Jacobs marks 50 years in Ireland with 100 new jobs

Jacobs has supported the delivering of more than €50bn worth of critical infrastructure projects in Ireland.

Engineering giant Jacobs is to create 100 new jobs in Ireland over the next two years at a new state-of-the-art operation in Sandyford, Dublin.

The business is marking 50 years of operations in Ireland where it has supported the delivery of more than €50bn worth of award-winning critical infrastructure projects for clients in Ireland – cementing Ireland’s position as a centre of excellence for complex advanced manufacturing and R&D and supporting transformational economic growth.

“Jacobs decided to grow beyond the US for the first time in 1974, and we selected Dublin with the IDA’s support”

Jacobs is the largest provider of engineering, procurement, construction management and commissioning, qualification and validation services in Ireland, employing more than 1,200 people in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

The new roles, in engineering, project management, construction management, commissioning and qualification, will be created over two years and support projects in high-growth sectors including critical infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and semiconductors.

Design for life

“Jacobs decided to grow beyond the US for the first time in 1974, and we selected Dublin with the IDA’s support,” said Jacobs CEO Bob Pragada. “The business has grown from four or five key people to a team of 1,200 people in that time. Although we’re a global business, our operation here is an Irish success story. We have huge confidence in Ireland, and we are ambitious for our continued business growth here and are committed to building skills for the future and investing in a new office in Dublin.”

The business operates across government and private sectors, most notably in advanced manufacturing, cities infrastructure, health and life sciences, energy, environment, transport and water.

Key infrastructure projects include the National Transport Authority’s BusConnects Dublin and Cork programmes, the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade, Cork’s M28 Motorway project and Irish Rail’s East Coast Railway Infrastructure Protection Projects programme.

Jacobs also has an extensive history with the life sciences sector in Ireland, supporting many of the country’s main manufacturing bases including recent projects such as the Edwards Lifesciences Greenfield Manufacturing Facility in Limerick.

“Today’s announcement provides an opportunity to reflect on the close and enduring partnership between Jacobs and IDA Ireland,” said IDA Ireland CEO Michael Lohan. “Since opening its office in Dublin 50 years ago, Jacobs has been a leader in advanced manufacturing in Ireland.

“IDA Ireland looks forward to continuing to work closely with Jacobs and supporting them to deliver sustainable growth and investment aimed at furthering the modernisation of critical infrastructure and unlocking opportunities in the life sciences and semiconductor sectors.”

Jacobs has received multiple awards for its contribution to the life sciences industry in Ireland and abroad. Most recently, the 2024 Irish Building & Design Awards recognised Jacobs as Construction/Project Management Firm of the Year. The Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Awards also recognised Jacobs’ work on Edwards Lifesciences as Industrial Project of the Year in 2022.

Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD said: “Jacobs has delivered countless major manufacturing and infrastructure projects that have been central to Ireland’s economic success and societal progress over the last 50 years. The company has a stellar track record and has rightly been acknowledged with numerous awards for the quality and innovation that is a hallmark of its work. As Jacobs embarks on its latest chapter, I am delighted to open their new office in Dublin and announce 100 new jobs in Ireland to support its continued growth in Ireland and internationally.”

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John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.