Posted on Friday 21 September 2012 by Ulster Business

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Pictured at the opening of HP’s new office in Belfast city centre are Peter Slocum, Vice President of Engineering for HP Storage Division, Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP Ireland, and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

HP has announced an investment in new office premises in Belfast which it says will strengthen its business in Northern Ireland and allow it to create an extra 40 jobs.

The move to the new premises will see HP consolidate its offices at Lanyon Place, Arthur Street and Newtownabbey into one large office space, with staff moving to new facility between now and November this year.

HP’s Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence, which currently employs 50 engineers in Belfast, will now be based in Forsythe House, Cromac Square where enhanced capacity will enable the completion of an existing Invest NI-supported job creation programme. Recruitment is already underway for a range of engineering positions.

The new office was officially opened by Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment Arlene Foster, who said: “HP is a prestigious global brand which has made an important and valuable commitment to Northern Ireland. Despite the downturn, HP is locating key innovation and R&D capability in the region, which will expand and grow over the next 18 months.

“High tech companies like HP are very important to developing the Northern Ireland economy. Later this month I will travel to San Francisco on a trade development visit and hope that more international companies will be encouraged to look closely at Northern Ireland as an investment location.”

Martin Murphy, Managing Director of HP Ireland, added: “Northern Ireland is a competitive place to do business and, having been here for over 30 years already, we see exciting opportunities ahead for further growth in the future.”

Also speaking at the event was HP’s Vice-President Peter Slocum, who travelled to Belfast from Fremont, California. He commented: “With such highly-skilled teams of engineers and consultants under one roof, HP will quickly become a hub for innovation and high-level R&D in Belfast – both of which underpin HP’s business model and will be key drivers for sustainable economic growth in Northern Ireland. The Belfast-based research and development teams are currently developing groundbreaking cloud-based software for HP’s industry leading HP 3PAR storage array that is experiencing 100% growth year over year worldwide.”

HP is currently seeking development and test engineers from entry to senior levels with relevant experience in systems development and testing, preferably on storage systems but R&D experience in mission critical systems is equally applicable.

The news follows a number of other recent announcements by HP, including a €1.7m investment in a high-performance IT network infrastructure at Belfast Met, and the launch of the HP Institute – an academic partnership programme that will provide students with business-ready IT skills that are deficit within the NI economy.

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