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IT company, Tintri, has chosen to locate its EMEA technical support centre in Cork. Tintri produces storage for virtualisation and cloud environments, and employ almost 200 people worldwide. The firm's EMEA Vice-President, Doug Rich, said 'Cork, with its wealth of technical resources, seemed like the ideal location.' Tintri hopes to recruit most of the staff for the new technology hub locally from the technical talent in the region generated by graduates from University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology.
Technology company, VCE, has announced plans to create 150 new R&D positions at its international headquarters in Cork. The initiative intends to create new positions for software engineers and developers, QA engineers and other R&D support roles over a two year period. These roles will significantly expand VCE's existing operations in Ireland. The company's CFO stated, 'Four years ago, VCE established its international headquarters in Cork because of its highly educated workforce, the incredible passion this workforce has for technology, and ease of doing business'.
capSpire, a global consulting and solutions company which serves the energy industry, is to open its first international office in Ireland. Headquartered in Dublin, the site will allow the company to better serve existing European clients and will create 20 new jobs. capSpire's CEO, Lance Laubach, said ‘Chief among the reasons for our selection of Ireland are its attractive corporate tax rate, entrepreneurial and technology focused business environment and high quality and young workforce'.
NeoMed Inc., a manufacturer of enteral nutrition delivery devices for neonatal and paediatric patients, announced plans to establish an International Headquarters in Dublin. The office will be responsible for all sales outside of the US and will lead to the creation of 22 positions. Recruitment for the new roles will begin later in 2014.
SEKO MedTec Solutions
SEKO MedTec Solutions, a global logistics industry leader, announced plans to establish a European Control Centre in Ireland. The centre, to be situated in Galway, will lead to the creation of 30 jobs. The positions will support several functions including Sales, Information Technology, Finance and Supply Chain Management. The company's Managing Director, Robert Shearer, stated ‘Galway is our preferred location because of the talent pool of well-educated people with a deep knowledge of the Medical Technology industry sector.'
New Relic, a software analytics company, is to open a new office in Dublin. It will be the company's first international office and represents New Relic's commitment to better serving customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and around the world. The firm plans to hire approximately 50 people, particularly in sales and customer advocate positions, and has plans to increase staff in keeping with their continued fast growth.
Jazz Pharmaceuticals are to create 50 full time jobs in a new plant outside Athlone. The investment will create a new manufacturing and development facility. The establishment of the plant will also result in the creation of 160 jobs in construction. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Bruce Cozadd said, "This investment not only strengthens our international manufacturing capabilities but importantly represents our commitment to expanding our presence in Ireland".
IBM has announced a new multilingual operations centre for its global software services at IBM Technology Campus, Dublin, that will create up to 40 new roles. The new centre will drive innovation and the adoption of big data, cloud and collaboration to deliver high value operational support, using software as a service (SaaS).
HP has announced the commencement of the construction phase of its new 89,000 sq. ft. office building in Ballybrit, Galway. The office will be dedicated to software research and development, cloud technology and business services with capacity for up to 700 staff. The project is expected to be one of the largest construction projects in Galway in recent times, and is likely to create up to 200 construction jobs.
Amazon has announced that it will move its Dublin Development Centre to Burlington Plaza later this year. Located on Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Amazon will occupy three floors of the new premises comprising a total of 69,000 sq. ft. The first phase of the building's development is due for completion in April. Managing Director of the Amazon Development Centre in Dublin, Jeff Caselden, said, "Amazon has created hundreds of jobs in Dublin in the last nine years and we've found the talent we need to support our continued growth".
Alexion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to acquire a vialling facility in Athlone. The company plans to purchase, fit and improve the facility for its own operations. This acquisition is part of a decision taken by the firm last year to establish a global supply chain facility in Ireland. The expansion will result in the creation of 40 jobs. Alexion's Executive Vice President and Chief Global Operations Officer stated, "The acquisition of the Athlone facility is a sign of our commitment to growing our newly established global supply chain operation in Ireland. As we continue to grow and expand our operations to serve more patients, this facility will help us to provide life-transforming medicines to patients in Europe and around the world."
