Options, the leading private financial cloud provider for the global capital markets industry, today announced the opening of its new headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Based in Linen Loft, Adelaide Street, the new centrally located office will see the managed services provider create more than 100 new financial technology jobs in addition to the 100 created since the launch of its first Belfast office in late 2014. Options’ office expansion follows the recent news of significant growth investment from New York-based private equity firm, Bregal Sagemount.
Options, who provide managed services and infrastructure products to leading hedge funds, global investment banks, private equity firms and exchanges, has an established presence in Belfast, London and New York and currently employs over 250 staff globally. The new office, which boasts state of the art training and conference facilities, will also serve as the global training centre for Options employees. The Belfast office, which is recruiting for roles dedicated to technical support, engineering, cybersecurity, account management, and marketing, is the latest in a series of global expansions and follows the recent announcement of operational growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Options’ Chief Operating Officer, Danny Moore, former COO of NYSE Technologies and Chief Executive Officer of Belfast and New York-based trading technology firm Wombat Financial Software commented:
“As well as providing greater opportunity for Belfast’s dynamic and highly educated workforce, the growth of our Belfast operations will help deliver critical support, sophisticated engineering and secure managed services to Options’ global client base. We are delighted to be part of Belfast’s rapidly expanding financial technology hub and are confident that the breadth of local talent, both technical and non-technical, will ensure our new headquarters, state of the art training facilities and technology resources are an integral part of our mission to transform the sector.”
Welcoming the announcement, Options SVP, Head of Account Management, Stephen Morrow commented,
From outstanding industry expertise to computer science and engineering talent, Belfast has been instrumental in the development of our business in recent years. In what is a period of vast innovation and global expansion for Options, the opening of our new offices in Adelaide Street will ensure Options continues to raise the bar for service excellence and cement the next phase of growth for the firm.”
About Options (www.options-it.com):
Options is the leading provider of cloud-enabled managed services to the global financial services sector. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. More than a decade ago, the company made a strategic decision to become the first provider to offer private cloud services to the financial sector. Today over 200 firms globally leverage our award-winning front to back office managed infrastructure: Managed Platform, Managed Colocation, Managed Applications and technology consultancy services. Our clients include the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, funds of funds, proprietary trading firms, market makers, broker/dealers, private equity houses and exchanges. Options was named among the UK’s leading growth companies in the 2018 and 2017 Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. In 2017, the firm received a growth investment from private equity firm Bregal Sagemount.