Ericsson has announced plans to hire 250 people at its Irish research and development center in Athlone.
The expansion will support the company’s continued development of innovative cloud-native products that orchestrate, automate and power its global 5G portfolio.
The highly skilled roles, which include opportunities for software developers, data scientists, architects, cloud and mobile communications engineers at all career stages, will be added over the next three years. This project is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.
The move will take Ericsson’s squad at Athlone to 1,450.
One of Ireland’s largest software development employers, Ericsson has had a research and development (R&D) presence in Athlone since 1979. The Athlone facility, which is the global R&D headquarters of Ericsson Digital Services OSS (Operations Support Systems), currently employs 1200 people. develop its OSS portfolio and Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network). Ericsson employs 200 additional people at its Dublin base.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar said: “This is really great news. Ericsson continues to expand, adding 250 new jobs to the 1,400 the company already employs here. These new jobs are in new areas of cloud-native technologies, providing some really exciting opportunities for the Midlands. It is truly a vote of confidence in Athlone and Ireland as a whole that an internationally renowned company has chosen to make this investment. Thank you to Ericsson for their continued commitment to our country and to the Ireland-based team who I know played a crucial role in the decision to bring this investment to Ireland.
Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Business Regulation, Robert Troy, said: “I am delighted with Ericsson’s announcement to add 250 positions to its R&D campus in Athlone. . These highly skilled roles in software development, engineering and cloud technologies are a very welcome development for the region and this expansion reaffirms the Midlands as a center of excellence in the ICT and cloud technology sector.
“Ericsson is an established presence here in Athlone and its continued success and investment in its R&D campus is testimony to the fact that Westmeath, and indeed the Midlands as a whole, is an ideal place to do business. I wish staff Ericsson all the best in this exciting new chapter.
Denis Dullea, Head of Research and Development at Ericsson Athlone, said: “This announcement underscores our global reputation as a world-class R&D software development center. Our team here already plays a vital role in developing the Ericsson products, services and solutions that enable Ericsson to deliver limitless connectivity that makes the unimaginable possible.
“We are hiring 250 additional software developers, engineers and architects with cloud-native skills to enhance our ability to deliver the benefits of cloud-native technologies to our global customer base through our RAN, management, automation and orchestration offerings. »
Mr Dullea added: “The investment is also good news for Athlone and the wider Midlands region, where Ericsson is one of the largest employers. Through continued strong partnerships with IDA, the Irish Government and the recently established Shannon University of Technology (TUS), we are delighted to continue to attract and nurture the best and brightest Irish and international talent at the heart of Ireland.
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “The important announcement from Ericsson, a company which has been present here in Ireland since 1957 and has had an R&D center in Athlone since 1979, is great news and demonstrates this world leader’s continued commitment to its operations here. The next generation of technology developed at the Athlone plant will set the standard for the industry. These jobs and the associated investments will have a substantial impact on the local and regional economy. I wish Ericsson every success in this expansion and assure the team of IDA Ireland’s continued support.