Overview of Medtronic Worldwide
- Total Revenue 2022: $31.7 billion
- Estimated R&D Spend 2022: $2.7 billion
- Global Number of Employees 2022: 95,000
Medtronic began as a medical supply repair shop in the US in 1949. When they moved into medical device manufacturing, their first commercial product was a battery-powered, wearable pacemaker. From then on they have focused on technology as a means of improving treatment.
Today, they aim to develop and manufacture technology that improves the treatment and management of chronic conditions.
Medtronic claims that:
“Our healthcare technologies transform the lives of two people every second, every hour, of every day.”
In 2015, Medtronic bought Irish-headquartered Covidien to further expand its scope. As a result, Medtronic now employs over 95,000 people in over 150 countries.
Medtronic in Ireland
Medtronic launched their Irish operations in 1999. Today, they employ more than 4,000 people across 5 sites in Galway, Athlone and Dublin.
Galway is home to two sites at Mervue and Parkmore with over 2,000 people employed across both these sites. The third manufacturing site is a former Covidien facility in Westmeath – employing over 500 people.
Medtronic’s headquarters and principal executive offices are located in Dublin, and the Customer Contact Centre in City West houses customer services, sales and marketing functions.
In 2016, the company won Medtech Company of the Year at the Irish Medtech Awards.
Medtronic went on to celebrate 40 years of Irish operations in 2022:
Celebrating an important milestone at Medtronic Ireland, our 40 year anniversary and significant expansion in Research and Development.https://t.co/REd7z76GsT @LeoVaradkar @1Hildegarde @SeanKyneGalway @IDAIRELAND pic.twitter.com/vqcT4o3MF7
— Medtronic Ireland (@MedtronicIrl) July 15, 2022
The company’s country director, Gerard Kilcommins, said:
“The 40-year anniversary is an important milestone to celebrate in Medtronic’s Irish story. Our sites in Ireland have played a significant role in Medtronic’s evolution from medical device manufacturer to a global leader in healthcare technology.”
Overall rating by their employees 2023 (source):
Medtronic in Dublin
- Employees in Dublin: 1500
- Activities: Corporate HQ & Customer Contact Centre
Dublin is home to two Medtronic office sites.
The first is the company’s corporate headquarters and principle executive offices, in Dublin 2.
The second is the Customer Contact Centre in City West. This site also hosts the company’s sales and marketing functions.
Medtronic in Galway
- Employees in Galway: 2000
- Activities: Medical Device Manufacturing
Medtronic has had a presence in Galway since 1999. There are two Medtronic manufacturing sites in Galway – Mervue and Parkmore.
At Mervue, the company focuses on the development of Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions.
At Parkmore, Medtronic has established a “Centre of Excellence for Operations and R&D to support Global Cardiac & Vascular Businesses, as well as a Customer Innovation Centre”. There is also significant manufacturing – approximately 10,000 stents per day are made here (that’s ~2 million every year!) – the majority of which are exported for use around the world.
Medtronic’s Galway manufacturing played a vital role in ventilator production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IMSTA member @MedtronicIrl in Galway is literally a lifeline in the global fight against COVID-19. https://t.co/koTEL3bYK4
— HealthTech Ireland (@HealthTech_IRL) March 26, 2020
The company also chose to make the plans for their ventilator open-access in early 2020, to help meet worldwide ventilator demand.
Recognizing #ventilator demand has surpassed supply, starting today we are publicly sharing design specifications for our PB560 ventilator. This will allow participants across industries to evaluate options for rapid manufacturing in response to #COVID19. https://t.co/qGl0LGjh5i pic.twitter.com/P3SM762l57
— Medtronic Ireland (@MedtronicIrl) March 30, 2020
“We are exceptionally proud of the efforts of our Galway employees for leading Medtronic’s response to the global ventilator demand throughout 2020 and 2021″
– Geoff Martha, Medtronic CEO
In 2022, as the company celebrated 40 years of Irish operations, they announced a further $30m investment which would lead to 200 new R&D jobs within the Parkmore site.
Medtronic in Westmeath
- Employees in Westmeath: 500
- Activities: Medical Device Manufacturing
Medtronic’s facilities in Athlone were formally a Covidien manufacturing site, before the company was acquired in 2015.
The site is an R&D Centre of Excellence for the company as well as manufacturing airways products.
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How to Get a Job With Medtronic in Ireland
If you already have experience in the pharma or medical device manufacturing industries, you can head straight over to our dedicated pharma jobs board and see the current Medtronic vacancies in Ireland.
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- Conversion Course into Pharma for Scientists
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