Tech giant Oracle is to create 450 jobs in Dublin as part of a worldwide recruitment drive for 1,400 new staff. We talk to Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel SVP Dermot O’Kelly about the strategic cloud shift that is driving the new jobs.

The move to recruit 1,400 new cloud sales professionals into its EMEA inside sales operation follows a multi-billion dollar investment from Oracle in developing a complete portfolio of cloud services.

“We are recruiting 450 new cloud sales professionals in Dublin and investing in the facilities a world-class workforce should expect,” O’Kelly said.

“This is an opportunity for ambitious people who want to be a part of the incredible cloud story happening at Oracle in Ireland and right across EMEA.

“This is a great opportunity for people with a passion for selling the cloud or a burning ambition to do so who want to further their career with the company that is doing the most to shape cloud and the way it serves innovative businesses around the world.”

Oracle has been in Ireland for the past 30 years, beginning initially as a software manufacturing operation before evolving to embrace software development, operations and sales activities.

O’Kelly joined Oracle in 1997 and has held a number of senior roles in the company’s EMEA, hardware, software, HR applications and sales divisions.

As senior vice-president for Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel he is responsible for driving operations, growth and profitability in these geographies. He also leads the close alignment of key accounts and is the country leader for the UK.

Words by John Kennedy