eSmart Networks to create 39 jobs in new NI technical hub

  • GB grid connections and energy transition infrastructure firm eSmart Networks Ltd is setting up a new Technical Hub in Northern Ireland, creating 39 new jobs.

    The firm identifies capacity on the high voltage electricity grids in the UK and then designs and builds the connections to the grid. The business was created to respond to the UK's need for charging infrastructure as the transition to electric vehicles gathers pace. It also provides grid connection solutions and renewable energy infrastructure.

    Speaking about the hub Steve Harper, Executive Director, International and Skills, Invest Northern Ireland said: “eSmart has chosen to set-up a new Technical Hub in Northern Ireland to provide technical, design and compliance functions for the company. As part of its investment here eSmart plans to create 39 new high quality engineering jobs over the next three years which will deliver £2.3m per year in salaries into our economy. As well as offering high quality jobs, eSmart places significant emphasis on training and has plans in place for Graduate Engineers and Student Placements from our universities.”

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    The roles to be created include grid connections managers, electrical & civil design engineers and technical administrators offering average salaries of around £60,000.

    The company aims to be the market leader in delivering the green infrastructure revolution through EV Charging infrastructure, renewable energy and large-scale industrial connections.

    Steve added: “The Green Economy and the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering sectors are priority clusters identified in the Department for Economy’s 10X Economic Vision as having the potential to drive our economy forward. This project helps deliver on both of these strategic priorities.”

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    Simon Gallagher, a Northern Ireland native and Managing Director of eSmart Networks, also commented on the new roles: “The well-educated, young and diverse workforce here will provide us with the skills and expertise needed to increase the breadth and depth of our in-house technical expertise. We are also excited to connect with the excellent local universities and colleges. As a graduate of what is now Belfast Metropolitan College and Queen’s University myself, I know that the engineering education and heritage in Northern Ireland is truly world class – particularly in advanced electrical, mechanical and civil engineering.”

    Source: Written from press release.

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