St Patrick's Quay on the north channel of river Lee in Cork, Ireland.
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Jacobs announces 200 new jobs as it celebrates 45 years in Ireland

28 Aug 2019

Jacobs has invested €4.5m in its Cork offices and now plans to create 200 new jobs around Ireland.

A total of 200 new jobs have been announced by Jacobs today (28 August) as the company celebrates 45 years in Ireland.

The announcement coincided with the opening of the company’s newly refurbished office in Cork after a €4.5m investment, which was attended by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Micheal Creed, TD.

The new positions will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, and will include professional services positions across a range of specialities, project and construction management, design, commissioning, qualification and validation. Jacobs said that this investment reflects the success and continued growth of the company in Ireland since it opened the Dublin office in 1974 – the company’s first operation outside of the US.

The refurbished Cork office now includes state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality technology, offering clients the ability to assess plans in 3D. A complete change of office layout reflects the business’s move to a collaborative working environment, in line with strategic team-based planning operations.

Today, Jacobs employs more than 1,100 people on the island of Ireland and it is one of the largest firms in the country, focusing primarily on project delivery for advanced facilities, environmental and infrastructure clients. Jacobs has almost doubled its Irish footprint in the past five years due to its growth in construction management, commissioning and validation.

Speaking at the event, Minister Creed said: “I am happy to celebrate with Jacobs their 45 years of excellence in Ireland and open their newly refurbished office space.

“Today’s announcement of 200 jobs across the island of Ireland is testimony to their continued success and reflects the world-class expertise and offering they bring to national and global clients. It is wonderful to see the company go from strength to strength in Cork. I wish Jacobs continued growth and success.”

Jacobs CEO and chair, Steve Demetriou, added that the company opened the Dublin office in 1974 “to design and build a pharmaceutical plant.”

“Today, we continue to capture attractive growth opportunities for complex work in the advanced facilities and infrastructure markets that we are uniquely positioned to perform. I attribute this to our highly talented people and their relentless commitment to providing world-class, high-value solutions for our clients.”

Executive director of IDA Ireland, Mary Buckley, said: “This is a very welcome investment from Jacobs, a company that is an important part of the support ecosystem for the biotechnology and biopharma sectors, among others. The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to Cork where it is a valued employer whose longevity has been of substantial benefit to the local economy.

“This expansion, as they celebrate 45 years in business in Ireland, demonstrates further commitment by the company. I wish them continued success.”

Lisa Ardill
By Lisa Ardill

Lisa Ardill joined Silicon Republic as senior careers reporter in July 2019. She has a BA in neuroscience and a master’s degree in science communication. She is also a semi-published poet and a big fan of doggos. Lisa briefly served as Careers Editor at Silicon Republic before leaving the company in June 2021.

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