US technology firm Dynamic Signal plans to create 100 jobs in Belfast

Steve Heyman, co-founder and chief operating officer of Dynamic Signal (right) with Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton. Photo: Andrew Towe
Gary McDonald Business Editor

A SILICON Valley-based software firm is creating 100 jobs in Belfast over the next four years, paying an average salary in the mid-£30,000 range.

Dynamic Signal, which builds communication technology for many of the world's largest organisations including a third of America's Fortune 500, plans to establish a technology centre in the city focused on software development work and customer success roles.

Currently based at River House, seven staff are already in place but the company - whose clients include the likes of Telefonica (O2), Volvo Group, BMW, Nestle and UPS - has already begun a recruitment process to fill technical services, developer, customer service and engineering roles.

The announcement comes a week after cloud-based business decision-making platform Futrli, based in Brighton, said it was creating 80 high-paying operations and software engineering jobs in Belfast as part of a £5.5 million investment.

Invest NI is again supporting the inward investment, offering £650,000 towards creating the new roles. Once in place, the jobs will contribute more than £3.4 million a year in wages to the economy.

With office-based working becoming less common (some local company's employees rarely sit at a desk), it can present a challenge to effectively communicate with staff, especially when many aren't issued company email addresses and lack an easy way to interact with the intranet.

But Dynamic Signal's software is aimed at improving that experience by offering a robust, intuitive, and sophisticated employee communication and engagement platform.

Founder and chief operating officer Steve Heyman said: “Our platform serves companies with upwards of 500 employees, and in particular, those with a high number of deskless or dispersed employees see the greatest benefit from our innovative solution.

“Our software allows company communication, HR, and marketing teams to segment staff and tailor different messages to different user groups, which we see as a real strength of our offering.

“This new centre in Northern Ireland will play an important role as we expand our products and services, and look to grow our global customer base.”

He added: “Invest NI provided invaluable insights into the region, its talent and the academic centres of excellence. We believe the skills available in the IT sector here, particularly in software development, and the quality of students graduating from third level education, makes this the right location for this new centre.”

Alastair Hamilton, outgoing chief executive at Invest NI said: “Managing employee communications across dispersed teams can be a challenge for large organisations, but Dynamic Signal has taken an innovative social media approach to enable large businesses to effectively connect with employees and to allow them to effectively communicate with their peers.

“The company has identified growth potential and this new technology centre in Belfast will provide the team needed to develop new products and services, while also targeting developing markets in Europe and the UK. This investment is another welcome addition to our growing ICT sector.”

Samantha Kirk, vice-president of engineering and site lead in Belfast, said: “Hiring candidates from the outstanding talent pool that we have here in Belfast will allow us to meet our ambitious growth plans.”

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