Come meet employers, who will be exhibiting and recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway February 2017.
Employers exhibit at Jobs Expo Galway February 2017. Read below to view the exhibitor list at Jobs Expo Galway at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Jobs Expo is coming to Galway! The inaugural Jobs Expo Galway will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Louth Atalia Road, Galway on Saturday 11th February 2017 (11am-4pm). Jobs Expo Galway will features hundreds of active job opportunities at home and abroad and is the only careers exhibition of its type to feature FREE ADMISSION.
With unemployment still at a high level in Ireland, Jobs Expo Galway will provide job seekers with real opportunities to find new employment.
What can you expect at Jobs Expo Galway?
* Employers actively recruiting for hundreds of jobs at home and abroad.
* Start your own business experts offering advice and support networks.
*One-to-one CV, job seeking and career advice from professional career guidance counsellors.
*A packed seminar timetable on important and topical issues such as career development and Visa advice by a wide range of industry experts.
Jobs Expo TV’s Barbara Nic Donnacha spoke with Alere at Jobs Expo Galway. The event took place at the Radisson Blu on Saturday 11th February, 2017.
Alere Inc. is a major global developer, manufacturer as well as marketer of advanced medical diagnostic products. They deliver reliable and actionable information through rapid diagnostic tests. As a result, they support better clinical and economic healthcare outcomes globally.
The company has a socially-conscious business approach. Therefore they focus on creating breakthrough, cost-effective diagnostic solutions. These address the most intractable diseases for all populations in all corners of the world.
Jobs Expo Galway February 2017 was a fantastic success! We had some of the West’s most exciting employers taking part in the event as well as thousands of jobseekers in attendance.
If you missed it, we have a number of videos that will give you a flavour of the day.
Live from Jobs Expo Galway February 2017
First, off here’s a short introductory video.
We caught up with Colm Egan from SmartBear.
The Local Employment Network
Jobs Expo Galway also stopped by to have a chat with Elaine from the Local Employment Service Network.
In addition, we spoke to Adrian Foley of MetLife, who were recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway.
Interested in a career a Merit Medical? We are proud to announce that this customer-focused healthcare company will be exhibiting, as well as recruiting, at Jobs Expo Galway on 11th February.
Founded in 1987, Merit Medical set out to build the world’s most customer-focused healthcare company. They do this by understanding customers’ needs, as well as innovating and delivering a diverse range of products. As a result, they improve the lives of people, families, and communities throughout the world.
Merit Medical has a comprehensive offering of products used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease as well as many other non-vascular therapies. Merit’s primary products consist of:
- Inflation devices used in angioplasty and stent placement
- Diagnostic and therapeutic catheters used for various procedures in cardiology and radiology
- Diagnostic and hydrophilic products used to manage and monitor the administration of contrast media and other fluid solutions
- Thrombolytic catheters and fluid dispensing systems
- Embolotherapeutic products for the treatment of uterine fibroids, hypervascularised tumours, and arteriovenous malformations
- Procedural trays, packs, and kits
Merit maintains a diverse, multi-campus manufacturing footprint in North America and Europe with a true global distribution network focused on delivering their products and technologies to their customers.
A career at Merit Medical
Careers at Merit Medical means being part of a customer-focused company in healthcare. Their goal is to hire and develop people that want to build something special through hard work, team effort, innovation, empowerment, and commitment.
Merit offers competitive salaries and benefits as well as a friendly work environment that rewards hard work.
Culture and Values
Merit’s culture is intense, fun, results driven, team oriented, and holds customer experience above all else. Therefore, they are passionate about proactively meeting the needs of their customers while building trust and loyalty to increase future value. Customer centricity demands constant innovation, evolution, and reinvention. Consequently, Merit innovates in all things.
If you are curious about Creganna Medical careers, don’t miss your chance to meet them at Jobs Expo Galway on Saturday 11th February.
Creganna Medical specialise in minimally invasive delivery and access devices. The company provides the full spectrum of services to design, develop and deliver finished medical devices to market. They also offer outsourced solutions to medical device companies.
