TWO-HUNDRED jobs have been announced for Ireland over the next two years as Global professional services provider Jacobs has said they are to invest €4.5m in a newly refurbished office, based here in Cork.
The Cork office investment in Mahon includes state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality technology, offering clients the ability to assess plans in 3-D along with a complete change of office layout reflecting the business’ move to a collaborative working environment, in line with strategic team-based planning operations.
“I am happy to celebrate with Jacobs their 45 years of excellence in Ireland and open their newly refurbished office space," Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD said at today's opening.
“Today’s announcement of 200 jobs, across Ireland is a 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.”
The new roles will be professional services positions across a range of specialities, project and construction management, design, commissioning, qualification and validation.
The announcement reflects the success and continued growth of the company in Ireland, as it marks 45 years since opening its office in Dublin in 1974, its first operation outside of the U.S.
Jacobs employs more than 1,100 people in Ireland, and it is one of the largest firms in the country, focusing primarily on project delivery for advanced facilities, environmental and infrastructure clients.
Speaking about the jobs announcement, Executive Director of the IDA, 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.”
The company has almost doubled its staffing and project portfolio in the past five years due to its growth in construction management, commissioning and validation.
Jacobs Chair and CEO, Steve Demetriou said: “We opened our Dublin, Ireland, office 45 years ago 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.”