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Richard Hilsley Head of Solution Delivery

As part of our tech generation, Richard Hilsley gives us an insight into Solution Delivery at easyJet.

How did you get into this area of work?

I studied a Masters in Electronic Engineering and soon discovered a passion for software engineering. I cut my teeth programming climatic test chambers during a summer placement with the MoD and I have worked in Technology now for over 20 years, in various roles across retail, consultancy, banking, and computer gaming industries.

Why did you want to work for easyJet?

It’s a young, dynamic and growing organisation with passionate people.

What’s the best thing about working for easyJet?

It’s a ‘can do’ and supportive organisation. If you want to make a difference no one will stand in your way.

What does an average day look like for you?

Every day is different which is what makes the job interesting. I have to split my time between many activities, checking in on the teams involved in enhancing IT systems like eastJet.com, assessing any operational or performance issues and looking at new ideas and concepts to drive the business forward. There can be very busy days, for example during promotional sales periods or if bad weather causes a lot of flight disruption, but everyone pulls together really well and we get through it all.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Knowing that technology systems I’m responsible for are used by millions of people around the world and in a way that ultimately makes peoples happy, because travel is exciting.

What is your proudest achievement during your time at easyJet?

Building a new IT development hub – a cool new office space which encourages more creative working and collaboration between teams.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to work in this area?

You’ll have the chance to work on some of the UK’s most heavily used eCommerce systems sooner than you might think, which is a fantastic opportunity that many other companies just can’t offer. If you’re the sort of person who loves challenging work, has bright ideas and wants to make a difference, then you should apply to work at easyJet.

What’s your favourite easyJet destination and why?

Faro, because my family & I love the Algarve.

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