Dawn Farms investment in Innovation to create 150 jobs


Dawn Farms, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of cooked and fermented meat ingredients to international foodservice chains and food manufacturers has announced plans to create 150 new jobs over the next five years. The investment by Dawn Farms which will amount to over €25m over the period is focussed on enhancing the company’s R&D capabilities at its Meat Science & Innovation Centre in Naas and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.

Larry Murrin, CEO of Dawn Farms said: “Developing new products to meet changing consumer tastes has been at the heart of the growth of this firm for over 30 years. Our Meat Science & Innovation Centre at our Naas headquarters is the innovation hub where we support our customers in over 40 markets worldwide.”

“Great ingredients make great food and great ingredients come from outstanding food innovation. Consumers’ tastes are constantly evolving. We are passionate students of the marketplace and closely monitor consumer trends. We are seeing more demand for home-style authentic meats, new flavours and new snacking options as well as on-going interest in health and wellness across the range of meats that we cook.

“Today’s announcement is major vote of confidence in our people, our innovation process and our customers who are involved at every stage. This investment will enhance our capacity to research trends, to develop new products and exciting new production technologies while ensuring that the highest standards of food safety and security are upheld. Typically the new roles will be at least graduate level, with opportunities for more highly qualified food scientists, meat technologists and those with culinary expertise to join the company.”

The Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that the Dawn Farms story is a great example for the Irish agri-sector. “Dawn Farms’ success is based on its strong roots in Ireland, using our brightest and best food scientists to innovate new products and developing long term relationships with major international customers. In the 2017 Action Plan for Jobs, which we launched recently, we committed to supporting firms to diversify their trading footprint, enter new markets and grow international sales. The Government, through Enterprise Ireland, have been a consistent partner and supporter of Dawn Farms and today marks the latest step in that relationship.”

Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive of Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland’s strategy is to support Irish companies to build scale and to expand their reach into international markets and we are delighted to support Dawn Farms as they enter into this new phase of growth and expansion. Enterprise Ireland has been working with Dawn Farms since its establishment and we’ve witnessed first-hand the company’s growth and evolution, deepening their presence in the UK as well as diversifying into new markets in the Eurozone region. Dawn Farms is an inspiring example of a company that demonstrates global ambition when it comes to its market export potential and is sending a very positive message to every Irish agri-food business, that it is possible to build an innovative and scalable company that can compete at the highest levels internationally.”

Ricoh announces 110 jobs and €6.5M investment in new Irish HQ

Ricoh Ireland today announces the opening of its new Irish headquarters on the back of a €6.5million investment. The HQ will welcome an additional 110 team members over the next three years as Ricoh looks to grow its Irish business to 190 people by the end of 2019. The jobs and investment were announced at the official opening of the new Irish base in Airside Business Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, in the presence of Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.

The new HQ, combined with the investment and jobs, demonstrates Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to the Irish market and will help Ricoh Ireland to almost double its revenues from last year’s €16.4 million to €32 million in the next three years. Ricoh Ireland’s retained earnings and growing revenue stream will fund the investment.

Contributing significantly to the increased revenues and expansion are Ricoh Ireland’s business process services – which enables streamlined document workflow – and production print offerings, both of which have been major areas of growth recently. In the last 18 months alone, the company created 30 jobs – separate to the 110 new jobs announced today. Over the next three years, Ricoh Ireland will look to fill roles in the areas of technical engineering, software solutions, business development and operations management.

In order to attract and retain existing talent, the 4,200ft2 facility was designed with the purpose of being a quality work environment. Ricoh Ireland employees were engaged in the design and planning of the new HQ, which was built to centre on the Four Cs – collaboration, contemplation, communication and concentration – with designated areas and tools to encourage each element.

Showcasing the best in technology, the new HQ provides an opportunity for customers to see a live working environment of the future. With features including interactive whiteboards, unified communications and the best in document workflow, the Irish hub embraces flexible, mobile working and allows business customers to see how digital technologies can transform their workplace.

The new HQ will continue to focus on Ricoh Ireland’s core areas of business: managed document services, communications services, production print, business process services, software solutions and professional services.

Speaking about the announcement, Gary Hopwood, general manager, Ricoh Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement underlines Ricoh Ireland’s success in embracing digital transformation and helping our customers to do the same. The new HQ truly is the feather in our cap, showcasing how we have used technology to pioneer the workforce of the future.

