An American technology company is to create 160 jobs in Belfast with the opening of a new centre of excellence. Chicago-headquartered, PEAK6 is a private technology and investment firm that uses technology to find a better way of doing things, notably seeking transformational opportunities that provide capital and strategic support to entrepreneurs and forward-thinking businesses.
Announcing the company’s investment, the Economy Minister, Diane Dodds said: “This major investment by PEAK6 is welcome news as we work to rebuild our economy. Northern Ireland is a leading location for international technology investment. Our strength in financial technology, cloud solutions and emerging areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, continues to attract businesses to invest here and capitalise on our growing expertise to help them grow their businesses.
“A core part of my Department’s, Rebuilding a Stronger Economy framework is to develop highly-skilled workforces with higher paying jobs. The quality of talent our tech sector has to offer is reflected in the company’s competitive salaries and I am delighted to see that a number of the roles on offer are open to graduates.”
Job roles at PEAK6’s Belfast office over the next four years will span several levels of experience across software engineering, product management, scrum masters and engineering managers. There will be opportunities for computing graduates, along with a small team of support staff and HR professionals. Recruitment is under way and ten roles are already in place. PEAK6 NI is immediately hiring software engineers specialising in Java or React. Once in place, the jobs are expected to contribute over £8.5million of additional annual salaries, to the Northern Ireland economy.
Judi Hart, Chief Operating Officer at PEAK6, commented: “Our strategy is to bring world-class technology and operational excellence to PEAK6 businesses to help them prosper. To do this we need to grow our workforce to increase efficiencies and be able to capitalise on new opportunities.
“Our Northern Ireland colleagues will play an important part in this. The Belfast team will innovate industry-specific technology solutions that will enable transformation across our companies and focus on the research, development and delivery of new products to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans.
“The support and insight Invest NI has offered us is so important to our forward-thinking business vision. Its understanding of Northern Ireland’s rich talent offering and thriving tech sector, is why we made the decision to invest here.”
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