Expansion Plans, New Jobs and Market Expansion

Ireland’s largest Mechanical & Electrical consultancy and one of Europe’s leading experts in Data Centre Design, (www.ethoseng. ie) announced late last year that it is to create 150 new jobs in Ireland in the next four years as part of “Going for Growth,” its ambitious national and international EMEA expansion programme that includes doubling revenues to €30 million by 2025. Recruitment has already commenced for engineers and business support staff at a time when the company has a new pipeline of work in Ireland, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Kenya.

The firm has also re-structured its business to focus on six key areas of expertise, each with responsibility for delivering its part of Going for Growth. They are – Data Centre Design, Urbanism, Regional, Sustainability, Digital Services (Smart Buildings) and Global Tech. As a result, a new generation of leaders will work alongside the executive management team to help the business scale to its next level of growth and development.
With its HQ in Dublin, a regional office in Galway and work sites throughout the EMEA, Ireland’s Engineering Firm of the Year in 2020, 2019 and 2018, already employs a team of more than 110, including 100 engineers plus professional staff. Notably, since the start of the pandemic, the firm has hired more than 40 new staff. In addition, Ethos EMEA design work is supported and localised by its presence in 13 EMEA countries through its membership of the First Q network of over 3,000 MEP engineers.

“Engineering Wow” brand vision

Matching its expansion ambitions and a desire to be market leader in everything it does, the firm has recently unveiled a new brand vision centred around the idea of “Engineering Wow.”

“Engineering Wow” reflects the philosophy of the business where each building is imbued with a distinct Ethos signature. Namely, an absolute commitment to treat each project as completely bespoke with no pre- ordained solutions, driving technology innovation and embracing new, improved ways of working to deliver the best results and significant benefits to clients within the timelines involved. The firm goes beyond simply achieving building regulation compliance to a next level of delivering the most sustainable, energy efficient buildings that fully focus on the end user experience. “Working smarter, not harder” is a defining part of “Engineering Wow.” With Ethos driving a digital transformation agenda, particular emphasis is placed on teams achieving a work / life balance and making the workplace a collaborative, engaging and problem- solving space.

Between completed and current projects, Ethos has designed, delivered, and provided master planning services for 45 data centres, including 23 in Ireland. In total, that represents in excess of 1500MW of data centre design. To date, the firm has also completed 9.6 million sq. ft. of office space (including shell & core and fit outs), 4 million sq. ft. of mixed-use developments, 14 Linac Accelerators, 8,562 residential units, 7,200 student beds, 2,000 dwellings, 1,700 hotel beds, 1,100 prison cells, 3,000 healthcare beds and 30 operating theatres – in Ireland and internationally.
The firm was established in 2005 by CEO Greg Hayden, and Executive Directors , John Coroner and Colm Devin. Today, they lead the business with a management team that includes highly experienced Directors, all leaders in their respective fields.

Ethos pioneers the latest building simulation software and have fully accredited BREEAM, LEED, WELL and Building Energy Rating (BER) assessors in addition to experienced energy auditors.

Take Control of your Career
2022 has begun at vigorous pace for the firm, as it looks to attract talent to fill a wide spectrum of roles in engineering and business support. These include Mechanical Engineers (all levels), Electrical Engineers (all levels), and BIM roles. A dedicated Careers Page at ethoseng.ie/careers is gaining considerable attention from a wide range of prospective employees from early career engineers to those with intermediary industry experience, but who want to boost their careers, along with candidates with transferable skillset. Likewise, there has been a strong level of interest from people returning to Ireland and international candidates in the new roles.
“It’s our Culture that makes Ethos an attractive and joyful place to work,” according to Alison Heffernan, Head of People at Ethos. As an industry expert, she believes that the can-do, problem solving, attitude of the firm marks it out as different. She says: “We are a business that encourages our team to get busy and get involved from the first moment they join us. We pride ourselves on having a collective, empowering philosophy where talent is recognised and encouraged to use initiative, think differently and not accept the status quo for the sake of it. People with ambition, enthusiasm, and motivation, to do great work, always succeed at Ethos.
The rewards are both professional and personal. Continual learning and career progression matters to us as does an innovative spirit and problem-solving nature. Post pandemic, we also have hybrid working options and potential for international travel if that’s appealing.”

Ethos founder and CEO Greg Hayden commented:
“This major jobs creation and expansion drive comes at a time when demand for our services has never been higher. With a focus on Innovation, Sustainability and Digital Transformation, we want to build on our reputation as one of EMEA’s leading suppliers of Data Centre Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultancy, sustainable commercial and smart fit-out buildings while also leveraging our market leading expertise at the forefront of green and environmental design solutions across all sectors of the building industry. Support from Enterprise Ireland for our vision has been invaluable.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar said at the time: “The announcement of 150 new jobs, in Ireland and abroad, is great news for Ethos and for the Irish construction sector which, after a really difficult period, is growing and will be in high demand for years to come. Congratulations to the team involved and the very best of luck with this expansion.” Enterprise Ireland’s CEO Leo Clancy added: “Ethos is an ambitious and innovative engineering company making significant contributions to the digitalisation and sustainability of data centre construction processes and gaining international customers as a result. We look forward to supporting the company as it continues to grow, expanding into new markets and creating jobs at home in Ireland.”

Notable Buildings

Notable buildings by Ethos range from its first major project, The Beacon Hospital, Dublin in 2005, to landmark offices, properties, and campuses for some of the world’s biggest FDI, Tech, Real Estate, Global Tech and Urbanism brands in addition to confidential Hyperscale, Wholesale and Co-Location data centre clients.
To find more about our latest roles see ethoseng.ie/careers recruitment@ethoseng.ie

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