Mastercard is hiring data scientists, software engineers and more for its Dublin base.
The world of payments is evolving and Mastercard aims to be at the forefront of innovation in the area. The company today (12 April) announced it is expanding its Irish presence and hiring 175 new employees in Dublin.
As Mastercard continues to develop innovation in payments, it will need more expert talent on hand to facilitate its progress.
Software engineers, blockchain specialists, data scientists, cloud infrastructure specialists and information security experts are among the roles included in today’s announcement.
An important landmark
Mastercard’s Leopardstown office is currently home to 380 staff and acts as the headquarters of the company’s R&D arm, Mastercard Labs. The company is on the cutting edge of payments solutions, developing chatbots and AR shopping, among other innovative projects.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, TD, welcomed the announcement, describing the expansion as “an important landmark”.
She added: “The Government has been working hard to ensure that we have the right conditions in place to attract the knowledge-based sectors to Ireland, in particular a skilled workforce that can fill the needs of companies like Mastercard.”
Humphreys also noted Ireland’s growing reputation as an attractive location for fintech and payments firms from around the globe.
Ireland at the heart of Mastercard innovation plans
Ken Moore, executive vice-president and head of Mastercard Labs, described Ireland as the heart the company’s global innovation efforts.
He added: “Throughout Mastercard, Dublin is admired as a key technology hub. We’re looking to replicate the innovation culture we’ve fostered here in our offices around the world.”
Sonya Geelon, country manager at Mastercard Ireland, said: “We’re driving projects that promote financial inclusion at home and abroad, and are working to provide consumers, businesses and governments with the most innovative, safe and secure ways to pay.”
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan noted that the announcement was a perfect example of Ireland’s growing notoriety as a vibrant payments hub. “With the global brand awareness of Mastercard providing Ireland with an excellent reference in the sector, we have a growing and strong cluster of both indigenous and FDI payment companies in Ireland.”