SmartBear opens a new software development centre, aiming to employ 100 people in Galway by 2019.
Software quality player SmartBear is to create 25 new jobs in Galway this year as part of its growth plans.
In 2014, the company announced its arrival in the city with plans to create 100 jobs by 2019 at its EMEA headquarters.
‘This team will be a key contributor to our industry-leading API life cycle product line portfolio, which includes our open source communities, Swagger and SoapUI’
– JUSTIN TEAGUE
The company already employs 40 people and said that it will take on 25 new staff members this year, intending to reach its 100-job target in the next two years.
To accommodate a new development centre, SmartBear has expanded to a new workspace located at the Mayoral House, providing an additional 2,500 sq ft.
Tools developed at the centre manage the full API life cycle, from design and development to retirement.
Galway has the talent
“We’re thrilled to be expanding our presence in Galway with a new development centre,” said Justin Teague, CEO of SmartBear.
“This team will be a key contributor to our industry-leading API life cycle product line portfolio, which includes our open source communities, Swagger and SoapUI.”
Creating a development centre in Galway enables SmartBear to take advantage of the existing infrastructure of its EMEA headquarters and provides the company access to a great pool of talent from local universities, including NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
“Our team is growing very quickly to keep up with increased growth,” said Darin Welfare, vice-president of international at SmartBear. “We are actively looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our development, sales and marketing teams.”
SmartBear’s technology supports more than 5m software professionals and more than 20,000 companies in 194 countries.
Products include tools for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications.
“It is these companies that continue to help attract young talent and strengthen our city,” said Catherina Blewitt, west regional manager at IDA Ireland.
Galway city. Image: Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock