CBA reveals plans to hire two new engineering grads a day

Are you an engineering grad? CBA are hiring – and you could land a gig like Rhiannon Nee-Salvador (left), who spends her days trying to hack into Australia's biggest bank. Image: Tina Smigielski

In an effort to deliver the best digital experiences, Commonwealth Bank has set itself a recruitment target of hiring up to 50 new engineers every month

Thinking of studying computer science or software engineering, but not sure where your degree could take you? Thanks to Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s (CBA) aggressive new recruitment drive, there are more opportunities than ever for tech grads to work at Australia’s biggest bank.

Over the next few months, CBA plans to appoint more than 600 engineers across a variety of disciplines, including software, systems, data and test engineers. The recruitment drive will kickstart one of the biggest intakes of engineers for the bank in recent history.

Speaking about CBA’s plans, Chief Information Officer for Technology and newly appointed Distinguished Engineer, Brendan Hopper, stressed that in order to deliver best-in-class digital customer experiences, it was imperative for the bank to have a robust network of engineers.

“Technology is at the forefront of every organisation around the world. No longer is technology part of a business, it is the business,” he said.

“Of course, to deliver global-best experiences, we need to have the support of a world-class engineering network, which is why we are looking to appoint in excess of two new engineers every day from a variety of disciplines.”

In addition to appointing approximately two new engineers every day, the bank has also created a new ‘Distinguished Engineers’ role.

Distinguished Engineers will be responsible for helping Commonwealth Bank deliver against its strategy of becoming a global leader in technology.

Keen to know what kinds of roles engineering grads would have at a bank? Here are three CBA employees, with seriously next-gen roles and pathways:

1. Machine Learning Engineer

Genevieve Richards

Genevieve studied psychology and linguistics, followed by IT, before landing an awesome graduate gig at the CBA.

Genevieve has studied a lot. And not just STEM-related courses typical of her engineering role. Now working as a grad at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), she kicked off her tertiary studies with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Linguistics) at The University of Queensland, where working on a computational linguistics project sparked her initial interest in tech.

Read her full profile here to find out how Genevieve uses this interesting mix of skills in her role as a Machine Learning Engineer at the CBA.

2. Ethical hacker

Rhiannon Nee-Salvador

Trying to think like a hacker and playing Dungeons & Dragons is all in a day’s work (and play) for CBA grad Rhiannon Nee-Salvador.

Rhiannon’s role as a pen tester in the CBA’s graduate program is an important one. Often called ethical hackers, it’s the job of experts like Rhiannon to figure out where and how a hacker might break into an organisation’s computer system.

“I am passionate about privacy and preventing the erosion of our digital rights,” Rhiannon says.

Discover what Rhiannon’s 9-5 looks like here.

3. Financial Wellbeing Warrior

Jackson Cleary

As a student, software engineer Jackson Cleary knew the stress of living on a budget. The experience was valuable for his current role at the CBA, where he now builds tools to help others improve their financial situations.

The work Jackson does impacts millions of customers.

“I lived pay-to-pay for years, so I understand the stress that comes with facing financial stress and the impact it can have on individuals and those around them,” says Jackson, who studied computer science at the University of New England, Armidale.

Read Jackson’s full profile here to find out how he is using his tech skills to help improve people’s financial wellbeing.


Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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