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You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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CRH plc 

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Natasha Ibanez

Natasha Ibanez
Mechanical Engineer
Damien Mason

Damien Mason
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan

Marie O'Donovan
Consulting Engineer
Peter LaComber

Peter LaComber
Claire Hanrahan

Claire Hanrahan
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CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 87,000 people at over 3,800 locations in 31 countries

CRH is a leading global building materials group employing approximately 87,000 people at over 3,800 locations in 31 countries

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How We Recruit...
What are the main entry requirements and recruitment procedures?.

The organisation welcomes applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, belief, age, disability, race or membership of the travelling community.

Please contact the HR departments at:

CRH plc
Roadstone Wood
Irish Cement



Where to go for current vacancies?

Visit our websites at the following addresses for more information on vacancies:

We also advertise positions in the public press.


Working With Us...
What are the main occupation types employed?
CRH plc, has a lean corporate centre located in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Guidance, support, functional expertise, and control, is provided by the centre to the local operating companies in the following key areas:
  • Finance
  • Development
  • Human Resources
  • Environment
  • Health & Safety
CRH plc regularly recruits for positions in these functional areas of expertise for individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the Company.  Email:

Irish Cement is a major subsidiary within CRH plc in Ireland, manufacturing high quality cement for the Irish market and has 2 plants at Limerick and Drogheda. Cement Production is a heavy continuous process industry which is very capital intensive and is often engaged in various large scale projects to improve facilities.
Production uses the most advanced, energy-efficient dry methods to create a range of high quality cements. While the majority of employees are skills based Tradesmen and General Operatives they are supported by a core team of Engineers, Professional and Technical staff.

Each year Irish Cement recruits graduates, primarily from an engineering background, who are interested in a dynamic international career. Click here for further details. 


Roadstone’s corporate mission relies on an absolute commitment to being a leader in our various markets through technological creativity, product quality, superior customer service and the wholehearted commitment of each employee.

Our recruitment strategy requires that we recruit the best people to manage our business and provide the wide-ranging capabilities necessary to sustain growth on a long-term basis.

Accordingly, our recruitment programme provides exceptional opportunities for individuals with ambition, vision and a commitment to excellence in a dynamic business environment.

The phenomenon of Roadstone’s growth and development continues, therefore your qualifications, skills and experience may be of great interest to us.

Both Roadstone Wood companies recruit on an ongoing basis for craft workers (electricians, fitters) plant operatives, blacktop laying crews, in addition to engineering technicians and administrative staff. 
Click here for further details.


What types of work contract are offered?

In the main all positions are on a full time permanent basis, however, dependent upon the position there are a few part time and job share opportunities available.

We also recruit fixed term contract staff where appropriate.


What are the key attractions?

CRH’s market-driven approach attracts, retains and motivates exceptional management including internally developed operational managers, highly qualified business professionals and owner-entrepreneurs who join on acquisition.

Key attractions of working with CRH include:
  • Competitive remuneration
  • The opportunity to gain international experience working on short & long term assignments overseas.
  • Integrated approach to career development: CRH supports it’s employees to achieve their career potential through formal training initiatives; coaching and mentoring programmes; and challenging on the job experiences.
  • Diverse opportunities within Ireland


What locations do you operate from?

CRH plc, has operations in 31 countries, employing approximately 87,000 employees.

Within Ireland, we operate nationwide:
  • CRH Group Headquarters has a small corporate team of c.350 employees based at Rathfarnham in Dublin
  • Roadstone Wood has over 1300 employees 60 locations nationwide.
  • Irish Cement has 2 plants in Limerick and Drogheda.


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Who We Recruit...
Career opportunities for school leavers.

Opportunities are available from time to time to all school leavers with a good general education in administrative and operational roles.


Career opportunities for college graduates.

We are interested in graduates from all disciplines including Business, Accountancy, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics including those with post graduate or masters qualifications.

Specifically on the Engineering side, we regularly recruit graduates in Chemical, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering.


Career opportunities for experienced talent.

Opportunities are available from time to time to experienced adults with a good general education in administrative and operational roles: click here.


Career opportunities for adults wishing to return to work.

Opportunities are available from time to time to older adults and return to workers with a good general education in administrative and operational roles.


Opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience.

A limited number of work experience opportunities are available from time to time by enquiry to the individual employing companies.


Meet our People...
"My current role allows a good mix of working time and time with my family. Within the CRH organisation there are good progression opportunities"
Consulting Engineer
Peter LaComber
"I am now working on the new 200 million project called Kiln 3 in Irish Cement and have a lot of responsibilities and pressure on my head"
Mechanical Engineer
Damien Mason
"Interpersonal skills are very important as you are interacting with quarry managers, Local Authority's and employees all the time"
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan
"Having realised that I enjoyed maths the most, I was quick to decide that either Engineering or Science should be the course I do in college."
Mechanical Engineer
Natasha Ibanez
"My ACCA exams were the most important so far in terms of my career. These are necessary for a position in Internal Audit with CRH"
Claire Hanrahan

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CRH is a diversified building materials group which manufactures and distributes building material products. By building better businesses across our international operations, we have grown to be a leader in the global building materials industry.

CRH plc was formed through a merger in 1970 of two leading Irish public companies, Cement Limited (established in 1936) and Roadstone, Limited (1949). The newly-formed group was the sole producer of cement and the principal producer of aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in Ireland.

CRH employs 87,000 people across 3,800 locations in 31 countries, Headquartered in Rathfarnham Co. Dublin, CRH focuses on three closely related core businesses:

  • Primary materials (cement, aggregates, asphalt, etc)
  • Value-added building products (bricks, roof tiles, insulation, etc)
  • Specialist building materials distribution.
We are committed to improving the built environment and we understand the wider impact our businesses can make in supporting human activity through the delivery of superior building materials and products for use in buildings, roads, public spaces, infrastructure and other construction areas

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