A rapidly expanding Gateshead tech company that spun out from one of the country’s best known games firms is on a recruitment drive after securing a range of high profile contracts across a number of sectors.
Zerolight, which was incorporated in May 2014, uses cutting edge technology developed over many years by Eutechnyx - a world-leading developer of racing car games - honing it for commercial use in other industries.
Having already established a relationship with one of the world’s leading car brands, the company last year picked up six awards for innovation and was listed on the Everline Future 50, highlighting the UK’s 50 most innovative companies.
It has also secured a contract with a second major automotive company, providing an car configuration platform for potential buyers, as well as a virtual reality component.
The technology is now being rolled out worldwide by a well-known airline, which will use it to explore options for aircraft cabin design.
The firm, which currently employs 30 people in Gateshead and around 20 in Chengdu, China, is creating 11 new roles as it engages with other potential customers.
HR manager Erin Turnbull said: “With all the new contracts, we need to upscale quickly. We’ve already got the technology in place and just need to find the right people to push it further.
“We know we have something special that nobody else has.
“This is an opportunity for people to work with cutting edge technology and to progress their careers at a really fast pace.”
The vacancies will cover a wide range of roles, from specialist technical talent to graphics programming, software testing, marketing and commercial roles.
It is hoped that they can be filled within the next four months - and by homegrown talent from within the region.
“We really want to reach out to the North East’s skills base,” Miss Turnbull said.
“We’re pretty sure that even the specialist roles can be filled by people from the North East and that we can build upon those.”
The company’s success in its short life to date, she added, had been down to both the technology itself and the employees, with applicants getting the chance to work in an environment characterised by inventive thinking and effective team work.
“Using the games technology to come up with new solutions has really worked immensely well for us,” she said.
“The team at Zerolight are such an innovative group of people who are so keen to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
“We talk about the staff here being problem solvers and when we met last year to talk about the company’s values a lot was based on the idea of quality first. Our first answer to clients is never ‘no’.”