Guidewire Software to Open New Development Centre in Kraków

Guidewire Software to Open New Development Centre in Kraków

We are proud to announce the establishment of a new Regional Development Centre in Kraków to help us further expand our global operations - as a result we are looking to to recruit a team of Polish developers. Kraków is our sixth global development centre, joining teams in California, Dublin, Pennsylvania, Tokyo and Toronto. Staff at the centre will handle all aspects of product development from product management to software development and quality assurance. They will build products not just for the local CEE market but for ourcustomers globally. The Kraków centre will operate with a team structure, and have a specific product focus:

  • Core InsuranceSuite applications, with a broad geographical and time-zone coverage for critical customer escalation;
  • Digital applications (digital functionality underpinning core applications and enhancing user experience) working closely with California and Dublin development teams; and
  • "Content" modules for core applications, developing country - or market-specific variations according to insurance sector need.

"The concentration of talented software development professionals in Poland is a major attraction for us," commented Ali Kheirolomoom, chief product officer, Guidewire Software. "Access to high quality staff, combined with a central European location will enhance our product delivery efficiency significantly."

As a result Guidewire is actively recruiting to fill a range of newly created roles. Current available positions include:

  • Software Engineers
  • Web Application Developers
  • Software QA Engineers
  • Enterprise Software Product Managers
  • Software Engineering Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • DevOps Engineers.

"The opening of Guidewire Software’s new development and research centre in Kraków is excellent news for our city. We have been observing a very positive trend in the IT industry. Rather than our professionals going abroad in search of attractive jobs, IT companies are opening their centres in Poland, including Kraków. The city has gained another employer in the high-tech sector, and this will create new, exciting job opportunities for Małopolska residents. Skilled and highly-paid young workers will now come to Kraków to find employment at Guidewire. The macro-scale effect is also noteworthy, as each new IT company operating in the region helps create a better environment for subsequent ventures. This is clearly a very positive and desirable development, both for Krakow and for the entire region," said the Mayor of Kraków, Professor Jacek Majchrowski.

"IT is one of the fastest growing industries in Poland. The availability of a highly skilled workforce is the main factor driving foreign investment in this sector. Polish IT professionals are highly regarded around the world for their knowledge and competence. Each year about 15,000 students graduate in Computer Science in Poland. Young Polish IT specialists, especially developers, rank with the best in the world. Guidewire Software is sure to find top class professionals in Małopolska," said Tomasz Latocha, vice president of Małopolska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A. (MARR).

"The choice of Małopolska for the new development centre is a very positive sign from Guidewire Software. It demonstrates the high potential of the region. Kraków, and the entire area of southern Poland, is a major IT industry centre. 33 universities and almost 190,000 students are a real magnet for investment in the IT and R&D sectors. Over 16,000 people have already found jobs at more than 160 companies. We are particularly happy that Guidewire Software is another technology company to bring its advanced knowledge, know-how and capital to the region," added Latocha.

"Building on the success of our Dublin Development Centre, our investment in Kraków will allow us to increase European recruitment and to undertake full life-cycle product development that will benefit the Guidewire customer community," said Dan Lonborg, senior director, software engineering, content, Guidewire Software.