A group of people stand together framed by a large 3D outline of a toast slice. The windows behind them overlook Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green.
From left: Toast CEO Chris Comparato, senior director of engineering Amanda Hall, Damien English, TD, Dublin office lead Robert McGarry and IDA Ireland’s Aimee Williams. Image: Maxwell Photography

Toast pops back from pandemic with 100 jobs in new Dublin office

23 Jun 2022

As the restaurant software business starts to heat up, Ireland will get a slice of the action with a growing base for the US tech firm.

Toast has opened a new office overlooking St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. The restaurant software provider plans to fill 100 jobs at the new base this year, expanding its footprint in Ireland.

“Toast originally chose to invest in Ireland largely for its concentration of high-level technical capability,” said Robert McGarry, SVP of engineering at Toast and leader of the Dublin office.

“Over the last several years, we’ve come to reap so many more benefits from our strategic investment here – ease of collaboration with other Toast teams, Irish hospitality and more,” he added.

Toast’s new Dublin office has been built with open collaboration in mind. Flexible spaces enable workers to connect whether working physically alongside one another or with colleagues around the globe and working remotely.

At the opening, the company said it is on track to create 100 jobs in Dublin this year across software development, sales and customer support.

Current openings advertised on the company website include technical roles across fintech, software engineering and UX.

Toast provides software for restaurants. Its cloud-based platform aims to cover all bases with applications across point-of-sale, operations, ordering and delivery, marketing, loyalty products and team management.

Headquartered in Boston, the SaaS company employs more than 3,000 people in the US, Ireland, the UK, Canada and India.

Toast established its first international technology and product development centre in Dublin in 2017, with support from IDA Ireland.

The company was actively hiring in Dublin as the business took off, reaching a $4.9bn valuation in February 2020. While Toast was initially burned by the pandemic’s impact on the restaurant industry, it recovered quickly as the appetite for online ordering grew. The company ended 2021 with an IPO valuing it at $33bn.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said the announcement “builds on Ireland’s reputation as both an established software hub in Europe and as a strategic location of choice for driving international growth”.

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Elaine Burke
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Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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