Creganna Medical help their customers to get to market faster and retain market advantage for longer. This is supported by their practical and proven solutions for every stage in the medical product lifecycle.
Established in Ireland in 1979 as Creganna, the company served a range of industries providing outsourced engineering solutions. In 1998, the company entered the medical device industry. Later, in 2003, Creganna divested its operations in all other industries to focus solely on this sector.
The company has experienced significant growth in the medical device sector since 2000. They have done this through new products and technology as well as service developments, geographic expansion and acquisitions.
In 2010, Creganna acquired Tactx Medical Inc. to become Creganna-Tactx Medical. The company also acquired Irish company ABT Medical in 2012.
Furthermore, the company opened a Chinese representative office in 2013. As a result, the company forged deeper partnerships with its foreign and domestic customer base in Asia.
In 2014, the company acquired Precision Wire Components, a specialist in medical wire and coil. As a result, it became the largest metals fabricator for minimally invasive delivery and access devices. It also added facilities in Costa Rica and Oregon to its global footprint.
Today Creganna Medical operates from a network spanning four continents. The company is headquartered in Ireland and operates as a private limited company.
Creganna Medical Careers
Creganna Medical’s dedicated team is the backbone of their success. Some of their staff have worked with the company for over 20 years. Creganna aims to create a working environment that promotes innovation and self-development at every level. Staff are encouraged to develop new skills and embark on new training courses where applicable.
For ambitious and hard-working staff members there is plenty of opportunity for career progression. Finally, the Europe Top 500 list acknowledges Creganna Medical for growth in job creation.
We wanted to get a better idea of what it is like to work for PhoneWatch. Regional Sales Manager Neil Warren agreed to spill the beans.
What is your job and what do you do?
I am currently Regional Sales Manager with PhoneWatch, part of the Sector Alarm Group. In this capacity, I oversee and manage sales teams in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Louth and North Dublin. My role is to ensure the right culture and values are consistent across all areas that I am responsible for. I also ensure customers, staff and sales representatives have a great experience with us.
How did you get there?
I’ve had fantastic opportunities to grow and develop my career within PhoneWatch. When I finished college in 2012 I was looking for a work so applied for a Field Sales role in Kilkenny. I did that for just over a year before being promoted to Team Leader. A year later I moved to Naas as an Assistant Manager and less than a year later I was promoted again to Manager. By May 2015 I succeeded in becoming the youngest Regional Sales Manager within the PhoneWatch Direct Sales organisation.
What qualifications do you have?
I hold a degree in Business Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology. I’ve also completed numerous management development courses as part of the Sector Way Academy within PhoneWatch. SWA is the training organisation that provides training and development across all business areas throughout the entire Sector Group.
Tell us about your typical day?
Every day is different and brings new challenges and experiences. Communication is a big part of my role. I spend a considerable amount of my week travelling to meet with my teams around the country visiting regional offices. Then there are also sales conference calls with the other Regional Sales Managers and our National Sales Director.
Another important daily activity is analysing sales reports. This means I keep on track the of individual office performance within my region and look at the comparative data across all regions. This allows me to identify areas where we are hugely successful as well as areas that require addressing. It also allows me to identify training requirements for my teams. I strongly believe in the importance of developing everyone on my team and support them in being the best they possibly can be through providing coaching and individual development plans to support them progressing in their roles. I also regularly attend careers fairs and recruit and interview new staff members.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Probably the fact that every day is different and the people. PhoneWatch is all about their staff and developing and investing in making great sales people. Also all the trips away are great. This year we’ve been to Spain for our annual football tournament, Croatia and Ibiza for the Top Performer trips, last year we went to Thailand and Dubai! We also have two massive kick off parties each year. It’s a very rewarding company to work for with a very comprehensive incentive programme.
What’s the most challenging?
Direct sales can be challenging but we provide a huge amount of support and training and the progression available is second to none. We look for people who are aligned with our core values – Reliable, Goal Focused, Willing to Improve and Customer Focused.
What additional skills are needed in your role?
It’s definitely not all about sales. You really need to be great at listening and building effective relationships with your direct reports and colleagues. Being proactive and having the energy and drive to make things happen is also essential.
