Over 200 jobs to be created at Galway technology campus

The new campus is expected to open in the first half of 2017

Over 200 jobs to be created at Galway technology campus

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Insurance firm MetLife is to create more than 200 new jobs in Galway.

It is expanding its Irish operations with the opening of a new global technology campus in the city to support its customers around the world.

The new campus will be home to over 200 skilled IT professionals, and is expected to open in the first half of 2017.

Recruitment for the new positions will begin immediately.

Marty Lippert, head of MetLife's global technology and operations organisation, said: "The digital initiatives we will drive from the Galway campus are at the heart of our commitment to earning the right to be the customer's first choice.

"Bringing together a wide array of technologists in a single hub will not only increase our operating leverage, but also accelerate our culture of collaboration".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny added: "I'm delighted to welcome these 200 high-quality jobs associated with MetLife's new Galway Global Technology Campus.

"This investment is supported by the Government and is in line with our Action Plan for Jobs to expand our financial services and technology industries across the country."

While Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor said: "It is a testament to the region and the skilled staff available, that projects like this, requiring specialist IT expertise, are being located here.

"All jobs created have a wider knock on positive impact on the wider region and communities."

MetLife began its Dublin operations in 2006 with 10 employees and has grown to over 300 workers.

The Dublin operation oversees the provision of life and non-life insurance products in markets across Europe - with supporting functions including actuarial, finance, compliance, risk and legal.