10 Nov 2017

600 technology specialists to join NAB

As part of its recently released updated strategy, NAB will immediately hire 600 technology specialists in the areas of software engineering, data, architecture and security.

The national and global recruitment drive is part of NAB’s plan to reshape the workforce and create up to 2,000 new jobs by 2020 to meet the changing needs of customers.

Chief Technology and Operations Officer Patrick Wright said NAB is looking for the best talent in Australia and the world to come and join its technology and digital teams.

“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,” Mr 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.

“This builds on three years of innovation at NAB, including the establishment of our innovation incubator, NAB Labs, and our innovation fund, NAB Ventures, the launch of Quickbiz which provides our business customers with lending decisions in seconds, and the continued roll-out of Customer Journeys, which is dramatically changing how we deliver improved products and services to our customers.”

The move also aims to rebalance the shift from outsourced suppliers based in Australia and overseas, to bring talent back inside the bank in NAB’s Australian offices to increase competitive advantage.

“We’re looking at the skills needed inside and outside our business to make sure that we can run our systems and service our customers as best as possible,” Mr Wright said.

NAB recently announced a record $4.5 billion investment into the bank over the next three years – with much of that funding directed to technology and digital priorities.

“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.

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

“We understand what the fintechs across the world are doing, and we think we can do better, but we need to move now, invest in the right systems and people, and change dramatically,” Mr Wright said.

To kick start the recruitment drive, NAB has announced the appointment of leading global technology talent of two new roles; Executive General Manager Business Enabling Technology, Yuri Misnik and Executive General Manager leading our Program Management Office Kyle McNamara. The roles will report to Mr Wright.

Mr Misnik will have responsibility for all NAB’s business-facing technology teams including Digital technology and Corporate functions.

Mr McNamara will be focused on NAB’s change activities across the franchise and delivery of the significant investment slate announced last week.

Yuri Misnik, EGM Business Enabling Technology:

Yuri is a senior technologist with broad international leadership experience, most recently with HSBC based in London. In his role as Digital CIO of HSBC Group London, Yuri drove digitally focused transformations, changing service provisions to customers as well as internal business operations. Before HSBC, he spent ten years based in Europe in various leadership positions, most notably with Microsoft and Amazon.

Kyle McNamara, EGM of Program Management Office:

Kyle is a highly regarded banking executive in Canada where he has spent the past 18 years with Scotiabank. There he led global teams across technology, strategy, risk management and operations. Kyle is a specialist transformation executive, with deep expertise in project management and has headed up global significant company-wide initiatives.

To find out more about the roles available at NAB, please visit www.nab.com.au/careers

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