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Aviva opens new digital hub creating 50 jobs in Galway

7 Nov 2016

Aviva is insuring itself against future change as it announces plans to create 50 jobs at its Galway office, as part of a new internal digital hub.

As one of the biggest insurers in the country, Aviva sees its Galway office in Knocknacarra as playing an important part in its future. It has created a new digital hub that will work with the team in Dublin to implement the company’s ‘digital first’ strategy.

As part of the announcement, the insurer has announced it will hire 50 new staff by the end of this year, bringing its total number of staff hired in 2016 to 85.

Of the 50 roles to be created, Aviva has said 10 of the new positions will be for digital developers, who will work on the company’s website and develop mobile applications for customers.

With 300 people now working at its Galway office, Aviva has added that it will offer digital careers to existing employees within the company who might want to learn new skills.

Michelle White, COO of Aviva General Insurance, said of the new hub: “Our general insurance business is growing steadily and we need more people in our Galway centre to serve our expanding customer base.

“In addition, we are developing our digital hub in Knocknacarra, as we seek to become the easiest insurer for our customers to do business with.”

Adding to this, Aviva’s CIO Fin Goulding said of Galway’s potential: “There is an enormous amount of innovation in Galway in areas like agriculture, food, marine and the biomedical field.

“We want to attract some of that expertise and to add insurance to the areas of technical excellence to be found in Galway.”

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Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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