Montreal-based IT firm creates 50 jobs in Belfast

Published Date: February 16th, 2023

Author: ICCC Montreal Office

The Montreal-based global IT firm, CGI, is creating 50 jobs at a new consulting centre in Northern Ireland, after a virtual visit of Belfast during the pandemic.

One of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, CGI delivers strategic IT and business consulting along with systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. Its services help its clients achieve business agility, applied innovation and financial benefits. Welcoming the company’s first investment in Northern Ireland Mel Chittock, Interim CEO, Invest Northern Ireland said:

“This new consulting centre will have a hub in Belfast as well as the option for employees to blend office and home working. The consulting team will work alongside CGI’s global delivery network to ensure clients have access to best-fit digital capabilities and resources to meet their end-to-end needs. These are high value consulting roles and will play an important role in the CGI network.”

With a hub in Belfast the company plans to create 50 new jobs (16 are already in place) by 2026. The roles range from graduate to senior consultant and will appeal to a diverse range of individuals. It is hoped that the high value positions will could also attract back, and attract in, fresh talent from markets including ROI and GB.

“CGI took the decision to locate this new consulting centre in Northern Ireland following a virtual visit in 2020 during the height of COVID”, added Mel. “The company was impressed by the quality of our third-level education facilities, the pool of graduates from the universities and colleges and the experience of other businesses that have located here. It is a great win for Northern Ireland and the attraction of this global brand is a further endorsement of Northern Ireland’s world-class professional services capabilities. Added to that, this project will deliver £2m in additional annual salaries to our economy.”

Lindsay McGranaghan, CGI Vice-President, Business Unit Leader for Northern Ireland and Scotland said:

“We are excited to be here in Northern Ireland, to bring on great talent, and to collaborate with the local universities to discuss how we can help them develop new services. Our business model is different to most. Our team are the heart of our business, which is why most are shareholders, and they have the freedom to drive their careers, make decisions in the best interests of clients, take part in the continuous improvement of our company, and benefit from a job well done.”

“Importantly, we live and work near our clients to provide a high level of responsiveness, partnership, and innovation. We work hard to understand their needs and collaborate to meet their goals and advance their business goals.”