SmartBear to create 100 new tech jobs in Galway

12 Jun 2014

Galway’s reputation as a location of choice for software companies has been bolstered by the news that one of the world’s leading professional app-building software companies, SmartBear, is to create 100 new jobs over five years at its new European headquarters in Galway City.

SmartBear Software’s technology is used by more than 2m software professionals worldwide to build software applications.

The Massachusetts-headquartered company’s technology is used by some of the world’s most popular applications to ensure a superior user experience.

Ireland's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is supporting the Galway investment.

“We are excited about opening our European headquarters in Ireland,” said Doug McNary, CEO, SmartBear Software.

“We were impressed by Galway’s vibrant ICT cluster, pro-business environment and attractive lifestyle. This, coupled with the support of IDA Ireland, makes Galway the perfect choice for SmartBear.”

The new office will create roles in inside sales, marketing, customer support, operations, finance and software development.

Vibrant ICT cluster

“Today’s announcement that SmartBear, a leading US software application quality and performance management company, is establishing its European headquarters in Galway and expected to create 100 jobs is a great boost,” said Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“This builds on the significant progress we have seen in the job market in the past two years, and I wish them every success with this project.”

The decision also bolsters Galway’s reputation as a location of choice for leading global tech companies, said IDA CEO Barry O’Leary.

“The Irish centre is strategically important to SmartBear as it will drive international growth for the company,” O’Leary added.

Software application testing image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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