What advice would you give somebody applying for a job with your company?
If you have the right attitude you will go far in PhoneWatch. There is a really strong positive culture within Phonewatch. It is a very open company and fantastic to work for. It’s the people that make the company great and working in sales you are encouraged to hit and exceed your goals and are recognised for your achievements every step of the way.
If you’d like to learn more about PhoneWatch and the career opportunities they offer you can find out more here.
Do you have what it takes to become a SmartBear? This innovative global software company will be exhibiting, as well as looking for new recruits at our first Jobs Expo in Galway on Saturday 11th February.
Quality software for a connected world
Headquartered in Boston Massachusetts, SmartBear provides software quality tools for the connected world. This means they help global software teams create the world’s greatest applications and APIs. They therefore ensure top-notch quality throughout every step of the lifecycle. That means from the first line of code to seeing the final product live — and every test in between.
SmartBear’s software tools are used by development, testing, and operations teams to deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible, shipped at seemingly impossible velocities. They offer products for code review, API and UI level testing, as well as monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications.
As a result, SmartBear’s software is downloaded every 6 seconds – that’s 5.25 million downloads a year. They have a community of over 5.8 million users that leverage their software and solutions as well as over 25,000 customers in 194 countries. This includes global multinationals such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Uber, Cisco, Fidelity and SalesForce.
SmartBear Software Galway
SmartBear Software Galway is the company’s European Headquarters. They have recently moved to new, state-of-the-art premises in Mayoralty House, Flood Street Galway. They are a young and dynamic company offering a diverse range of career opportunities. These include positions in software development, marketing and sales.
Interested in Boston Scientific jobs? If you are working in the STEM sector, don’t pass up the opportunity to meet with them at Jobs Expo Galway.
Boston Scientific transform lives through innovative medical solutions. John Abele and Pete Nicholas established the company in 1979. They wanted to benefit public health by bringing medical options to patients that were more accessible, lower cost and also less invasive. Boston Scientific has three locations in Ireland – Galway, Cork and Clonmel.
Established in 1994, the Galway site serves the company’s cardiovascular group. They manufacture key product lines that include drug-eluting and biliary stents, as well as catheters. This is the largest BS facility in Ireland with more than 3,000 employees. It is also the largest manufacturing facility in the company’s global plant network. They manufacture more than 3 million life-saving devices a year, shipped to all corners of the globe.
The Cork facility has more than 1,100 employees. This site manufactures products for a variety of Boston Scientific divisions. Production at Cork began in 1998. They now manufacture more than 5.6 million life saving devices per year. These are shipped all across the world.
Boston Scientific in Clonmel employs 850 people. This facility manufactures pacemakers, ICDs and defibrillators. They supply these devices to hospitals and health clinics in almost 100 countries.
Boston Scientific has an impressive portfolio of 13,000 products. As a result, BS is at the forefront of the medical device industry – leading, evolving and transforming it with innovative solutions. They employ around 23,000 people across the world, and they are an equal opportunity employer.
We are delighted to announce that Innopharma College of Applied Sciences are taking part in our first Jobs Expo in Galway on 11th February.
Innopharma College of Applied Sciences is an award winning global institute dedicated to applied sciences. The college offers industry-led technology, education and training programmes in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food industries. Innopharma College of Applied Sciences offers world-recognised qualifications up to Masters’ degree level in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food sectors.
The college offers the highest quality facilities. In addition, they have developed strategic collaborations with a number of Ireland’s most established higher-level education institutions.
Locations and Study Options
Innopharma offers a number of courses on their campus in Sandyford in Dublin. Others courses are run in conjunction with the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) or Griffith College in Dublin, in addition to strategic locations throughout Ireland. Finally, the College runs a selection of online courses too.
Innopharma College of Applied Sciences offers an education team with extensive industry experience. Many lecturers have held senior management positions with blue chip multinational companies. As a result, the college has an extensive network of contacts to connect students with industry and academia. They also have an exceptional reputation for post-graduate employment. Over 70 percent of their graduates gained employment or advanced further their careers within 6 months of graduating from an Innopharma course.
