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Stories from Professional and Support Services

Maria Maguire

Human Resources Business Partner


What does a day in Bank of Ireland look like?

A typical day could involve a combination of meetings with senior management, various discussions with colleagues across most functions which would include Finance, Legal and Risk on plans that involve business change that could pose a substantial cost impact or potential business risk, presenting to the business on HR initiatives, engaging with external providers on staff selection/ assessment processes and spending time coaching individuals in relation to their own personal development.

What's the best thing about your job?

Before working in BOI I had worked in different industries across different countries and cultures. What Bank of Ireland provides me with is continued personal development on my own career journey. There are many facets to this however some that stand out are: the diversity of the work and being fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with some very dynamic and passionate people who are focused on delivering the right business strategies. My role gives me the access to build capabilities for future business success.

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What challenges you in your job? 

Banking is heavily regulated so sometimes my desire for speed gets brought back down to reality pretty quickly. But there are learnings from everything and it is a long game we are playing. What I have learnt is that everyone can be creative and innovative in a role even within the constraints that are there.

What gets you up in the morning?

The thought that I am unlikely to have a dull day helps me leave the comfort of the duvet. I surround myself with positive, energetic people at Bank of Ireland.  If times get tough, there is a real sense of camaraderie which helps me get through those more trying days. In addition, the sheer energy that comes from working in an organisation that is undergoing huge business and cultural change is palpable.

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