Engineers in demand across the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Devices sector

Biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device companies are some of the largest employers in the country. Nine of the ten largest global pharmaceutical companies and twenty of the world’s top thirty Medical Technologies companies are based in Ireland and with the support of IDA Ireland they are continuing to invest in Ireland. Despite the slowdown in most other industries these sectors have continued to thrive in Ireland in recent years. As a leading supplier of talent to the Biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, Collins McNicholas are seeing strong demand for process, chemical, automation and validation engineers with at least 3 years industry experience.  From a graduate standpoint, students with honours qualifications in biotechnology, chemical and biomedical engineering, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology are the most sought after. To date in 2013 we have registered 34% more engineering positions from the medical devices, biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries compared to the same period last year. As well as the aforementioned positions we are seeing increased demand for metrology, polymer, quality and design engineers with experience specifically from the medical devices industry. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are consistently ranked as some of the best employers in the country. They have a reputation for treating their employees well, offering excellent salaries and benefits, and providing an interesting and rewarding environment to work in. Over the past few years there have been a number of exciting developments with some companies investing significantly in research and development activities in their Irish operations. Stryker, Abbott and Boston Scientific are just a few who have invested in R&D in recent years. As a result of the investment in R&D we are seeing an increase in the number of specialist roles with very specific skills requirements, such as materials scientists and design engineers, who are all required to support the R& D process. There are currently 25,000 people working in the medical technology industry in Ireland. They are dispersed over 250 different companies, with over 50% of them having dedicated R & D functions.  At Collins McNicholas we anticipate continued growth in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, providing greater opportunities for talented professionals to find employment. Niall Murray General Manager, Collins...

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Start Up Companies – 10 Ways to Get It Right from a Recruitment Perspective

The following are ten of the main steps I would address in a start-up situation:- 1. CEO/MD From my experience this is the single most important step in ensuring the success of any company and in particular any multinational company. The right choice in this critical position will greatly increase the chances of the company being a success. My next point should help an employer to achieve this key objective. 2. Recruitment Partner I would recommend selecting a suitable recruitment partner as one of the first steps in a company start up even if many of the categories of staff you are seeking to attract are freely available. This advice would apply even if a new company is not due to have a large presence in Ireland. A suitable recruitment partner will be of great assistance not just in the short term recruitment phase but in providing a start-up with a total HR solution. Potential partners should show an interest in learning about the culture and values of an organisation so that they not only know the skill sets a start-up company is looking for but they understand and buy into the ethos of the company and how it differentiates itself from its competitors from an organizational culture perspective. Increasingly the better recruitment companies are now broadening their product offerings so that they can provide a total HR solution to their clients which includes providing expertise directly or through partnership referrals in the areas of psychometric testing, training and development, coaching and mentoring, compensation and benefits, HR consultancy, organisation development, performance management systems etc. Essentially an effective recruitment partner...

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Why Become a Temp or Contractor?

Temp and contract work are becoming increasingly popular ways of entering the labour market. At Collins McNicholas we have noticed a rise in the amount of employers looking to hire this way. There are a number of advantages to becoming a temp or contract worker: It can provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a number of different industries, expanding your knowledge and skills base. This can make you a more valuable commodity in the eyes of employers. There is a greater level of flexibility and independence. You have the option of moving from one job to the next as you prefer. Temp and contract workers are entitled to the same pay as permanent staff members who perform a similar role for the company, and contractors can often be paid a higher wage.   Temping can offer an excellent opportunity to re-enter the workforce after a break in your career. This can give you the chance to upgrade your skills and add to your CV before seeking further employment. At Collins McNicholas we provide a wide variety of temping opportunities, giving job seekers the chance to find the temping position most suited to their needs and interests. Temping is also a good way to discover what type of work you find most satisfying. It allows you to gain an insight into different industries and work environments, while adding to your experience. The short term nature of temp work means that you can gain a diverse range of skills over a short period of time.  Temps also enjoy a better work life balance as their hours tend to...

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Psychometrics – Why Use Them?

More and more organisations are searching for efficient, cost-effective and creative methods of selection for recruitment.  When time and resources are limited and deadlines are tight, why use psychometric assessments? Psychometric assessment may be used as part of a recruitment process to provide an objective and fair measure of an individual’s current ability and future potential (verbal, numerical or spatial reasoning or manual dexterity for example) or work preferences (style, situation, approach). Consider: The cost of a poor hire is estimated at up to three times the salary of that individual, not to mention the impact on overall employee morale. Additional time spent on recruitment by Hiring Managers can be used on other priority projects. A poorly conducted recruitment process can impact future applicants and create a negative impression of the organisation in the wider community.  Both ethically and legally it is vital that the recruitment process is conducted in a fair and transparent manner. This type of assessment can provide: Opportunity to measure ability in areas identified as key to success in the role (e.g.  high level of numerical ability for Accountants). Ability to observe and measure candidates completing tasks and using skills absolutely necessary for a role (e.g. fine motor skills or hand-eye co-ordination for a Lab Technician, Manufacturing Operator or Assembly role). Provides candidates with a preview of tasks they will be required to complete as part of the role (e.g. Dealing with complex customer queries or complaints in a positive and efficient manner). Motivation, Interest and Personality Inventories in particular can provide information for probing at interview. Ensures Standardisation of Recruitment or Development Process All...

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Graduate Engineering Opportunities & the GAA’s Newest Football Club in Eindhoven

Lots of Graduate Engineering Opportunities still in Eindhoven and now the opportunity to join GAA’s newest football club, Eindhoven Shamrocks We have just returned from a trip to Eindhoven this week, where we visited our recruitment partner and met with many Irish Engineers. We are delighted to see the formation of a new GAA club, ‘Eindhoven Shamrocks’, which is being formed as a result of the number of Irish Graduate Engineers who have commenced a rewarding Engineering career and settled into life in Eindhoven in recent years.  We have all been saddened to hear of the challenges faced by a large number of GAA clubs as a result of recent emigration causing a reduction in numbers of players available.  However, it is heartening to see the tradition is being kept alive and spreading to new locations by Ireland’s current band of ambassadors who are certainly enhancing the reputation of Ireland’s technology and engineering graduates overseas.  Much more news to follow on ‘Eindhoven Shamrocks’ as the team starts to develop and training commences. Eindhoven and South Netherlands in general continues to have a strong demand for graduate engineers who are motivated to develop a career in any of the following areas; Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Computer Engineering / Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Research and Development (Theoretical Physics, Experimental Physics, Plasma Physicists, Laser Engineers, Optics, Mathematics), Mechatronics Engineers, Test Engineers or Field Service Engineering, to name a few.  Positions are within global organisations that are at the leading edge of technology advancement. And now, for those that have the desire, a short flight from Ireland can offer opportunities to launch or progress...

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