E-commerce company Overstock.com has announced plans to create 100 new research and development roles at its European base in Sligo. The new full-time positions, which will include roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics, will see the company more than tripling its office’s current headcount.
Overstock, which was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Utah, features a $2 billion online retail shopping website, as well as a wholly-owned blockchain accelerator subsidiary, Medici Ventures. The company is focused on the development of a number of disruptive technologies across several disciplines including e-commerce, machine learning, augmented reality, and blockchain.
Commenting on the jobs announcement, Overstock founder and CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne said: “Overstock has been at the forefront of developing technology to make our customers’ lives easier, and our Sligo tech teams have been crucial to that effort over the past five years. I’m excited to soon welcome so many more talented technologists from Ireland to the Overstock family.”
Welcoming the expansion, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys said: “I am delighted to see the expansion of Overstock and the creation of 100 highly skilled R&D jobs. It has been a tremendous year for Sligo in terms of enterprise development and this announcement reiterates the Government’s commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure we have the right conditions in place to encourage the creation of quality jobs in the regions.”
Overstock established its Sligo office in 2013, and the facility currently employs 40 technologists. Qualified individuals interested in learning more about the technology openings at the Sligo office of Overstock.com, can meet the company at Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way, presented by Career Zoo, on Friday October 12th at The Model in Sligo.
Pictured: Overstock team members Sophia Price, software developer; David Kenny, director of software development; Stephen O’Connor, senior software tester and Lucia Macari development team lead