ZIMBABWEAN data analyst Chris Shumba says he wants to help Manchester United build the best data platform in sport following his appointment as the 20-time English Premier League champions’ head of data operations.
Although United were understood to be behind their Premier League rivals in the data science department, they have made a string of appointments in recent times, making belated progress.
While Dominic Jordan joined the club as director of data science last year, the hires of Nick Grimshaw (senior data scientist), Alex Kleyn (decision scientist) and Chris Shumba (head of data operations) followed this year.
In a recent interview with BBC Teach, Shumba explained how United want to build the best data platform in sport.
“I won’t disclose too much about my average week. However, I will say that we are on a mission to build the best data platform in sport, not just football,” Shumba said.
“My typical week revolves around making this a reality. I was both excited and nervous before starting. I had never worked in football before, so I had no idea what to expect. Everyone has been so warm and friendly.
“I usually don’t feel like I am working because I am doing something I love. Being part of the club feels very special to me. When we think of data enablement, we think of the entire organisation.
“As a data team, we are not only there to answer questions but also to help people answer their questions using data. This is a more scalable approach and one with a bigger impact for the organisation and industry.”