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Employee Recognition 28 Jun 2019

BBVA employees pack their bags for overseas opportunities

A world of opportunities awaits you at BBVA—literally. The bank’s Global Mobility program recently debuted, and U.S. employees with a keen sense of adventure are exploring  opportunities to work overseas. The mobility program is designed strategically to attract and retain talent across the bank’s footprint, which spans 31 countries across four continents, explained Sonia Storer, BBVA USA director of talent acquisition and development.

Storer: BBVA supports more than 125,000 jobs in 30 countries in nearly every continent…The chance to learn and work in another country is incredibly appealing for a lot of our U.S.-based team members.

“BBVA supports more than 125,000 jobs in 30 countries in nearly every continent. As we develop top talent, we’re committed to creating robust opportunities for growth,” Storer said. “The chance to learn and work in another country is incredibly appealing for a lot of our U.S.-based team members.”

Since the mobility program launched, Storer said many employees already have created profiles and are exploring the different career opportunities in South America, Europe, and Asia.

Adriana del Carmen Bedoya Vergara was one of the first U.S.-based team members from the engineering department to make a move. Bedoya Vergara, who has dual citizenship in Colombia and Spain, is now working in strategy and control at the bank’s global headquarters in Spain.

del Carmen Bedoya Vergara: I can help ensure that global leaders see the potential impact of strategic decisions on the local level.

“My role in Spain is very similar to what I have been doing, but on a global level,” she said. “I think BBVA already is seeing the benefits of my knowledge of another part of the organization, and as someone who’s been involved in these types of projects both in the U.S. and in Madrid, I can help ensure that global leaders see the potential impact of strategic decisions on the local level.”

Andrea Villavicencio has never been to Spain, so the financial analyst is learning Spanish as she waits for her visa to get approved for her upcoming move to Madrid, where she will work in strategy for risk and finance in the engineering division. A self-described lifelong learner, Villavicencio first came to the bank through its recruitment program aimed at new college graduates, and said now that she has been with BBVA for a few years, she’s eager for her next adventure.

Villavicencio : I’m looking forward to using my skills to advance the bank’s mission while learning a new social and business culture with colleagues in Madrid.

“When I told my director I was seeking a new challenge, she supported my pursuit of this opportunity, and I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m looking forward to using my skills to advance the bank’s mission while learning a new social and business culture with colleagues in Madrid.”


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