MBA graduate named Young Retail Banking and Finance Marketing Professional of the Year21 October 2015

UQ Business School 2015 MBA graduate, Jane Hill, has been named the Young Retail Banking and Finance Marketing Professional of the Year in the Dun & Bradstreet Young Banking and Finance Professionals Awards.

The awards, which acknowledge Australia’s up and coming finance talent, judge the candidates based on their contributions to their organisations and industry, including process improvements, ability to use data to drive actionable insight, innovation, and examples of leadership.

In her previous role as Marketing Manager at financial services firm Firstmac Limited, Jane was responsible for new digital product development within the group portfolio and improving consumer marketing for the loans.com.au brand; including, integrating the retail team functions of digital, IT, and marketing to improve the ‘go to market’ process.

She was also previously involved in the 2014 resurrection of Brisbane Junior Chamber of Commerce, sits on the Australian Marketing Institute’s state advisory committee.

Jane has worked in marketing for over 10 years in Brisbane, London, and Sydney in a variety of industries including publishing, media, entertainment, and education.

She made the decision to transition into the banking and finance sector by enrolling in the MBA program at UQ Business School.

“I embraced every opportunity possible within the MBA such as participating in the Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP), the India Immersion Tour, and the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum, and it really helped with the development of my confidence and network in Brisbane.

“Part way through the MBA I was offered a role at Firstmac Limited who in 2011 launched loans.com.au, an online provider offering competitive low interest rates. In the past 12 months I have had many successes within the role and was promoted shortly after joining.

“The banking and finance industry was hard to crack but the MBA really helped my transition into an industry that I really love,” she said.

UQ Business School MBA Director, Dr Sarah Kelly, is thrilled to see Jane’s leadership and performance recognised by this award.

“Our program is fortunate to attract students of Jane’s calibre, and we take our role of developing business leaders seriously by providing unique applied learning opportunities for them to advance their problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership skills,” she said.

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