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Growing Our Global Impact from Kansas City

SafetyCulture News | By | 17 Dec 2017 | 3 minute read

By Ross Reed, SafetyCulture President, North America

Every 15 seconds. Every day. Someone is hurt at work.

Think about it: In the time it takes you to read these first few sentences, someone will be injured on the job.

We’re out to change that.

Before starting SafetyCulture, Luke Anear, CEO and founder, was a workers compensation investigator. Seeing the financial and emotional toll workplace accidents took on victims and their families, spurred him to find a way to manage workplace safety, and with that came a focus on quality.

iAuditor launched in 2012 and gave teams a way to do on-site inspections and instantly share and analyze data. The mobile first app is now used in 150 countries and has completed 30 million inspections – so far.

Growing our presence

Our goal is to get iAuditor into the hands of every worker worldwide. In order to achieve this, we need a North American headquarters to complement both our main offices in Australia and satellite office in the UK.

Like a lot of tech companies, we thought Silicon Valley would be the location of our North American hub. We even had an office there for a short time but ultimately, Kansas City made sense.

We’re out to join the other local companies shifting the perception of “flyover country” to “change-the-world-country” because of the global impact being made from here in KC.

Growing our team

If we want to get iAuditor into the hands of more workers, we need more hands here at our KC office.

We’re hiring both customer success and marketing professionals for our KC office. Along with the right background, we’re looking for people who are open and honest, bring fresh ideas to the job, like to learn and grow, can help us build products with care, and have a customer-first mindset.

If this sound like you, get excited and read on for more details:

  • We don’t just care about culture, we live for it. It’s a big deal. So big that it’s part of our company name. We build stuff like lives depend on it. Because, well, they do.
  • We have (very) passionate clients. “I would marry iAuditor” is a real comment from a real customer. We’re passionate about what we do. But more importantly, our customers believe in what we do.
  • We think big. To have a global impact, we must have a global outlook. Among our 160 employees, more than 31 cultures are represented. Plus, employees take what we call experience trips to see firsthand the problems our app solves and why workplace safety and quality standards matter.
  • We ask questions. We ask: What if? Why not? And, how come? Twice a year, the company hosts ShipIt! week. Employees from around-the-world meet for five days of collaboration, inspiring talks and learning. The event ends with a hackathon that gives teams 24 hours to build a new feature, fix or redesign an existing one. From the last event, 6 of the 22 projects were shipped into production within one week.
  • We have a say. A KC paramedic and firefighter played a key role in building iAuditor. He gave the team the in-the-trenches feedback that shaped the app. That firefighter became the first member of the KC team. SafetyCulture employees speak up and stand out.
  • We have a calling. Revenue is a good thing but it’s definitely not the only thing. At least not for us. We’re adding more to our app every day, but still keeping it low-cost. One day, we hope it’s free. Because it’s hard to put a price on quality and keeping people safe.

A lot of tech companies have bean bags, free drinks and ping pong tables. We do, too. But not every tech company can say they help save lives, reduce injuries and boost quality – all before lunch.

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Join us in making KC the hub of change-the-world country. Get in touch to learn how you can help build something that truly impacts people’s lives:

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