The platform claims that its new hire is one of the first female CTOs in UK fintech.
Rija Javed has joined leading business lending platform MarketInvoice as its new chief technology officer.
She joins the platform from Wealthfront, a leading Silicon Valley-based robo-advice firm. While there, Javed built the company’s first mobile app, and later worked on its investment products platform, spearheading a new brokerage and banking platform. Prior to Wealthfront, Javed’s career spanned roles at IBM, Research in Motion and gaming company Zynga.
MarketInvoice is touting its latest hire as one of the first examples of a female chief technology officer in UK fintech. Gender diversity in fintech – especially within technology-centric roles – has been a hot topic of late, prompted by relatively poor showings in the various gender pay gap reports published across the sector.
Javed addressed the issue in a statement: “I’m very excited to help bring more diversity to the UK tech scene. Diversity for me isn’t just about gender, although we certainly need more women in tech, but ensuring we have diversity in all areas like race, culture, religious/spiritual beliefs, and socio-economic background.”
“There tend to be many misconceptions about what it’s like being a software engineer. It’s more than just coding. Being an engineer involves problem solving, critical thinking, making decisions and collaboration with people across the board. Bringing more diversity to that role will not only enhance the engineering group but also the overall business. I want to dispel the notion that being an engineer means you sit alone in front of a computer screen coding away.”
At MarketInvoice, Javed will be responsible for overseeing the engineering, data science, product and design teams.