US software firm announces creation of 106 graduate jobs

November 3, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The announcement that more than 100 high end technology jobs are to be created in Newry has been warmly welcomed by the city’s business community.

During the past week US-based company, Market Resource Partners Ltd (MRP) announced its intention to create 106 jobs in Newry as part of a global centre of excellence.

MRP specialises in developing software to assist companies in marketing and sales strategies and its clients include Microsoft and Cisco Systems.  It was bought over by Newry company First Derivatives in 2008.

The new recruits will be based at Canal Quay and will earn an average salary of around £25,000, MRP has said.  The positions will be in marketing consultancy.   Invest NI is supporting the move by contributing £848,000.

MRP founder Kevin Cunningham said the well-educated workforce in the Newry area was key in the company’s decision to establish a base in the city.

“We’re looking for recent university graduates and those with prior technology sales and marketing experience.  The well-educated workforce was really key to us coming here,” he said.

“The other real key was the support Invest Northern Ireland gave us.  Without that support, we would not have been able to establish this presence here.

“We work with technology companies in the States and we help them find new business opportunities in companies across the US.  We wanted to leverage Northern Ireland as the springboard for our European operations and our global centre of excellence,” he added.

Local MP Conor Murphy welcomed the move.  

“This is very welcome news for Newry, particularly during this bleak economic climate, and confirms Newry as an excellent location for inward investment.  These high quality jobs will bring a much needed boost to the local economy and I would like to congratulate MRP Ltd, First Derivates and all those associated with this development,” he said.