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James Peterson

Australian data analyst seeking to relocate to the USA.


I have a pattern of outperforming.

I have been tested by some of the most highly regarded firms in Australia. I made significant impacts in my roles at Macquarie and Telstra, and performed well as a vacationer at Deloitte.

In my current position within Queensland Treasury, I received a quarterly employee award after just two months and have created deliverables used to shape national discussions.

Work History

Queensland Treasury

Jan 2015Present

Graduate Treasury Analyst

Intergovernmental relations, Economics Group (July 2015 - Present)

  • Model impacts on public sector budgets of policy proposals that arise from intergovernmental meetings (Council on Federal Financial Relations; Heads of Treasury; Council of Australian Governments).
  • Clarify complex concepts for briefing to senior executives and the Treasurer. 

Risk and Intelligence Division, Office of State Revenue (June 2015)

  • Analysed and manipulated large data sets (3GB+) using Caseware IDEA, Excel, Access and SAP data cubes while on secondment from the Land Tax Division.

Land Tax Division, Office of State Revenue (January 2015 - July 2015)

  • Developed risk models, revenue models and automation tools using advanced Excel features including VBA macros, SQL (via ADO), worksheet controls, What-If Analysis, the Data Analysis Toolpak, and advanced formulae.
  • Undertook compliance investigations and liaised with related divisions (Risk and Intelligence, Collections) on inter-divisional work.
  • Awarded the Land Tax Division's 'Unleashing Potential' quarterly employee award in March 2015 for increasing the Division's use of business intelligence.

Macquarie Group

Jul 2014Jan 2015

Operations Administrator, Business Banking

  • Undertook quality assurance on business banking administration processed offshore.
  • Entrusted within three months with authorising transactions at a Senior Associate level.


Feb 2014Jul 2014

Sales Consultant

  • Utilised my network to enable the Queensland Telstra Store Network to land one of its largest business deals of FY14. The size of this sale was such that it was shared across the P&Ls of several Queensland stores.


Jan 2013Feb 2013

Summer Vacationer, Consulting

  • Edited Excel and PowerPoint deliverables to a standard expected of a tier 1 consultancy.
  • Created a technical deliverable that explained different stages of software testing that was used by the client in presentations.
  • Gained insight into how the consulting process adds business value through working on the Personally Controlled eHealth Record System (PCeHR), one of Australia's largest IT projects (~$800mm+).

Queensland Government, Various Departments

Jan 2010Feb 2012

Customer Service Adviser

  • Provided a first point of contact on behalf of much of the Queensland Government within problem-solving, service quality- oriented inbound contact centres.
  • Provided account administration, information, and point-of-referral services on behalf of as many as five Queensland Government departments on a daily basis.
  • Handled sensitive private information and negotiated repayment agreements for unpaid penalties with appropriate integrity and caution.


Monash University


Graduate Diploma in Data Science

  • Developing knowledge and skills needed to deal effectively with data processing, data analytics,  and data management. The course covers statistical and exploratory analysis, data formats and languages, processing of massive data sets, and management of data and its role and impact in an organisation and community.

University of Queensland


Individual units in computer science

  • UQ finalist in the 2014 UBS Investment Banking Challenge
  • I went back to university to learn better how to use the computer as a tool. I learned formal logic, how to structure data and utilise abstractions, and computational approaches to problem solving. My year learning computer science completely changed how I examine problems.

Queensland University of Technology


Bachelor of Business (Distinction) in Finance

  • Distinction average (76%)
  • Learned core concepts and skills in finance related to project evaluation, capital structure, security analysis and pricing, portfolio management, international finance and risk management.

Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Technology


International Baccalaureate

  • Inaugural class of the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology – Queensland’s first selective public high school.