TO GROW THE BOGOTA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE TO OVER 500 PEOPLE, ENDAVA FOCUSES ON OFFERING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Endava, one of the fastest growing IT services companies, with over 3,500 employees globally, headquartered in London, with offices across Europe and in the US, including New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, has inaugurated its first Latin American office in Bogota.
The company has a growth strategy focused on continuing to expand its existing centres in Europe and also on opening new offices worldwide.
Six months after entering the Colombian market Endava has reached 60 people, who are involved in delivering projects for both US and UK customers.
”Selecting Colombia and Bogota as an IT hub has been a good decision for us. We have had a positive experience entering the market, setting up our business and finding talented people. In six months we have grown our team to over 60 professionals and we are now annoucing our plans to grow to at least 500 people over the next few years.”, said Kumail Jetha, Country Manager for Endava’s centre in Bogota.
Endava invests in people development and a learning environment, offering leadership programmes and training, including English classes, within the Endava University programme. Endava employees across locations benefit from exposure to an international work environment, an Agile way of working, and opportunities to travel overseas collaborating with clients and colleagues in other countries. This is further coupled with employee engagement activities and a focus on work-life balance.
As a result, in its more established locations in Europe, Endava has been recognised three years in a row as one of the best employers in IT, and in recent years over one in three employees has joined the company on the recommendation of a current team member.
Growth Plans in Colombia
Endava has solid growth plans in Bogota with currently over 40 job openings for experienced IT professionals – recruiting Developers, Testers, Business Analysts and Project Managers. The company will also run internship programmes in Bogota. These are planned to start in 2017 and will involve people who want to start a career in IT in Software Development or Testing.
“We are looking for engineers who want a challenging and rewarding career in IT, with international exposure, and the opportunity to grow quickly. Our unique approach to people development, learning, employee engagement and empowerment is something that’s part of our DNA. We look forward to making Colombia a success story and setting new benchmarks for the software industry here”, said Jetha.
In order to support global clients in both North America and Europe, the company chose Colombia and its capital Bogota to start operations in Latin America, following a detailed location analysis across 7 countries and 18 cities in Latin America.
Bogota was selected for economic strength and financial maturity as well as the great potential for the IT sector due to highly-educated workforce with excellent language skills and some of the best universities in the LATAM region, which produce over 17,000 graduates in IT and engineering related fields every year.
Located on the US Central / Eastern Standard Time zone (GMT-5/-6) Bogota is a travel hub for Latin America having connections with most major US cities, and direct connections from the UK and Western Europe. Endava representatives also mentioned the high quality of infrastructure and office space available as a key factor in selecting this location along with the proactive support from the business community and investment agencies.
Endava is a privately-owned IT services company, with over 15 years of experience of working with some of the world’s leading Finance, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, and Retail companies helping them evolve and transform their businesses to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s customers.
Endava has over 3,500 employees located in offices in North America and Western Europe and delivery centres in Colombia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Along with investing in long term customer relationships, Endava recognises the importance of providing rewarding and challenging careers for its people and, by doing this, has established itself as the employer of choice for the best and brightest engineers.