Northern Ireland secures expansion project by electricity grid designer eSmart.
eSmart Networks is creating 39 new jobs in Northern Ireland with the establishment of a new Technical Hub.
The business identifies capacity on the high voltage electricity grids in the UK and then designs and builds the connections to the grid.
“The well-educated, young and diverse workforce here will provide us with the skills and expertise needed to increase the breadth and depth of our in-house technical expertise”
eSmart was created to respond to the UK’s need for charging infrastructure as the transition to electric vehicles gathers pace. It also provides grid connection solutions and renewable energy infrastructure.
Simon Gallagher, Managing Director, eSmart Networks; David McDonald, Technical Director, eSmart Networks; Steve Harper, Executive Director, International and Skills, Invest NI
Simon Gallagher, a Northern Ireland native and Managing Director of eSmart Networks, said: “We aim to be the market leader in delivering the green infrastructure revolution through EV Charging infrastructure, renewable energy and large-scale industrial connections.
“The well-educated, young and diverse workforce here will provide us with the skills and expertise needed to increase the breadth and depth of our in-house technical expertise. We are also excited to connect with the excellent local universities and colleges. As a graduate of what is now Belfast Metropolitan College and Queen’s University myself, I know that the engineering education and heritage in Northern Ireland is truly world class – particularly in advanced electrical, mechanical and civil engineering.”
The roles to be created include grid connections managers, electrical and civil design engineers and technical administrators offering average salaries of around £60,000.
“eSmart has chosen to set-up a new Technical Hub in Northern Ireland to provide technical, design and compliance functions for the company,” explained Steve Harper, executive director of International and Skills at Invest Northern Ireland.
“This is the company’s first investment here, and we are delighted to have helped secure this project for Northern Ireland.
“As part of its investment here eSmart plans to create 39 new high quality engineering jobs over the next three years which will deliver £2.3m per year in salaries into our economy. As well as offering high quality jobs, eSmart places significant emphasis on training and has plans in place for Graduate Engineers and Student Placements from our universities.”