Jacobs Announces 100 New Jobs and Celebrates 50 Years in Ireland

Jacobs has announced the creation of 100 jobs over the next two years in Ireland, at the official opening of its new state-of-the-art office in Sandyford, Dublin. The office opening, officiated by Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD, also coincides with Jacobs celebrating 50 years in Ireland. 

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. 

During the past 50 years, Jacobs has supported the delivery of more than €50 billion 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.

Minister for Finance Michael McGrath T.D. 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.”

 “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.” 

Jacobs serves clients in the government and private sectors – most notably advanced manufacturing, cities infrastructure, health & life sciences, energy, environment, transportation and water.  Key infrastructure projects include the National Transport Authority’s BusConnects Dublin and BusConnects Cork programmes, the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade,  Cork County Council’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. 

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 the 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. 

In 2023, Jacobs was named the second most attractive employer (voted by engineering professionals) and the sixth most attractive graduate employer (voted by students) in Ireland’s Most Attractive Employers Index by Universum, in partnership with IrishJobs. 

(Source: IDA Ireland)

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