Scottrade, a leading branch-supported online investment firm, is returning to its Arizona roots with the opening of a new data center in the Phoenix area.
The company, which got its start, as well as its moniker, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will hold an Information Technology Open House and Career Fair Nov. 10, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, the first step in filling 30 new senior and mid-level information technology positions.
The new 20,000-square-foot data center will help support the company's growth and serve as a backup to Scottrade's data center in St. Louis, Mo., where the company is headquartered. The facility is designed to further ensure business continuity and enhance the security, safety and speed of Scottrade's financial services. Completion of the facility is planned for summer 2009 and Scottrade expects to conclude this first round of hiring by the end of the year.
"We have eight branch offices in the Phoenix area, and we're very pleased to expand our presence to bring more jobs to the community," said Joan Albeck, chief technology officer for Scottrade. "This expansion and hiring brings new opportunities for local job-seekers at a time when unemployment is rising and few companies are in growth phases. With its burgeoning technology industry, the Phoenix area has a wealth of talented IT professionals. We look forward to finding the right people to help support our business growth."
Albeck said Phoenix is an ideal environment for a data center because it is in a geographic area that is relatively safe from environmental threats, such as earthquakes, severe storms, flooding and other natural disasters.
At its upcoming career fair, Scottrade is seeking to fill positions ranging from computer operations manager to network server engineer to telecom engineer. Attendees will have the chance to talk with Scottrade recruiters and IT managers, including Albeck, to ask questions and learn more about the company, the new facility and current job openings.