Commonwealth Bank has launched a bold new recruitment plan that will see it grow its network of engineers by at least 50 per month for the foreseeable future.

Over the coming months, the bank plans to appoint in excess of 600 engineers across a variety of disciplines, including software, systems, data and test engineers. The recruitment drive represents one of the biggest intakes of engineers for the bank in recent history. 

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

The bank’s Distinguished Engineers represent the pinnacle of the engineering profession and will be responsible for helping Commonwealth Bank deliver against its strategy of becoming a global leader in technology.

Speaking about the bank’s bold recruitment plans, Commonwealth Bank’s Chief Information Officer for Technology and newly appointed Distinguished Engineer, Brendan Hopper, said if the bank was to continue to deliver best-in-class digital customer experiences, it was imperative 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.

“The pace of change is accelerating and we want to be in front of the curve. Our customers will benchmark us not against the other banks, but against best digital experiences full stop.

“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.”

Mr Hopper said the new engineers would help solve complex customer problems and, in turn, ensure the bank delivers a best-in-class, global-leading customer service experience.

“Our network of engineers will help the bank in its ambition to be not only a leading digital player in the banking industry, but deliver digital experiences for our customers that are leading against a global peer set,” he said.

Mr Hopper is the first of three new Distinguished Engineers to be appointed by the bank, all of whom are responsible for influencing the strategic planning processes and, in turn, transforming the bank’s digital experiences.

Hand-selected from both external and internal channels, the Distinguished Engineers were chosen for their engineering acumen, thought leadership, strategic thinking, and ability to solve complex problems and drive change. 

“My fellow Distinguished Engineers and I will work across the enterprise and empower our engineering community by advocating for better resources and increased change velocity,” he said.

“I am excited about the future and look forward to creating a world-class engineering ecosystem that will help the bank to drive change and improve customer experiences.”