GRAB expects to create around 350 new jobs in Singapore this year, the tech firm said on Thursday as it announced a partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) to develop the local tech ecosystem.
Grab will work with IMDA and DISG to grow its core product and engineering teams’ capabilities through the support of talent development programmes such as the TechSkills Accelerator.
These programmes aim to enhance the deep technical skills of experienced professionals, and provide hands-on training opportunities to individuals keen to explore roles in the tech sector.
Grab is hiring to support its regional growth plans, which include the expansion of products and services to support the digitalisation of micro-small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the delivery of digital financial services across South-east Asia, and the development of the upcoming digital bank managed by a Grab-Singtel consortium.
Some of the hires will come from fields including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data science, software engineering, and product management and design.
They will be involved in projects to improve merchants’ abilities to offer better and tailored products to their customers, Grab said. New headcount will also go towards improving the user experience of the merchant app, which is intended to be an all-in-one solution featuring modularised Grab services to select from.
Besides tech roles, Grab will be offering new employment opportunities in areas such as finance, operations, legal, public affairs and business development.
Lew Chuen Hong, chief executive of IMDA, said: "To secure our digital future, Singapore must be the place where companies choose to build unique digital products that cater for global markets. This is the only way that Singapore can sustainably capture value and differentiate ourselves in the digital economy."