Archives for April 2013 | Collins McNicholas

Focus on…Careers in Supply Chain/Logistics

There is a continuing demand for experienced Supply Chain professionals as companies see improvements in Supply Chain as one area where they can improve their Customers experience and also reduce costs. Areas within Supply Chain where demand still exists include; Procurement, Order Management, Forecasting, Planning, Vendor Management, Supplier Quality and Logistics & Distribution.  Individuals who have experience working in an international environment with responsibility for Supply Chain activities in multi countries are in greater demand.  We have also seen a trend where companies are setting up shared service operations to include managing supply chain for EMEA operations and we predict this trend will grow. As well as the functional knowledge and experience required, the generic skills required across the majority of Supply Chain roles are strong interpersonal, organisational, prioritisation and Project Management skills.  Despite the advances in ERP systems  ( Oracle & SAP being two of the most common) which has allowed many processes to become automated / computerised it is still essential for Supply Chain professionals to be able to build strong working relationships with many people in different functions within their organisation and with many different external stakeholders, e.g. vendors and customers. We in Collins McNicholas have seen strong demand for Supply Chain professionals since the start of the year. The roles have ranged from senior level roles, such as Purchasing Director, Supply Chain Manager to more junior level Buyer/Planner roles. Salary levels for senior director roles can range from €90k-120K while buyer/planner salary levels can range from €40k-55K. To see the full list of our current Supply Chain and Logistics roles, please click on this link Supply Chain Jobs with Collins McNicholas Niall Murray General Manager Collins McNicholas   Image courtesy of nirots at...

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Focus on…Careers in HR

HR has progressed to become a career of choice and not just a career that you fell into as in years gone by. Previously, you may have fallen into HR because you were someone that had good people skills and so could be a good ‘front person’ for the company and therefore you were automatically shown a seat in the personnel department. The movement from HR being an almost accidental career to becoming a career of choice has meant that the HR profession is something that individuals earmark as the path to take, one which could ultimately lead to management, director or vice president status within global organisations. Human resource professionals are involved with recruitment, training, career development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, industrial relations, employment law, compliance, disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancies and so on. With the arrival of many multinational companies in Ireland over the past 20 years, HR has become a more established function within the organisation – many HR people are now gaining strong experience in employee relations, recruitment and training within busy HR departments.  As an experienced recruiter within the HR sector I have encountered many candidates over the years who have described the career path in Human Resources (HR) as diverse and challenging. Many found themselves initially in an officer or generalist role covering all aspects of the field or specialising in one of the many different functions.  Some examples of specialist HR roles include Recruitment & Selection, Training & Development, Employee Relations and Compensation & Benefits.  Job growth in the sector has certainly grown significantly over the past 5-10 years and we have seen...

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Assessing the Governments New ‘Action Plan for Jobs 2013’

The governments new ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ has a total of 333 initiatives, spread out over 16 departments, and 46 agencies or offices. It is a continuation from the 2012 ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ which, it has been claimed, saw the implementation of 90% of the 270 initiatives contained within it. Despite the high level of implementation, the government makes no mention of how successful the measures were in creating employment. There has been no public evaluation of the 2012 ‘Action Plan’. Without knowing how effective the previous ‘Action Plan’ was it becomes more difficult to assess the suitability of measures contained in the new one. Until a more systematic analysis of the impact of the previous action plan takes place, we are forced to rely on anecdotal evidence and employment statistics to determine the new action plan’s potential. This article will focus on the ‘disruptive reforms’ as they make up the majority of the new initiatives in the Action Plan.  Unemployment Rate Unemployment remains a key concern for the current government and their ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ is the central pillar of their strategy for job creation. The unemployment rate currently stands at 14.7%, representing a decrease of 0.4% over the past 12 months. This is the first year that the rate has declined since the start of the financial crisis.Recent figures from the CSO confirm this positive trend, with their 4th quarter figures for 2012 showing an increase in the total number of people in employment for the first time since the recession began in 2008. There has been growth in the private sector with approximately 20,000...

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Overseas GAA Clubs Provide Great Networks for Emigrants Seeking Employment

There has been much debate recently about the impact of emigration on GAA clubs. While much of the debate has understandably been focused on the detrimental impact on local clubs, it must also be recognised that we are witnessing an important expansion in the profile of the game internationally. As local GAA clubs lose a steady stream of talented young footballers to emigration these same players are joining new clubs outside of Ireland. They are finding a way to continue their sporting careers, and keeping an all important link with home in the process. In this way, as new clubs spring up all over the world, they are contributing to a thriving international GAA scene. Impact on Irish ClubsThe effect on clubs in Ireland, principally small rural clubs, has been severe. Some clubs are witnessing several players leaving each year. Most of the players who are leaving are recent university graduates, or young skilled trade professionals, who are unable to find employment in the country. It is a phenomenon that is not confined solely to small clubs. Inter-county players have also been forced to leave these shores to look for work. Fourteen players on Leitrim’s county panel emigrated in 2012, and several others are currently unemployed. Louth lost 11 players in 2012 as well. Last year it was estimated that the country was losing roughly 250 players a month. Impact on the International Game On the other side of this is the growing stature of the game internationally. Clubs can be found from Vancouver Canada, to Wellington New Zealand, and everywhere in between. There are numerous clubs in Australia...

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Graduate Engineering Opportunities in The Netherlands

Together with our partner company, Collins McNicholas currently is currently recruiting for a large number of career opportunities in the high tech industry in The Netherlands. Positions currently exist in a number of hi-tech companies in Eindhoven and the surrounding areas in South Netherlands.  Staff from our Midlands and Dublin Offices recently talked to students and recent graduates in IT Tallaght and DIT about the opportunities available to them, for more information and to see photographs, visit their dedicated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cmcnjobs?ref=hl#!/pages/Engineering-and-Science-Graduate-Opportunities/417352954983211 Examples of the types of profiles we are recruiting for are outlined below: System Install Engineer Degree qualified candidates in Electronic / Electrical / Mechatronic / Mechanical Engineering who wish to develop a career in hands on hi tech Engineering roles.  These roles are responsible for introducing, producing and delivering leading edge lithographic systems, related products and services in a continuously changing market, on time, against competitive cost, with quality exceeding customers’ expectation. Service Engineer Laser Technology Degree qualified candidates in Electronic / Electrical / Mechatronic / Mechanical Engineering who wish to develop a career in hands-on hi tech Engineering roles.  These roles involve performing installation, upgrades, repairs and maintenance of complex equipment and systems, troubleshooting system malfunctions and solving problems with the support of a team of experts. Proto Engineer   Degree qualified candidates in Electronic / Electrical / Mechatronic / Mechanical Engineering who wish to develop a career in hands on hi tech Engineering roles.  These roles are responsible for operating and maintaining test tools and systems used to verify the design concept at a system level, contributing towards an optimal design for the complete product, building...

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