Significant client demand and market opportunities for Digital Consulting services in major growth areas including Cyber Security, AI and Digital Transformation has led to the creation of 200 new jobs via the establishment of a Centre of Excellence based at our Belfast office at Lanyon Place.
This new Centre of Excellence is a joint initiative between KPMG in Ireland and the UK and has the support of InvestNI and the Department of the Economy. This is an important part of our ambition to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients in Ireland and Britain and will provide a range of exciting career opportunities across our Consulting teams in Belfast.
Johnny Hanna, Partner in Charge, KPMG in Belfast said: “The creation of the new Centre of Excellence is the next step in the evolution of KPMG in Northern Ireland. We have continually grown the firm to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients and the addition of this digital centre adds an exciting offering, which will have global reach.
“The case for building the team here was made easy by the depth of talent on offer in the digital technology space and the assistance of Invest NI. This investment cements our commitment to NI and we look forward to establishing a world-class team.”
Paul Toner, Head of Consulting at KPMG Ireland, said: “Providing our global clients with highly skilled consultancy expertise is key to our vision. After reviewing a number of locations, we had no hesitation about expanding our presence in NI. The combined support of Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy Assured Skills team was very attractive and reassured us that we will be able to develop a knowledgeable and highly skilled team here in Belfast.”
Welcoming the investment, Northern Ireland Economy Minister, Diane Dodds said that the announcement of 200 new jobs by KPMG “is excellent news for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning professional and financial services sector. KPMG established its first office here in 1974 and has since demonstrated its commitment to Northern Ireland time and time again as its operation here has continued to grow.
“This new investment will see it almost double its workforce in Northern Ireland. Of the new roles, 160 will participate in my Department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme, which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled graduates over the next three years. We will run eight Assured Skills Academies with Belfast Met over the next three years, and the first one is open for applications now.”
Kevin Holland, Invest NI’s CEO, said: “I am delighted that Invest NI has been able to secure this investment for Northern Ireland. This comes at an excellent time as we focus on rebuilding our economy. Having such a prestigious and world-renowned company reinvest in Northern Ireland is a great endorsement of the wealth of talent and expertise that Northern Ireland has to offer and will further strengthen our dynamic financial services cluster. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership with KPMG for years to come.”
Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Met, said: “This is a significant investment in future skills. Belfast Met is pleased to be working on this new series of academies with KPMG and DfE, and we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of learners. Through this programme, participants will receive the most up-to-date, industry-relevant training in this growing sector, giving learners vital opportunities to gain employment after completing the course.”
The first Assured Skills Academy will provide participants with industry-relevant training from 19 April to 23 June to position them strongly for a role as a Data Scientist, Data Engineer or a Network Analytics Engineer. Completing the training guarantees an interview for a role in KPMG’s Belfast Centre of Excellence.
Applications to the first KPMG Assured Skills Academy, focusing on Applied Intelligence, are open now and will close midnight Sunday 14 March. Applicants must hold at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline, or a Level 5 qualification in an ICT subject.
For further information and detailed job specs, please see our dedicated careers website.