Booking.com Creates 100s of Jobs in Manchester
Booking.com, which branches out from accommodation, is set to relocate to its new headquarters in Manchester in November.
12:33 05 July 2022
Booking.com has created hundreds of jobs as its plans to expand beyond accommodation progress.
Matthias Schmid, the firm's vice president and managing director, said that the technology giant is working towards solving "the most complicated problem in travel" as it finally bounces back from the pandemic. The former Emirates executive is now spearheading Booking.com's drive to make up for the lost time which involves creating 300 jobs in Manchester.
Mr Schmid said: "I had at least five weeks in the office before we decided to move to a working from home environment.
"That gave me a little opportunity to meet some of the key people in the organisation and then we were working from home for two years.
"I didn't even properly manage to relocate to Manchester during that time. I didn't have time in five weeks to find an apartment, pack everything and actually make the move so I only managed to move last year.
"It was quite a challenge and an unexpected one."
"It was additionally complicated because I was the new person and I had to make some quite severe decisions.
"It was a very interesting experience but I think the fact that we're a tech company helped us because it was no problem to move from fully office-based to fully virtual working literally overnight.
"One thing that helped us tremendously was our very strong culture that has been built over the years.
"That helped us in a big way to actually move throughout the pandemic over the last two years."