We caught up with four of our people to find out how their different backgrounds led them to working at CommBank.
"I love being the connector between our people and the community. Our people are able to realise their own capabilities and skills and how much of an impact this has on other people. It also gives community organisations an awareness that we are much broader than just financial services.
“Freelancing as a cartoonist, to being a volunteer and then joining the Pro Bono team at CommBank, was a career path I’d never even thought possible.”
Michelle Watson, Manager Pro Bono Services
“I’m a builder at a bank. Who would have thought those two words could come together? Working on our South Eveleigh project, I was able to do everything from design and construction, to digital workplace engagements, to community engagement initiatives.
"You have the support to work flexibly when it comes to prioritising family and still have the opportunity to work with a high-performing team doing amazing, unique things that you wouldn’t traditionally associate with a bank.”
Brendan Thomas, General Manager Workplace 2020
“I’ve been at the bank for many years and have had five different roles. That’s the beauty of a big organisation – you have access to different opportunities to develop a whole new career without the massive leap of moving to another organisation, as well as the opportunities to learn a variety of different skills.
"I’ve always had a natural alignment with fundraising and helping people. For me, though, it wasn’t only our community organisations, like Clown Doctors and Can4Cancer, it was getting our people excited about helping the community with different fundraisers. Our people are so generous and willing to help, which just increases my passion every day."
Denita Bigwood, Senior Manager Foundation and Fundraising
“You don’t always think about innovation and technology roles being associated with a bank, but these roles can evolve in so many directions. Potential pathways include digital strategy roles, software development, and management positions in the businesses we create. It involves being able to identify and build products that apply emerging technology to real-world business problems. No project is too big or small, and we work to deliver solutions that benefit all our customers.
"The diversity of opportunity is endless! Since my time here I have worked as a Chief of Staff, a derivatives dealer, a divisional COO, and most recently in CommBank’s Innovation Labs. The opportunities here offer such a wide set of experiences.”
Frere Byrne, Innovation Manager Blockchain Strategy and Operations