Cognizant’s expansion in Ariz. to add 500 new tech jobs

Teaneck-based Cognizant announced it has opened a new office in Arizona.

The new regional technology and service delivery center in Mesa will house over 500 new employees, Cognizant said, increasing its workforce to nearly 3,000 employees at facilities in Phoenix, Chandler and Mesa.

The new 50,000-square-foot facility was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring speakers including Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority CEO and President Sandra Watson; and DK Sinha, president, global client service, Cognizant. Cognizant clients and other members of the business community were also in attendance.

The company’s $4.5 million capital investment in the Mesa facility is part of its efforts to expand in Arizona.

“Cognizant’s increased investment in Arizona is the latest in a series of positive announcements about the strength of our state’s economy,” Ducey said. “Our business environment is unparalleled, and we continue to see the benefits this brings — more jobs and opportunities for our citizens, and record revenue for us to invest in Arizona’s most important priorities, including our public school system.”

Cognizant also announced a partnership with Maricopa Corporate College. The partnership will provide technical training for jobs like the ones at Cognizant.

Arizona is an attractive place to do business, with its strong infrastructure, emphasis on innovation, rich pool of talent, and overall quality of life,” said Karen McLoughlin, chief financial officer, Cognizant. “We’re pleased to be expanding again in Arizona, home to many of our large clients, and launching our new technology skills training initiative with Maricopa Corporate College.

“As one of the world’s largest technology employers, we care deeply about workforce readiness to compete in the digital age — and ensuring that those who are interested in pursuing technology careers have access to necessary training.  We are grateful for the leadership of Gov. Ducey and his team.  We hope this initiative will expand the number of qualified technology workers in the region, as well as provide new career opportunities for area residents.”