Sky Returner Programme 2019

Location: Osterley, West London & Livingston, Scotland

Timing: November 2019 – May 2020

Programme: Six month returnship placement (with a mandatory extended Christmas break)

What is the Sky Returner Programme?  

Sky is excited to launch its second Sky Returner Programme in partnership with Women Returners, designed to support talented professionals, both men and women, who have taken an extended career break, back into the workplace.

This year’s programme will focus on a number of positions across Sky’s Technology and Product business areas. Roles are based predominantly in Osterley, West London, and there is also the opportunity to be based in Livingston. A range of flexible working options are available, dependent on the role.

The programme will take the form of a paid six-month placement, commencing in November 2019. At the end of the programme you will be well placed to apply for permanent opportunities at Sky.

You will be placed on a project or in a team where your skills and experience will be highly valued and utilised. You will participate in coaching workshops from Women Returners, and benefit from focused training and mentoring to support your transition back to the workplace.

What is Sky looking for?

Sky knows that talent extends beyond a professional CV. The Sky Returner Programme offers the opportunity to join a forward-thinking, innovative and inclusive workforce, where flexibility and creativity is encouraged.

The programme is designed for people who have taken a break from their previous careers for two or more years and have mid-to-senior level experience working within Technology or Product in any of the following positions:

The following gives more details about the areas of Technology & Product at Sky and the key skills they are looking for.

Sky will consider where best to situate your placement, based on your skills, once they have met you. If your interest is in one or more specific areas, please explain that in your covering letter.

Global OTT Technology – Global OTT Technology develops, delivers and supports the apps and platforms that power NOW TV and Sky’s streaming services across Europe as well as NBCUniversal’s new streaming service for the US market and beyond

UK Tech – UK Tech is responsible for all technology to the UK business, including customer and staff systems, their broadband, fixed telephony, and mobile services, as well as the networks, infrastructure and systems throughout Sky.

Group Product & Digital (GP&D) – GP&D are a multi-discipline, multi-territory team, united by one ambition – to create world-class products their customers will love. If you like research, proposition development, product strategy or are just thinking “what if”, you’ll enjoy this part of what they do.

Cyber Security – Sky’s Cyber Security across the group is one of the Board’s top priorities, focussed on moving Sky to Cyber Resilience where they are prepared for disaster and can recover faster. This means protecting their people, their data and services to their customers.

Data, Technology and Analytics – Sky has made significant progress in improving their data and decisioning capability and they are now expanding their data office. They are seeking both technical and commercially driven individuals, who have a strong focus on practical & pragmatic use of data and a passion for connecting your work directly to commercial outcomes, making a real and tangible impact to the business.

Why Sky?

With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Their 31,000 employees help connect their customers with the very best of Sports, News, the arts and to their own local, original content.

Their technology allows customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as they connect millions of families to content they love, it is their responsibility to do it safely – that’s why they offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the Sky Kids app. And their online streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

They also believe that a company of their scale has a responsibility that goes beyond their business, and into the community. The Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has reached millions across Europe, they’re on track to be free of single-use plastic by 2020, they’re investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and they’re a proud employer – recognised by The Times and Stonewall for their approach to inclusivity.

Sky is always happy to talk about flexible working.

You will be working at the award-winning Sky Campus in Osterley. The campus boasts on-site, fully subsidised coffee shops and restaurants that serve healthy food every day, plus a fully equipped gym open 24/7 with certified personal trainers. With great transport links, the Osterley campus is a breeze to get to. Watch this video to have a look inside.

To find out more about life at Sky, visit their website

How to apply

To apply for the Sky Returner Programme, please select one of the following links:

If you are interested in roles based at Osterley, West London click here

If you are interested in roles based at Livingston, Scotland click here

You will be asked to send a CV and covering letter stating the role you are applying for.

Interview days will be taking place in October. Please apply no later than 29th September 2019.

For enquiries, please email Simon Keates, Recruitment Manager, at