Concerted push to improve female representation in engineering roles.
Singaporean multinational banking and financial services, DBS is focusing on five engineering roles for women, including engineering lead; solution architect; reactJS developer; full stack developer; and software development engineering in test.
Soh Siew Choo group dead of big data/AI and consumer banking technology at DBS said previous overwhelming response 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,” she said. “At DBS, we run curated hackathons and hiring events to reach out to top female technology talent.”
Choo noted DBS 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,” she said.
Lo Man Ling vice president of consumer banking digital platform at DBS joined the bank through last year’s run of DBS Women in Tech after more than nine years in the public sector.
“I was sold on DBS’ unique and sincere effort to connect with female technologists such as myself. Not only did I meet with many talented ladies in the bank’s technology and engineering teams, I also saw a community that truly believes in the importance and strength of diversity,” he said. “Now that I’m part of Team DBS, I have been actively participating in the bank’s diversity initiatives to help inspire the next generation of young girls and women in Singapore to build a career in technology.”
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 per cent, as compared to 5 per cent in previous years, and the number of offers made to women also increased about five times.
DBS is also a pioneer signatory to the SG Women in Tech Corporate Pledge announced by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority in March this year. This reaffirms DBS’ commitment to champion women in technology through dedicated recruitment and development programmes, and to build and nurture a strong pipeline of female technology talent in Singapore.