Grab yesterday (28 January) launched its Regional Centre of Excellence (RCoE) in its newly expanded 54,000 sq ft office space in Malaysia.
The Southeast Asian online-to-offline mobile platform revealed in a statement to Human Resources that the new RCoE will house its core business strategy and operational functions, including legal, customer experience, financial services and creative services.
This will create at least 400 new high-value jobs for Malaysians, bringing Grab's total headcount in the country to 1,000.
The launch of its newly expanded office space was officiated by YB Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry.
Speaking to the media at a briefing after the new office space was officiated by YB Datuk Ignatius Darell Leiking, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Sean Goh, Country Head for Grab Malaysia, noted that close to 300 of the new jobs would be in regional functions as well as research and development (R&D), Bernama reported. Roles include software engineers, data scientists and legal services.
The statement by Grab noted, the RCoE aims to spearhead development of an in-house pool of highly-skilled professionals who are experts in their respective domains. With Grab’s presence in 336 cities across 8 countries, these professionals will be given the opportunity to offer solutions and implement projects on a regional scale.
In the statement, Goh said that Grab's recent investments in Malaysia is its our response to the Malaysian government’s call for public-private partnerships to help drive Malaysia’s Industry 4.0 blueprint and digital economy ambitions.
"We are committed to helping Malaysia unlock greater economic gains by creating high-value jobs, nurturing deep tech talents, and attracting more Malaysians overseas to return home," he said, adding that the investments will create better income-earning opportunities for its driver and delivery partners.
It will also enable local businesses to leverage Grab's user base and distribution network to earn higher business revenue; on top of Grab's mission to make transportation accessible and safer for all.
When it comes to contributing to Malaysia’s Industry 4.0 blueprint, Grab will do so in the following ways:
- Make transportation more accessible for all Malaysians by working closely with governments, public and private transportation providers to deliver shared, seamless, and smart mobility solutions that meet the needs of Malaysians.
- Continue to better the livelihoods of its driver-partners and offer increased income-earning opportunities, greater financial support, better technology tools and skills training, and more community activities for them and their loved ones.
- Empower micro-entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses to set up their digital presence on Grab app and leverage our user base and distribution network to earn higher business revenue.
- Help like-minded start-ups and partners scale their business through providing access to GrabPlatform or by integrating Grab’s suite of technology and products into their own websites or apps. This will give partners direct access to Grab users and help scale their business faster.
The RCoE is the second showing of Grab's strong investment back into the country where it first started. The first was the launch of its R&D Centre in Malaysia just last month, the seventh in Grab’s global R&D footprint, to nurture the nation's deep tech talents.
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