Meet Oana, our Junior Data Analyst
👋Hey Oana! Introduce yourself in a sentence
Hi, I’m Oana and I’m a Junior Data Analyst here at Tide.
What’s your background?
I studied Economics, then completed a Masters degree in International Development Management. After working for a few years within the charity sector, I wanted to move towards a fast-paced environment with a more agile working structure… hence my decision to join Tide!
What made you want to join Tide?
I always think of SMEs as a powerful tool in a country’s economy and so being part of Tide’s mission to help this sector gives meaning to the work I do. I’ve always loved how technology integrates with finance and it’s been really rewarding to see that we are actually challenging processes established by the big banks.
We’re a data-driven company, how does the work you do impact Tide as a business?
All tasks coming my way are data-driven, which implicitly makes my work data-driven as well. Sounds straightforward, right? But then there’s the responsibility of making sure that the data is accurate!
The best part of being data-driven is offering the figures in an objective way. Simple numbers transform into meaningful data, where decisions and changes are made to make our product even better, based on what businesses really need.
What’s your favourite Tide feature?
I really like the categorisation feature and its colour coding: it gives me a quick and easy look over the account transactions and I can easily notice which areas need future adjustments to lower my costs.
What’s the most interesting challenge you’ve come across since joining Tide?
I work with different tables (types of information structured in different formats), so I would say that any new table is a challenge to understand. I need to manipulate the data from each table, so that specific requests from different departments can be delivered.
Anything new can be challenging at first, but satisfying in the end 💪
What are you looking forward to most this year? (at Tide and personally)
In the current economic and political climate, I am really looking forward to seeing how the shift will manifest into the business life cycle of the SME sector – something good must come out of all this and Tide is here to help out in the process!
What’s your best Tide memory?
One of my favourite Tidean memories, which I’m very fond of, is the day Tide won the RBS funding in partnership with ClearBank. I still remember Oliver Prill, our CEO, saying that everything will change from the following week onwards and indeed it has: we’ve tripled in size in the span of 8 months!
Favourite desk snack?
Nutella on toast 🍫🍞. When I need a change, peanut butter and jam is the closest substitute.
When you’re not at Tide, what’s your favourite thing to do?
When freediving in warm waters is not feasible, I try to explore the British coastal hikes or take on outdoor activities. I’m taking on tennis classes 🎾 at the moment but when it rains, documentaries on AlJazeera are my best escape.
Where are you travelling to next?
Egypt, then Peru, so that I can complete the Wonders of the World list – I’m always data driven 😄