“Our revenue stream in Ricoh Ireland continues to grow and we want to continue driving that forward. To achieve that, we needed a new office space that could facilitate a much larger workforce that will be instrumental in Ricoh Ireland’s future success. We expect to see significant returns on this investment for many years to come.”

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, said: “The workforce is rapidly changing and Irish businesses must ensure they cater for the younger generations that are currently scaling up the career ladder. Ricoh Ireland’s new headquarters is an excellent example of how businesses in Ireland can innovate to transform the workplace, attract and maintain talent and maximise employee productivity and engagement.

“This jobs announcement showcases Ireland’s attractiveness to global organisations as a business hub. We have an extremely talented, multinational workforce and Ricoh is demonstrating its faith and confidence in our people with this announcement today.”

Phil Keoghan, CEO, Ricoh UK & Ireland, said: “Ireland is viewed as a key area of growth for Ricoh and we will continue to make significant investments in the company’s continued success here. Its strong portfolio of indigenous and global accounts is testament to the outstanding performance of the Irish operation.

“Ireland has the skilled workforce and international relationships that make it a very attractive location for any organisation with a global presence. This announcement demonstrates Ricoh’s consistent confidence in – and commitment to – the Irish market.”

Ricoh is a global technology company, headquartered in Japan, which specialises in print, document management and visual communications solutions. It has global revenues of more than €18 billion. Ricoh has been operational in Ireland since 1980. It also has a document production centre in Glasnevin, which saw a separate €250K investment in 2016.

153 jobs announced in 4 High Growth IDA Ireland client companies

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced the creation of 153 new jobs for Dublin from 4 North American and European high growth companies.

The investments are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The new jobs are being created by technology companies working in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) area across a range of activities such as software engineering, R&D, sales, customer support.

The companies creating the new jobs are:

Pressreader (65 jobs) – Canadian technology and media company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, PressReader is the world’s leading digital content platform and the pioneer of the all-you-can-read model. Our users get unlimited access to more than 6,000 newspapers, magazines and other media sources from around the world via our apps, available for every smartphone, tablet and laptop. The company intends to create up to 65 new roles over the next few years across a range of functions, including Research & Development, Multilingual Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Management and Administration.

Looker (50 jobs) Looker today announced the expansion of its international operations with the opening of its new European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. The newly established headquarters in Dublin allows Looker to better support its ongoing growth and market opportunities across Europe. Looker’s Dublin operations will create approximately 50 positions within Sales, Marketing, Professional Services and Support over the next three years.

ThinkSmart (20 jobs) – ThinkSmart, the fastest growing provider of powerful Business Process and Workflow Automation software and solutions, announced the opening of its Ireland office today to strengthen the U.S. company’s sales, operations and client management efforts in EMEA. The company plans to hire 20 people in Sales, Customer and Support roles.

ArtofUs (18 jobs) London based ArtOfUs Ltd today announced its plans to create 18 R&D jobs in Dublin. The company is developing the world’s leading human operating system for the Internet of Things market (IoT).

Speaking at today’s announcement Minister Mitchell O’Connor TD said “ I warmly welcome these new companies. Ireland has been very successful in attracting investment projects from many of the big international players across a range of sectors. We intend to be just as successful in securing investment from the rising generation of early stage, high growth companies as well. It is terrific news that this group of companies, who are at the forefront of their technologies have decided to locate in Ireland and I look forward to their future expansion here. There are now over 2 million people working in Ireland, the highest number of people at work since Q4 2008.’’

Welcoming today’s announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said “Ireland has been very successful in attracting Software as a Service (SaaS) companies in recent years. Ireland provides SaaS companies with well-educated Multilingual, Customer Support, Sales, Finance and Technical Teams. Ireland has a young, educated & adaptable workforce strengthened by the free movement of people within the European Union’s 200M strong labour market. Dublin is building a reputation as Europe’s centre for SaaS companies looking to scale with Pressreader, Looker, ThinkSmart, and ArtofUs establishing their EMEA HQ in Dublin. The key differentiator for Ireland over other locations is that the Ireland gives SaaS companies the ability to scale quickly with access to the right talent.”

