An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD and Park Place Technologies have announced it will open its new EMEA Operations Centre in City Quarter, Lapp’s Quay, Cork. Park Place will invest in the creation of 70 new tech jobs over the next two years. This new investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Park Place supports more than 15,000 organisations in over 115 countries. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Park Place currently employs over 1,100 people, and maintains offices across the globe, including in San Diego, Denver, Boston, Toronto, London, Calne, Wiesbaden, Malaysia, Singapore, and Dubai. Park Place was recently named to its sixth Inc. 5000 list of the USA’s fastest-growing private companies.

Speaking in Cork at the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD said, “I am delighted to welcome Park Place Technologies to Cork. Ireland, as a committed member of the EU, continues to resonate strongly with US companies as the location of choice from which to serve its European customer base.”

While nearly one dozen positions already have been filled with local talent, recruitment will continue for highly skilled engineering and technology positions. These include Customer Service experts with experience dealing with enterprise to consumer customers consuming data center technology; Support Analysts with multi-lingual skills, and an aptitude for data center products such as storage, servers, and networks; and Advanced Engineers with in-depth knowledge of all major OEM data center technology such as HPE, IBM, Cisco, NetApp, Dell, Dell EMC, 3Par.

“This investment further cements our position within EMEA, and we are confident we can provide our existing customer base and potential new customers with an alternative option for their Support and Maintenance, and IT Managed Services requirements,” said Chris Adams, president and COO of Park Place. “Partnering with the Irish Government has created a clear path to expansion and investment.”

“We require associates with strong technical skills, and an ability to be agile across multiple technologies,” Adams added. “They must have a strong appetite to grow and learn and exhibit a constant focus on the customer experience. All hiring will be in country, with future relocations into Ireland possible with new acquisitions. IDA Ireland has offered insight, guidance and access to resources that has been invaluable to our investment.”

“This announcement by Park Place Technologies that it is establishing an EMEA Operations Centre in Cork to support future growth across the region is very welcome news. It adds to IDA Ireland’s significant cluster of technology companies in Cork, reinforcing the area’s reputation as an ideal location for such business. I wish the Park Place Technologies team every success and look forward to working with the company as its build out its centre here,” said Mary Buckley, executive director, IDA Ireland.

“The primary attraction to opening this Operations Centre in Cork, aside from the geopolitical positioning in EMEA, is the access to the talent profile needed to support our ongoing growth,” states Nicola Buckley, Sr. VP, Advanced Engineering and Call Center for Park Place, who is an Irish native and graduate of University College Cork. “We have received great assistance from the Irish Government with on-the-ground facilitation including assistance with facility sourcing, creating networks locally, and public relations.”