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What Skills do Medical Device Companies Need?

What Skills do Medical Device Companies Need?The medical technology industry affords great opportunities for qualified professionals across a broad range of disciplines. Engineering We have seen a strong demand nationally for a range of engineering professionals; process engineers, lean six sigma engineers, quality engineers, validation engineers, manufacturing engineers, NPD engineers, automation engineers, process design engineers, and polymer engineers are all sought after. Salaries in this sector have been relatively stable over the last 12 months, with a small number of pay increases in certain niche areas. Demand for engineers will remain strong over the next few years. This steady demand for engineering skills will lead to certain pressure points in supply as the industry continues to grow, but the output of new engineers, the dispersed nature of the existing engineering talent, and the experience the Institutes of Technology have in servicing the demands of medical device multinationals, will ensure there is no critical shortage of engineering skills in the industry. Science Alongside these engineering skills there is an increased demand for biotechnology and pharmaceutical related skills. Personnel with qualifications in the biological sciences, chemistry and pharmacology are becoming more important as well. The convergence of different technologies with medical device products means that there is a demand for expertise in the areas of nanotechnology, software, ICT, maths, statistics, informatics and bioprocessing, and material science. There has been an increase in the pace of automation as the industry in Ireland shifts towards the production of more high value products. This requires greater training for employees in the industry, and places more pressure on 3rd level institutes to produce the necessary volume of graduates. Overall, this will drive up the quality of employment in the industry and increase Ireland’s competitiveness internationally. ICT ICT skills are playing an increasing role in the medical device industry, particularly in the area of connected health. Government efforts to increase the ICT graduate output have been very successful, but the rapidly expanding incorporation of ICT into other industries means that a greater increase in graduate output is required in order to keep pace with this rise in demand. The government sponsored Springboard programme offered 21 ICT conversion courses in 2014, and is providing a further 42 courses in the 2015/16 academic year, which should help address the demand for ICT professionals. Springboard also provided 14 medtech courses in 2014/15. In addition to the demand for the major technical skills, highly qualified staff are also needed in support functions such as regulatory affairs, HR, finance, ICT, and sales. Irish third level institutes will be able to match demand for these skill sets going forward. Graduates Sustained efforts at encouraging STEM careers and the provision of conversion courses should ensure there are sufficient numbers of graduates. CAO Level 8 first preference applications for STEM courses, which include science, engineering, computing and construction, have increased by 18% over the 5 years since 2010. Individually there has been a 23.9% rise in engineering applications, a 47.6% rise in computing applications, a 17.2% rise in science applications, and a drop of 36.1% in construction applications. This increase in STEM applications has been ongoing since 2007 but there are still minor shortages in certain disciplines. CAO application trends suggest that this will abate over the next few years. The government are devising a new apprenticeship programme in consultation with industry to provide more skilled professionals at technician level. This will further bolster the supply of qualified personnel for the medical device industry. Conclusion The medical device industry affords excellent opportunities for graduates and experienced professionals across a range of disciplines. Salaries are competitive and employment opportunities can be found in every region of the country. Medical device companies can expect a good supply of graduates over the next few years and professionals will experience an expanding range of job opportunities and the industry continues to grow.   Niall Murray, Managing Director Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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The Medtech Industry in Ireland – Regional Overview Part 2

This is part 2 of our regional overview of the medical device industry in Ireland. Last week we looked at the West of Ireland, today we look at the South, South East and Midlands regions. South Cork has significant expertise in orthopaedic technologies. Stryker, which manufactures orthopaedic implants, minimally invasive surgical equipment and neurovascular products, is the biggest medical device employer in Cork. Stryker are building a new 44,000 sq. ft. surgical innovation centre in Cork that will conduct research on the surgical issues of bone cutting and soft tissue dissection. Stryker employs 1,200 people across its 3 Irish sites, two of which are located in Cork. DePuy Synthes produces orthopaedic knees and hips from its Cork plant, employing over 600 people. This site also includes a global supply chain operation and an R&D Innovation Centre. Boston Scientific employs approximately 1,100 people in Cork and produces over 5,600 devices, primarily for their Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Group, Endoscopy, and Urology & Women’s Health Divisions. ‘ South East Waterford hosts contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and precision engineering company Schivo. Bausch & Lomb is investing €75 million to increase its manufacturing capacity. Nypro Healthcare announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art facility in Waterford, which will create more than 200 jobs manufacturing complex respiratory and injection devices. Clearstream in Enniscorthy, which was bought by CR Bard, has added 160 roles since 2011 and, after a significant capital investment in its facility, will have the capacity to add 200 more roles in the coming years. Boston Scientific employs over 700 people in Clonmel and manufactures all of their pacemakers and implantable defibrillators...

