Amsterdam and Maastricht, 7th December 2021 – Mollie, one of the fastest-growing payment service providers in Europe, today announced it will be opening a new fintech Centre of Excellence in the city of Maastricht, Netherlands. The centre will be an extension of Mollie’s headquarters in Amsterdam, allowing the business to scale and drive growth for its 125,000+ merchant clients. The Maastricht fintech Centre of Excellence will house new employees sitting across a wide range of departments including development, operations and customer experience. The launch follows the company’s 665 million Euro Series C funding round led by Blackstone Growth, announced in June, which made Mollie one of the most valuable privately held fintechs in Europe.
With its new Centre of Excellence office based in Maastricht’s bustling city centre, Mollie is aiming to create a modern and relaxed environment in which new staff can feel at home. Mollie’s culture has made it popular with its current employees with Glassdoor naming Mollie as one of the best fintechs to work for in the Netherlands. The company has also received certification from Great Place to Work.
Mollie chose Maastricht for its diverse and international workforce, with over 63 languages spoken across the city. This will allow Mollie to cater to a wide range of markets from the hub, in particular, its French, Dutch, German and English-speaking customers and partners. Maastricht is well-known for its world-class higher education institutions, and many graduates choose to make the city their home after completing their studies. As a result, Mollie plans to work with local universities and schools, providing presentations and workshops to support students as they enter the professional environment.
More broadly, the company plans to become a key part of the Maastricht ecosystem, partnering with local businesses to help them grow, and providing support to regional non-profit organisations as part of corporate responsibility initiatives.
“Mollie is going through an extraordinary phase of growth and it’s vital we ensure our customers remain our top priority,” said Shane Happach, CEO, Mollie. “We are excited to open our fintech Centre of Excellence in Maastricht. The city has a distinct and wide talent pool that will support our company’s expansion. We’re aiming to hire 200-250 ambitious and talented new Mollies, at all stages of their careers across the gamut of roles within Mollie – from engineering to support, commerce to compliance. We want Maastricht to feel like an extension of our Amsterdam headquarters and are eager to replicate our company’s heart and soul at the Eiffel building.”
“The arrival of Europe’s fastest growing payments service provider is a testament to the strength of Maastricht as an international city,” said Vivianne Heijnen, Vice Mayor of Maastricht. “Maastricht is uniquely positioned in the heart of Europe with its strong work-life balance, leading universities and diverse population of multilingual citizens who bring different perspectives and skills to bear. It’s fitting that a true payments innovator should make its new home in the birthplace of the Euro. We look forward to welcoming Mollie to Maastricht and working with it as it helps our local community to grow.”
The centre will be overseen by Julien Cordonnier, Mollie COO and formerly a Senior Director at Uber, who joined in May. It will open in June 2022, and 25 people have already been hired in the region.
Details of the roles Mollie is hiring for its Maastricht fintech Centre of Excellence can be found here.