Dyson, a British technology company, is building a software laboratory in the Philippines that will employ 400 highly-skilled software engineers over the next three years.
Dyson chief operating officer Scott Maguire said in a news briefing Wednesday the new software hub would focus on research and development to create a new generation of intelligent machines which understand their environment and their users.
Maguire said Dyson selected the Philippines for its software hub not only because of the talent pool available in the country but also because the company wanted to build on the success of its manufacturing facility in Calamba Laguna, which employs 600 people and produces 13 million Dyson Hyperdymium motors annually.
“The Philippines is home to bright, young engineers who share Dyson’s ambition to develop technologies for the future. Dyson has been growing in the Philippines for this reason and it is a nation that clearly celebrates both engineers and technology. We already have a brilliant team of engineers here and have manufactured over 20 million Dyson Hyperdymium motors from our advanced manufacturing facility in Calamba,” Maguire said.
“We will continue to invest in the Philippines and look forward to having more highly skilled Filipino engineers join our ranks to develop and manufacture exciting new technologies for the future, which will be used all around the world,” he said.
The software hub will form part of Dyson’s global research, design and development team which spans the United States, the UK, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
Roles in the software lab will include embedded software engineers, automation test engineers, scrum masters, product owners, program managers, release train engineers and team leaders.
Dyson said the new software lab reflects its ambitions to double its portfolio of products and enter entirely new fields by 2025, as it accelerates research and development into robotics, software, AI and machine learning.
Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director-General Charito Plaza lauded Dyson’s significant contribution to investment, export-income generation and job creation in the country.
“Dyson’s planned software lab reflects the company’s long-term commitment to the Philippines, and is a validation of the skills and talents that our engineering workforce holds. This will create exciting career opportunities for the brightest of our engineers who wish to design and develop software for a renowned and fast-growing global technology company,” Plaza said.