Online gambling firm bet365 is looking to hire up to 70 people for its first satellite technology office.
The new office opens in Manchester's Spring Gardens in May and the company is in the process of recruiting candidates to support the development team based in Stoke-on-Trent.
"It's difficult to recruit to one location when you have the demand for IT talent that bet365 does," said Dom Hawley, head of software development at the company.
"We've found exceptional people in Stoke, but it's clear that we now need to expand our operation outside the local area to grow our development teams further."
Hawley explained that Manchester was chosen for the company's technology expansion because of its "superb technology culture" and proximity to Stoke that allows people to move between offices if necessary. An added bonus is that commuter links in the city will attract people from further afield.
Warren Hughes, head of systems development at bet365's new Manchester office, told V3 that the organisation is looking for a combination of seasoned professionals, junior developers with relevant experience and graduates.
"Experience is useful but more important is a passion for technology and a willingness to learn new skills," he said.
"As well as web and mobile developers, we'd like to recruit individuals with strong back-office skills who can help us implement WPF applications, APIs and the services used by our sports traders to create and drive the core betting content of our site."
Hughes said that bet365 is also looking for new staff to bolster its information security capabilities.
There will be plenty of scope for career progression into delivery-focused team leadership roles or solution-focused technical lead roles, as well as management positions, as the Manchester office grows, he added.
Hawley emphasised that the expansion will not lead to an "unstructured group of remote workers engaged in autonomous tasks" and that they will be "fully integrated into the bet365 business".
The firm will conduct a number of recruitment rounds over the coming months as it assesses the product areas where teams need to expand.
Bet365 has fulfilled many of the first roles, and will begin the second phase of recruiting towards the end of April.
All available vacancies can be found on the bet365 careers site.
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