Deliveroo to expand Edinburgh tech hub in 2020

Deliveroo to expand Edinburgh tech hub in 2020

  • Deliveroo expects to create 70 high-skilled jobs this year and is planning launch of new Edinburgh HQ in April 2020.
  • The high-skilled roles will focus on developing cutting-edge software, improving rider and consumer experience, and supporting restaurants to run and grow their businesses.
  • This announcement follows Deliveroo's acquisition of software design and development firm Cultivate in August 2019.

Deliveroo today announces the expansion of its Edinburgh-based tech hub, with 70 high-skilled jobs and a major flagship HQ in 2020.

This announcement follows the acquisition of the software design and development firm Cultivate in 2019. In August 2019 Deliveroo said it hoped to create 50 high-skilled tech jobs within three years.

Indicating Deliveroo's ambition for its Edinburgh-based tech hub and reflecting the rapid growth of Edinburgh's digital technology sector, the company's updated growth plan is to create 70 high-skilled jobs in 2020 alone.

This is a clear recognition of the strength of the digital technology sector and high-skilled talent in Scotland, and a positive milestone for Edinburgh as it continues to define itself as a globally recognised tech hub. This move positions Deliveroo as a key player in the Edinburgh technology scene, which has a number of notable success stories, including Skyscanner and FanDuel.

The existing team will move from the city's technology incubator CodeBase to a new HQ in Edinburgh in April 2020.

These new highly-skilled jobs will:

  • Be made up of software engineers, product managers, data scientists, and designers;
  • Be focused on the continued growth of the payment systems Deliveroo has built as part of its mission to become the financial growth partner of choice for its restaurants and riders;
  • Build on existing work to give riders flexible access to their earnings through features such as 'Cash Out', where riders can choose to be paid the next day;
  • Work on global projects, including new tools and features to help restaurant partners run and grow their business, support their financial planning and budgeting, and build on the benefits Deliveroo offers via its food purchasing products.

The Edinburgh hub will eventually house other areas of the company's technical organisation, which includes teams focused on consumers, riders and restaurants.  

Continuing its commitment to supporting the Edinburgh technology scene, Deliveroo's tech hub in Scotland is supporting a range of local community projects, including:

  • Prewired, helping young people learn software development skills;
  • Codebar, helping teach programming skills to under represented groups;
  • Queercode, supporting LGBTQ+ people in Scotland with an interest in technology;
  • Digital Skills for Girls, a non-profit organisation working to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science.

Deliveroo is also confirmed as headline sponsor for Turing Fest 2020, a conference attended by 3,000 international attendees.

Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes said:

"Scotland has a proud tradition as a digital leader and the Scottish Government is putting digital technology at the heart of everything we do. Digital technologies are forecast to be the fastest growing sector by 2024 and will play a leading role in the future of our economy.

"I am pleased that Deliveroo has chosen Edinburgh as the base for its new flagship HQ, its first UK tech office outside of London. This brings exciting employment and digital skills opportunities, helping us achieve our ambition for Scotland to be a world-class digital nation."

Dan Winn, Chief Technology Officer, Deliveroo said:

"Deliveroo is proud to set out our expansion plans for our Edinburgh tech hub in 2020.

"Our aim is to create 70 high-skilled jobs and launch a new Edinburgh-based tech HQ in April 2020. This is the company's first UK tech office outside of London and reflects the strength of the tech sector and the scale of our ambition for Edinburgh.

"Edinburgh is one of the UK's fastest growing tech hubs, with access to an excellent talent pool of high skilled people and university graduates. We are excited to build on Cultivate's expertise to develop cutting-edge products and services from our new office.

"These new products will  improve rider experience and help restaurants grow their businesses, with a particular focus on small businesses."

Notes to Editors

Deliveroo acquired Edinburgh-based software design and development firm Cultivate on 1 August 2019.

Cultivate built a strong reputation for high-quality custom software applications. Prior to acquisition, previous clients included a range of enterprise, startup and government organisations, including the Government Digital Service, General Electric and Scottish tech success stories Aquila Insight and Care Sourcer. Deliveroo had worked closely with Cultivate since 2016 on key aspects of its payment platform, including delivering on the key needs of Deliveroo's restaurant partners and guaranteeing robust security across the marketplace. Since the acquisition, Deliveroo has continued to invest heavily in supporting the local tech ecosystem and furthering the support of organisations such as ProductTank, CodeBase and Girls Who Code, while the Edinburgh-based team has been focused on growing the company's payments offering for enterprise restaurants.

Deliveroo is one of the UK's leading tech unicorns and a British tech success story. It was founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants and takeaways, as well as 60,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world.  Deliveroo is headquartered in London, with over 2,500 employees in offices around the globe. Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities across 13 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.

Photo: Andy Robinson (Site Lead - Deliveroo Tech in Edinburgh/former Chief Commercial Officer, Cultivate), Dan Winn (CTO, Deliveroo) and Paul Wilson (Engineering Manager, Deliveroo/former Managing Director, Cultivate)

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