From the Bench to the Boardroom

Suzy BaxterBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

QUALITIFICATIONS
BSc (Chemistry) 1997
Hons (Biochemistry) 1998
Masters of Technology Management 2004

SALARY RANGE
Minimum $120,000
Maximum $250,000
Average $185,000 p.a.

"WHATEVER you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

UQ Science graduate Suzy Baxter lives by this Goethe quote, and, not surprisingly, her ensuing career path has been showered with success.

From her beginnings in Science, Suzy has seen her career blossom, with a recent highlight being her enviable role as the European Consulting Business Development Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in the charming western European city of Luxembourg.

Starting her working life as an analytical chemist after achieving a Science Honours degree in 1998 (chemistry and biochemistry), Suzy’s rise to a leading position with a worldwide company was both smooth and swift.

Returning home, Suzy took up a role as business development director for KPMG Queensland – part of a global network of firms providing audit, tax and advisory services to clients and communities.

In January 20110, she started work in Dubai as Business Development Director for ProcewaterhouseCoopers.

Suzy attributes her latest career achievement to her two UQ degrees, which she says equipped her with essential abilities to take on her new role – from the likes of analytical skills to "big picture" business skills.

"Although I may not operate in a traditional scientific laboratory environment, I believe that my ability to facilitate and leverage the differences between the commercial world and science has enabled me to deliver practical innovations and performance improvement to our clients and internal business globally, regardless of industry," she says.

Suzy says her time at UQ was also linked to the development of her "curious mind, personal drive, determination and persistence" – all of which have been the backbone to her successes to date.
"I met lecturers, fellow students and mentors who encouraged me to reach beyond the borders of Brisbane and Australia to achieve my dreams and career goals."

With PricewaterhouseCoopers’ European region covering no fewer than 20 countries, Suzy has savoured the fruits of completing her studies and following her heart, working and travelling all over the world.

“"I loved the diversity of cultures, markets, clients and people I get to know through my previous job," she says.”

"Now I hope to leverage my international experience locally, to help people achieve beyond their best."