Zimmer, a worldwide leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, announced that it will be creating an estimated 250 new jobs in Galway over the next five years. This is in addition to the 330 people they already employ in their manufacturing facility in Shannon, which it established in 2007.
The 250 new jobs will come from Zimmer’s €51 million investment in a building in Oranmore, where it intends to manufacture orthopaedic implants. It will also serve as the base for the company’s sales and marketing division, as it intends to supply local hospitals with implants for knees, hips, extremities, spine and trauma.
According to Martin Shanahan, the CEO of IDA Ireland, job openings in Zimmer’s new Galway facility are expected to be in manufacturing, sales and marketing positions. He mentioned that some of these openings should become available in the coming months. He adds, “This announcement will add to the talent pool in the city and surrounding region. Ireland is a global hub for the med-tech sector, with firms locating in regional locations across the country. Exports of medical devices and diagnostic products now represent 8% of Ireland’s total merchandise exports.”
Zimmer Ireland’s General Manager, Adrian Furey, had this to say about their jobs announcement: “Zimmer has had a very positive experience of doing business in Ireland. We are looking forward to building on the success of our Shannon operation by expanding in Galway. Our Shannon facility will continue to be our flagship for Ireland and we will continue to invest in our operations there.”
The outlook for the manufacturing sector, specifically in the Bio-Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries, is optimistic for 2015. According to Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, “Companies in this area offer great potential, in particular, to deliver job-creation to regional locations. Today’s announcement that Zimmer, a world-leading healthcare manufacturing company, is investing €51 million and creating 250 additional jobs in Galway is a great boost for the West.” He added that the manufacturing sector is one which the Irish government has specifically targeted in its jobs plan.
GetReskilled today and take advantage of these opportunities!
FREE SpringBoard Course
If you are thinking of re-skilling into this sector and would like more information on our eBioPharmaChem course which is FREE for Unemployed in Ireland who qualify under the Springboard Scheme, contact us for details.
Already Working but Still Thinking of Changing Careers?
Feel free to check out our Manufacturing Safe Medicines & Medical Devices (Intro) course which will help you get a start on a career path into the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry.
Email: [email protected]
Or call Sinead: +353 (0)21 240 9013