London / New York / Hong Kong ― 14th September 2023 ― Options Technology, the leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global financial sector, today announced its ambitious plans to create 200 new jobs in Belfast over the next three years. The rapidly growing company, headquartered in the heart of Belfast City Centre’s Linen Loft building, is making significant strides in expanding its operations.
After successfully adding 100 new team members to its Belfast offices in the last 12 months, Options continues to execute its long-term growth strategy, reinforcing its commitment to the region. The company remains steadfast in its focus on recruiting high-quality graduates and engineering professionals, strengthening its ties with local academic institutions.
Danny Moore, President and CEO of Options, commented, “Our decision to expand our workforce in Belfast reflects the exceptional talent we’ve found in this vibrant city. We are proud to continue investing in the local community and provide opportunities for ambitious young professionals, regardless of their course of study.
The last two years has seen Options invest in our largest-ever intake of new graduates and placement students, cementing our reputation as one the most exciting tech employers in the sector. Our programme offers graduates the chance to forge a career at the intersection of financial technology and capital markets, and I would encourage all graduates, to apply.”
To tap into diverse talent pools, Options has widened its recruitment net to include engineering apprentices and talented individuals who have completed their A-Levels. The firm has a rich history of nurturing talent, with over a quarter of the hires in the last 12 months being placement students. Options remains committed to building upon these figures in the coming years, fostering emerging talent and creating a pathway to successful careers in the tech industry.
Options is renowned for its unique training programme, marked by substantial investments in upskilling, learning, and Microsoft certifications. Graduates hired in Belfast can expect an immersive training experience, spending up to three months in each of the company’s global hubs, including London, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Auckland. This training provides a fantastic introduction to the global “Capital Markets” village and equips employees with invaluable skills for their careers.
As a world leader in delivering financial sector infrastructure, Options boasts all 30 of the top global banks as its esteemed clients. The company’s expertise extends to Microsoft Cloud-based solutions, cybersecurity, and ultra-high-performance trading infrastructure. The array of roles available at Options encompasses software development, AI, and cybersecurity, offering exciting opportunities for tech enthusiasts and professionals.
Options is proud to collaborate with prestigious institutions such as Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, and Belfast Metropolitan College in its commitment to developing the workforce of tomorrow through placement students and apprenticeships.
The official launch of Options’ award-winning Graduate & Placement Programme is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, at The National in Belfast. This initiative further underscores Options’ dedication to shaping the future of technology through talent development and innovation.
Today’s news comes as the latest in a series of exciting developments for Options Technology, including its fundraising of £32,061 for PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland, its partnership with Queen’s University Belfast Rowing club and its distinction as Microsoft Solutions Partner for Data and AI.
In 2019, Options received investment from Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners. This investment enabled Options to accelerate its growth strategy and develop its technology platform while expanding its global reach in key financial centres.
About Options (www.options-it.com):
Options Technology is the No. 1 provider of IT infrastructure to global Capital Markets firms, supporting their operations and ecosystems.
Founded in 1993, the firm began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today, the company provides high-performance managed trading infrastructure and cloud-enabled managed services to over 550 firms globally, providing an agile, scalable platform in an Investment Bank-grade Cybersecurity wrapper.
Options clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses, and exchanges. With offices in 8 key cities; New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Belfast, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Auckland, Options are well placed to service its customers on-site and remotely.
In 2019, Options secured a significant growth investment from Abry Partners, a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. This investment has enabled Options to considerably accelerate its growth strategy to invest further in its technology platform and expand its reach in key financial centres globally.
Options has been named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.
About Abry Partners (www.abry.com)
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $82 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5.0 billion of capital across their active funds.
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Press Contact, Options: Niall McAleer