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OKTO Technologies to create 80 jobs as part of expansion plan

Philip Dowds, director at OKTO Technologies

MAJOR contract wins worth more than £25 million within the high-end residential and hospitality sectors are leading to the creation of 80 more jobs at Lisburn-based OKTO Technologies.

A specialist in smart building technologies, OKTO is recruiting for a full spectrum of positions including software developers, design engineers, project managers, quantity surveyors and solution architects.

Already employing 100 people across its operations in Lisburn, London and Dublin, the expansion will enable the company to meet its 300 per cent growth target within the next 12 months.

The most recent coup for OKTO is its role in the transformation of the iconic Whiteley London in London’s Bayswater.

Built 130 years ago as London’s first department store, The Whiteley London will be remodelled into a super-prime residence incorporating 139 exclusive apartments and the UK’s first Six Senses luxury hotel and spa.

OKTO will oversee the development and implementation of a full range of bespoke technologies to seamlessly control the environment and lifestyle systems of each residence. This ranges from building management systems, IT, AV, lighting, heating and security to health and wellness solutions.

Philip Dowds, owner and managing director at OKTO, believes it is a great opportunity for up-and-coming IT specialists, engineers, project managers and recent graduates to develop their skills and accelerate their careers.

He said: “We’ve earned a reputation for excellence because of our drive to go beyond accepted boundaries. On top of that, our team and our technologies are trusted by some of the world’s top property developers who regard us as industry pioneers.”

“This equates to fast-track career opportunities for those who want to drive change and take the development of smart building and wellness technologies to the next level.”

Central to the company’s expansion plan is the roll out of B.O.S.S (Building Operating and Service System).

Developed by OKTO for the super-prime office/commercial market, B.O.S.S integrates Artificial Intelligence with the building management system to create the ultimate virtual concierge.

Referred to as the ‘hotelification of the office space’ B.O.S.S ensures each individual working in the building receives a bespoke and highly personalised experience – delivered entirely by technology.

With a business portfolio extending from Mayfair to Monaco, OKTO is actively seeking futuristic thinkers with the drive, passion, and desire to expand their skillset through ongoing training and learning programmes.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and with more project wins due to announced, Philip Dowds is confident the post Covid landscape is driving demand for OKTO’s bespoke technology solutions:

“Never before has the need for Smart Building Technologies been so prevalent. As a future-focused organisation, this creates unparalleled opportunities for those who want to drive change and develop buildings which offer the optimum in terms of health, wellbeing, comfort, and peace of mind.”

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