Deloitte has opened today the gates of the European Regional Delivery Center (ERDC) in Bucharest. Operating under Deloitte Tehnologie, the center is part of the firm’s strategic investments meant to apply leading technology to serve clients across businesses and regions.
The European Regional Delivery Center, which already employs more than 100 IT consultants, is an investment from Deloitte showing Romania’s strong IT potential and in the company’s overall strategy, in an environment in which technology plays an essential role. The center will create up to 800 jobs by 2020.
“It’s not a cost-cutting center, but one in which we want to develop skills, to deliver services all over the world. The first target is Europe, but we also want to work for customers in Romania. In this context, I estimate that we could exceed 2,000 employees in Romania in the coming years,” Ahmed Hassan, Country Managing Partner for Deloitte Romania stated in a press conference on Thursday, also celebrating firm’s 25th anniversary on domestic market.
ERDC will supply services based on SAP, Analytics/Information Management (AIM), and Digital technologies to Deloitte clients in Romania as well as in major European markets such as England and Germany, providing software applications and services to 75 percent of Fortune 100 companies.
“Choosing Bucharest as the location for Deloitte’s technology centre is a recognition of the talented IT resources the country has and of the dynamics of the local IT market. I am confident the ERDC will become a reference center worldwide and will provide Romanian IT talents the opportunity to expand their skills by being involved in major international projects,” said Satya Swaroop Roddam (photo R), managing director Deloitte Tehnologie.
Attending the event, Minister of Communications and Information Society, Augustin Jianu, pointed out that in the government program it was set a target for 10 percent of GDP to be generated by the IT&C sector.
“We are optimistic, with government investment and the private sector, we will be able to achieve this goal,” Augustin Jianu said.
According to him, the human capital in Romania, in terms of skills in the IT sector, is highly appreciated and this helps the economy.
For the development of this center, Deloitte has also analyzed other 3-4 continental European countries, but Romania has provided the best mix for the company’s criteria, Jim Moffatt, CEO Global Consulting said.
Besides contributing to workforce employment by hiring at least 650 IT specialists, Deloitte’s European Regional Delivery Center will also contribute to the development of the local talents, by engaging the center’s employees in key global projects of Deloitte, and assuring know-how transfer with the highly-experienced staff from the technology centers Deloitte operates worldwide.
The new team adds up to the more than 600 already existing people Deloitte has in Romania.
ERDC in Bucharest joins the other three technology centers Deloitte has already implemented worldwide: Hyderabad (India), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Orlando (USA), with technology being a main pillar for Deloitte’s growth around the world.