Communications company BT is creating more than 70 new Irish jobs as it prepares to open its new Dublin-based procurement arm, BT Sourced, in April. 

BT already employs more than 650 people in Ireland. 

BT Sourced is a new, standalone procurement company within the BT Group.

It will simplify processes and introduce new technology and partnership-based approaches to the way the company works with suppliers and start-ups.

The new jobs will be based at BT Sourced's Grand Canal Plaza headquarters in Dublin city centre.

They range across a number of procurement management disciplines including IT, Networks, Connectivity and Services plus procurement analytics and transformation.

Cyril Pourrat, Chief Procurement Officer for BT Group, said that Dublin is a vibrant city with a truly global outlook.

"We're excited to be building our innovative new procurement company at its very heart, taking advantage of the fantastic talent pool Ireland has to offer in the global sourcing arena. We're looking for diverse, entrepreneurial and talented professionals to join our organisation and help build something from the start," he added. 

He said that BT Sourced will play a major role in BT's transformation, drawing on the best technology and people to speed up and simplify the way we manage BT's third party spend worldwide.

Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of IDA Ireland, said that BT's decision to establish its new procurement company BT Sourced in Dublin is a strong endorsement of the deep pool of tech talent in Ireland. 

"Ireland offers a safe and stable investment location with access to the EU market, an educated and skilled workforce and an attractive environment where people want to live and work. This investment by BT Sourced is very welcome and IDA Ireland offers its ongoing partnership to the team as it builds this key function from Dublin," Mr Shanahan said.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that BT will join the growing number of innovative, multinational companies who have made Dublin their home. 

"The company can look forward to accessing a rich pool of talent which will allow it to embed and grow its operations here," he added.