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HCL Is Hiring: 100 New Jobs In North Carolina

To support its new $500 million, 5-year strategic engagement with Merck & Co., IT-services firm HCL Americas will be adding at least 100 new positions at its services-delivery center in Cary, North Carolina.

To support its new $500 million, 5-year strategic engagement with Merck & Co., IT-services firm HCL Americas will be adding at least 100 new positions at its services-delivery center in Cary, North Carolina.The 100 new positions (and possibly more) at the Research Triangle Park facility are part of a broad agreement between HCL and Merck to expand and extend Merck's global capabilities in not only IT but a range of fields, HCL Americas president Shami Khorana said in a telephone interview this week. For full details, please see our analysis of the deal in Global CIO: Merck Bets Big On HCL In $500 Million Transformation Deal; here's an excerpt related to the Cary openings:

In addition, Khorana said, both companies felt an urgency to construct the deal on a truly global basis as a means of helping Merck become a company that not only sells around the world but that can also engage with customers, conduct research, and manage and enhance its business-technology systems on a global basis.

"It's a great opportunity for us to work with them on a global-delivery basis," said Khorana, "not just out of their main site in the U.S. plus our site in India, but in multiple places around the world including Poland and Latin America and others, and some locally from our own development center in North Carolina." As part of the expanded Merck engagement, HCL plans to add 100 new positions at that Cary, North Carolina, facility.

The Cary services center currently has 90 employees, and an HCL spokesman said the company plans to add 50-60 new hires in the next three months. Longer-term, HCL expects to ramp up to 500 employees there, according to a description of the facility on its website that appears to have been written in mid-2008:

Continuing its long-standing commitment to growing US operations, HCL recently announced its plans to open a delivery center in Wake County, North Carolina. The company will invest $3.2 million and hire more than 500 employees over the next five years, thanks in part to a state Job Development Investment Grant awarded to the company.

For parent company HCL Technologies' just-completed fiscal third quarter, HCL Americas accounted for almost 60% of the parent's $685 million in revenue, or about $410 million. That was up 9.6% over the third quarter for fiscal 2009, Khorana said.

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