Press Release 14 Jul 2017

Leading Commerce Platform Shopify Continues Remote Working Revolution

Shopify looks to hire 100 support staff in West Ireland with the help of IDA Ireland

Galway, Ireland - July 14, 2017 - Shopify Inc., the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses came to Galway, Ireland two years ago to establish a strong and robust support team in Ireland. Known as “Gurus,” Shopify’s Irish support staff are all remote workers, meaning they can work wherever they want.

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for  Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said, “I'm very impressed by Shopify's innovative business model whereby the staff are not based in a central office but can work from home and it is great news that they are creating 100 new jobs.  This is a really exciting, innovative, company, which is paving the way for more flexible and family friendly forms of working. Their rapid growth in Ireland is a true vote of confidence in what Ireland has to offer cutting edge companies."

“We've seen the benefits of remote culture and how it can be utilised to rejuvenate the west of Ireland and counties like Galway," said John Riordan, Director of Support, Ireland at Shopify.

Caitriona Foley has experienced the benefits of working from home first hand. She runs a successful award-winning wedding planning business called True Romance Weddings, while raising a young family and working for Shopify as a Customer Success Guru.

“I joined Shopify in October 2016 and have honestly never had a job like it. I'm a mum of one tenacious toddler and in my spare time I run a wedding planning and stationery business, but also needed a full time job that would pay the bills,” shares Caitriona “Working at home for Shopify, allows me to meet new challenges every day, get more time with my son and avoid traffic jams while commuting. The company genuinely looks after its employees with great benefits and encouragement towards professional development. They recognise that happy employees produce better results.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said, "Over the last two years Shopify has championed a truly transformative style of employment across the west of Ireland with all Irish staff working remotely from home. I am delighted that this platform has proven to be such a huge success and is reinvesting in its Irish operations. This IDA Ireland supported investment is an important endorsement of the talent which is available right across the West Ireland.”

Shopify Ireland has grown from a team of of 50 to more than 150, the majority based remotely across Galway county. The company now plans to hire up to 100 people in the next 12 months, with a start date as early as August 21, 2017.

Shopify is currently hiring and looking for people interested in supporting business development, commerce and entrepreneurship. To learn more, contact recruitment_ireland@shopify.com.

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