Leading IT company Fujitsu Services has officially opened a new managed IT services centre of excellence in Londonderry's Timber Quay.
The new facility, part of an £18m investment announced earlier this summer, will create 328 new jobs.
With 50 positions already filled, Fujitsu is delighted with the calibre of candidates, and the recruitment process is progressing a lot quicker than expected.
Speaking at the opening, which was attended by Head of Civil Service Nigel Hamilton and other departmental representatives, Fujitsu Services' MD for government business, Eithne Wallis, said: "We are delighted to open this new facility which will bring our overall employee base in Northern Ireland to over 800.
"Today represents the culmination of a great deal of planning and hard work for Fujitsu and builds on over 30 years' working and investing in Northern Ireland.
"Derry is the perfect location for this new, specialist centre given the strength of its IT-focused workforce. We are delighted to have already filled 50 positions, a process we originally thought would continue until Christmas.
"A variety of job vacancies still exist across the IT services spectrum and we look forward to filling all remaining positions within the next two years."
As part of the £18m investment, which includes £5.65m support from Invest NI, Fujitsu will create an additional 74 jobs at its existing Belfast premises.
The IT giant has also recently announced a further 30 new jobs at its Oracle centre of excellence, also in Belfast.
Fujitsu Services' MD in Northern Ireland, Greg McDaid, added: "Our operations in Northern Ireland are already well established through our work with clients including the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland Court Service and Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland.
"This facility will allow us to grow our European operations and strengthen our local service provision."