Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


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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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Drive your career further with Topaz

Drive your career further with Topaz

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Who Are We?

Topaz Energy Group Limited is the management entity that oversees the activities of all of the Topaz Group’s operations. Under the Group’s management are a number of direct active subsidiaries involved in the business of importing, storing and distributing retail and non-retail fuels across the island of Ireland. The group also has a joint venture interest in Shell and Topaz Aviation Ireland Ltd, which supplies fuels to airline operators in Ireland. The group operates its business trading operation under the ‘Topaz’ brand across the island of Ireland.

Topaz is 100% Irish owned and operated, with a €3 billion annual turnover and with over 1 million customer transactions per week on both our company owned sites and dealer network. We deliver home heating oil to over 250,000 customers on an annual basis; we sold over 4.5 million cups of coffee last year along with over 5 million newspapers; and more than 120,000 Irish drivers are Topaz Fuel Card holders. Topaz is the largest retail fuel company in Ireland with over 340 service stations across the country, and we are continuously growing, with the number of staff employed now at 2000.


With over 340 Topaz Service Stations across Ireland, we are the country’s largest fuel and convenience brand. 123 of our service stations are company owned and operated, with over 220 stations operated by the independent retailers of our dealer network. Our company operated business Ard Services Limited is one of the active subsidiaries which operate on behalf of the Topaz Group. Ard Services Limited own and operate the Topaz company owned service stations throughout the country. The Ard Services trading concepts for these service stations have three unique retail concepts which are customer- facing, called Topaz Restore, Topaz Express, and most recently, a brand new retail non-fuel trading concept called ‘Re.Store’.

We continue to grow and develop our business, leading the way not only in terms of being the fastest growing brand in Ireland but also growing our offering to our customers in new and innovative ways.

Topaz. That’s better.

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