celebrating the women of encompass on international women’s day

by | Mar 8, 2019 | All Blog Posts, Featured, Top Feature

Today [Friday, 8 March], is International Women’s Day.

Held on the same date every year, the day, which has been marked for more than a century around the world, is seen as a focal point in the movement for women’s rights, while encouraging people to join together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

International Women’s Day is based on unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. Its ethos is also focused on calling for gender parity, wherever in society you may be.

Across our global sites – in Glasgow, London and Sydney – at encompass, we are fortunate to benefit from the expertise and talents of a number of skilled female members of our team, who are all crucial to our continued success.

We asked some of the women of encompass to reflect on their own careers and share what it is like to work not only for us, but within the fintech industry as a whole.

Here’s what they had to say…

what led you to joining encompass?

I wanted to work in a smaller start up. I love the way the whole company works together to solve the same problem and that your contributions really make a difference.
Jaime Hill | Product Owner

I saw the position advertised on LinkedIn and once I looked into the company I liked the idea that it was a fairly new business. The position I applied for was a fresh role so I could make it my own.
Jo Egan | Executive Assistant

I had worked with the founders previously and was excited by their vision to build a new company which utilised technology and data to give people the full picture and enable better decisions.
Alex Ford | VP, Operations

I enjoy working with scale up companies, where you have the opportunity to get stuck in and make a difference. encompass offered me the perfect opportunity to leverage my experience in the sector while helping to build the encompass brand.
Magalie Pimentel | Head of Marketing

encompass gave me my first job after moving from Brazil to Australia. I was looking for experience in a new country and, even though my English wasn’t that good, encompass brand gave me the opportunity I needed to show my work. I’m very grateful for that. Since then, encompass and I have been growing together. While encompass has expanded to the UK, I have changed my career path and I can’t wait to see where we both get to.
Netally Castilho | Product Owner

how would you sum up what it’s like to work at encompass?

Fast paced, full on and fun!
Alex Ford

At encompass, you are able to manage your own workload. They look after their staff.
Jo Egan

It’s a fast paced environment and thoroughly involved. It’s one that takes you outside of your comfort zone and helps you to grow professionally.
Ruby Schembri | Solutions Consultant

It’s varied, exciting and you work with a lovely group of people.
Claire Fremder | Training & Technical Content Manager

Everyone is friendly, cooperative, innovative and driven. Things move very fast and we like to get things done. There’s also great business processes in place, which makes my job of operationally managing a product much more effective.
Robyn Todd | Senior Product Owner

Working for any scale up company is challenging, but at the right company it can also be fun, and encompass strikes that balance. Everyone here is committed to the success of the organisation, which makes it a very supportive and collaborative environment.
Magalie Pimentel

Exciting, fun, rewarding!
Jaime Hill

encompass has a very skilled team that works together to deliver solutions and it is fabulous to work with so many people that I admire and learn from.
Netally Castilho

in terms of gender parity, do you think things are changing within the industry as a whole?

In my opinion, the industry is still male dominant. It is changing but slowly.
Ruby Schembri

The industries we sell to and services are still predominantly male focused but we have started to employ more females, which has been enlightening.
Claire Fremder

I think the world of tech tends to have good gender parity. I’ve always felt that I’ve been supported and given opportunities based on my achievements and I’ve noticed a shift in the ratio of men to women in the sector.
Robyn Todd

There seems to be more conversation and awareness, however I’m not sure the statistics point to any material changes we can be satisfied with, particularly when it comes to executive teams and boards.
Alex Ford

who is your female role model in tech?

I admire women who have broken barriers. To be honest, every day is a challenge for women, so my list of female role models is endless. But in tech, a big role model is Sister Mary Kenneth Keller. She was not only the first American woman to get a PhD in Computer Science but also a Catholic religious sister advocating for the involvement of women in computing.
Netally Castilho

I don’t have one in particular but I love to follow the progress of female-led tech startups. I have a lot of respect for Céline Lazorthes (Founder & CEO of MangoPay) and Diana Paredes (CEO & co-founder of Suade) – both strong and passionate women leading their organisations to success.
Magalie Pimentel

I wouldn’t say role model, but I have found many of the approaches Sheryl Sandberg promotes in Lean-In useful.
Alex Ford

Alex Ford, encompass’ VP Operations, is my female role model. She’s so inspiring!
Jo Egan

A previous CEO of mine, Lindsay Roberts at Autovista. Under her leadership, I watched a company come back to life through a well-planned and executed digital transformation plan that also delivered successful cultural change.
Robyn Todd

what one piece of advice would you give to women looking to go into a similar role and field?

There are loads of podcasts, webinars and networking groups out there, such as Product School and Woman in Product, so learn more about product management and decide if it is right for you.
Jaime Hill

Go for it! Every opportunity is unique; learn to learn and you will be as ready as the next person to take-on whatever comes your way.
Alex Ford

Go for it! Things are moving so fast with technology that it’s a great space to be in if you enjoy continually learning new things. There are also a number of great communities for women in tech or financial services that you can take advantage of for career development and networking.
Magalie Pimentel

Women are just as capable and can endure and juggle a lot. Technology is used by all and automation is for everyone. If you’re already in this industry then remember that women empower women. If you’re not but considering a leap into the industry, then go for it – don’t hesitate!
Ruby Schembri

Be hungry to learn. Don’t ever stop asking questions or trying to understand how people/businesses work or what they’re trying to achieve. Don’t be afraid to say “so what?” and make sure you get further clarity on things that don’t make sense. Working in product is a pressured environment and working in tech is too – just go for it and get everyone involved.
Robyn Todd

When times get tough, it is essential to have people you can rely on. If you don’t have someone to confide in or to ask for advice, it is harder to remain confident and persevere. Peers or other women in the tech industry could be your support system. Confidantes are essential to your success.
Netally Castilho

the encompass view

We see more of a gender balance in areas such as product management, marketing, finance and customer engagement but, like many in our sector, we are way behind in engineering. As only 7% of UK students studying Computer science A levels are women, we have some way to go to before we will see a gender balance in the engineering pool, perhaps a generation.

There is no doubt that further change is needed. At present, we are robbed of females in senior leadership roles within this segment of our business and striking a gender balance at executive and board level remains a challenge. However, to those females with aspirations of working in fintech, my advice would be the same for both women and men – keep learning and do more than just what is expected. Think. Try to enjoy the ride, it’s short.

the encompass view

We see more of a gender balance in areas such as product management, marketing, finance and customer engagement but, like many in our sector, we are way behind in engineering. As only 7% of UK students studying Computer science A levels are women, we have some way to go to before we will see a gender balance in the engineering pool, perhaps a generation.

There is no doubt that further change is needed. At present, we are robbed of females in senior leadership roles within this segment of our business and striking a gender balance at executive and board level remains a challenge. However, to those females with aspirations of working in fintech, my advice would be the same for both women and men – keep learning and do more than just what is expected. Think. Try to enjoy the ride, it’s short.

Wayne Johnson | CEO & Co-founder, encompass

about encompass

Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Roger Carson and Wayne Johnson, and operating from the UK, encompass is the creator of unique, innovative Know Your Customer (KYC) software for banking, finance, legal and accountancy that enable better, faster commercial decisions. The company is driven by the belief that the best decisions are made when people understand the full picture.

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