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Jacobs to recruit 300-400 skilled UK workers following purchase of Wood Nuclear



The Dallas based engineering company Jacobs has completed its purchase of the nuclear arm of Aberdeen’s John Wood Group for £250 million and announced plans to recruit 300 to 400 employees into highly-skilled roles over the next year. 

Following Jacobs' £250 million acquisition of Wood Group the combined firm is expected to recruit up to 400 new staff members for skilled jobs in the nuclear research, development and testing facilities in Birchwood, Warrington
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Under the takeover, all 2,000 staff working for Wood Nuclear will be brought into Jacob’s business, increasing their UK employee base to nearly 11,000. 

The company intends to expand its employee base further with investment in the UK’s largest independent nuclear research, development and testing facilities located in Birchwood Park, outside Warrington. 

The newly recruited staff will work on projects to develop new innovations in remote handling, cyber, inspection technology and test rigs. 

Wood Nuclear’s existing contracts include the decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear site in Caithness and Sellafield in Cumbria.

Clive White of Wood Nuclear will lead the combined business as Senior Vice President of Critical Mission Solutions - International, reporting to Dawne Hickton, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Critical Mission Solutions. A joint Jacobs-Wood Nuclear Integration Management Office has been formed to oversee the integration process. 

"Bringing together Wood Nuclear within Jacobs' critical mission solutions business provides a powerful platform to support clients' complex programs, respond to unprecedented changes in the many sectors and geographies where we work, and help accelerate commitments to a more sustainable future,” said Jacobs’ CEO, Steve Demetriou.

"With our shared values, technical heritage and global reach, we are combining complementary capabilities to deliver high value, differentiated nuclear and defence solutions for our clients and greater opportunities for our people across our diverse portfolio."

The £250 million acquisition deal was announced in August 2019 and was completed on 9th March 2020.

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