Monthly unemployment figure now at 6.8% and number of people at work at highest level since 2008

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (Tuesday) welcomed the latest Quarterly National Household Survey figures from the Central Statistics Office, showing that employment has continued to increase and unemployment is now at 6.8%. Approximately 1300 jobs a week were created in 2016 Since the Action Plan for Jobs was launched in Q1 2012 there are now 205,900 more people at work. There are now over 2 million people working in Ireland, the highest number of people at work since Q4 2008. This is the eighteenth quarter in succession where unemployment has declined on an annual basis

The figures from the CSO today also show that the numbers in employment increased in all regions during 2016. 70% of the new jobs added in 2016 were outside Dublin. The fastest growing regions in terms of employment during 2016 were the Mid-West (up 7.4%), the West (up 5.5%) and the South East (up 4.6%).

Employment grew in all 14 economic sectors during 2016 – the largest increases were recorded in construction (increase of 11,800 jobs), the industry sector (increase of 11,100 jobs), professional, scientific and technical activities (increase of 6,600 jobs)

Speaking today, Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor said: I’m delighted with these CSO figures which show our job growth figures increased significantly in 2016. I’m especially pleased that 70% of the 66,100 new jobs announced last year were outside Dublin, as bringing jobs to the regions has been, and will continue to be, a key focus for me. Enterprise agencies and Local Enterprise Offices across the country continue to work to bring jobs to every corner of the country.

It is also very positive to note that growth was recorded across all 14 economic sectors. This is the 18th successive quarterly report which shows a decline in unemployment, a strong endorsement that our Government’s policies are working in creating the right environment to support job creation.

These are more than statistics. These are real people’s lives being transformed. Every job created changes lives, the lives of the workers, their families, and their communities. Every job matters. I will continue to work with my Department and its agencies to support companies and entrepreneurs to nurture the environment for further job creation”.

Microsoft announces plans to hire 600 People

Ireland is selected as the location for a new EMEA Inside Sales Centre with the immediate creation of 500 new roles Recruitment of 100 people across Finance, Operations, Engineering, Sales, also underway Employees at Microsoft rewarded with a range of benefits to support them at work and at home

Microsoft today announced that it is to hire 600 people, significantly increasing its commitment to Ireland. Following the selection of Dublin as the location for one of four global Inside Sales Centres, 500 new roles have been created with immediate effect. The Company also announced that it is recruiting a further 100 people across its existing operations with opportunities in a broad range of roles with opportunities available in Operations, Engineering, Data Centre Management, Technical Solutions, Search Account Management and traditional customer sales. These new recruits will join the 1,200 people already working with Microsoft in the Dublin based EMEA Operations Centre, the European Development Centre, the Irish Sales and Marketing Subsidiary and at the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Data Centre.

500 digital inside sales professionals are being recruited immediately to serve customers from the state-of-the-art Inside Sales Centre in Dublin. The establishment of an EMEA Inside Sales Centre supports the evolution of Microsoft’s interaction with customers and partners – transforming and digitizing the sales experience.

The EMEA Inside Sales Centre will enable highly trained sellers to leverage leading-edge technology tools and analytics to better meet customer needs. The approach creates a sales experience for customers which is personalized to address their business challenges or business opportunities, and enables them to engage with Microsoft through their preferred channel. The Inside Sales Centre in Dublin will serve customers across EMEA in over 30 different languages.

Speaking at the announcement of the new investment, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., said: “Ireland and Microsoft have enjoyed a long and prosperous history since their establishment in Ireland in 1985 and I’m delighted that this relationship continues to bloom with the announcement of 600 new jobs in Dublin. The Government has worked hard in recent years to make Ireland an even more attractive place to invest and growth substantial European operations. Today’s announcement underlines the strong commitment of Microsoft to its Irish operation and the strength of leadership of its Irish management team. The establishment of their transformational Inside Sale Centre is a testament to the attractiveness of Ireland as a location with our strong commitment to our EU membership, a competitive tax regime, a business-friendly environment and a skilled workforce with high levels of education. Finally, I wish all Microsoft employees every success in the future on their new state of the art campus in Leopardstown.”

Speaking at the event, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D said: “I’m delighted to be here at Microsoft today to join them in announcing this latest investment in their Irish operations and welcome the creation of an additional 600 jobs. This latest investment, which brings an exciting new multi-skilled business activity to the company’s Dublin base, further enhances the company’s presence in Ireland and is vindication of the competitive advantage Ireland can offer. The extensive Microsoft operation in Ireland has grown significantly in recent years and we look forward to our very successful relationship continuing to develop in the years ahead “.

Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland said: “Our CEO, Satya Nadella, is creating a culture of innovation and is bringing amazing technology to people with products like HoloLens and Surface Studio, with lots more to come. The team in Ireland has a long track record of helping the company to deliver against its vision and strategy and now there are opportunities for 600 more individuals to play their part in making the vision a reality. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the government and the IDA for helping to bring this investment to fruition.”

