ESB plans employment drive as it expands globally

Looking for 150 of the "brightest minds" over the next three years

ESB International will create 150 jobs over the next three years, thanks to its success in securing a number of new contracts around the globe.

The Irish energy firm's international engineering consultancy arm will roll out the positions over the next three years and is aiming to hire "the brightest minds from Ireland and overseas".

They will be tasked with working on €11m worth of new contracts recently signed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The company currently employs 725 people in total.

The announcement was made today at the official opening of its new offices at Dublin Airport, with Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Charlie Flanagan in attendance.

The minister said:

 “Since 1975, ESB International has blazed a trail for other Irish companies to follow, successfully delivering projects throughout the world to assist countries at various stages of development.

"This Irish expertise has made a real difference to people’s lives and today’s announcement of 150 new highly skilled positions in the coming years is to be warmly welcomed. As Ireland faces up to some tough economic challenges in the period ahead, the company is an inspiration and an example of what can be achieved – a globally connected company which remains grounded in the distinctive values of Ireland.” 

ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty explained how ESB International is at the forefront of the company's broader vision to lead the transition to a low carbon future: 

“At ESB, we have an innate understanding of electricity as a vital precursor to social and economic development. Ireland’s experience has underlined electricity as a key enabler, with ESB bringing its transformative power to even the most remote corners.

"For the last four decades, ESB International has exported skills and ingenuity to 120 countries around the world. It isn’t just this engineering expertise that distinguishes ESB International from our competitors, but rather a culture of solving problems and sharing knowledge that is rooted in ESB’s DNA and driven by a desire to drive progress and growth in the communities we serve. Today’s office opening in the heart of Dublin Airport Central opens an exciting new chapter as we rise to the global energy challenges of the coming decades.”

ESB International is located in One Dublin Airport Central, which is a former 1960s office building that has been completely transformed by daa.

In 2014, ESB and Dublin Airport began a four year collaboration project to introduce advanced low carbon technologies and assist in delivering a 33% energy saving at Dublin Airport by 2020, a target achieved ahead of schedule. ESB and Dublin Airport are continuing to pursue reductions now targeting a further 1.7% energy saving year on year.

The building’s credentials has been recognised with award of the highest ‘platinum’ level sustainability accreditation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the first such award in Ireland for a ‘core and shell’ building.