The college works closely with companies to develop and deliver bespoke programmes. These have business outcomes in mind. They offer practical and hands-on education to give students an intense, challenging and industry relevant learning experience.
Nearly half of Galwegians would consider moving from the City of Tribes for work. Meanwhile, 50% of locals feel the Government has not invested enough in rural Ireland, with almost one in five expressing dissatisfaction with the Government’s recently-launched Action Plan for Rural Ireland.
The jobs survey, carried out amongst almost 1500 Galwegians at the end of January, found that 48% of locals would move away from the city for work. A further 21% said they would consider doing so in future, with only 31% ruling out moving from the area.
The survey was conducted by Jobs Expo Galway, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday 11th February. The survey explored a range of issues and concerns relating to employment in the West of Ireland and covered people employed in a multitude of sectors such as financial, medical, legal, IT, science, engineering, media, digital, education, hospitality, retail and traders. 44% were originally from Galway, with 39% from elsewhere in Ireland. In addition, 15% were from the EU and 2.5% from outside the EU.
Interestingly, the statistic does not reflect the employment status of people taking part in the survey. By far the largest group, 44%, of respondents are in employment, but are actively seeking a new position.
WHERE AND WHY
Despite being willing to move, more than half of respondents (51%) are looking for work in Galway, with 11% looking for work in the wider western region and 17.5% looking ‘anywhere in Ireland’. This means nearly two-thirds of our respondents plan to stick close to home. Meanwhile, just 6% of respondents were looking for work in Dublin.
The jobs survey also found that 21% of locals have applied for jobs abroad in recent years. The most common reasons for applying abroad was to gain career experience (23%) and to gain cultural experience (19%). 13% felt a lack of jobs at in Galway had left them with no choice but to seek employment abroad.
Our nearest neighbours were the first port of call for these jobseekers: over half (51%) of those looking for work outside Ireland have applied for positions in the UK, with other locations being Europe (25%), Middle East (19%), Australia (19%), the USA (14%), Canada (14%), New Zealand (8%) and the Far East (7%).
CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT
Lack of development was another issue. Half of those surveyed (49%) feel the Government has not invested enough in rural Ireland. A further 18% feel the recently launched Action Plan for Rural Ireland does not go far enough, with 5% feeling it was too little too late. Only 2% felt the Government was doing enough to help rural areas.
UPSKILLING AND CHANGING SECTORS
Nearly half of respondents are keen on further education, with 45% planning to upskill in 2017 through their own initiative. For many, it is a lack of opportunities in their current sector that have motivated them. More than half of respondents (58%) are considering changing sector. 6% will engage in upskilling through their employer. 4% of those surveyed will enroll in a course non-related to their employment.
MAIN FACTORS WHEN SEEKING EMPLOYMENT
We asked respondents what was most important to them when looking for a new job. The factors, in order of preference, were:
- Proximity to home
- Company stability and reputation
- Opportunity for career advancement
- Pension or medical insurance
- Good working environment
- Flexi-time or telecommuting options
- Perks or other non-monetary bonuses
Three quarters of those who had recently been offered a job told us that the salary wasn’t open to negotiation. A lucky 52% felt that the salary on offer was fair; 45% said it was not.
THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The survey turned up some worrying statistics, particularly in relation to bullying.
58% have experienced what they felt to be unreasonable demands or expectations in the workplace, with 45% claiming to have experienced workplace bullying from managers and 41% from colleagues. 24% felt they had been passed over for promotion without explanation, 10% had experienced theft of their property in the workplace. Worryingly, 8% felt they had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Unreasonable demands or expectations 58%
- Workplace bullying from managers 45%
- Workplace bullying from colleagues 41%
- Passed over for promotion without explanation 24%
- Theft of property or work product 10%
- Sexual harassment 8%
- Violent crime 1%
Less than half of those affected, 42%, complained to HR or management. Worryingly, two-thirds of those that did complain felt the situation was not satisfactorily resolved.
