Software Jobs in Christchurch

Christchurch has a large, vibrant, well-connected software sector that employs thousands of staff, across more than one hundred organisations.

Locally developed software has a reputation for being innovative, flexible, resilient and entrepreneurial. Often operating in highly niche segments, companies based in the city support markets around the globe.

Meet the employers

Global leader, Jade Software has retained its research and development office in Christchurch where its software was originally created. It now serves more than 2,000 enterprise clients in 90 countries around the world.

Other blue-chip software multinationals that call Christchurch home include:

  • Sungard Financial Systems, which provides mission-critical software and information technology (IT) services to the financial services industry.
  • Hewlett-Packard, one of the biggest IT companies in the world and one of Christchurch’s largest employers of technology consultants and developers.
  • SLI Systems, a listed company and global leader in online search, with clients in Japan, the UK, USA and Brazil.

Local software houses, application development and website companies create customised solutions for clients in New Zealand and around the world, as well as producing their own products and services. These include:

Organisations in other sectors, such as Airways, Foodstuffs and Ravensdown, often use their own in-house teams to provide software solutions. These teams could be working on anything from inventory control and business decision-making to e-commerce and air navigation.

Supporting the software industry

The Canterbury Software Cluster is a non-profit organisation that aims to help the Canterbury software sector succeed at home and worldwide. It runs monthly networking and speaker events, with technical and business discussions. Each October it also hosts the annual, highly respected Software Summit.

There is also a number of software-focused Meetup groups – including .Net, Ruby on Rails, Test Professionals, Agile, SQL, Java, open data and open hack.

Fostering innovation and collaboration

Christchurch has a well-connected and active technology community. There are regular meet-ups, supportive industry organisations and a dedicated home base for high-tech entrepreneurs in the heart of the city.

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Looking for a vacancy?

Christchurch IT companies are hiring now. Click here for a list of relevant job sites and recruitment companies.

Roles in this sector include: software developer, software engineer, tester, quality assurance (QA) engineer, business analyst, account manager, business development, marketing, scrum master, project manager, technical writer, product manager, helpdesk operator, solutions architect, team leader, database administrator.