Employee Name: Eido Almog
Role: Business Manager
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m from Israel so I speak Hebrew but grew up in the USA so I sound like an American. At 18 years old I started my military service in the IDF and after 5 years of operating tanks, I started a business selling (believe it or not) high end custom made cosmetics. Then I studied economics and got a job as a financial consultant in Tel Aviv. After 4 years in traditional finance I decided I wanted to do something more exciting and innovative with my life. That’s when we (me, my lovely wife and our baby daughter) packed up our lives and moved to London so that I could read for an MBA at London Business School. I came to GPS to help power the fintech revolution in June 2019.
What’s your role at GPS?
I work as a Business Manager which basically means I help our CEO and executive team be more effective by helping them with tasks that do not have time or capacity to tackle.
What does your average day look like?
I don’t think I have average days, my days can be very hectic and occasionally mellow. I get to do a wide array of stuff like writing business cases, building decks, picking up the phone to suppliers, running financial analysis and so on.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to work on the most challenging and interesting projects we have going on at GPS alongside our senior management giving me a great opportunity to learn and develop myself.
What did you want to do growing up?
I have always had a dream of starting and running a successful business. I probably have thought up more business ideas as a child then I care to count but still haven’t cracked the formula to building a successful one. I like surrounding myself with successful people who can help to keep me creative and inspired.
What would be your advice to anyone wanting to start a career in the same job role and industry as you?
My advice is not so specific in terms of role/industry. If you think that something a certain company is doing is cool and exciting (like these amazing London fintechs) then track them down, reach out directly and tell them exactly what you want to help them with. Employers appreciate passion and drive- that’s how I got into the fintech when I first moved to London.
When you’re not at GPS what do you get up to in your free time?
Free time? What’s that? I’m still working on my MBA and my wife and daughter usually keep me pretty busy. But when I do go on vacation it’s likely to be a sunny beach where I can surf. I am currently on a quest to surf in all the oceans and seas in the world and am especially looking forward to surfing the Arctic ocean in Finland.
If you could be anyone who would it be and why?
I’d be Bruce Wayne not only because he runs Wayne Enterprises but also because he’s BATMAN (don’t tell him I said that). Did I mention I’m a comic book geek?