UOB wants to bolster its technology team in Singapore and it’s targeting firms like Google and Facebook to secure some of its new talent. The bank is currently hiring more technologists (including engineers, analysts, digital designers, architects, project managers and data scientists), Susan Hwee, head of group technology and operations, told us, without providing recruitment numbers. About 4,500 of UOB’s 25,000 employees work in Hwee’s department.
Hwee is recruiting techies from both finance and non-finance backgrounds. “If you’re designing a new trading system, for example, you need technologists who already understand how markets work.” When hiring in digital banking, though, UOB is open to candidates from “global technology platforms” such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Uber, says Hwee. “These people are focused on engaging customers and customer-centric design, just like we are.”
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