Omlis begins recruitment drive to treble headcount by the end of the year

The technology firm, which has won a series of contracts, has benefitted from the growing mobile payments market - and from concerns about fraud

Stephen Hillier, Kat Watson and Jack Stuart of Omlis
Stephen Hillier, Kat Watson and Jack Stuart of Omlis

Newcastle-based mobile payments technology provider Omlis has made new appointments after winning contracts worth more than £7m over the next five years.

The fast-growing firm, which began trading in February 2014, won deals with more than £20m in its first year of trading, reinforcing plans to grow employee numbers to 120 by the end of this year.

The recent additional contracts mean the firm has now launched its planned recruitment drive as it sets out to triple its 43-strong headcount over the coming year.

The firm has appointed Stephen Hillier, Katie Watson and Jack Stuart as security systems analyst, recruitment operations assistant and communications assistant, respectively.

Security professional Mr Hillier brings more than 26 years’ experience in design, delivery and support of global ICT systems to his new role, having previously worked as an IT security analyst at Virgin Money PLC, and as network operations & security lead at PJHQ, the British tri-service headquarters from which all overseas military operations are planned and controlled.

“The opportunity to be part of such a dynamic organisation making a global impact from right here in the North East is very exciting,” he said.

“The talent within the business is very impressive and I look forward playing my part as Omlis continues to pioneer high integrity technologies that completely secure mobile payment transactions.”

Ms Watson, who joins Omlis from Mortimer Bell International, meanwhile, will play a key support role on the growing recruitment team, while Mr Stuart, who recently completed an internship with Vantage Insurance, will help support business development processes.

“I chose to continue my professional development with Omlis and I am driven to repay their confidence in me,” in said.

“As the leading provider of high integrity mobile payment encryption technologies, Omlis represents a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is determined to be successful in the North East digital sector.”

The appointments come following a blistering period of early success for the company, which high integrity mobile payment encryption tools, specifically designed to address major issues impacting on today’s growing mobile payments market - most importantly, the huge cost of fraud.

The privately funded company’s Newcastle-born chief executive Markus Milsted was given the opportunity to set up operations in other UK regions, but instead decided to base all the firm’s operations in the centre of his home town.

He said: “The North East has a very vibrant and growing digital sector and we are challenged to play a lead role.

“We are still recruiting especially for talented software developers and we are committed to finding the best talent from the North East.”

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