AUD $2.5 Billion Consulting Company Expands into Australia

Note: this release's content is localized for the Australian markets and originally published on Thursday, 7 May in local Sydney and Melbourne time. 

Global consultancy Slalom to bring 200 new jobs to local economy with business and technology transformation consulting services

7 May, 2020 – Slalom, a AUD $2.5 billion modern consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation, has opened its Melbourne office with plans to debut a Sydney office later this year. Slalom’s expansion into Australia will bring 200 new jobs to the region over the next two years, with the aim of helping local Australian businesses realise true business transformation, create modern technology-building cultures, develop game-changing new offerings, and deliver transformational outcomes.

With this move into Australia, Slalom has expanded its footprint to all major markets across the world, with 8,400 employees in over 35 markets. 

“The Australian market is extremely compelling right now,” said Slalom Founder and Chief Experience Officer John Tobin. “With the current business and tech boom, and despite the current situation, there is huge potential for growth and transformation, for Australia-grown and international companies alike. We believe the time is right to bring our unique consulting approach to these businesses. And being one hundred percent private and employee-owned, Slalom is well positioned to navigate the current economic reality, taking a long-term view of the launch in Australia.”

Slalom works with more than half of the Fortune 100, powering the engineering behind some of the world’s largest global technology companies, along with startups, mid-tier organisations, not-for-profits, and other innovative companies. Having seen significant growth in North America for its top-tier partnerships with companies like AWS, Salesforce, and Tableau, Slalom will bring that experience and tailor it to the needs of the Australia market.

“Slalom will bring a unique blend of global consultancy capabilities mixed with the agility of a local startup to help Australian businesses innovate at scale and compete on the global stage,” said Michael Shimota, the global consultancy leader tapped to spearhead Australian operations.

Slalom’s people-first culture emphasizes sustainable and exciting careers for consultants, builders, designers, and architects. Slalom continues to be recognised as one of the best companies to work for by Fortune 100, Forbes, and Great Places to Work. This same emphasis on people applies to the company’s Australian operations, with unique benefits including commuter, well-being, and technology allowances for employees.

“Slalom Australia is committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is inspired and empowered to make their own unique impact,” said Fiona Hathaway, who leads up Slalom’s Global People Team. “We focus on a meaningful balance of work and life for our people and we purposefully engage with clients, while providing the opportunities to grow careers based on an individual’s strengths and potential.”

A custom-fit Melbourne office space, to be revealed later this year, will also house a Slalom Build Center to help customers co-create modern software and technology products. Mike Cowden, president of Slalom’s fastest-growing division, Slalom Build, adds, “The Build Centers are a key component of this expansion. We’ve created a new category for cloud-native software and product engineering called Build as a Service. We’ve seen immense success with this model in the US, and plan to bring what we’ve learned to Australia working with enterprises, government, and mid-market companies. With a team of highly skilled builders, Slalom’s Melbourne office will help local businesses build modern software for the future.”
Learn more about Slalom Melbourne and Slalom Sydney.