As the demand for skilled IT professionals continues, international companies are opening up to new markets to benefit from highly specialised employees from around the world. One of these companies is Endava, a British IT leader, which is celebrating its first year in Poland. Tricity was the first Polish location in which the company started its operations. Its goals are to find the best local IT talent and provide it with attractive opportunities of working for global companies, while also supporting the local community.
Reshaping the relationship between people and technology is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Endava’s founders set out to do when they began building the company 23 years ago. A year ago, the UK leader in next-generation IT solutions decided to expand its operations into Poland. Its approach to sourcing new hires for global projects makes it stand out for several reasons, as the company prioritizes not only hiring, but also engagement in local community.
The need for exceptional talents
– Over last years, Tricity has grown into a unique IT hub for the specialists from northern Poland and the entire Central and Eastern European region. Its amazing lifestyle, closeness to the sea, some of leading educational and cultural institutions, fast air or water access to the top European capitals – all of this makes the local market desirable for the experienced IT engineers, and in turn – for the companies. There is so much valuable history here, on top of which we can build the digital future for the entire globe. We are looking forward not only to connecting with local professionals, but also engaging in the local community – says Marta Lyczmańska, Delivery Location Manager (Gdańsk) in Endava.
The firm’s top clients are from sectors such as Payments and Financial Services, TMT, Consumer Products, Retail, Mobility and Healthcare. These are some of the fastest developing sectors nowadays, as they are embracing the power of digital transformation to strengthen the quality and delivery of their existing offering, propose entirely new products or services, as well as improve their customer experience. This cannot be done without the help of Tricity-based IT talent. Brands supported by Endava’s employees across the globe include exciting companies such as Volkswagen, Hellenic Bank and Santander Group – this demonstrates the high bar that has been set.
– It is very important to us that the partners we assist in the investment process are guided by contemporary sustainability principles. Endava is an example of activity based on the ESG pillars (environment, social responsibility, corporate governance). In addition to the core business of supporting companies in technological development, it also shows concern for the environment, well-being of employees and impact on the community. The fact that such activities are becoming a standard and requirement is very positive for the Pomeranian labour market –says Anna Ciosek, BSS Investor Support Project Manager, Invest in Pomerania.
All-in-one project team
Since March last year, Endava has been hiring in its Gdańsk office. The company’s employees across Poland include specialists from almost all IT disciplines. This way of hiring allows the team members to bring in the skills needed to fill all roles required in a typical IT project, which means Endava is able to deliver comprehensive initiatives for its clients covering the entire software development life-cycle.
Sometimes this means even taking on typical client-side roles, such as product owner or infrastructure architect. Such set-up gives the freedom to explore all possible solutions to create the one that truly meets the needs of the client and allows the employees to act as esteemed IT consultants rather than just simple code committers.
Local community involvement
Endava’s commitment to local communities is reflected in the events it organises and participates in, bringing the culture of knowledge sharing from internal events such as Pass it on meetings or Tech Talks to the outside audience. Over the past 12 months, Endava organised three meet-ups for local IT communities across the country, including one Connect.IT event in Gdańsk, focused on efficient data persistence for advanced recommendations. Endava also participated in the industry events across Poland, including Gdańsk-based Infoshare Conference.
Endava in Tricity is committed to continue providing similar networking and scholarship opportunities, as well as growing roles in its team. The company’s rapid growth, with revenues in 2022 up by almost half on the previous year, means that this year IT engineers from Pomerania will have access to many exciting opportunities to work with global companies.