In a little over three years, leadership of the majority of companies will be in the hands of millennials as baby boomers start to retire, according to recent research from Deloitte, which states that by 2025 millennials will make up 75% of the workforce.
In real time, this means that now is the time to start positioning yourself as a leader if you want to climb the corporate ladder. It’s important to plan ahead, set goals and make sure your efforts are seen by the right people. It’s also imperative you acknowledge that there is a noticeable difference between managing a team and leading a team.
Managers manage – they tick boxes and get things done. Leaders, however, buck trends, find new ways of achieving company and personal goals and, most importantly, lead by consistent example.
Leadership is about inspiring your colleagues to do better and earning their trust and respect as you position yourself as a source of knowledge, innovation and inspiration. It’s about addressing issues head on and finding solutions to problems facing the customer, client or team without fear of personal repercussions.
If handled with fairness, transparency, experience and a willingness to get your hands dirty, stepping up and solving problems will garner the respect of your colleagues and the attention of your employer. And that’s what showcases leadership ability.
But what if you feel you’re ready to step into those roles and lead now but your current employment is lacking opportunities? It might be time to look elsewhere. Here are three opportunities within fintech that all require an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to lead.
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Head of Lending, Revolut
The role: Fully remote, the Head of Lending will focus on the Australian market, taking the Revolut lending strategy to the next level by introducing new products and leaving your mark on the industry.
The responsibilities: You will develop the business case to launch new products in the local market while establishing and executing the underwriting, portfolio management and collections strategies and policies. You will also manage the overall risk of the entire Australian loan portfolio and manage relevant regulator relationships.
The requirements: You’ll need a demonstrated ability to think and reason logically with a deep knowledge of retail lending products, and over seven years’ experience as a lending executive. In addition, you’ll possess a strong entrepreneurial drive and have start-up experience.
Lead (Staff) Data Engineer, Shopify
The role: The Lead Data Engineer will join Shopify’s data engineering group, which builds and maintains the platform that delivers accessible data to power decision-making at Shopify for millions of merchants.
The responsibilities: There is potential to work across a number of teams, including analytics, data experiences and reliability.
The requirements: You’ll be an experienced technical leader with a proven track record of delivering impactful results and will have six to 10 years of experience across a range of areas. Experience with technical mentoring, coaching and improving the technical output of the people around you is also required.
Sales Director – Crypto, BVNK
The role: The Sales Director – Crypto will work with the SVP Commercial to develop banking solutions for crypto businesses, bringing payments and banking to one single platform.
The responsibilities: You will help define, set and execute the existing crypto commercial strategy by building sales pipelines and closing deals with new partners. This is in addition to hiring and coaching a high-performing sales team.
The requirements: You must be a high-energy, entrepreneurially minded professional with a strong understanding of the broader crypto landscape. A demonstrable five-year track record of building sales teams, managing relationships and closing deals is essential.