US firm to create 100 new jobs with Belfast fintech centre

  • Atlanta-headquartered risk management firm, Riskonnect is creating 100 software engineer and developer jobs with a new fintech (financial technology) centre in Belfast.

    The company has already recruited 25 of the roles.

    Riskonnect provides technology solutions to over 900 customers around the world to help them anticipate, manage, and respond in real-time to strategic and operational risks.

    Jim Wetekamp, the firm’s CEO was “highly impressed” by Northern Ireland’s local talent and said: “We are making this major investment in response to an increase in demand for our services.

    “Northern Ireland’s burgeoning fintech sector, together with a dynamic and highly educated workforce, makes Belfast an obvious choice for us.”

    Economy Minister Diane Dodds met the company on the second day of her visit to the USA and said the positions are “high quality jobs contributing over £3m in additional annual salaries to the Northern Ireland economy.”

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    Invest NI is offering £416,000 towards the creation of the roles.

    Its chief executive, Kevin Holland added: “This announcement follows recent investments by US companies including Aflac, Contrast Security and ESO, and further demonstrates our ability to attract global businesses.”

    Belfast is becoming increasingly significant in the global fintech sector.

    It was recently ranked third (after London and Singapore) overall in fDi magazine’s Fintech Location of the Future for 2019/20.

    The Belfast team will support Riskonnect’s global operations and future growth plans.

    The company currently has offices in the US, London and India.

    It also recently acquired enterprise software development firm Marsh ClearSight in 2018.

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