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Roku Announces New Office in Heart of Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor

Roku’s Manchester team will now be recruiting for 50+ engineering roles before the end of 2022, as well as offering three-month paid internships to the region’s budding software engineers.


Manchester is Roku’s fourth UK office, following London, Cambridge and Cardiff. The strategic move to the northern tech capital positions Roku next to world-leading academic institutions, such as the University of Manchester, as well as a network of equally renowned digital innovators based in the Circle Square neighbourhood. 


Investing in Manchester’s software expertise, the initial phase of recruitment will focus on product engineers who will work with Roku TV brand partners on developing Roku TV models, powered by the Roku OS, whilst continuing to innovate and lead the industry. Currently, Roku TV models are available in the UK from brands like TCL and Hisense, and in the U.S. Roku has been the No. 1 selling smart TV operating system for the last two years[1].


Roku will also be offering a three-month paid internship programme that has been designed for budding software engineers, with a background in computer science, to gain a foot on the career ladder. The program will be tailored to candidate’s skillset.


Roku is America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform by hours streamed (Hypothesis Group, October 2021). Roku’s platform serves more than 56 million active accounts worldwide as of Q3 2021, and was founded by CEO Anthony Wood, who was born in Manchester.


Alastair McGeoch, Director of Software Engineering, Roku said on the Manchester office opening: “Roku was founded on the belief that all TV will be streamed. We are looking for the right talent to continue to change how the world watches television. Manchester is a city steeped in engineering history and famed for its cultural impact on the world, so it is a natural fit for us. In Manchester, we will primarily focus on recruiting software engineering roles in 2022, with the ambition to increase the size of our team there in the next four years. Manchester is Roku’s fourth UK office, following London, Cambridge and Cardiff and has an incredible talent pool. Roku is proud to be joining the city’s newest neighbourhood and growing tech sector.”


Gerry Grimstone, Minister for Investment, said: “Investment is central to our continued economic recovery; it creates jobs, encourages innovation and helps level up all four corners of the UK. Roku’s news to open a fourth UK office is testament to this, as well as the supportive and open business environment we provide for overseas investors.”


Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency said:

“It is incredibly exciting to have one of the world’s leading content streaming technology companies investing at such scale in Manchester. They join a wider software supply chain around content streaming that includes the likes of BBC iPlayer and Disney Streaming Services (formerly Cake Solutions) which makes this a growing area of specialism for the city region and at a time of extreme growth in that sector globally. We’re looking forward to seeing how Roku can leverage Greater Manchester’s innovation strengths in the technology and media sectors, alongside the existing ecosystem and academia, to take their product offering on to the next level.”


For more information about the current job roles available at Roku, see the dedicated recruitment page here.

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