Lisa Dillon, Managing Director, EMEA Inside Sales said: “The way we meet our customers’ needs is changing. We are creating an industry-leading digital marketing and data-driven sales approach to engage customers on their terms. We are looking for people to join us as we create the future of digital selling. The team we hire in Ireland will play a vital role in empowering our customers and partners across EMEA, drawing on the full array of Microsoft products and services in an era of digital transformation.”

The recruitment process for the newly created Inside Sales roles in Ireland has already started, but truly gets underway today with an ambition to have the organisation fully operational by the middle of the year. While many roles require previous sales or technical experience, the company is also seeking to recruit graduates with a few years’ experience who have the passion and aptitude necessary for these exciting opportunities. Microsoft is offering an extensive array of benefits in addition to a competitive package for the right candidates. Individuals with the relevant skills are being offered the opportunity to enjoy an exciting and rewarding career with one of the world’s leading technology companies.

Microsoft today stated that the successful candidates for Inside Sales and the other roles across the organisation will benefit from a progressive career path, including continuous investments in personalised professional development plans which will include the opportunity to secure additional qualifications and certification to help them become world class digital sellers.

For those in Inside Sales, the Microsoft Digital Seller Programme will give the recruits the opportunity to work towards a Diploma in Digital Selling in their first year and to attain a Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Selling in year two. Managers will have the opportunity to work towards a Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Sales Leadership. These certifications will be awarded by Dublin Institute of Technology.

Those working at Microsoft benefit from Fuel Your Everything, an employee wellbeing programme designed by the company to assist employees in fuelling their mind, body and life. This holistic wellbeing offering is provided in two ways: through a set of Wellbeing Experiences, which aims to develop employee capability or key life skills, including, financial wellbeing, mindfulness, peak performance and a parenting programme. There is also a wide range of Wellness Centre treatments such as a Gym, Spin classes, Yoga classes, health screening, physiotherapy, dental and optical, massage, reflexology, barber and even a nail salon! Employees also have access to extensive high end catering facilities to meet all their needs, complimentary private health insurance, three fully paid working days to volunteer for non-profit organisations of their choice and a matching funds program where the company matches employee donations.

Lisa Dillon concluded: “If you start here with us in Inside Sales, you will have the opportunity to develop your career within the company with almost limitless opportunities both here and abroad.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “Microsoft’s decision to create 600 jobs in addition to its current workforce is testament not only to the company’s continued commitment to Ireland but also to the high calibre technical talent that is readily available throughout the country. Microsoft’s dynamic Irish workforce has facilitated the delivery of the firm’s global strategy. Microsoft’s expanding presence in Dublin further strengthens the capital city’s international reputation as a leading technology hub. I wish Microsoft every success with their future operations in Ireland.”

This year will be a milestone year for Microsoft in Ireland. Not only will the company increase its workforce significantly, but it will also move into a new campus in Leopardstown before the end of the calendar year. The €134M investment in the new campus will create an unrivalled workplace for the Dublin-based team, with views of the mountains and race and golf courses, technology embedded throughout the building, state-of-the-art gym and exercise spaces, a range of cuisine at bespoke designed restaurants, and rooftop terraces. The new campus is proving a significant attraction for people who are looking for an airy and modern workplace of the future which facilitates their desire to be close to open spaces while retaining easy access to the city centre, sea and mountains through a range of public transport links.

Further details of the available roles can be found at www.microsoft.ie/InsideSalesDublin.

Indeed to hire 500 new staff in Dublin

Indeed, the world’s largest job site, today announced expansion plans for its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), adding 500 new employees over the next two years.

The company has already started recruiting for sales, client services, HR, business development, marketing, finance, strategy and operations roles, which will help companies across EMEA to maximise the return on their recruitment spend, while continuing to offer the best job search experience for jobseekers.

Indeed has sites in more than 60 countries and 28 languages. Unlike most job sites which only show paid listings, Indeed brings together the most job listings from employer career sites, staffing agencies, job boards, and career pages. Every month over 200 million jobseekers visit Indeed to find and apply for jobs through a desktop, tablet, or smartphone with a simple search. Indeed makes it easy for jobseekers to create job alerts which notify them as soon as new jobs are posted meeting their unique criteria.

