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Roku confirms Manchester-based engineering hub, recruitment begins

Company looking to recruit 50+ engineers for the new hub, as well as offering paid internships for software engineers in the region

Roku has confirmed plans to open a new engineering hub, taking up office space in the city’s Bruntwood Circle Square.

TVBEurope first reported the company’s plans in October, but details have now been confirmed with recruitment underway for 50+ engineering roles before the end of 2022 Roku also plans to offer three-month paid internships to software engineers based in the region.

Manchester will be Roku’s fourth office in the UK, joining London, Cambridge and Cardiff.

According to the company, the strategic move to the northern tech capital positions Roku next to world-leading academic institutions, such as the University of Manchester, as well as a network of digital innovators based in the Circle Square neighbourhood.

The initial phase of recruitment will focus on product engineers who will work with Roku TV brand partners on developing Roku TV models, powered by the the company’s OS.

Roku’s founder Anthony Wood enginwas born in Manchester.

Alastair McGeoch, director of software engineering, said: “Roku was founded on the belief that all TV will be streamed. We are looking for the right talent to continue to change how the world watches television. Manchester is a city steeped in engineering history and famed for its cultural impact on the world, so it is a natural fit for us. In Manchester, we will primarily focus on recruiting software engineering roles in 2022, with the ambition to increase the size of our team there in the next four years.”