Carolina Fintech Hub affiliate, Ernst & Young LLP (EY) is planning to create 375 jobs and invest $8.2 million in Charlotte over the next five years through an expansion and creation of a new innovation center.

The London-based business services organization will develop one of its flagship wavespace innovation centers in Mecklenburg County as part of the expansion, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced on Tuesday. The Charlotte location will be part of that firm’s global network of growth and innovation centers, described as “bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to focus on disruptive growth, improvement strategies and technologies.”

EY launched those wavespace centers about a year ago. At that time, the company announced new centers in Amsterdam; Atlanta; Mexico City; New York; Santa Monica, Calif.; São Paulo; Trivandrum, India; and Toronto.

“North Carolina is a powerhouse for financial and professional services because of the ambitious, talented people who live and work here and the educational and training resources at their fingertips,”  Cooper said in a prepared statement. “The EY wavespace innovation center in Charlotte will create even more opportunities for North Carolinians to develop new ideas and creative solutions.”

The Charlotte center “will help clients face the challenges and opportunities of continuous change, digitization and disruption in their industries, with a focus on specific industry disruptors that impact clients’ growth strategies in financial services and energy,” according to the news release from Cooper’s office. The wavespace locations feature a shared methodology and platform that takes advantage of EY’s “deep industry domain” and regulatory experience with its “experience in disruptive technologies,” it continued.

The project will add local jobs in positions like forensic investigation, dispute data analytics, digital development, data analytics and robotics. Salaries, while varying by position, will have a minimum average of $74,926. That’s nearly $10,000 higher than the Mecklenburg County’s average wage of $65,285.

“This is an exciting time for EY and the state of North Carolina. We are seeing new and diverse skills bringing creative ideas and innovation to business leaders across the state. It’s our hope that EY wavespace will build on this momentum, providing a physical location where innovative talents come together to collaborate and navigate this transformative age,” said Malcomb Coley, EY’s Charlotte office managing partner and Carolinas market leader, in a statement.

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