For over six years, Shopify has been growing its presence in British Columbia, supporting hundreds of employees who work remotely in the region.
Now the company is taking its commitment to the next level making a significant investment in Vancouver, with plans to hire 1,000 employees and open the first permanent office in BC.
Shopify’s mission is to make commerce better for everyone. To continue this work, they’re committed to hiring a world-class, cross-disciplinary team with a focus on software development in Vancouver.
The company is looking for backend developers, data engineers, mobile developers, web developers, product designers, and product managers.
Shopify Leads Canadian Peers in R&D Spending
Last year, Shopify’s share of R&D expenditure across Canada’s professional, scientific and technical services sector was 9%, and its R&D spending increased over 70% in 2018 alone— the fastest among peers in Canada.
Shopify chose Vancouver because of its Canadian roots. They see it as a hub for great talent and the potential for continued growth.
As with their other Canadian offices, the company looks forward to opening its doors in Vancouver to host technology and entrepreneurship events in the new space, free-of-charge, as well as work alongside Shopify’s merchants and partners in British Columbia to strengthen the local economy.
“We see a lot of growth happening in Vancouver, but we believe we can offer something different. We’ll be solving real and complex problems that matter to the entrepreneurs we support. The team will be shaping products from scratch to help over one million businesses around the world, and their hundreds of millions of customers.”
“I was Shopify’s first employee in Vancouver, and it’s always been clear to me that there’s a huge local talent presence here. What’s unique about our announcement, is that we’re committing to building a top tier RnD team. This won’t be an office where career growth is limited. It’s our intention to build the best RnD team in the city.”
Lynsey Thornton, Vice President of UX at Shopify
The new Shopify office is located at Bentall Centre, Tower 4 (1055 Dunsmuir St) and the company will be custom-designing a space where it says their employees will thrive.
Shopify plans to open Our space is set to open in late 2020, occupying four floors and 70,000+ square feet in downtown Vancouver, in the heart of the city.
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