Leading professional services firm KPMG announced its plans to expand its Digital Technology practice by adding 350 tech focused professionals in Ireland over the next year, and investing in a global market leading innovation hub in Dublin’s IFSC, Platform X. The new jobs will be a mix of graduates of STEM disciplines and experienced professionals, with the investment reflecting accelerated client demand for expertise in this space. The investment in Platform X aims to support businesses dealing with new and emerging threats driven by advancements in digital adoption following the Covid-19 pandemic, providing state of the art workspace and the latest in collaborative technology and design to accelerate growth ideas and incubate new products and services.
The new innovation hub was launched today by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe and KPMG Managing Partner, Seamus Hand. Speaking at the launch, Minister Paschal Donohoe said; “The launch of this high-tech facility and the technology focused new jobs it will support is a vote of confidence in Ireland as a leader in global, technology led collaboration, and I welcome the investment and the high quality employment it will create.”
Fully connected to the 32 Innovation Hubs in KPMG offices around the globe, Platform X facilitates KPMG in bringing its full global capabilities to clients on demand, reducing the previous essential need for travel and also contributing to its ESG ambition.
Platform X features a 100-seat auditorium, 5 Collaboration suites, multiple team break-out options, traditional meeting rooms with a technology difference, and an Innovation Lab that combines the latest in advanced electronic workspace technology with the latest visualisation and collaboration tools.
The future of work – right here in Dublin
KPMG’s Managing Partner, Seamus Hand said “This unique space leverages the latest collaboration and communications technology to support new levels of innovation, engagement and the latest emerging ways of working. Many of the challenges we’re helping our clients overcome are complex and benefit from a multidisciplinary approach – and Platform X really does support that approach to problem solving. Our clients are excited about how we are helping them bring the best thinking from around the world into the room – right here in Dublin.”
Despite recent KPMG CEO research reaffirming that the office is here to stay as the focal point of most organisations, Seamus Hand added that the reality is a lot more nuanced. “Flexible and remote working and tech led collaboration deepens the talent pool, so that’s a good thing. We also know that people are social and like to see each other and often collaborate better in person – Platform X delivers this flexibility for our clients and for our people.”