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140 career opportunities for women to be launched in DBS second virtual job fair

This was a huge leap from 50 jobs in last year’s inaugural launch.

DBS plans to fill 140 job openings in the second year of DBS Women in Tech, a virtual career fair for female technologists in Singapore.

Building on last year’s success which saw 500 applicants for 50 job openings, DBS will be focusing its outreach efforts on five engineering roles, namely Engineering Lead; Solution Architect; ReactJS Developer; Full Stack Developer; and Software Development Engineering in Test.

According to Soh Siew Choo, DBS Group’s head of Big Data/AI and Consumer Banking Technology the overwhelming response to the first edition of DBS Women in Tech has shattered the myth that there is a limited pipeline of women for technology roles.

“The key to success lies in applying an unbiased lens and targeted effort in our outreach. At DBS, we run curated hackathons and hiring events to reach out to top female technology talent. We are deeply encouraged by the positive outcomes of our efforts. This year, we are making a concerted push to improve female representation in engineering roles, a space which continues to see a dearth of women across the industry. We believe that by driving diversity in our engineering roles we will be able to incorporate a multiplicity of views and perspectives upstream so as to deliver outstanding digital experiences for our customers,” Soh said.

Applicants will go through an 80-minute online assessment tailored to the roles they are applying for to gauge their technical and planning capabilities. These online assessments must be submitted by 8 June 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online hiring day on 12 June 2021, when they will learn more about DBS’ approach to fostering diversity and inclusion in its workforce as well as the career development pathways available before attending a virtual interview.

DBS has been organising tailored events to bring more women technologists into its ranks. In 2019, the bank launched Hack2Hire-Her, a curated outreach programme targeting female technology talent to complement the bank’s annual Hack2Hire hackathon. As a result, the proportion of applications from women rose to over 30%, as compared to 5% in previous years, and the number of offers made to women also increased about five times.
 

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