US recruitment tech group SmashFly opens Belfast base

Belfast office intended as UK operations hub and launch pad for European expansion

Alan Wilson, head of international investment at Invest Northern Ireland, and SmashFly chief executive Thom Kenney.

Alan Wilson, head of international investment at Invest Northern Ireland, and SmashFly chief executive Thom Kenney.

 

A technology company that provides jamming sessions, gaming in the office and a weekly happy hour for its employees in the United States is to create 70 jobs in Northern Ireland in its first investment outside the US.

SmashFly Technologies, which specialises in developing software for recruitment companies, is to establish an office in Belfast focusing on developing new technology.

The company, which is privately held and backed by OpenView Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners, provides services to more than 100 companies including 25 of the Fortune 500.

Thom Kenney, SmashFly’s chief executive, said its new Belfast office will play a key role in its expansion plans.

SmashFly intends to recruit software development engineers, with a focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence to help grow its business. It also plans to develop Belfast as its operations hub for the UK market and as its launch pad for its European expansion plans.

Mr Kenney said: “While considering Northern Ireland to expand our global software development teams, we found a natural fit for SmashFly in a talented technical community that was eager to build complex, data-driven technology solutions.

“We believe SmashFly presents a unique opportunity to be a part of a small, growing company that is making a measurable difference in people’s lives every day.

“The Belfast team will lead critical initiatives around artificial intelligence and machine learning, creating world-class technologies that define the future of talent acquisition.”

The US company’s expansion to Northern Ireland has been backed by Invest NI with financial support totalling £455,000 (€515,000).