Darren Senadhira is an IT Manager, based in Brighton (UK). He has been with Quarto for over two years.
Where are you from and how did you end up at Quarto?
I’m from Mid Sussex and lived in my hometown for the past 30 years. Originally, I joined Ivy Press in 2004, which was acquired by Quarto in 2015.
What do you do at Quarto?
I am the IT Manager for our Brighton office. I look after around 60 members of staff on a mixed Mac and PC environment. My role is to ensure our infrastructure is well maintained, monitor our operational requirements and devise strategic options.
What’s a typical day for you?
Typically, my day would start by ensuring the servers, backups and network are healthy. Being an early starter, I use this opportunity to perform any system updates to keep the network in shape, and check the basics are functioning, for example accessing creative data and internet connectivity. How that day goes after that point can differ greatly! On the rare occasion of any failures, I make this my immediate priority to try and have everything running before the teams arrive. Thankfully, most days start well.
Which new projects are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on two major projects. The first being a cloud service where all our creative data will be hosted, the second is centralising our font management to a cloud platform. You can see the direction we’re heading in, migrating to the cloud will bring many benefits to the business, as well improvements for the creative teams to collaborate with external resources.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned from working at Quarto?
I joined The Quarto Group during an exciting period. I’ve been lucky to work with lots of new technology and work with some very knowledgeable people over the past couple of years. It’s been a great learning experience being involved in some major projects. I’ve learnt that IT can be a complex environment and not everything goes according to plan, but it’s about turning these moments into success.
Which skills do you need to work as IT Manager?
Be adaptable to the ever changing trends in the IT industry. I spend my train commute reading about forthcoming tech movements. It’s very tough to make the right decisions if you’re not aware of the latest developments.
Be a good listener. You’ll need this quality to understand your team’s issues which will enable you to interpret the appropriate solution.
Finally, be a confident leader. Colleagues need to feel they can trust you when you’re implementing change.
What advice would you give someone who wants to apply for a role at Quarto?
Identify your competition. Just like most businesses, to succeed in any industry you need to keep up with current trends. Whether that be the book development process or IT, research your field, be proactive, enthusiastic and willing to take on challenging tasks.
What’s your favourite place in Brighton?
My favourite place in Brighton is definitely the sea, I usually stretch my legs by walking along the sea front either towards Hove or the Marina during my lunch. It’s a nice place to be, especially during the summer months.
What is your favourite Quarto book?
Being an avid motorsport fan my favourite Quarto book could be anything related to motor heritage. Choosing one, it would be Porsche, A History of Excellence.
If you weren’t working in IT what would you do?
Over the past three years I’ve developed a hobby in videography. I started with a GoPro creating short cinematic clips and recently took it a step further by investing in something a bit more professional. Maybe take my chances at being creative behind the lens.
Behind the scenes
Jane Moriarty joins the Board of Quarto
22 November 2018