On a positive note, however, 35% believe that working employment regulations in Ireland adequately protect employees, with 15% of those surveyed felt they did not. Approximately a third of respondents believe that working conditions in Ireland are improving for employees.
SALARY ALONE WON’T RETAIN SKILLED STAFF
As the economy improves and companies go into recruitment mode, it is worth bearing in mind that salary may persuade someone to take a job, but a difficult working environment can prompt employees to keep an eye out for something better.
“The survey turned up some surprising and some worrying results,” says Jobs Expo’s Kevin Branigan. “We were not surprised to learn salary is one of the top considerations for most people looking to change jobs. However, our respondents threw us a curveball when they told us that that an easy commute to and from work is more important – but only just – than the reputation of an employer. Also, a large number of people have had bad experiences with employers,” says Branigan.
“The economy has been improving and lots of companies are currently in recruitment mode. Recruitment can be a timely and costly business, and retaining qualified staff is a priority for most companies,” says Branigan. “It’s worth bearing in mind that salary may persuade someone to take a job, but a difficult working environment can prompt employees to keep an eye out for something better. Keeping staff is just as important as attracting them,” he said.
JOBS EXPO GALWAY
The Jobs & Employment in Galway 2017 survey, was conducted amongst 1500 people in Galway in January 2017. The survey was conducted by Jobs Expo Galway, which will run at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday 11th February from 11-4pm. Admission is free.
The event features more than 30 leading employers from Ireland and abroad, a day of seminars in the Seminar Zone and free career guidance advice in the Career Clinic. The event is supported by Mathworks, Boston Scientific, BD Medical, Metlife and BCS Recruitment, amongst others. Those wishing to attend can register at www.jobsexpo.ie.
Jobs Expo Galway
t: 01 5311 280 / 07 2679047
MathWorks will be exhibiting and recruiting at Jobs Expo Galway. We wanted to know what it’s like to work for MathWorks and what they look for in their staff. Lindsay Barry of MathWorks answered our questions.
Can you tell us what MathWorks in Galway does?
MathWorks flagship products are MATLAB and Simulink. These are used throughout the automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, and industrial automation industries as fundamental tools for research and development. They are also used for modeling and simulation in increasingly technical fields like financial services and computational biology. In addition, more than 5000 colleges and universities around the world use MATLAB and Simulink for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines. As a result, the company employs more than 3,500 people around the world.
The new centre in Galway will support the company’s EMEA markets across a range of customer-facing roles. That will include sales and services support, inside sales, channel development and support, finance and administration.
Other than skills, what are the qualities you look for when hiring new team members?
At MathWorks, our goal is to change the world by accelerating the pace of discovery, innovation, development, and learning in engineering and science. To accomplish that goal, all staff members bring a curiosity, drive and energy. Our culture revolves around friendly, smart people who respect and invest in each other. The environment is 100% collaborative with each person bringing a unique background and perspective to the job, but everyone shares a set of core values. These values help create a vibrant and rational workplace that nurtures growth as individuals and as an organization.
What makes MathWorks a great place to work?
Every member of the MathWorks team contributes to delivering the software that shapes the things we all rely on in our daily lives. That’s no exaggeration. Look behind your cell phone, your car, the plane you fly on, the newest medical technologies that could save and change lives, and the scientific advances that inspire and amaze us, and you’ll find MATLAB and Simulink. Our customers are advancing the world’s knowledge of engineering and science. And we help them do it.
MathWorks products have been used in all kinds of exciting projects. Is there one you are particularly proud of, or find fascinating?
MATLAB and Simulink enable customers to do amazing things. It’s impossible to select just one example so here are range of exciting projects we’ve contributed to.
Is there anything else you’d like potential recruits to know?
Training is not only strongly encouraged at MathWorks, it is a key part of our company’s purpose and our core values. We encourage every staff member to foster his or her own personal and professional development. This not only teaches specific skills but also expands our horizons, provides new perspectives, and brings new ideas into the organization. Training benefits both you and MathWorks by helping with your career growth and increasing the value that you bring to your business area and the entire company.
We think MathWorks is a great place to work. But it’s not all about work. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself and your coworkers, celebrate successes, and give back to your community.
