Global consultancy and outsourcing giant Accenture (NYSE: ACN) opened a new technology center in Medellín yesterday that it says will grow to employ up to 500 people within a year.
Dubbed its “Advanced Technology Center,” the Dublin-headquartered company plans to hire workers in a variety of tech-related fields including software development, data scientists, artificial intelligence experts, technical specialists, and consultants.
Photo: Ruta N is a beautiful sprawling building in Medellín that has become the beacon of the city’s technology push. (Credit: Ruta N)
The new office is located in the city’s Ruta N technology and innovation complex that has been pushing to attract more global companies in recent years to further solidify Medellín’s reputation as an industry hub.
Among those attending the official inauguration yesterday were Medellín Mayor Federico Gutiérrez, Accenture’s Colombian head Marco Ribas, Ruta N leaders, and Catalina Restrepo Carvajal, executive director of local governmental business promotion agency ACI Medellín.
“They will use cutting-edge technologies and smart tools to help customers seize opportunities, enter new markets, and increase the speed of commercialization,” said ACI Medellín in a statement.
To entice Accenture to choose Medellín and Ruta N for its expansion plans, ACI Medellín offered tax and legal guidance as well as assistance in partnering with local universities, government officials, and others that can help the company find the talent and support it needs to make this a successful location.
“There is a lot of technological talent in Medellín, and we are pleased to offer IT professionals the opportunity to develop their careers in Accenture,” said Ribas. “Those who join our team will have access to the latest technology and will receive training for personal and professional development opportunities. They will also expand their commercial, industrial, technical and leadership skills.”
Restrepo praised Accenture’s arrival and highlighted how it will help generate “quality employment opportunities” for Medellín.