HP to create 105 software R&D jobs in Galway

13 Dec 2010

HP has just announced it is adding 105 new jobs at its Global IT organisation in Galway which focuses on HP’s Enterprise Business (EB) unit.

The new jobs will be located at HP’s Galway operations, which was the original site of the Digital Equipment Corporation operations at Ballybrit.

The new jobs are technical in nature, focused on enterprise data architecture, application development and the latest in software engineering and testing, among other skill sets.

“This is an important part of helping develop HP’s capability in software engineering, and we see it as an important statement of both our capacity to do more and the relevance of the skills that have been developed by the existing team here in Galway,” said Gerry Jacob, vice-president within HP’s EB IT organisation.

Two multi-year projects are under way at HP Galway. The company is seeking both technologists and managers to fill these positions. The roles will involve working with the new and latest technologies in HP’s cloud infrastructure and services business. The career opportunities range from entry level to architect IT and engineering positions, from graduate to PhD level.

“We are thrilled to be able to secure these jobs for Ireland as they speak hugely to the esteem in which the Irish skill set and capability is regarded within the HP community,” Martin Murphy, managing director HP Ireland, explained.

“HP’s strategic intent is to continue the shift towards research and development, including working with institutions such as LERO, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at Limerick University,” Murphy added.

“We have a proud tradition of delivery in this regard across hardware, software and services in Ireland.”

Continued investment

Despite Ireland’s economic travails, HP has found the country to be a place worth continually investing in. HP has more than 4,000 people employed across its core business groups in Leixlip, Dublin, Galway and Belfast.

The jobs announcement today from HP follows on from recent expansion announcements at its operation in Ireland with the expansion of its the creation of 120 new jobs at its enterprise division in Dublin, an expansion of its Global Solutions Centre in Belfield, Dublin earlier this year with 60 new jobs, the creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009 creating 500 jobs and the expansion of the company’s Galway operation in September 2009, with the creation of 50 jobs.

The European Software Centre (ESC) in Ballybrit, Co Galway, comprises software and services research and development, software publishing services and software management and e-business services.

The geographic focus is Europe, Middle East and Africa, although many services delivered from the ESC are global.

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’Keeffe TD, described the HP jobs as a significant boost for research and development in Ireland.

“HP has chosen Galway for these highly strategic and knowledge-based roles in a move that reinforces our global reputation for high-end research and development activity.

“The investment shows that we can compete for highly skilled jobs in the information technology sector as we forge ahead with efforts to make Ireland Europe’s innovation hub,” O’Keefe said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years