John Lewis’ Tech Hub, set to open in September, will focus on developing new technologies and agile ways of working with the existing 500-strong John Lewis IT team.
The hub will initially create four engineering roles. In addition, John Lewis will be working with local universities to establish part-time internship roles for young technologists, with recruitment to begin later this year.
Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis, said: “Our new hub in Birmingham is about putting innovation and agility at the core of our business.
“We chose Birmingham because of the opportunities it offers as a growing tech city with a wealth of skilled technology professionals and world class technical universities.”
One of the factors that led to choosing Birmingham was the opening of John Lewis’s 250,000 sq ft regional flagship shop, the anchor tenant of the Grand Central retail development, last September.
It is the business’ most innovative department store to date and its Birmingham partners will be the first to trial new ways of working developed by the hub.
In addition, regionally, John Lewis has a long established store in Solihull, an ‘at home’ shop in Tamworth and distribution centres at Magna Park.
All of these locations can be used to pilot innovations developed by the new hub.