John Donoghue, Ifac Chief Executive
Fifty new jobs are to be created in Kilkenny City over the next 12 months as part of a €2million investment at the Danville Business Park.
Ifac, the professional services firm for the Irish farming, food and agribusiness sector has announced that it is creating 200 new jobs across the country over the coming 3 years.
Ifac will begin recruiting for these new roles immediately.
This new investment also includes a new €2 million client shared services centre that will be located in Danville Business Park in Kilkenny City.
This shared services centre will provide employment for up to 50 people over the coming 12 months and will support ifac clients with a range of services from payroll and audit to business development advice.
This major jobs announcement follows significant growth across the board growth in demand for ifac’s professional services over the past 24 months.
The new jobs will be spread across tax, audit, corporate finance, financial and specialist advisory, book keeping and support roles.
The company has over 400 people providing professional services support across its network of more than 30 offices in locations including Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Trim, Carlow, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Enniscorthy, Tullamore, Tralee, Templemore, Nenagh, Mallow, Limerick, Ennis, Dungarvan, Cahir, Bandon, Cork, Roscommon, Balla, Athenry, Sligo, Monaghan, Cavan and Raphoe.
Ifac Chief Executive, John Donoghue, said: "At ifac we are committed to providing top quality advice and support to clients in the farming, food and agri business sectors.
"Many of our clients are busy grappling with Brexit related uncertainty and what it could mean for their businesses. Our talented ifac teams across the country are working hard with clients to plan ahead and to help build financial resilience and flexibility into their business plans so that they can confidently face whatever the future brings.
"We are very pleased to be in a position to announce these news jobs at this important time for the Irish farming, food and agri business sectors. We will be steadily adding to our talented multi-disciplinary teams across our offices nationwide.
"We want to attract and retain top talent locally so that our teams can continue to provide the best professional advice available in the regions.
"We will be offering attractive packages for high end jobs in an effort to allow young and experienced professionals the opportunity to live and work in their communities at this time of change and growth for our clients and for the firm."
He added: "We are particularly excited about our €2 million investment in a new shared services centre in Kilkenny.
"This state-of-the-art facility will employ close to 50 people by this time next year and it will provide clients nationwide with a top quality business support system in the areas of payroll, audit and business development advice.
"Our growing client base in the farming, food and agri business sectors have significant service requirements in these areas that we are very well placed to meet with over 40 years’ experience of working in these sectors.
"We know the issues, understand the challenges and care about supporting our valued clients to thrive in the face of economic uncertainty."
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: "I am really pleased that ifac is announcing the creation of 200 high-quality positions across its almost 30 branches nationwide.
"The Government is committed to balanced regional development, and we want to help companies to retain top talent to work in their local communities.
"Gone are the days when all roads lead to Dublin; through our ambitious plan Project Ireland 2040, the Government is strengthening the regions and improving infrastructure to attract jobs and investment.
"Ifac’s investment in a new shared services centre in Kilkenny is a particularly exciting development and a real addition to the firm’s client service offering. I wish the company and its staff every success in the future."