BJSS expands into Australia with Melbourne office

26 November 2020 Consultancy.uk
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UK origin professional services group BJSS has expanded half-way around the world with the opening of its newest office in Australia. The Melbourne office is the firm’s 14th globally, but its first in the Asia-Pacific region.

While the unfolding coronavirus pandemic remains a wildly fluid situation, early evidence from industry analysts Source Global Research hinted at the prospect for the global consulting industry being set to see one-fifth of its revenues wiped out in 2020 – a sum of $30 billion worldwide. The study found one minor bright spot though; the fast-growing Asia Pacific (APAC) market looked well positioned to be the least severely impacted by the pandemic.

Looking to tap into the sustained performance of APAC’s consulting market, Leeds based consultancy BJSS has announced its entry into the region, with the launch of a new office. BJSS will offer cloud consulting, software engineering, data and AI solutions, design and digital transformation services to its clients from its Melbourne locale. Staffed by some 150 new employees, the space represents BJSS’ first in APAC.

BJSS expands into Australia with Melbourne office

The firm’s Head of International Expansion Amir Soufizadeh said, “Melbourne provides a significant opportunity for us to develop closer ties with our global clients and establish new relationships with local organisations. Melbourne is known as Australia’s technology hub and is home to some of the world’s leading tech talent. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

BJSS was founded in 1993, and has an annual turnover of more than £70 million, and 14 offices including its new hub Down Under. The company delivers software solutions to a wide range of industries, including financial services, which saw it deliver a trade reporting system to the London Stock Exchange. Some of its vendor partners include AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud, HashiCorp.

The news of BJSS’ arrival in Australia was greeted warmly by the Victoria State Government. Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas welcomed the move which will bring jobs and valuable business links to the region.

In the announcement, Pallas said, “Securing the confidence – and investment – of a global tech company such as BJSS is great news for Victoria… As Australia’s No.1 tech city, having BJSS set up its first Asia-Pacific office here in Melbourne will ensure they benefit from our culture of innovation and highly skilled talent, while also strengthening our capabilities in areas such as artificial intelligence and cloud computing.”

BJSS is also looking to create jobs in the UK. The firm announced in September that its BJSS Academy will recruit 80 new staff by 2021, as it looks to help young professionals retrain for the digital economy.