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Tech giant seeking 15 staff for Belfast 'academy'

By Brett Campbell

A US Tech company which works with some of the world's biggest brands is seeking to fill "high quality" posts as it launches its own training academy in Belfast.

BazaarVoice has teamed up with the Department for the Economy (DfE) and Ulster University to find 15 new staff who will be able to predict the shopping trends of tomorrow.

Paul Hill, senior director of engineering at the company, said the new employees will play a crucial role within BazaarVoice.

"Our DevOps engineering team members are a critical part of building the systems and software that operate at that level," he added.

The DevOps Engineering Academy is open to STEM graduates or anyone with relevant experience and has been launched as part of the company's commitment to create nearly 170 jobs. The business chose Belfast as its European base in 2017.

Those who complete the 10-week pre-employment training scheme will receive £150 per week plus travel and be guaranteed an interview.

Successful applicants will be tasked with compiling and analysing consumer-generated content for big brands including Argos, Debenhams, GHD and Philips for a salary of up to £44,000.

Mr Hill, who is also the firm's Belfast site leader, said training local talent will help ensure future growth.

Ann Williamson of DfE said the department's Assured Skills programme continues to be "a great example of proactive government intervention meeting the needs of big business" while enhancing skills of graduates.

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