The finance industry has a stereotypical reputation for being a bit of a ‘boys club’ – think the chest beating of Wolf of Wall Street, and the cigars and whiskey of Mad Men, but we think that opinion is a bit... dusty. At OpenMoney we champion people from all walks of life, and we’re proud to see women succeeding in a variety of roles and departments. So on International Women’s day we’d like to introduce you to a few of the women working at OpenMoney, driving our mission to provide financial advice for all forwards.
Clair Staines (me!): Head of People
Why did you want to join OpenMoney? I believed in the mission of the business and wanted to understand the industry. I felt that there was a great balance of men vs women and I wanted to be a part of a business that was making the financial services industry accessible to everyone.
Have you worked in the finance industry before? No, but I am loving every minute. It is a learning curve, but at OpenMoney we have an incredible group of people who believe in what we want to achieve.
What’s your favourite thing about working at OpenMoney and within your team? I genuinely love everything about my job. I feel very blessed to work for a business that wants to make a difference in the world of finance and is open to hearing and putting into practice new ideas.
What advice would you give to women looking to progress in a similar role/field to you? Be brave, bold, and trust yourself and your intuition. Enjoy the journey and understand that whatever setbacks you may face will be someone’s inspiration one day when you retell your story.
Sakshi Sharma: Product Analyst
Why did you want to join OpenMoney? I had really liked the enthusiasm that everyone had for their product, and for doing right by the customers. The people and the products at OpenMoney both seemed very positive, and I am pleased to see that I wasn’t wrong!
Have you worked in the finance industry before? I have experience in another area of finance, but the ways in which OpenMoney works and the products it offers to its customers are very different than what I had ever worked on.
What’s your favourite thing about working at OpenMoney and within your team? I’ve worked in a few teams within the company and there has been one common theme in all of them, working hard and smart to make sure we are delivering quality outputs. Everyone’s helpful, which motivates you to work better.
What advice would you give to women looking to progress in a similar role/field to you? Make sure your voice is heard. Some times are easier to do this than others, but don’t be disheartened by those challenges. Keep speaking up! Every time you face a challenge and overcome it, it both makes you stronger, and helps you to empathise with others facing their own challenges!
Alexandra Hall: UX Writer
Why did you want to join OpenMoney? I knew that there would be a lot to learn going into both Finance and UX and I found that to be an excitingly challenging prospect. The overall goal of OpenMoney is based around solving a problem within the industry, and that’s empowering to be a part of. Believing in the mission of the company I work for is massively important to me at this point in my career.
Have you worked in the finance industry before? I haven’t, but I’m appreciating the impact that learning about finance has already had on me personally. It’s so important! The lack of advice and education about money is bewildering. Luckily, that’s where we come in…
What’s your favourite thing about working at OpenMoney and within your team? There’s an openness and a transparency in the way that we work that is really unique and refreshing in the company. I love how in my team there’s a real inclination to help each other learn and expand their knowledge across our disciplines, and we have a lot of fun.
What advice would you give to women looking to progress in a similar role/field to you? Back yourself, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail fast. It’s all part of growth.
Claire Brown: Delivery Manager
Why did you want to join OpenMoney? Before applying for my role at OpenMoney, I'd attended a talk by Emilie Bellet who champions empowering women financially. It really inspired me and meant that financial advice was front of mind. When I learnt about OpenMoney I was drawn to the company mission of making financial advice accessible and affordable for everyone. It was also a really exciting opportunity for me to learn more about the financial industry but work for a company that had a social cause at the heart.
Have you worked in the finance industry before? I've worked for different digital marketing agencies and delivered projects for the likes of HSBC, Citibank and Bank of America before, but I’m really enjoying learning even more about the finance industry in my role at OpenMoney.
What’s your favourite thing about working at OpenMoney and within your team? For me it's the people. Even in my short time so far at OpenMoney I've been lucky to work with so many talented individuals who truly care about helping us achieve our mission. As well as being a talented bunch, everybody is super collaborative and there's never a day goes by without somebody cracking a joke!
What advice would you give to women looking to progress in a similar role/field to you? In my role as delivery manager, it's critical to constantly learn, adapt and iterate. My advice would be to invest in your personal development, always listen to your team and users and keep focussed on delivering value to customers. Try to smile while you do it too :-)
As much as today is a celebration of women, we really want to highlight that OpenMoney, and this industry is accessible and full of opportunity for everyone no matter who you are. If you’d like to be a part of our team, keep an eye on our careers page here.