Carta Worldwide, located at the Atlantic Technology Centre in Charlottetown, is looking to hire more IT staff.
Carta Worldwide is a payments technology company. Their core business is transaction processing, approving and declining Visa and MasterCard transactions. “As the markets continue to shift to Mobile & NFC applications, aka “wireless payments”, Carta has been at the forefront of developing those technologies,” says Geoff Smith, Director of IT.
The company has offices in the UK, Europe and Oakville in Ontario, and opened a data centre in Charlottetown, PEI in 2014.
Globally, the company has about 100 staff. In Charlottetown, there are 12. “This year, we plan to add an additional 15 or 16,” says Geoff, who does most of the hiring for the PEI location. “As the business continues to grow, the number of hires will increase.”
Examples of potential positions to be filled in 2016 include, but are not limited to:
- User Quality Assurance Analyst
- .Net Programmers
- Systems Monitoring & Support Staff
- Project Management
- various Information Technology positions
“We are finalizing the job descriptions and our hiring plans. By early March, the majority of our postings and time lines will be posted.”
Positions recently filled
- IT/Information Security Administrator
- Monitoring & Support Administrator
How difficult is it to find people with the right skills?
“We have been very fortunate,” says Geoff. “Over the last 12 months, we have posted jobs we thought would be hard to fill, but we filled them very quickly. We have been able to get some industry-specific specialists to join us right away.
“We get many responses from people willing to move to PEI. If we are unable to find the right candidate in Charlottetown, we are willing to hire people from further afield. We have also accommodated intercompany transfers from other offices, for staff who have wanted to relocate to Charlottetown.”
“In another instance, an interested party living in Toronto who was originally from PEI wanted to move his family back to Charlottetown,” says Paul Brander, Director of Marketing.
Hours of work
“The majority of the work days run from 8 am to 5 or 6 pm,” says Geoff. “Working hours are somewhat flexible, but we encourage early start times because a good portion of our business is in Europe.
“Because we are in the banking industry, we have to be online 24/7, 365 days a year. This year, we are building teams on PEI that will do around-the-clock infrastructure monitoring. Those positions would be a small portion of the hiring we plan to do this year.”
“Last summer, we brought on a UPEI co-op student in our graphics and marketing group through SkillsPEI,” says Paul. “We kept him on throughout the school year. He is incredibly talented, and we are very happy with him.
“He is working on graphics projects with some of the largest brands in the world. He is developing a great portfolio, and he seems to love his work. When he graduates, I would like to explore the opportunity of bringing him on full-time, and then take on a new summer student.”
“We hired one new graduate from Holland College,” says Geoff. “He was part of a post-graduate incubator called IT Garage. We interviewed him for a co-op position, and I asked him to keep us in mind after he finished school. He graduated and gave me a call, and now he has been with us for eight months.
“This year, because of the growth of the business, we are focussing on hiring people with some work experience for full-time positons,” says Geoff.
“Co-op is certainly something we will explore later in the year, perhaps for a summer or a fall term. There are a lot of really talented students in these programs.”
“We very much are a start-up company with a start-up mentality,” says Geoff.
“The people who have come on board thus far are very motivated, able to work on their own without much oversight, can make decisions on their own, and are self-starters. Those are some of the biggest assets someone joining us could have.”
“The Islanders we have hired have such a strong work ethic,” says Paul. “We are very happy with them.”
For more information, visit www.cartaworldwide.com.