In our employer insights series, Conor McDonnell, vice-president of human resources at Fidelity Investments Ireland, gives us an insight into what it’s like to work on the technology behind one of the world’s largest financial services providers.
Parent company Fidelity Investments is approaching 70 years in operation, having established a base in Ireland in 1996. Fidelity Investments Ireland currently employs about 500 people in its offices in Galway and Dublin, and McDonnell expects to see this expand, continuing significant growth seen over the last two years.
In fact, at the time of this interview in February, there were 20 positions available at Fidelity in Ireland, but this number has already expanded if you take a look at the company’s jobs page, which includes roles for Java developers, Oracle database specialists, business intelligence developers, data warehouse specialists, QA test engineers, product architects, project managers and systems analysts.
In terms of the culture of the workplace, McDonnell describes it as “Fidelity by name, fidelity by nature,” and emphasises the firm’s focus on professionalism, respect, honesty and integrity, as well as a healthy appetite for innovation.
“We’re a financial services company, but we’re also a technology company,” he said. “Obviously, our product set and our core focus is to deliver financial services products for our customers, but, in everything that we do in that space, it’s grounded in technology.”
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