US tech firm Signifyd recruits 63 Belfast staff in its first year

Signifyd chief executive and co-Founder Raj Ramanand cuts the ribbon at River House with the help of Emily Mikailli and Trevor McCullough, Signifyd's site lead for Belfast
Ryan McAleer

A CALIFORNIAN tech company that set up in Belfast earlier this year has already recruited 63 people.

San Jose-based Signifyd, which makes anti-fraud software for online transactions, announced its expansion into Northern Ireland in February, with plans to recruit 150 people over the next three to five years.

The company also operates from London, Denver and New York.

Speaking yesterday at the tech-firm’s new Belfast base at River House on High Street, Signifyd chief executive Raj Ramanand said the research and development centre had grown faster than expected.

It follows the launch of a series of new products by the US company in the last nine months.

“The depth of the Northern Ireland talent pool has outstripped our high expectations, meaning we’ve been able to fill crucial jobs at a pace that has allowed us to extend our leading position in the industry,” said Mr Ramanand.

“We never doubted that Belfast was the right place to expand our R&D. We look forward to the years of growth ahead.”

He said Signifyd’s new developers and technical teams in Northern Ireland have been working closely with staff in Silicon Valley by embracing a microservices model.

He said the model calls for ‘small, agile and autonomous teams’ to develop, build, deploy and monitor their own code — while constantly communicating with US teams, without being constrained by dependencies.

Yesterday’s official opening at River House was attended by a number of senior figure in the company.

Head of human resources Emily Mikailli said: “The Belfast team has completely changed the landscape of Signifyd for the better.

“There is now no Signifyd without Belfast and everything we’ve done over the last year and everything we do moving forward will reflect the intellectual heft and innovative spirit we have in Belfast.”


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