Jacobs has 200 new jobs over the coming two years, as it unveiled a €4.5 million investment in its office in Cork. 

The company, which provides end-to-end solutions for infrastructure, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, semi-conductor, data centres and manufacturing clients, plans to fill the positions in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

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

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.

Jacobs employs more than 1,100 people in Ireland, and it is one of the largest firms in the country, focusing primarily on project delivery for advanced facilities, environmental and infrastructure clients. 

It has almost doubled its Irish footprint in the past five years due to its growth in construction management, commissioning and validation.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, officially opened the new offices in Cork, cutting the ribbon alongside Jacobs Chair and CEO, Steve Demetriou. 

Minister Creed said the announcement of 200 jobs, across the island of Ireland "is testimony to their continued success and reflects the world-class expertise and offering they bring to national and global clients".

Steve Demetriou, Chair and CEO, Jacobs

The Cork office investment includes state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality technology, offering clients the ability to assess plans in 3-D. A complete change of office layout reflects the business' move to a collaborative working environment, in line with strategic team-based planning operations.

Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou said the company continues to capture attractive growth opportunities for complex work in the advanced facilities and infrastructure markets. "I attribute this to our highly talented people and their relentless commitment to providing world-class, high-value solutions for our clients."

Executive Director of the IDA, Mary Buckley, said Jacobs is a company that is an important part of the support ecosystem for the biotechnology and biopharma sectors, among others. 

"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," she said.