500 new Accenture jobs a big win for Cork and Munster region

500 new roles at Accenture builds on the company’s existing 5,000-strong workforce in Ireland, with most of the new roles based in the Munster region.

Accenture in Ireland has announced plans to grow and deepen its presence with the creation of 500 new roles over the next three years.

These roles will build on an existing workforce of over 5,000 people at Accenture in Ireland, specialising in areas including technology, cloud, security, strategy, creative and design.

“Over the last 50 years, we have seen tremendous change and growth, and these new roles are a great indicator of the direction of change in Ireland”

Most of the new roles will be based in the Munster region supporting Accenture’s work in the life sciences sector.

“Accenture is proud to build on our long history in, and commitment to, Ireland with today’s announcement of 500 new roles to add to our 5,000 strong workforce here,” said Alastair Blair, country managing director of Accenture in Ireland.

“Accenture is committed to helping our clients apply the very latest digital technologies and drive innovation, further strengthening the position of Ireland as a leader in this area and delivering ground-breaking change. Over the last 50 years, we have seen tremendous change and growth, and these new roles are a great indicator of the direction of change in Ireland. We are committed to continuing to invest in our people who deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day. We are also committed to building Ireland’s talent base to meet the demands of the increasingly important life sciences industry.”

Regional hub in Munster

The new regional hub will support the growth of Accenture’s existing capability at Enterprise System Partners (ESP), a consulting and manufacturing services provider for the life sciences industry which Accenture acquired in 2019.

“Already a substantial and valued employer of some 5,000 people in Ireland, these 500 additional jobs will have a considerable beneficial impact on Cork and the wider Munster region”

ESP is headquartered in Cork and serves clients around the globe. Accenture is also expanding its innovation capability at the Accenture Labs in Dublin and specifically in the area of quantum computing. New roles will also be added in The Dock – Accenture’s flagship R&D and Innovation Centre.

These new roles will offer technology and industry career opportunities across a range of areas including digital supply chain, cloud and artificial intelligence.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said Ireland is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for life sciences and Accenture can expect access to a rich talent pool in Munster.

“These 500 new jobs over the next three years is a real vote of confidence in us and our capacity. I wish the Accenture team the very best of luck with this expansion and thank them for their continued commitment to Ireland.”

Accenture is also looking for people with quantum chemistry, quantum engineering, and quantum information science skills to join the Accenture Labs team in Dublin, who work across all industries but with a particular focus on life sciences and health. The Dock is seeking a variety of skills including visual, interactive and product designers, entrepreneurs and technical architects.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said the investment is a huge win for Cork and the Munster region.

“This is a terrific announcement which reinforces Accenture’s continued commitment to Ireland and demonstrates the confidence Accenture has in the highly skilled and talented workforce available in the Munster region.

“Already a substantial and valued employer of some 5,000 people in Ireland, these 500 additional jobs will have a considerable beneficial impact on Cork and the wider Munster region and exemplifies IDA Ireland’s strategy of working with established companies to enhance their mandates, growing jobs in regional locations.

“The need for companies to innovate and keep pace with technology change, enhancing their digital and competitive capability, is all important and Accenture’s support of the life sciences sector in this regard is timely and welcome,” said Shanahan.

Main image at top: IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan; Accenture Ireland country managing director Alastair Blair; Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD; and Medb Corcoran, managing director of Accenture Labs. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 June 2021

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