// Asda introduces new tech roles to separate its IT systems from former owner Walmart
// The scale of the supermarket’s operations made the transformation a major project
// The roles include cloud architects and engineers, data scientists, solution architects and business change managers
Asda has created hundreds of new roles as part of a transformation project to separate its IT systems from former owner Walmart.
The programme – titled Future – will see Asda move all its IT processes off Walmart’s platforms on to its own newly created ones.
It follows the sale of Asda to TDR Capital and EG Group owners Mohsin and Zuber Issa earlier this year.
Asda said the scale of the supermarket’s operations made the transformation a major project, requiring a high number of professional IT recruits.
A sizeable number had already been recruited but roles would continue to be created throughout the lifespan of the project.
The roles include cloud architects and engineers, data scientists, solution architects and business change managers.
The programme is “probably the largest retail/IT transformation in the UK right now”, Asda senior director Ian Scholes said.
Scholes and Asda talent acquisition manager Clare Tempest have been appealing for candidates on LinkedIn.
Tempest said “hundreds of new positions” had been created and a “high amount” had yet to be filled.
“We seem to have attracted a lot of local candidates, but we are also looking at different options with even more new roles coming through shortly,” she said.