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Zero Tolerance Racing Team Win National Final Best Engineered Car

Collins McNicholas were one of the sponsors for The Formula 1 Competition in which 4 students (including my son Sean) from St Brigid’s Vocational School Loughrea qualified for the National Finals of the Formula 1 Post Primary Schools Competition which took place on the 29th April last in Dublin Castle, as part of Technology week. On the day Zero Tolerance battled it out with 24 other racing teams from across Ireland. The Formula 1 competition in schools is a global, multi-disciplinary competition, open to all Post Primary schools, that challenges second level students to design, build, and race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood Formula 1 cars of the future. F1 in Schools main aim is to help change perceptions on science, technology, engineering and maths. By creating a fun and exciting learning environment, young people will develop an interest in a career in these areas. F1 in Schools is operated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society (ICS). Each year teams from secondary schools across the country showcase their skills in IT, physics, engineering, marketing and financial strategy, in regional and national finals. The F1 in Schools Challenge is not all about speed.  Teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, portfolio, media skills, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work. The Zero Tolerance racing team comprised of Transition Year students Adam Fahey, Sean O’ Shaughnessy, and fourth year students Jeffrey Conway, and Mckinly Magale. I am delighted to say that Zero Tolerance received a major award for Best Engineered Car in the National Finals in April last. This is an excellent...

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Recent trip to The Netherlands

Lots of Engineering Career Opportunities for Graduates and experienced Engineers. A group of us have just returned from another very successful visit to The Netherlands where we held meetings with our recruitment partners and got to visit some of their clients as well as getting to sample some of the delights Eindhoven has to offer. It was a short trip but was very beneficial. Meetings were arranged with teams from the areas of Manufacturing Engineering, Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, R&D, Food & Pharma and Oil & Gas. This was a great opportunity to discuss the requirements that are desired and the expected high demand for 2014. Aileen Lalor, Caroline Dowling, Jane Hendry and Nicola Egan visited ASML the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. Here we got to meet Irish engineers we had placed and listen to their stories and their experience of the transition from working or being a fresh graduate in Ireland to working in a huge global Hi-Tech company in The Netherlands. As well as meeting them we got to appreciate the sheer vastness of the ASML site which is still being extended, and currently employs c. 10,000 employees. Another highlight for some members of the team was our visit to Phillips Stadium, home to PSV Eindhoven where we had a very enjoyable lunch and got to experience what it’s like to sit in a corporate box, if only for a few minutes. We currently have exciting international opportunities in The Netherlands for a Quality Assurance Validation Officer and a Food Technologist.  If you are a recent Engineering Graduate and would...

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We are recruiting for a Senior Quality Manager in France!

Opportunity in France for a permanent Senior Quality Manager to head up the Quality function in a large manufacturing pharmaceutical site – are you looking for that next move in your career? The person will ensure that the Quality Management System is implemented and maintained in conformity with ISO9001, ISO13485, 21CFR820 and all regulatory requirements (cf DOC9360/1) in order to ensure compliance during audits and inspections. Ensure the quality of the products, through the controls, the work environment, the laboratory of analysis, the validations. Ensure continuous improvement and quality spirit in the company for customer satisfaction and Manage the “Quality Management System” process. Ensure that the quality management system and processes are implemented and maintained in conformity with the standards ISO 9001, ISO 13485, 21CFR820 and the applicable regulatory requirements (DOC9360/1), while maintaining the certifications obtained (quality and regulatory). Report on the operation and effectiveness of the quality management system to management in order to review it and serve as a basis for continuous improvement and overall encourage awareness of customer requirements and regulatory requirements within the company. Build on relations with notified bodies and competent authorities (FDA, TGA) to organize, handle and follow-up all audits and inspections of the site. For further Information on this role, please contact Michelle Murphy on 091-706711 for a confidential conversation or email michelle.murphy@collinsmcnicholas.ie For more information on our Recruitment and HR Services, and to see a full list of our available jobs across Ireland, please visit our website at http://www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/    ...

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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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