Centrica CIO Mike Young had an unlikely route into tech, spending 11 years in the special forces and seven as a police detective sergeant before he began a career in IT. The experience taught him that the talent he recruits could also come from unusual backgrounds.
One recruit became a data scientist after seven years in customer operations, while another moved into the role after 15 years as a field engineer.
“He has a level of pragmatism as well as the intellect and the astuteness that you get with the data scientist piece, so you get a complete package which works quite well when you’ve got problems you need to solve,” says Young of his employee.
“If you’ve got people that want to remain part of the Centrica story and they’ve got the aptitude and they’re willing to try some of these new mechanisms in terms of planning and development, I think Centrica’s very supportive in giving them that opportunity. It’s just a change in the frame of your mind.”
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