Avantcard to create 40 new jobs in Leitrim

Lender sales roles needed to support new An Post partnership and planned growth

Avantcard was acquired by Bankinter last year.

Avantcard was acquired by Bankinter last year.

 

Spanish-owned consumer finance business Avantcard said it will create 40 new jobs in Leitrim to support growth in the business.

The Leitrim-based lender said the new positions will include customer facing roles to support the new An Post and Avantcard partnership as well as a handful of specialist roles to allow for planned growth.

The new jobs will be available at the company’s Carrick-on-Shannon headquarters and its Dublin satellite office.

“We had an incredibly busy 2018 as the business continues to expand and we look forward to building on that in 2019 with our new team members,” said Avantcard chief executive Chris Paul.

The company said it was proud to be a “major employer” in the north west region adding that the area offers a quality of living that major cities are struggling to match.

Last year, the business acquired the Tesco Bank Ireland credit card portfolio and announced it was offering An Post branded personal loans and credit cards. The company now employs 220 people across its two offices.

Avantcard was itself acquired last year by Spanish lender Bankinter which also bought the banking operations of EVO Banco in Spain.

Bankinter is focused on growing its consumer finance arm across different markets. It bought Barclays’s Portuguese business in 2016 and set up a new bank in Luxembourg in 2012.