The announcement demonstrates Indeed’s ongoing commitment to Ireland and the successful role Dublin has played as Indeed’s EMEA HQ for the past five years.

Indeed believes that happy employees are productive employees, and offer a variety of perks and benefits to attract and retain the very top talent:

* Open ‘Paid Time Off’ (holiday can be taken throughout the year, without a cap)
* Catered meals, endless snacks & drink options and weekly happy hours
* Wellness programmes, fitness classes and family fun days
* Office leisure including ping pong and pool tables
* Affinity groups for employees to connect over common interests
* Healthcare for employees and families

Supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the IDA, Indeed opened its Dublin office in March 2012 and currently employs a team of 530 people in its St. Stephen’s Green office.

Commenting on the announcement Chris Hyams, President of Indeed said: “Today’s announcement is a particularly important one for Indeed. Deciding where to recruit and hire the right people ultimately helps us to fulfil Indeed’s mission – to help people get jobs. Having our EMEA hub in Dublin is the natural choice given the large pool of high-skilled talent both locally and from the rest of Europe. We now have 530 employees, representing 19 nationalities in our Dublin office. We look forward to growing our presence here in Dublin and continuing to work every day to help even more people get jobs all over the world.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: “I welcome today’s announcement of 500 new jobs by Indeed. Their staggering growth since their establishment in Ireland in 2012 is a fantastic endorsement of our strengthening economy and is a reflection of the benefits of doing business in Ireland. The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2017 aims to keep Ireland competitive to new investment by EMEA HQ’s such as Indeed. Ireland will remain a central and committed member of the EU and the Single Market and growing dynamic companies like Indeed can rest assured we will work continually to promote the opportunities of the European Single Market.”

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “Indeed’s operation in Ireland has been a tremendous success story and the announcement that they are doubling their staff numbers here is very welcome. An additional 500 jobs is a huge economic boost and vote of confidence in Ireland. We are very keen to support the new dynamic Internet-based services sector and Indeed has blazed a trail in this area. We are sure that we can provide the new skills required and create the right environment for the company’s continued success.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland, which supported Indeed’s initial move into Ireland said: “Indeed first came to Ireland to internationalise its business and to serve its growing customer base. Ireland has proven to be a superb location for the company to source talent and to expand its footprint into the EMEA market. Indeed’s drive and ambition has resulted in it being the world’s largest job site and the fact that Ireland plays a very important role in its global operations is a fantastic endorsement of the business environment here.”

For more information about Indeed and about the positions available, please visit http://www.indeed.jobs/.

BrowserStack to establish International HQ in Dublin


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced that BrowserStack, the industry-leading mobile and web testing platform, has operationalized its state-of-the-art real devise Mobile Data Center in Dublin. The Minister also announced that BrowserStack will expand its Dublin operations and employ world class talent to lead the development of the next generation of mobile and web testing solutions. This expansion will create more than 40 roles within the next 24-36 months and recruitment is already underway.

BrowserStack is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The massive popularity of internet browsing combined with the proliferation of browsers, operating systems and devices have resulted in inconsistent website experiences for users worldwide. Developers need to test their website changes across hundreds of possible combinations of mobile devices and platforms. BrowserStack is a cloud based service that allows web developers to perform these tests quickly and eliminates the need for expensive in-house testing infrastructure. BrowserStack currently supports more than 1100 combinations of browsers, operating systems and devices. BrowserStack serves more than 35,000 customers in 130+ countries and customers include: Twitter, Microsoft, AirBnB, Mastercard, and more.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomed Browserstack’s announcement saying “This is another great win for IDA Ireland and a further vote of confidence for Ireland and what we have to offer. Having BrowserStack’s International HQ located here adds to our ever expanding expertise in ICT and its presence here will help attract other high growth companies, I wish BrowserStack well in its endeavours.”
BrowserStack Co-Founder Ritesh Arora said, “We are committed to helping our customers solve their most significant problems. Setting up of the real devise Mobile Data Center in Dublin expands our existing cloud capacity. This expansion is an important step towards building a best-in-class global testing infrastructure. This will allow us to provide a better experience to our existing customers and support new product launches. We are also excited to expand our presence in Dublin and look forward to benefitting from its deep talent pool.”

Welcoming the announcement Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland said “BrowserStack is a rapidly growing company with significant potential given its leading position in the market and the increasing demand for smart devices and availability of wireless internet connectivity. BrowserStack is one of a new generation of dynamic, innovative technology companies. This investment will assist IDA in attracting more Indian technology companies to Ireland.”

