New MetLife Galway campus will be focused on productivity, connectivity, diversity and wellness.
Recruitment of 200 highly skilled IT professionals for MetLife’s new global technology campus in Galway is underway.
Including its existing office in Dublin, MetLife’s presence in Ireland will grow to more than 500 employees once recruitment at the new campus is complete.
‘Digital innovation continues to reshape our lives and the way we view the future, and it reinforces the reality that every company needs to become a technology company in order to survive’
– MARTY LIPPERT
MetLife is one of the world’s biggest financial services companies and has a heritage extending back to 1868.
The global technology campus is part of MetLife’s broader strategic effort of transforming the workplace experience by bringing employees together in state-of-the-art, collaborative environments, while reducing its geographic footprint and significantly lowering operating costs.
“Digital innovation continues to reshape our lives and the way we view the future, and it reinforces the reality that every company needs to become a technology company in order to survive,” said Marty Lippert, executive vice-president and head of MetLife global technology and operations.
The company made the announcement that it was building a campus in Galway last year.
“Our new global technology campus in Galway will be a dynamic centre of change, and it will be at the heart of creating the digital solutions that will transform how our customers interact with us every day around the globe. We look forward to deepening our roots in Galway and Ireland, where we have found a business-friendly environment and a deep talent pool of skilled workers.”
Design and function
Lippert said MetLife’s Galway campus integrates design and technology, creating an energetic and human experience that blends Silicon Valley technologies with the rugged landscape of the Burren near Galway Bay. The office is an open environment focused on productivity, connectivity, diversity and wellness.
As well as sit-stand desks, the new office includes a meditation room, two outdoor atria that allow natural light to permeate the building, a games room and outdoor bicycle racks.
“This is an extremely exciting project, and the Irish Government is very pleased that our ongoing work in driving competitiveness and providing quality skills is paying dividends in attracting cutting-edge projects like this,” said An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald, TD.
“This development will see a further 200 people employed in Ireland and we look forward to our continued fruitful relationship with MetLife, in both its Galway and Dublin operations, well into the future.”
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan added: “It shows, too, that Galway has both the required skills for global companies such as MetLife to establish and grow here and the property solutions they need.”
Sunset over Galway Bay and lighthouse on Mutton Island. Image: Maria Janus/Shutterstock