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Bluefin Payment Systems to establish Technology & Operations Centre in Waterford city, creating 40 jobs


Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD today announced that Bluefin Payment Systems, which provides a secure payment platform for merchants, independent software vendors (ISVs) and financial institutions is to establish a Technology & Operations Centre in Waterford city creating 40 new jobs over the next three to five years. The development is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The privately owned company, founded in 2007, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s first international office is being established at Cleaboy Business Park in Waterford.  Initially Bluefin is establishing a 7x24 Network Operating Centre (NOC), responsible for monitoring Bluefin’s security and payment processing platforms. Ongoing growth at the Waterford location will be fuelled by information technology, customer support, and sales personnel to support the existing North American market and planned growth in Europe. Job applicants can email

Bluefin's Irish Operation will be led by General Manager Elaine Fennelly, a Waterford native who has an impressive start-up history, notably being the co-founder and CFO of Feedhenry who were acquired by Redhat Inc in 2014. Elaine has also worked for many US Multinationals including Intel Ireland, GlaxoSmithKline and Fujitsu.​

Bluefin expects to collaborate closely with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) located in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to leverage their experience and expertise in software and start ups.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is accelerating jobs growth in every single region of the country. The South East has performed extremely well in recent years, with the fastest rate of job-creation of any region in the country in the period since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs in 2012, with a total of more than 25,000 extra jobs created in the region since then. This is a massive testament to the ingenuity of people and businesses in the region, who have delivered this result in the face of massive historical jobs challenges. Today’s announcement by Bluefin that it is creating 40 extra jobs in Waterford, with support from my Department through IDA, is a great boost for the city, and I wish them every success”.

Speaking at the announcement in Waterford today, John M. Perry, CEO of Bluefin, said: “The dynamic business environment in the Republic of Ireland made choosing it for our first European location an easy decision. Our focus is on cutting-edge consumer data security technologies. Our Waterford location will be critical to our operations in North America and as we expand into Europe, at a time when more and more companies are partnering with Bluefin to protect themselves from hackers and damaging data breaches.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan, welcomed the announcement, saying: “Bluefin’s decision to locate a Technology & Operations Centre in Waterford is a most welcome development, adding to a growing cluster of Financial Services companies in Waterford and the South East, confirming the region as a prime location for such companies.  I wish them every success.”

About Bluefin Payment Systems

Bluefin Payment Systems is the leading provider of secure payment technology for independent software vendors (ISVs), enterprises, financial institutions and small-medium sized businesses worldwide. We specialize in the development of integrated, secure payment technologies that safeguard consumer data and reduce PCI-DSS scope, risk and liability for our partners and clients. In 2014 Bluefin became the first company in North America to receive PCI validation for a point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution, which encrypts data within an approved point-of-entry device, preventing clear-text cardholder data from reaching a merchant’s system and network. Today, Bluefin’s PCI-validated P2PE product suite includes solutions for mobile payments, call center operations, kiosk/unattended, and retail point of sale. Bluefin is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with U.S. offices in Chicago, Oklahoma and New York, and our international office in Dublin. For more information, see


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