100 New Jobs for Cork as NGINX establishes EMEA Headquarters

 NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced an expanded international presence and new headquarters for EMEA in Cork, Ireland. As substantially more organisations move to the cloud, containers, and microservices, NGINX continues to attract strong worldwide adoption and now powers more than half of the world’s busiest sites and applications.

NGINX’s flagship commercial offering, NGINX Plus, extends open source NGINX with advanced features such as load balancing, web and mobile acceleration, security controls, application monitoring and management, and award-winning support for an enterprise-ready solution.

Currently, NGINX has more than 100 employees worldwide, and is set for continued rapid global expansion – with immediate plans for growth across EMEA centred around its new regional headquarters in Cork. The company plans to create over 100 jobs in its Cork office over the next three years in specialties including sales, marketing, finance, business development, software architecture, engineering, and research and development. The EMEA headquarters will serve to better support existing customers in the region, and will provide a base to reach new customers in high growth areas, including the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and across the Nordics.

NGINX is supported by Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

“Many of the world’s leading technology firms are expanding their presence in Ireland because of the availability of highly skilled talent, the quality of life, and its strong relationships across Europe – and NGINX is no exception,” said An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny TD. “We welcome NGINX for both the job and economic advancement it will bring to Ireland. The company is in the midst of incredible growth, with strong brand recognition throughout EMEA, making it a natural fit to have Cork as a launching point to the Irish market, and across the entire region.”

NGINX CEO Gus Robertson added, “With consumer expectations at an all-time high, organisations of all sizes are turning to NGINX to deliver their applications and websites with performance, reliability, security, and scale across cloud and hybrid environments. By launching our EMEA headquarters in Cork we’ll be able to better serve our customers throughout the region, empowering them to deliver the best possible web experience to their end users.” He continued, “beyond this geographical fit, Cork is strongly aligned in culture and attitude with the values carried over from our global headquarters in San Francisco, and we look forward to bringing in the best and brightest talent in the area.”

Open source leader Red Hat to invest €12.7M in new project, committing to create 60 jobs in Waterford

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor together with Minister of State for Training, Skills & Innovation John Halligan today announced that Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, plans to invest €12.7M in a new project, committing to create up to 60 jobs in Waterford over four years.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Red Hat’s Waterford office was established in 2014 following its acquisition of the cloud-based mobile software company, FeedHenry, originally a spin-out from Waterford Institute of Technology, and currently serves as the company’s global hub for research and development into mobile application development technology. In addition to Waterford, Red Hat has two other offices in Ireland, including Cork and Dublin.

Red Hat is at the forefront of developing new open source technologies that support organisations’ digital transformation projects around the world. This project is an example of Red Hat’s investment in these technologies and the talent that makes them possible.

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, Red Hat Inc. is the world’s leading open source software solutions provider. Established in 1993, Red Hat has more than 85 offices globally and employs more than 10,000 people. Red Hat’s R&D global headquarters is in Westford, Massachusetts.

As an open source software provider, Red Hat uses a community-driven approach to develop and supply software-based operating systems, virtualisation, middleware, storage and cloud technologies. The company is focused on developing leading-edge open source technologies in areas that include containers, messaging, big data, real-time computing, middleware, management, mobile, security and identity.

Making the announcement in Waterford today, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “This is terrific news for Waterford and the South East and I warmly welcome the creation of up to 60 high value R&D jobs which Red Hat has committed to create here over the next four years. This investment of €12.7m shows the confidence Red Hat has in its Waterford staff and also in its ability to source highly skilled workers. This is a great day for Waterford and the South East region.’’

The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD said: “This is a really positive development for the South East region. The Government through the Action Plan for Jobs is very focussed on ensuring all of Ireland benefit from job creation. This project today shows that we have the capability to attract big IT projects, which will bring well paid jobs to the region.”

Dr. Mícheál Ó Foghlú, CTO, Red Hat Mobile, said: “The opening of this new office, and the announcement of the investment, is the result of significant work by all of the staff here in Waterford, most of whom are working on challenging new mobile technologies. We look forward to taking our place as a key pillar in the Information Technology landscape in the region.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “It is great to see Red Hat develop its Waterford office as a strategic site by adding this project. Waterford has a growing software engineering base and this decision by Red Hat, a global software leader, to locate this project here is another excellent endorsement of the region as a prime location for other technology companies to invest in. I wish the company every success with this project.”