Mission Critical:  Chief Operating Officer COO


The Company

Whilst the term unique and exceptional are consistently overused to describe a company, this development and project management business can truly boast offering something new and exciting for the current built environment market place. What sets the business apart is the ability to apply alternative and innovative methodologies, across the whole project life cycle, creating real added value for customers and stakeholders. This professional services unit has experienced strong, sustainable growth, in both Ireland and the UK, and now having been awarded a leading role on one of the largest data centre programmes in Ireland, if not Europe, the business is expanding further and is seeking to reinforce its expert team.

The Role

Through continued success in the realisation of major projects and programmes, the business has now secured a significant role, as Development and Programme Manager, on one of the largest and most exciting capital programmes to be undertaken in Ireland for at least a decade. Hugely challenging across the entire project life cycle from a technical, logistics, planning and implementation perspective, with complex stakeholder management dynamics, this programme is set to run at least for the next five years. The first phase has a capital value in excess of €500m and is now live with the genuine potential for three further phases of a similar scale and complexity. In order to provide the executive oversight for such an expansive programme, there is a requirement to make a senior appointment of a professional who is currently operating at the equivalent of C-suite level in the data centre build environment. The executive will be appointed to the main board of the Critical Facilities Business and will be expected to develop, in conjunction with the other directors, a business strategy and thereafter assume responsibility for its implementation. They will lead the scheme in its entirety and interface directly with the Client and Funders with overall responsibility for the procurement strategy for the venture and the management and control of a number of major integrated Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts. The executive will also oversee the financials, working closely with the commercial executive to ensure that potential issues are identified and dealt with as quickly as possible.

A high degree of systems integration will be adopted to provide reliable management information in real time and a best-in-class approach will be adopted for ESG matters.

The Candidate

The company will consider employing someone from either a consultancy, client or main contracting background so long as they can demonstrate experience in leading multi layered teams on large complicated mission critical projects. As importantly, the individual must provide confidence in an ability to operate under their own initiative and be comfortable with the requirements of operating at senior director level.   You should currently be Senior Partner, MD or at ‘C Suite’ level in your present organisation and have full P&L responsibility. Given the scale and complexity of this programme, you will be expected to build and lead an expert team which will cover a complex array of projects incorporating:  data halls, energy centres, power generation compounds, utilities and infrastructure.

An understanding of the local Irish market is a distinct advantage together with a strong, industry specific, personal network.  

The Opportunity

This is certainly one of the largest and most exciting capital programmes in Ireland. It will be providing an opportunity for someone to lead the realisation of what will be one of the most prestigious data centre complexes in Europe, deploying cutting edge technology and challenging custom and practice in the world of the built environment.

As you might expect, the role offers an excellent executive level compensation arrangement including a substantial basic salary and both short and long-term incentive arrangements for the right candidate.