Published: May 29, 2017

The world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, has landed in Adelaide creating 250 new highly skilled jobs and a strategic hub in South Australia.

The new facility in Adelaide’s CBD will support advanced military systems and leading edge research development over the long term.  The new hub will work closely with universities, other tertiary institutions and research organisations.

The jobs will be created over a five-year period and include project managers, system designers, software engineers and researchers conducting aircraft support.

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Boeing Defence Australia Managing Director Darren Edwards said it was committed to building local capability in South Australia

“These skilled roles will offer significant sustainable employment opportunities to young South Australian graduates, with the added benefit of creating jobs with defence contractors and significant numbers of indirect jobs,” he said.

“We know that partnerships with higher education institutions are critical for preparing today’s students with tomorrow’s skills for defence industry capability and advancing innovation.”

Higher education has long been one of the cornerstones of Adelaide's international appeal and continues to drive growth in the city.

It has three leading public universities, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University, campuses of two of the world's best universities, Torrens University Australia and Carnegie Mellon and many private, specialist and training institutions.

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Premier Jay Weatherill said attracting a global brand such as Boeing demonstrated confidence in the state’s future.

“Boeing’s expansion in South Australia will create opportunities for highly-skilled workers in the defence and research sector, with flow-on effects to the supply chain and broader economy,” he said.  “It also signals the increasing aerospace presence in South Australia.”

“These are the types of high calibre opportunities that will attract and encourage our young graduates and students to work in South Australia.”

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said Adelaide’s position as the world’s fifth most liveable city made it an ideal location for business investment.

“Leveraging the liveability and lifestyle benefits of Adelaide is an important driver of talent attraction and retention,” he said. “It is also an important consideration for major investment decisions around relocation and business expansion.”

Boeing is a leading manufacturer of commercial jet airliners, military aircraft and defence, space and security systems, employing 140,000 across the globe.

For further information about business investment opportunities in the City of Adelaide, contact Senior Advisor - Investment Growth, Patrick Robinson, on +61 8 8203 7829 or p.robinson@adelaidecitycouncil.com or visit http://www.investadelaide.com.au