Meet Charlotte Shobowale, Senior Implementation Manager from our London office
We recently announced the closing and upsizing of our latest fundraise at more than $400 million, demonstrating the amazing collective efforts of our global team of colleagues at GPS. With offices in major fintech hubs around the world – including London, Newcastle, Singapore, Sydney, and our newest office in Dubai, we’re flourishing on our growth journey.
Our 240-plus strong workforce are dispersed around the globe, so it’s important for us to be able to understand and celebrate the unique personalities we all bring to the business – this is one reason we have Employee Spotlights. This month the light is shining on Charlotte, who’s part-way through her six-month secondment at our office in Singapore.
Where it all began
I predominantly worked in financial services, before moving to the tech industry about four years ago. I’ve been at GPS since October last year, and it has been the most interesting journey I have embarked on so far.
What do you like most about your job?
I love my team, GIO (Global Implementations and Operations). The way we collaborate and support each other is amazing. We all know there’s a wealth of knowledge between us, and everyone is very willing to share.
What’s an average day for you?
My days are filled with calls and emails with clients, because I help integrate them onto the GPS Apex platform and use GPS suite of APIs. After gathering clients’ requirements, I wear a few hats; I’m their project manager, configuration manager and first-line technical support contact throughout their implementation, until they are live.
At the moment I’m in Singapore on a six-month secondment, so during my weekends I try to visit at least one tourist attraction, or area here. This has been an amazing cultural experience and learning opportunity.
Advice for woman who want to get into tech?
Not only are you welcome here, you are needed! And when you get here, remember to always be yourself. Take your whole self to work. Be whoever makes you, you! Don’t let anyone stop you from letting your voice be heard. The world is yours for the taking.
GPS is a truly global company with a wealth of opportunities. I loved my previous company, but I was hungry for a challenge. I work with many of our clients who are based in Asia-Pacific (APAC) and as I said, I’m currently working in Singapore.
I’ve also been empowered to create my own personal project, an internal vlog.
Professional growth is extremely important to me. I was promoted within a few months which proves that people at GPS are really recognised for the work we do. Being in this role, I feel as though I have the opportunity to make a real difference and leave my legacy.
What makes GPS a great place to work?
The leadership at GPS are amazing. What springs to mind when trying to describe them is energy! What I love even more is that they are diverse. It is important to me that I feel represented, being a black woman. Not only are they there, but they are also visible. This has helped me to feel comfortable expressing myself. I belong here.
I love to travel a lot, so any time I get the opportunity to, I drag my husband or my sisters to another country. I also really enjoy studying and most times I’m doing some sort of course. Health and wellbeing are also super important, and I recently took an interest in my fitness, so most days after work, I report to the gym!
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Three desert island items?
A satellite phone, a family photo and some sunscreen!
Best advice you’ve received?
My favourite lesson was taught to me by one of my Mentors, Xiaolei Chen. It is pertaining to the meaning of a crisis, which translates to Wéijī (危機). As you can see, in Chinese, the word crisis is split into two symbols which actually means challenge 危 and opportunity 機.
When we are in a situation that we describe as a crisis or a challenge, we almost take that as being the endpoint, but there is always an opportunity waiting to be found. No matter how that opportunity forms (positive or negative), in the end it will be a lesson that we can continue to grow from.