Meet Mel, our Talent Partner
Our People team is responsible for making sure our team comes into work happy and engaged and leaves work happy, having had an engaging day! We’d love for you to meet the people that make the People’s team – here’s Mel.
👋 Hey Mel! Can you introduce yourself in a sentence?
Hi, I’m Mel, the Talent Partner of the London office. My job is to make sure there’s always new Tideans coming through the door!
What’s your background?
Originally I planned to stay in academia, but after completing my Masters I realised that I wanted to get my hands dirty in the growing start up scene in London. So I moved into a recruitment agency working with tech startups in the UK and US, and the rest is history.
How did you cross paths with Tide?
I did extensive research of FinTechs in the UK whilst looking for a new role, and Tide was a name that kept on reappearing. Lucky for me, they were looking for a Talent Partner!
What’s your typical working day?
Typically I start early, so I can get a few phone calls or screens and emails out of the way before the day really kicks off. I spend a lot of time talking to our wonderful recruitment partners, ensuring they’re up to date on our hiring needs, and screening potential Tideans for a variety of different roles across the business. I work closely with Hiring Managers to make sure their teams are hiring the right numbers, and developing strategies to ensure the numbers can be hit within the right timeframes. My days are sponsored by sugar free Red Bull.
Tomorrow, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day – why is it important to us?
Because we are important! But far too many companies think differently. From being on our board to heading some of our most important teams, Tide would not function without women. It’s important for us to not only celebrate that, but to actually promote that!
Can you tell us a bit more about the diverse and inclusive culture at Tide?
Diversity and inclusion is incredibly important to the People Team, in fact it was so important, it actually formed part of my interview process!
Tide is a melting pot of different backgrounds and cultures, and we regularly celebrate that with different events. It’s important that we maintain this as we go through our huge growth. We keep data on diverse demographics when people apply to ensure that we have a proper representation of society, and if we feel there is a shortage in one area, we reflect on how we can change that. Just one example – we now have more female Engineers in our teams than ever! ♀️
If you had to choose one reason why you love working at Tide – what would it be?
Apart from the people and growth (you won’t find better colleagues or better growth potential!) it has to be the mission of Tide. We’re not a gadget or a random idea put into motion – we’re a solution to a very real problem. The financial sector has not evolved at the same rate as society, and it’s no longer equipped to serve us or new businesses adequately. We’re here to service SMEs and by working at Tide, I know I’m part of the solution – and that’s a great feeling.
What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve came across since you joined Tide?
Diversity! I love the fact that I work for a company who drive this so much, but I was surprised by the challenge it presents. Certain areas can attract a certain person, but we want to attract everyone. Figuring out ways in which we can do that (right down to the language used in our job descriptions) is probably the most rewarding yet interesting challenge I’ve faced… yet.
What’s your hidden talent?
I may look like Ed Sheeran but I can definitely rap better than him…
When you’re not at Tide, what’s your favourite thing to do?
I’m a huge sports fan, so I spend a lot of my time screaming at the TV! I’m a big Arsenal Ladies fan, and I’m looking forward to seeing Wales go on to win the Six Nations Grand Slam 2019! (let’s hope that comment ages well…) 🏉