Name: Steph Aldridge
Job Role: Vendor Manager
Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m half Irish, Scottish and Welsh the other half – so technically a Celt. Lived in London most of my life bar two years where I lived in Hong Kong between 1993-1995. I had my daughter at 23 years of age – she’s just finished with Uni studying Geology. I have been a UKCC Level 2 Canoeing Coach for seven years and am about to try out Dragon Boat Racing in 2019. Biggest water I paddled was a couple of features on the Zambezi during a rafting trip (One of the guides said I could use his boat, it was massive, I fell out!)
I am new to GPS, however in my last job I was recognised by SC Magazine as a top 50 female influencer in the cyber space in the UK, which was a great way to end 2018! In that role I built and delivered the UK’s first EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in Cyber at Bletchley Park’s Qufaro in 2017. I really excited to be at GPS and look forward to getting to understand the payments industry better.
What’s your role at GPS?
Vendor Manager – what are we buying, how many do you need and why do you need it?
What does your average day look like?
Answering most of the questions above via email; telephone; skype and all the other ways we can interact via technology. Which is why I tend to walk across the office and have a conversation.
What do you like most about your job?
The other people at GPS are great. I like technologies and I like the fact that GPS are disrupting the banking industry. I get to speak to lots of different people and am really still finding out what most of the techie words mean when Infra start having conversations with DevOps. I like the fact that the CIO is female, that’s diversity.
What did you want to do growing up?
I’m still not sure. But travelling, and being in nature is what keeps me sane.
What would be your advice to anyone wanting to start a career in the same job role and industry as you?
Say yes to opportunities; what you don’t know people will teach you. I don’t know enough about the payments industry – but if we’re talking about tech in general, if you can work out what the tech department needs and you are good at asking questions and can communicate that to the business you’re off to a great start. Technology is operated by people, if you know why people do what they do – you’ll make an impact whatever part of tech you get into.
When you’re not at GPS what do you get up to in your free time?
I like to watch a couple of episodes of Judge Judy at the end of each day. Then I have a dog I walk. I go to a local Spin/HIIT studio and that’s generally the reason why I walk funny and am always starving and therefore stealing other people’s biscuits.
If you could be anyone who would it be and why?
I’d love to be any super skilled sportsperson who has changed the way it works or made it better. Love to be skilled enough to kayak really big/difficult white water. (Easier in rafts though :-D)