to expand my knowledgebase in IT and the flexibility to do “more”.

When did I join: November 2010

My team: I work in the IT team who are responsible for the physical computer hardware as well as the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that enables all employees to work on a day-to-day basis without error.

What I do: Every day is a new day bringing new things to do with duties ranging from diagnosing issues with computers when users have problems or building new PCs for new starters. I have started compressing some of our old files by around 80% which has improved efficiency and increased available storage space. It’s all busy hard work, but very enjoyable.

What is good about my job: The ability and opportunity to learn. Working in such a close, friendly team gives everyone the opportunity to learn from each other. We all trust each other and work together, therefore what someone knows, everyone knows.

What is good about working at Smartodds: One big thing for me is the shifts – I can work an extra few hours one day to get a morning or an entire day off later that week. Also the freedom to try something new that could potentially benefit the company.


Will
Software Developer

Will

Software  Developer

Academic Background: BSc. (Hons) Business Communication Systems, Bournemouth University

Employment Background: Front office developer with a leading investment bank.

Why I joined Smartodds: The position offered by Smartodds was too good to pass up; an opportunity to work within a close-knit team of experienced developers using the latest .Net Technologies to produce business critical systems. In addition the nature of the business was different to anything I had previously encountered and far more interesting.

When did I join: January 2012

My team: Software Development.

What I do: I spend most of my day coding in C# and WPF, working on a wide range of the different applications used to provide the services Smartodds offer.

What is good about my job: I get to work alongside more experienced developers who are always willing to share their knowledge helping me improve my skills. The project work I undertake covers various programming domains from back-end WCF services to client facing WPF GUI’s, personally I find the challenges found in these differing areas keeps things interesting as I always seem to learn something new. Due to the high visibility of the applications delivered we get immediate feedback which I think is important because it is nice to know all your hard work is appreciated.

What is good about working at Smartodds: The working environment is flexible and relaxed; we are allowed to dress casually and are empowered to manage our own working hours. As a company Smartodds’ take pride in being one of the best places to work which is evident in the extensive benefits offered and the number of social events organised for the employees. This investment into employee happiness fosters a work place where everyone is friendly and understanding to one another whilst also striving to deliver their very best. I once heard that if you choose a job you love you will never have to work a day in your life, and working at Smartodds I can fully agree with this statement.

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