Facebook’s European HQ is recruiting

17 Feb 2009

Social-networking player Facebook has begun recruiting for 40 positions in its new operation, which opened its doors in central Dublin. The company has appointed ex-Google sales director Colm Long as head of the Dublin operation.

As reported by siliconrepublic.com in December, Long was instrumental in the setting up of Google’s 1,500-strong operations in Dublin.

Facebook is in the process of creating 70 jobs at new serviced offices at Glandore Business Centre, Fitzwilliam Hall, next to Leeson Street Bridge in Dublin 2.

The company is currently recruiting for 40 positions across user operations, online operations, inside sales and advertising campaign delivery.

The Dublin office will act as Facebook’s European hub to support advertisers and users across the region.

The company has made job descriptions available and will accept online applications at www.facebook.com/jobs.

A spokesman for Facebook told siliconrepublic.com: “We are hiring 40 employees, but these numbers will grow as advertising and user needs grow.

“This will be our European hub for all advertisers and users. In the past week, Facebook reported 175 million users, and this is growing.

“We are hiring across user operations, and supporting advertising and sales and campaigns and the online delivery of those operations. This is a good, broad operation, and the idea is to provide strong support for our online advertisers.”

Long, who hails from Northern Ireland, left Google at Christmas time to take up his new position with Facebook.

In a statement, he underlined the need for Facebook to establish an EMEA division: “More than 70pc of Facebook’s users live outside of the US; it is important for us to be able to provide those users and advertisers with service and support in their native languages and in their time zones across Europe. Dublin will play a leading role in our efforts across the region.

“Through increased hiring, particularly in user operations, we can continually ensure that our users enjoy Facebook’s interactive and safe environment. With our new Dublin office, we can meet user needs in a localised and speedier way across Europe.

“We know that Dublin has a wealth of talented, well-educated, multi-lingual graduates, and Facebook provides a significant opportunity for people wishing to work for a growing global company that is helping more than 175 million active users around the world share and make the world more open and connected,” Long  added.

By John Kennedy