Mastercard to cre­ate 175 jobs in Ire­land

Com­pany look­ing to in­crease work­force to more than 550 at Leop­ard­stown fa­cil­ity

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - CHAR­LIE TAY­LOR

Mastercard, which em­ploys more than 200 peo­ple at its re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre in Dublin, is to cre­ate 175 new tech jobs in Ire­land as it looks to bring more dig­i­tal pay­ment so­lu­tions to mar­ket.

The com­pany said it has new roles for soft­ware en­gi­neers, blockchain spe­cial­ists, data sci­en­tists, project man­agers, an­a­lysts, prod­uct de­sign­ers, cloud in­fra­struc­ture spe­cial­ists and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity ex­perts.

The pay­ments gi­ant em­ploys about 380 peo­ple in to­tal at its fa­cil­ity in Leop­ard­stown, the global head­quar­ters of its R&D arm Mastercard Labs.

The lab is fo­cused on dig­i­tal pay­ment so­lu­tions, such as the QKR app, which is used by Waga­mama, Zizzi and Ask Ital­ian in the UK.

The lab is also look­ing at vir­tual and aug­mented re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, and at chat­bots that can help con­sumers book flights or or­der take­aways with­out leav­ing mes­sag­ing apps.

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence

In ad­di­tion, teams at the cen­tre are ex­plor­ing a range of blockchain so­lu­tions, as well as us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to help se­cure pay­ments.

Mastercard Labs opened in Dublin in 2012, al­though the op­er­a­tor of the world’s sec­ond-largest pay­ments net­work has had a base in Ire­land since late 2008 fol­low­ing its $100 mil­lion (€81 mil­lion) ac­qui­si­tion of Ir­ish firm Or­bis­com.

In ad­di­tion to the R&D work un­der­taken lo­cally, Mastercard’s Leop­ard­stown of­fice is also home to the com­pany’s main busi­ness in Ire­land, which is working with banks and credit card is­suers to de­liver pay­ment ser­vices to con­sumers and busi­nesses.

More space

Mastercard said it has taken on more space at its Moun­tain­view head­quar­ters and has signed a lease un­til 2026, to ac­com­mo­date grow­ing num­bers of staff.

The jobs an­nounce­ment, which was made by Min­is­ter for Busi­ness, En­ter­prise and In­no­va­tion Heather Humphries, comes just two months after the pay­ments com­pany an­nounced a ma­jor re­struc­tur­ing to co­in­cide with the depar­ture of Garry Lyons, who set up Mastercard Labs here in 2012.

Mastercard said in early Fe­bru­ary it planned to merge its dig­i­tal and phys­i­cal pay­ments team under one or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing Mr Lyons’ depar­ture.

While Lyons, who pre­vi­ously led Or­bis­com, has left to es­tab­lish a new ven­ture, he is stay­ing on as an ad­vi­sor to Mastercard and his new com­pany will be providing ser­vices to his former em­ployer.

Mastercard has taken on more space at its Moun­tain­view head­quar­ters

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