Brothers David and Blake Walsh of SmartRoutes announcing its plans for expansion.Photo: Darragh Kane

50 jobs announced on Leeside

Up to 50 jobs were announced this week by two companies with plans to increase their workforce.

Software company SmartRoutes announced on Tuesday that it has plans to double its workforce for the second year in a row to meet the demand for its service.

SmartRoutes, based in Cork city, helps businesses plan and manage their delivery operations from start to finish. The new positions will be across a range of business development and software engineering roles. The company also has plans to expand its operations in the UK.

CEO and Co-founder of SmartRoutes, David Walsh said: “It was amazing to see all the different types of businesses that benefited from using our platform. Whether they were looking to reduce their distribution costs, reduce their carbon footprint or get greater control and insight over their delivery operations, SmartRoutes was able to provide them with a solution. This has given us great confidence to grow our company and we have aggressive plans to tackle international markets next year.”

Co-founder of SmartRoutes, Blake Walsh said: “It’s great to be in a position to create employment in Cork and we’re hopeful SmartRoutes will continue to grow year on year.”

Meanwhile 40 jobs are set to be created as an American company plans to house its European headquarters in Cork.

Innowatts announced the jobs creation on Monday. The artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled SaaS platform for global energy providers has operated in Europe since 2019.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Innowatts partners with energy retailers and grid operators worldwide, including Direct Energy, Shell and Iberdrola.

Innowatts is establishing its European headquarters in Cork and will be supported by IDA Ireland.

The new roles created include data architects, data scientists, full stack and dev-op engineers alongside energy specialist roles including wholesale market traders, forecasters and risk managers.

A spokesperson said the company, at the moment, wouldn’t be revealing location details of the new Cork headquarters.

David Boundy, Innowatts' Chief Product and Technology Officer and General Manager Europe said: “Europe and the UK’s journey to net zero is accelerating at rapid pace, now more than ever electricity suppliers and grid operators find themselves in need of data insights to make informed decisions that best serve their customers, today and tomorrow.”

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