JONES ENGINEERING – FRAMING THEIR LONG-STANDING STRATEGIES
As one of Ireland’s longest established companies, Jones Engineering has a proud history of innovative and sustainable growth. Here they discuss the evolution of their Responsible Business Framework and how it reflects their vision for the future.
Jones have recently finalised their internal Responsible Business Framework, which formally defines their goals and vision for a more sustainable and inclusive future. The framework builds a structured foundation around their established legacy and includes areas such as measurable carbon reduction goals, active community engagement and strong investments in team development. The framework has been aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) with a particular focus on the seven main goals which Jones believe they can have the greatest influence and impact on.
It is public knowledge that Jones have spent decades working on some of the most cutting-edge renewable energy projects such as Anaerobic Digestion Plants, Wind Farms, Battery Storage Systems and Power Plants. Their website is covered with exemplar examples of cross industry projects such as the design and build of Taggart Windfarm, the country’s first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) wind farm to be connected, and the St. James’s Hospital Energy Performance Contract which delivered €26 million in guaranteed energy and operational savings and reduced the hospital’s carbon footprint by approximately 118,380 tonnes.
However, what may be less commonly known, is just how active and engaged they are with their global and local communities as well as the development of their team members. From Senior Management down they strive to make a difference by fostering the next generation of talent, sponsoring organisations within the community, and supporting charities through company and employee efforts. Recently Jamie Bermingham, Jones Engineering Apprentice, was awarded the winners medal at the World Skills Ireland Plumbing and Heating Final in the RDS demonstrating his exemplary skills and training. While the innovative Jones BIM Team collected the Digital BIM Initiative Award at this year’s Irish Building and Design Awards.
Not every achievement is measured in accolades and some “wins” are more personal. For example, when Amy joined Jones in 2018 as a HR Intern, she never expected that two years down the road she would be able to pivot to her dream role. In her own words Amy said “Whilst I loved my job and the team, quantity surveying had tweaked my interest from a young age, but I pushed it to the back of my head as I didn’t feel confident to pursue such a male-dominated career. When I discussed the possibilities with my manager, she was very supportive and encouraged me to pursue my interests in Quantity Surveying. I have recently made the transition from office to site and started my master’s degree in Quantity Surveying. Jones have helped me every step of the way from supporting me for college to the transition from office to site to get some hands-on experience. Although it is a big change, the support and guidance from Jones Engineering, in particular the HR and QS Teams has been outstanding.”
The CSO estimates that only 5.5% of the workforce across all construction related sectors are women. At Jones Engineering the figure of 8.4% is marginally higher than the norm, something they are proud of while still recognising the need for continuous improvement. With their newly formalised Responsible Business Framework, it seems inevitable that they will deliver on their promises, securing a sustainable and brighter future for their clients, their staff and their community. Jones have already grown sustainably in both size and reputation, becoming a business with a turnover of €970m+ and resources of over 4,200 people worldwide. Their core value is the delivery of engineering through people, and the breadth of their team is unrivalled. Recruiting, nurturing and developing the best talent has been a cornerstone of the group’s development. If this sounds like a company you would like to “engineer your career” with then why not check out their Current Opportunities today: https://joneseng.com/careers/current-opportunities/
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine & Plan Magazine