The Investment

(US 2018) Zendesk establishes a Platform Development Centre in Victoria, creating 72 new engineering jobs over the next three years.

Zendesk is a global provider of a cloud-based customer service platform. It supports 300 million users in over 160 territories and has 16 offices located in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

The Platform Development Centre will compliment its already existing office and software engineering centre in Melbourne.

The Story

Looking to improve its competitiveness and ability to service larger more sophisticated clients, Zendesk aims to optimise its service platform by integrating artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning features. To do this Zendesk wanted to establish a Platform Development Centre at one of its existing locations where the company already has software engineering capability. Locations under consideration were San Francisco, Dublin and Melbourne.

Zendesk chose Melbourne for its Platform Development Centre. Its Melbourne office supports its sales business across Australia and New Zealand, as well as product development for customers around the world.

How we helped

Melbourne represents the ideal intersection of some of the best talent in the world with one of the best cities in the world to live in. It has one of the most active business and startup ecosystems supported by exciting government initiatives - all these aspects are highly attractive to us both as a continually growing business and personally.

Since we opened our first Australia New Zealand office in Melbourne in 2012 with five people, to now being a team of over 200 employees and growing, this is clearly the confirmation we need that we made the right decision to make Melbourne our A/NZ hub.

Amy Foo,

Vice President Finance and Shared Services, Zendesk

Invest Victoria assisted Zendesk with its business case development and staffing requirements.

With this new investment Zendesk’s Melbourne operation will be its second largest AI machine learning and automation engineering workforce globally and reinforces Melbourne’s position as a growing tech city.

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