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Energy firm Viridian creating 35 jobs in £20m IT investment

Viridian Group CIO Catherine Gardiner (seated) with (from left) Paul Comins (project manager), Sean McCrea (technical lead) and Orlaith Murtagh (business analyst). Photo: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

ALL-Ireland energy provider Viridian Group, parent company of Power NI, is to spend £20 million in new IT systems over the next three years - and is creating 35 jobs as a result.

The £1.5 billion turnover firm says it will be hiring IT professionals for a variety of roles including project managers, technical analysts and business analysts, all based at its Belfast headquarters.

Viridian's IT director Catherine Gardiner said: “This is an exceptional opportunity for IT professionals to join us team and work on the development of a range of really cutting-edge IT projects.

"This includes the game-changing smart metering project for utilities which promises to revolutionise energy use and make an impact on every house and business premises in Ireland.

She added: "The roles should be particularly attractive to IT professionals locally as well as those looking to return to Northern Ireland from GB.

"The new hires will join an existing team of more 100 in IT and can look forward to working with them on some exciting and challenging projects.”

Viridian employs 480 staff across Ireland and its Power NI subsidiary is the north's main supplier of electricity with more than 600,000 customers - almost three-quarters of the market.

Group chief executive Ian Thom said: “We're delighted to be announcing the creation of 35 new jobs for Belfast as part of a £20 million investment.

"We have always been at the forefront of innovation and progression in the energy sector,and through this significant investment we will be developing a wide range of exciting new IT capabilities and technologies.”

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