Name: Alex Appleford Role: Graduate Scheme (Presales Assistant) Office: London
It’s exciting times here at GPS, as we continue to scale sensibly, expanding into new markets and adding new members to our hugely diverse team. However, with over 200 employees based in major fintech hubs around the world - including London, Singapore, Sydney, and Dubai - working tirelessly to give our customers a competitive edge, we know not everyone gets a chance to be in the spotlight.
So, we have created our ‘Employee Spotlight’ series as a way of introducing our fintech enthusiasts, to uncover a little bit more about who they are and what a typical day looks like for them at GPS.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself, Alex:
I’m 22 years old. I graduated from Canterbury University in 2019 and joined GPS as the first person on the graduate scheme. Since then, I have worked in the HR, Finance and Sales departments.
What do you like most about your job?
The people. The best thing about having worked in multiple departments is working with so many different people from all around the business.
What does an average day at GPS look like for you?
Well, an average day in the COVID world is obviously even more digital than it used to be! It kicks off with Pre-Sales Consultant, Carl Raven, smiling enthusiastically over Microsoft Teams, Vice President of Sales, Rob France, delivering an impromptu motivational speech, Learning and Development Manager, Dave Strydom, cracking a joke which HR wouldn’t want repeated (despite being in HR himself), and my mum walking into the room every time I’m on a call - I’m convinced she could get a job at GPS now, with the amount she has overheard about the payments ecosystem!
How do you spend your free time?
I play tennis and football as much as possible. Pre-lockdown, my usual routine would involve seeing my friends on a Friday and Saturday night with an all-day Xbox session on Sunday to wind down. But during lockdown my week consists of watching West Ham and trying to recreate their magic on a cold wet Sunday morning.
What is the last book you read or movie you watched?
I recently finished watching all eight Harry Potter films. I’d definitely recommend them for a lockdown binge.
If you could take three things with you to a desert island, you would bring…
A personal chef, a tennis court, and an Xbox.
Best advice you’ve received:
Don’t take anything for granted!
Thanks Alex! Make sure to look out for our next Employee Spotlight instalment…