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Chicago-based iManage creating 18 top-salaried jobs in new Belfast software engineering centre

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton (left) with Ian Raine and Geoff Hornsby from iManage
Gary McDonald Business Editor

A CHICAGO-headquartered software engineering firm which delivers content management innovations for legal firms and other professionals has set up a base in Belfast, creating 18 jobs paying £30,000-plus salaries.

iManage, a management-owned company with more than 200 employees, has established a software engineering centre in Belfast.

And when all the new jobs are in place, it will contribute an additional £680,000 in salaries per year to the local economy according to Invest NI chief executive Alistair Hamilton.

Invest NI offered the US firm £90,000 of support towards the new jobs. Ten posts are already in place, with the remaining to be filled during the next quarter. Roles include product architects, senior developers, junior developers and support engineers.

iManage was founded in 1998 and five years later merged with Interwoven, which in turn was acquired by Autonomy and then HP. Last July iManage announced a management buyout of the company from HP.

The company provides work product management products for legal, accounting and financial services firms. It currently supports more than 3,000 organisations including over 1,800 law firms and is a global leader in its field.

"This project in Belfast is highly innovative and marks a significant leap forward in the company’s growth plans," Mr Hamilton said.

“Northern Ireland is continuing to grow as an attractive place for foreign direct investment, and iManage’s location here is further proof of our worldwide appeal.”

Ian Raine has joined the company as director of product management and to oversee the centre, along with Bernadette McCoy as director of engineering.

Both local to Belfast, Ian brings over 25 years of experience building enterprise software products and Bernadette over 20 years architecting and delivering enterprise scale products and solutions in both the enterprise content management and web information management sectors.

Geoff Hornsby, iManage’s European general manager, said: “Our aim is to foster this leading edge technology team in Northern Ireland; and with support and backing from Invest NI and our globally-respected talent pool, we are well on our way.

“This R&D support centre is focused on advancing technology in the areas of information governance and data security as they pertain to today’s work professional.

"We want to enhance and extend our portfolio of products in data security, governance and information management and are pleased to be offering jobs in our Belfast community to help us achieve that objective.”

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