Global IT services provider, Pactera, is setting up its first Australian Nearshore Development Centre based in the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus precinct.
It has secured 450sqm of commercial space in the Innovation Campus Enterprise 1 building.
The centre is expected to inject about $3.2 million investment into the region’s economy, creating about 35 jobs by the end of next year.
Pactera director of the Wollongong Nearshore Development Centre, Michael McCann, said it was a key component in its strategy to support client’s businesses. It also opens opportunities to outsource engineering and coding offshore to its talent in China.
“This means we can create solutions to meet our clients needs for IT services consulting, cost-effective outsourcing of software and systems development; testing and support,” McCann said. “Wollongong was an ideal choice for the centre given its close proximity to Sydney and opportunities to draw on assistance provided by local, state and federal governments.
"The campus was attractive due the high quality of the work space and opportunities to collaborate with the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.”
McCann said the university produces about 1000 ICT graduates each year.
“This means we have access to a terrific pipeline of talent, many of whom currently need to leave the region to find work in ICT, and opportunities for internships,” he said. “Many of the university’s ICT graduates are originally from Asia, students looking to build a career in Asia have the opportunity to commence work with us in Wollongong and transfer to one of our offices in Asia as their career progresses.
“We believe this ready access to talent is a distinct competitive advantage.”
Pactera was the recipient of an Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund grant of $1.46 million. The grant is part of a joint program of the Commonwealth Government through AusIndustry, NSW Trade and Investment and BlueScope.
Completed in 2011, the $40 million Innovation Campus Enterprise 1 building features a 4.5 Star NABERS rating and large floor plates of up to 2,600sqm.
Headquartered in China, Pactera was formed in 2012 through a merger between IT services firms HiSoft Technology International and VanceInfo Technologies. It provides IT consulting, solutions, and outsourcing services to clients across Australia.
Pactera currently has offices in Sydney and Melbourne and consultants based around the country.
It will be part of the Advantage Wollongong exhibit at CeBIT 2013 from May 28-30.