We’re on a mission to fix the economy by empowering suppliers and decentralising supply chains with world-class technology

Late one afternoon in 2014, an accountant at a growing business sat at his desk frustrated. On that day he found himself pondering why the company’s large customers were always the last to pay.

This put a huge strain on the business which in turn became a barrier to growth and resulted in talented people moving on and missed opportunities to deliver for those same late paying customers.

Teaming up with a data scientist, they set forth on a mission to change a broken system. A system overreliant on analogue processes and centralisation, and customer apathy towards supplier health.  A system where everyone was paid late.

Earlytrade was born. An intuitive software platform seamlessly turns receivables into on-demand liquidity and payables into investment.

Where traditional players have risen and fallen, Earlytrade has changed the game for buyers and suppliers.

Agnostic to sector, currency and supply chain-type

Simple and affordable finance favoured by suppliers of all sizes and sectors

Eliminating late payments, reducing terms by 30-40 days

Culture behind the mission

Proudly setting the standard for supply chain health and durability across Asia Pacific.

Since being founded in 2017, our inclusive and diverse team of high performers has created the largest supply chain network in Australia and New Zealand.

Our mission

Fix the economy by strengthening its supply chains
We’re committed to improving trading relationships between buyers and suppliers, creating new value-share that drives growth, jobs and innovation.

Our vision

Become the largest supply chain network in the Asia Pacific region
As our network of 80,000+ buyers and suppliers absorbs new sector supply chains and expands across the region, the result is greater derived value for partners, suppliers and downstream stakeholders.

How we’re doing it

Helping organisations manage data and liquidity in their supply chains
Our clients tell us ‘no one understands our pain points like Earlytrade does’. With relentless enthusiasm for unlocking value from client challenges, we continue to advance our skills engineering and product beyond the reach of imitation, returning our clients and their suppliers evermore competitive advantage.

Ethically oriented. Commercially-focused. Dedicated to unlocking value in client challenges.

Our leadership

David Saxelby


David is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced leaders in the construction, transport and infrastructure sectors, and the Chairman of Earlytrade’s Board which guides rapid growth, governance rigor, and sector entry and expansion strategy.

During his career, spanning 35 years in managing director and chief executive roles for some of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in the southern hemisphere, David served as the CEO of Construction and Infrastructure Australia for Lendlease and was a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team, before which he was CEO of Thiess and employed by the Leighton Group (now CIMIC) for over 18 years. He also served as the president of the Australian Constructors Association. 

David is an active and passionate non-executive director, advising key stakeholders in both private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney and has been listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia on four consecutive occasions.

Guy Saxelby

Chief executive & Co-founder

Guy is the chief executive at Earlytrade and founded the company in 2017. 

Guy sets strategy and is responsible for leading domestic and international growth and performance with oversight of Earlytrade’s key commercial and strategic relationships including enterprise customers, investors and government.

An accomplished tech entrepreneur and company director, Guy has a record of successfully scaling disruptors in the UK & Europe including digital challenger bank Monese, now backed by PayPal, and The Exchange Lab which was acquired by WPP, the world’s largest media investment group.

Guy is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Accountant, having graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance.

Piers Symons

Chief operating officer & Co-founder

Piers oversees product, markets and operations, providing a crucial connection between Earlytrade’s clients and the platform to deliver meaningful impact for stakeholders through seamless digital experiences for users. 

He is responsible for driving innovation at the point where strategy, operations and technology meet to generate sustainable value for customers, suppliers and the broader economy.

Prior to co-founding Earlytrade, Piers led the data analytics strategy for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), as well as consulting as a digital Product Manager for nabtrade with a focus on investment research and data insights.

Piers holds a Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Music in addition to a Masters of Applied Finance.

Joining Earlytrade

We’re on the look-out for people who act ethically, and think differently.

Interested in advancing your career with Earlytrade?
Send your best CV to careers@earlytrade.com

We’re currently hiring for:

  • Enterprise Sales Directors
  • Software Engineers
  • Sales Associates
  • Top tier Interns (all roles)

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse team. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous candidates from all states and cities, and we will take proactive steps to support compelling talent.

A culture where our people can thrive

Our people and culture ambitions are hardwired into our performance model, on equal footing with our commercial goals.

Each individual has clear co-developed goals and line-of-sight to corporate and colleague goals. Our culture of trust and collaboration only works when we all commit to direct, regular and open feedback meaning we are always greater than the sum of our individual parts.

The best people means we want all people

As we actively work to identify and push against the status quo and homogeneity of the tech sector, we are relaxing and removing unnecessary restrictions on leave, work location and travel to ensure our inclusivity delivers diversity in the Earlytrade team.

We acknowledge there is a long way for us all to go, which is why we are setting hard targets and undertaking exciting new initiatives to set the standard and shift the tide across the technology industry.

One of our sayings is that you'll get as much responsibility as you can handle.
Renee Cooper, People & Culture Manager

How we’ll work together

We need the best not the most

Our scale is in our platform which means we don’t throw people at problems. We hire the best and we offer best-in-class performance-based incentives.

Be a pilot not a passenger

Everyone sets their own goals and we run hard at them together. You’ll have the virtual communication tools and management framework to deliver, from wherever and however works best for you.

Trust and be direct

Open and direct feedback and a culture of trust and autonomy means all voices influence Earlytrade’s trajectory. Our decentralised structure eliminates the bureaucracy that has suffocated talented people in big organisations.

As much responsibility as you can handle

We believe your ambition drives our shared success. So, you’re in charge of your own development and you’ll be rewarded for results, not for seniority or tenure.

Is your supply chain healthy?

Get a solution used by Coles, Lion and AusNet Services to ethically improve the allocation of working capital.

Uncover new value for you and your suppliers with a customised supply chain analysis, supplier segmentation and technology consultation with the Earlytrade team