By Nancy Dahlberg
Globant, the global publicly traded technology company, is growing its Miami footprint with plans to add 150 high-paying tech jobs here over the next three years, increasing its South Florida workforce by 167%.
Globant helps big brands make successful digital transformations and reinventions and specializes in customer experience. Founded in Buenos Aires during Argenina's economic crisis in 2002 and now in 18 countries, Globant today has more than 16,250 employees – including 90 in the Miami area – and pulled in $814 million in revenue last year.
Globant plans to make Miami its “Smart Venues Hub,” a center of expertise for its work helping companies elevate their customer experience through the use of technologies including AI, IoT and hyper-connectivity. In Miami, Globant has already been working with giants in the cruise and hospitality/tourism industry, including Disney World, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, and the company plans to build on that expertise that can be applied to most any industry, from healthcare to finance to logistics.
Miami is an exciting market for Globant’s expansion for a number of reasons, said Globant’s North American CTO Nicolás Ávila. The Magic City is already a hub for creative and innovative tech talent, he said, and “we're confident that the growth is going to be extremely, extremely positive both for us and for Miami.”
What will the expanded Miami team be doing? Ávila explained those holding the 150 new jobs fall into roughly three camps: They are either building the applications, or they are supporting the design and the creation of the products and customer experiences, or they are focused on aligning the technology capabilities to Globant clients’ businesses.
The way these roles have evolved mirror the story of Globant, said Ávila, who has worked at Globant for 10 years, starting out as a technical leader. “We started as an engineering company and helped build some of the best software for top companies. Then we had them start defining the experiences and marrying that with design. And I think in that regard, it kept on evolving, connecting these technology solutions to how our clients’ businesses are pivoting, and the shift that is happening.”
The 150 new jobs will span a wide mix of roles and levels of experience, Ávila said. More than a dozen jobs are already posted now, including a senior UI developer, a senior IOS mobile developer, full stack and python developers, data analyst, devops engineer, cloud engineer and what Globant calls a business hacker who will focus on the connection of clients’ KPIs to technology solutions.
“We've always been a net positive talent creator in each of the countries that we've been expanding to,” said Ávila. “It is really important for us that we keep on bringing this expectation that Globant is a career builder and that we take that to heart in Miami, getting engaged with people that want to grow their careers from the bottom up.”
That means it’s not about bringing San Francisco to Miami, it’s about creating the jobs here with local talent as much as possible, he said.
“When we hire, we look for people that want to be seeing things in a new lens and creating new opportunities and that's the place that we come to play for brands in helping them transform and reinvent their industries. We see a lot of that in Miami, we see a lot of reinvention going on, and we value that challenger spirit and creativity,” Ávila said. “We see the strength of Miami in the space as a real asset so we're super excited about this new office.”
Globant’s new office will be located in the Waterford Blue Lagoon Office Park. Miami-Dade Beacon Council President and CEO Mike Finney said Globant has been engaged in the community for years and has been attending the Beacon Council's industry committee meetings since 2019. “ Miami-Dade Beacon Council looks forward to supporting Globant with expanding its footprint in our innovation ecosystem. We will assist them in accessing talent for the 150 job roles at their Smart Venues Hub, a unique business asset that will further differentiate us from other communities,” Finney said in a statement.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said today’s news is further validation of Miami’s emergence as a globally competitive tech ecosystem.
“Our Miami is on a journey to become the capitol of capital and businesses are choosing our city because of the diversity, talent and innovative spirit of our people,” the mayor said. “It is for this reason that our Miami is so excited to welcome a globally renowned digital native company like Globant in their decision to launch a regional hub for their operations in our city.”
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