NAB to recruit 600 technology pros

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 10 November, 2017

NAB plans to immediately hire 600 technology specialists in the field of software engineering, data, architecture and security as part of its new technology and workforce transformation strategy.

The company has embarked on a national and global recruitment drive as the first stage of its plan to create up to 2000 new jobs by 2020 to reshape its workforce to help meet the changing needs of customers.

“We want the top talent in the industry to come and join us, as we change dramatically to become the very best bank we can be and give our customers the products and services they demand and deserve,” chief technology and operations officer Patrick Wright said.

“We know this is an ambitious target and acknowledge the war for talent is intense, but these are the essential skills and roles we need in order to deliver our plan.”

As part of the strategy NAB is also aiming to bring talent back in-house following a shift towards the use of outsourced suppliers.

NAB is investing $4.5 billion over the next three years, with much of this dedicated to technology and digital transformation.

“This significant investment will help change the way we provision technology services, which is critical to delivering more effectively to balance innovation with resilience and speed with security,” Wright said.

“Our people are integral to the success of NAB, and this investment ensures they are enabled and backed to deliver their very best.”

To facilitate the transformation program, NAB has created the new roles of executive general manager for business enabling technology and executive general manager in charge of its program manager office.

Senior technologist and former HSBC Group London digital CIO Yuri Misnik will assume the first role, taking responsibility for all NAB’s business-facing technology teams.

The latter position will be filled by former long-serving Scotiabank executive Kyle McNamara. He will be focused on NAB’s transformation initiatives.

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