HedgeServ, a global hedge fund administrator, announced the opening of its second Irish operation in Cork. The firm already employs over 380 employees in its Dublin base and is expanding due to growth. The company has recently recruited over 50 positions in Cork and intends to hire over 200 people in the next few years. CEO, Jim Kelly, said, "We are delighted with the results that HedgeServ is achieving in Cork. The Cork area is rich with highly educated, talented industry professionals. The quality of the talent available in Ireland has enabled HedgeServ to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients. This has been recognised in industry surveys and is the key to our rapid growth."
Tyco, the world's largest fire protection and security company, has proposed the establishment of a business service centre in Cork. The move could potentially create more than 500 positions over three years. The proposed centre would enable the company to improve the efficiency of processes in several central support functions, including sourcing and procurement, customer service, research and development, information technology, and finance. The company is interested in building a local talent pool which could eventually help fill those positions.
Regeneron, a biopharmaceutical company, has announced that is to apply for planning permission to establish a production facility in Limerick. If successful, the company will invest $300 million and create 300 high-skilled jobs by 2016. Recruitment will take place for scientists, engineers, technicians and administrative personnel. The construction is also set to create 600 construction jobs for local contractors.
Charles River, an investment management solution provider, has opened a new Managed Services office in Dublin. The company is accepting applications for positions at its Dublin operations and expects to grow its staff to more than 30 members in the near future. Charles River's Global Managing Director, Tom Driscoll, said, "Dublin's reputation for a strong technical workforce makes it an ideal location for expanding our managed services team".
Digital Realty, a data centre operator, has begun work on the first of eight new data centre suites in west Dublin. This expansion is part of a €120 million investment by the firm in its Irish operations, where it has a staff of 30. The construction of the facilities will create 150 construction jobs according to the company. Sales Director of Digital Realty, Gary Keogh, stated, "Ireland remains an important hub for data centres in Europe, and continues to attract foreign investment and multinational companies."
Genworth, a global insurance company, has announced plans of a €15 million investment in a new office base in Shannon. The company, which employs 400 staff, will locate their international service centre in Westpark Business Campus and will include the development of a high-specification data centre to support Genworth's global operations. The move will allow the company to expand its workforce in the future.
Axway, a Dublin based software engineering firm, will be expanding its R&D Centre of Excellence. 15 new jobs will be created with the enlargement, which will include the recruitment of senior engineering staff. The Centre of Excellence will be the global hub for Axway's API (Application Interference Programming) research and development. Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Laurent Bride, stated "There is a world class software engineering population in Ireland and we want to recruit from this talent pool".
DePuy, one of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, has announced that it plans to invest over $36 million in a research and development programme. It is anticipated that this will create 38 new positions, primarily at Masters and PhD level, at its plant in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.
Aon, a provider of services in the area of Risk Management, Insurance, HR and Retirement Solutions, announced that it is investing significantly in its Dublin based Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA) through the creation of 30 new highly skilled positions. The centre already employs 100 people and is one of only two in the world. Chairman of the ACIA, Stephen Cross, asserted that the "team in Dublin is central to our strategy to build and grow global expertise in this area. The quality of people that we have employed to date has been fantastic and we look forward to recruiting people with a diverse range of backgrounds and qualifications to join the ACIA team in the weeks' ahead".
Microsoft has announced the creation of 95 new jobs within its Irish operations. Their European Development Centre, based in Dublin, is offering a variety of development roles in the Microsoft Office Division and the Application Media and Publishing Group. A range of professional services roles in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations Centre, as well as the Sales and Marketing Organisation, will also be created. The expansion also includes the establishment of 35 new graduate positions across all parts of the company.
Indeed, a leading jobs search site, has announced that it will double its Irish workforce in the next twelve months. 100 new jobs will be created in their Europe, the Middle East and Africa headquarters which is based in Dublin. The company will be recruiting staff in sales, business development, client services, finance, marketing and operations. David Rudick, Indeed's Vice-President of International Markets, said "Over the last 18 months Dublin has proven itself as the ideal location for a high-growth technology company like Indeed. Our Dublin HQ has given us an opportunity to tap into an incredible source of tech-savvy talent, both locally, from the rest of Europe and further afield".
Dell has announced the establishment of the EMEA headquarters of its Dell Financial Services division in Dublin leading to the creation of 200 jobs. Dell has invested €400m in the roll out of Dell Financial Services in Europe, this includes start-up and employment costs in Ireland as well as the investment in acquiring customer portfolios that will be managed by the Irish-based team.
The jobs number is expected to grow to 300 within the next three years as the business grows and expands.