Liberty IT to create 150 new tech roles

  • Photo: Jonathan White, Senior Director of Operations at Liberty IT

    Liberty IT is recruiting for 150 new roles in the next 12 months, with opportunities in software engineering, architecture, data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and product design.

    The firm is the software house for global Fortune 100 company, Liberty Mutual Insurance.

    Between Belfast and Dublin, the company has just over 550 employees and the team are growing that number to 700, with the majority being NI-based roles.

    “We’ve been working towards newer opportunities to make our business more sustainable and increase the breadth of our focus areas,” said Jonathan White, Senior Director of Operations at Liberty IT.

    Jonathan is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the daily operations of the company. He is also a member of the Liberty IT Executive team, responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business.

     “I partner closely with our emerging business and technology group, as well as our talent team as we look ensure that we have the right type of roles and a pipeline of work that aligns with our future vision.

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    “We’re looking at skills of the future as well and have recently recruited graduates and interns for our 2021 intake. This included running our annual ‘Tech Carnival’ event and assessment centres virtually this year, and the numbers are at an all-time high.

    “Every year the calibre seems to get higher. As we go into next year it’s incredibly encouraging to have that backdrop of entry level talent coming into the organisation, and we continue to work in close partnership with the local universities to attract students into tech.

    “In terms of experienced hires, Liberty IT has developed a strong reputation in the local market. We participate frequently in meetup’s and have speakers right across the organisation represent us at local events, be that Digital DNA, BelTech or Women in Technology.

    “Even on the global stage in areas like Serverless computing where we feel we’re leading the way; we have speakers at events like Amazon’s re:invent. Hopefully, experienced hires can then see the exciting areas we’re working into.

    “Increasingly what we’re looking for are candidates who want to understand the business value they’re driving, designing technology solutions that ultimately deliver real commercial value.”

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    Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Liberty IT will continue to onboard their new recruits remotely, which is something Jonathan told Sync NI the organisation feels very positive about.

    “We moved to fully remote back in March. Since then we’ve had our entire workforce working from home. We’ve always had a flexible working environment and we encourage that flexibility, so the move to remote was quite straightforward,” he said.

    “We’ve continued to recruit throughout 2020, onboarding over 100 new team members and we’ve also promoted around 100 people internally. The onboarding experience has been critical for us, especially ensuring new hires are engaged from day one. There’s been a virtual tailored programme, a lot of our online learning resources are available remotely and we’ve buddied up our new recruits with partners to show them the ropes and encourage them through the onboarding journey.

    “It’s encouraged us for the future, as what we’re hearing from employees is that they would like a hybrid working model, where the office becomes an alternative place to work. I fully anticipate that as an organisation we won’t go back to the way we were.

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    “We will still have offices; however this year has taught us we can still thrive as a distributed team. I’m excited to see how our new workplace model evolves, and we are ensuring we have our teams feedback at every step of the way.

    “We’re very proud of the fact that despite Covid-19 we’re still growing and continue to rank officially as a “Great Place to Work” including the Wellbeing category. We’re ranked within the top five UK Best Workplaces in Tech and recognised by the Diversity Charter Mark NI.

    “The business is very focused on growing its Digital capability, and this has presented us with an exciting opportunity for growth next year. We hold regular check-ins with our Business and IT stakeholders, and despite the pandemic the feedback that we’re getting is that the talent within our organisation continue to do an incredible job”

    Find out more about Liberty IT and their upcoming job roles here.

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    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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