European travel group to create 75 tech jobs in Manchester

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by Stephen Chapman

The owner of brands including Cottages.com, Hoseasons and James Villa Holidays has announced plans to create up to 75 tech jobs in Manchester.

Awaze has aspirations to build a “thriving commercial and technology hub” at its city centre base.

It comes following last year’s restructure, which saw it move its UK HQ from Earby in Lancashire to Manchester.

“Our aim is to build a state-of-the-art common web platform to house all our brands and provide the best possible experience for our customers and property owners alike. That requires the sharpest brains in the business at all levels and is exactly why we decided to set up in Manchester in the first place,” explained John Crosby, the Awaze COO.

“There’s a fantastic tech community in the city already and we’re excited to be doing our bit to grow and add to it by creating these roles and recruiting from the local area.”

The jobs will be across tech, revenue management, marketing, commercial and legal.

Awaze is one of Europe’s leading managed vacation rentals and holiday resort businesses, generating gross revenues of more than EUR 1.8bn across 110,000 places to say.

The brands owned by Awaze were previously part of Wyndham Worldwide, before they were sold to Platinum Equity in May 2018.

“A pan-European vision like ours means there’ll be a range of complex issues to solve along the way, and that should be a very attractive proposition to the people we’re looking to recruit,” continued Crosby.

"We want quick-thinking problem solvers who thrive on a challenge, love being part of a team, and want to help us build game-changing travel solutions right here in the heart of Manchester.”