If you are looking to work with Trinzo we have fantastic news! Trinzo: Medical Device & Life Science Management Consultants have joined Jobs Expo Galway.
Trinzo are experts in global compliance, remediation and project management services to the Life Science Industries. This includes companies in the medical device as well as pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industries.
Trinzo utilises their experience, industry leading methodologies and expertise to provide a customised strategy to meet their clients’ project needs. They have successfully completed compliance programmes as well as successfully introduced new products to the global market. Their focused core team approach has proven valuable in creating sustainable quality systems that serve companies’ regulatory and business needs. They also introduce LEAN systems as well as promote a culture of quality to meet all key objectives.
Firstly, Trinzo provides solutions to compliance problems by technically assessing all issues. They use their industry knowledge as well as their regulatory expertise to ensure their clients are fully compliant.
By putting LEAN structures and processes in place that allow for continuous improvement, they facilitate a quantum leap in operational excellence.
Furthermore, Trinzo promotes a culture of quality and compliance. They also utilise their expert global experience to create this culture for their clients.
Trinzo focuses on results in order to ensure satisfaction for all stakeholders.Trinzo commit to finding the best solution for their client but not only by solving the first issue but ensuring a strong foundation on which the client continues to progress. Trinzo has a core belief that, “your success is our passion” a sentiment echoed in how they operate through out.
- Compliance Management
- Talent Acquisition
- Project Management
- Quality Systems
- Organisational Design
- Interim Leadership
- Audit & Inspection
- Training Needs
Trinzo have a proven track record in assessing as well as restructuring organisations to ensure they maximise their business potential. In addition, they help their clients to define and element how activities task allocation, coordination and management are directed towards organisational goals. Trinzo Consulting will also help clients to LEAN and optimise their structure to enable they make faster and better business decisions.
Working with Trinzo
If you want to work with proven industry experts who have provided unique and innovative solutions to clients, meet Trinzo at Jobs Expo Galway. They ensure the highest standard of training and mentorship so that they can help their clients become the best they can be. They are a team of high performing, industry leading people with one mission in mind – to achieve the pinnacle of success for their company and their clients.
If you are looking for Acorn Life jobs, don’t miss Jobs Expo Galway. We are delighted to announce that this Irish success story, with their head offices in the City of the Tribes, will be exhibiting, as well as recruiting, at our February event.
Acorn Life are a 100% Irish owned life assurance company. They offer protection, savings and also investment products designed for the Irish public. The superior performance of their managed funds, in addition to their excellent customer service, is at the heart of Acorn Life’s success.
Acorn Life originated as a brokerage firm in 1982. Since those days, the company has grown and now has over 200 sales representatives throughout the country. They, together with the management and administration team, make up a total workforce of about 270 people. The company’s head office is at St. Augustine Street, Galway.
Acorn Life’s mission is to empower ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results. They strive to:
- Provide clients with excellent products that offer value for money and meet their individual needs
- Build long-term relationships so that clients benefit from their expertise and range of products
- Communicate regularly with clients and provide them with easy to understand information
Acorn Life Jobs
Acorn Life aims to enable their employees to achieve their full potential by working in a dynamic and progressive company. Therefore, the company rewards ambition and achievement. Innovation, initiative, enthusiasm and teamwork are at the heart of their company culture.
Acorn Life believes that a company is as good as the people who work for it. Consequently, they believe that as their people develop so too will the company. Furthermore, every member of staff shares in the profits that the company generates each year. In a very real sense therefore, everybody is a team player and, as a result, an environment is created where the client benefits most of all.
Acorn Life offers an excellent benefits package including:
- Competitive salary
- Company profit sharing
- Participation in employee share ownership scheme
- Bonuses for quality and volume of business generated
- Professional training
- Comprehensive education
- Ongoing mentoring and support
- Working from home
- Career development prospects
- Sports and social club
Acorn Life recruits for sales, administration, and client services, as well as IT and finance staff.
Acorn Life is an equal opportunities employer and therefore adheres to the principle that age and background are not barriers to success.
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