A subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), owner of Japan's second largest bank, is creating up to 100 new software jobs in Ireland.

The company is looking for workers with skills in Java software development and testing, network support, data centre support, testing and helpdesk.

JRI America, a subsidiary of Japanese financial services company Japan Research Institute, which is the specialist IT subsidiary of SMFG, is creating the jobs as part of its plans to establish a software development operation in the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee, County Kerry.

Recruitment has started for the highly-skilled roles, which will be available over the next five years. The Tralee operation will support the company's IT operations in the UK, US and Dubai.

SMFG employs 61,555 people worldwide, as of the end of March 2011. The group's banking operations, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) initially established itself in Dublin in 1989 with its corporate lending and asset financing services company Sumitomo Mitsui Finance Dublin.