Press Release 25 Nov 2013

Microsoft Deepens Innovation Footprint in Ireland with the Creation of 30 New Development Roles

35 new graduate positions created, and a further 30 positions in a range of professional services roles available

Total Recruitment of 95 people underway in Microsoft Ireland

Dublin, November 25th 2013 - Microsoft Ireland today announced the creation of 30 new development roles at its Irish based operations in Dublin.  The new positions are located at its European Development Centre and are in the Microsoft Office Division, and in Applications Media and Publishing Group at Microsoft.  In addition to these new positions the Company also announced the creation of 35 new graduate positions across all parts of its business. It is also currently recruiting for a range of professional services roles in its Europe Middle East & Africa Operations Centre as well as its Sales and Marketing Organisations.

This expansion has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The Application Media and Publishing (AMP) Group is recruiting developer roles who develop and test software, as well as program managers who will be involved in building a world class online sports experience. The people who come on stream in these jobs will focus on creating and building a scalable infrastructure, and relevant personalised experiences for consumers to enjoy across every device, on the web or via an app. 

The new roles in the Microsoft Office Division include Development, Test and Program Management positions.  This team is responsible for developing mission critical features across the Microsoft Office software and service portfolio. The team also develops the technology behind the Cloud based Office 365 subscription model for consumers, which has already had millions of users. The team is also responsible for developing the integrated Office app store.

At the announcement of the new investment Mr. Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said: “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of multinational companies. Microsoft was one of the first tech investors to come to Ireland and its presence here has been instrumental in helping us to attract other world-leading companies in the sector. Today’s announcement that they are adding further jobs in strategically important areas is great news for Dublin and for Ireland. I am determined to ensure that, with continued supports from Government, we can see further announcements like this.”

Commenting on the new investment at Microsoft, Cathriona Hallahan, MD Microsoft Ireland said: “We are delighted that Ireland has been selected as the location for these new development roles. This investment builds on the strong development work that has been done by our team here at the European Development Centre over the past few years and deepens our development footprint in Ireland.  These are important roles in two key areas of the business and we are delighted to continue to strengthen the range and diversity of people within the Microsoft Ireland through incremental growth and continued transformation.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming a large group of graduates to our campus over the next few months. New and fresh thinking is vital to renew and refresh the culture of innovation in our teams in Dublin. We look forward to recruiting some dynamic and talented technical graduates as well as filling the diverse range of professional services roles in areas such as supply chain, program management and marketing.” 

Microsoft is also hiring in the areas of Online Services Program Management, Devices Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) as well as Advertising Operations and Channel Management at its Europe Middle East and Africa Operations Centre.  The creation of additional core development roles at the Irish campus highlights the increasing diversity and Global nature of Microsoft’s operations and the roles it offers in Dublin, driven by the growing needs of its international customer base.

Barry O’Leary, CEO at IDA Ireland said: “Microsoft is one of the most well-known companies in the world. Their products are used by millions of people across the planet every day.   Microsoft’s announcement of 95 jobs builds on the company’s long history of investment and partnership in Ireland, which began in 1985. These new jobs will involve a mixture of technology and business expertise – both of which are areas in which we have numerous third level courses. A company of Microsoft’s calibre, reinforces Ireland’s reputation as a leading world location for foreign investment.”

For further information about the jobs announced today log onto www.microsoft.ie/careers.

For further information please contact:
Suzanne Sullivan, Q4PR, 01-4751444/086-3797291

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