Engineering firm Jacobs has announced 200 new jobs for Ireland over the next two years as part of a €4.5m investment.

The investment by Jacobs will focus on opportunities in biotech, pharma, electronics, data centres and manufacturing.

The new roles will be created in Dublin, Cork and Belfast and will be professional services positions across a range of specialities, project and construction management, design, commissioning, qualification and validation.

“We opened our Dublin, Ireland, office 45 years ago to design and build a pharmaceutical plant”

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 US.

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“We opened our Dublin, Ireland, office 45 years ago to design and build a pharmaceutical plant,” said Jacobs chair and CEO Steve Demetriou.

“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.”

Jacobs employs more than 1,100 people on the island of Ireland, and it is one of the largest firms in the country, focusing primarily on project delivery for advanced facilities, environmental and infrastructure clients. Jacobs has almost doubled its Irish footprint in the past five years due to its growth in construction management, commissioning and validation.

“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,” said IDA executive director Mary Buckley.

“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.”

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Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 29 August, 2019