Over 130 new jobs for Dublin
New software and manufacturing positions will be created in Dublin.
More than 130 new jobs have been announced by two companies in Dublin this morning.
Guidewire, a global provider of software solutions to the general insurance industry, is to create 75 new jobs at its global services and regional development centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
Ecocem Ireland, a cement company based at Dublin Port, also revealed plans to create 61 jobs in a new plant at the port.
Ecocem said 25 jobs will be created with further 36 indirect jobs being created though other Irish-based suppliers. The new plant will be used to bag the company's eco-friendly cement.
Guidewire was founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley and established its Dublin location in July 2011, where it now employs 50 people.The latest expansion will make Guidewire Ireland the company’s largest office outside of the US and will bring to 125 the number of people the company expects to employ in Ireland.
The extra staff will provide consultancy support and additional product development resources to support some of Guidewire’s customers which now span 16 countries and four continents. The 75 new jobs on offer include graduate/entry level software consultants and experienced software product managers.
Niall Lalor, who leads the Guidewire Services Centre in Dublin and was the company’s first Irish employee, attributes this growth to the outstanding results delivered by the Dublin-based team.
“Our team has quickly gained the confidence of Guidewire customers globally, to such an extent that in our 18 months of operation we have significantly expanded the scope of projects we work on,” he said.
Alex Naddaff, global vice president, professional services, Guidewire, pointed to the high quality of employees in Dublin.
“Our aspiration when starting out in Dublin was to build a high quality team that was a good cultural match with our core company values, our agile project approach and our belief in home and work life balance. We are very pleased that we are achieving these goals. This has been a very rewarding experience for Guidewire and we look forward to a successful future in Ireland,” he said.
Guidewire’s expansion is supported by IDA Ireland, and was welcomed by IDA chief executive, Barry O’Leary.
“The rapid expansion of Guidewire’s Global Consulting Centre in Dublin further endorses Ireland’s credentials as a hub for both the software and business services sectors. Guidewire provides core system software for the general insurance industry and Ireland provides the highly-skilled talent pool the company requires,” he said.