Zenith rises to global summit of engineering

IRISH multinational Zenith Technologies, a provider of products and services to the life science industry, is a company on the move, growing in every sense of the word — services, products, turnover and employment.

Zenith rises to global summit of engineering

A supplier to nine of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world, the Cork-based firm is nearly 20 years old and has doubled in size over the last two. It now employs just over 700 people and has 16 offices worldwide. And it’s looking to grow further, as evidenced by its latest engineer recruitment campaign across all its disciplines.

Zenith Technologies chief executive, Joe Haugh, says: “Zenith is always looking for dedicated, innovative and driven talent to join our ever expanding operation in Ireland, Europe and worldwide.

“It is recruiting at every level from graduate to the most senior levels. Zenith’s employee retention levels are very high, something that was recently reflected in its performance in Great Place to Work, a highly valued scheme recognising Ireland’s best workplaces.”

Zenith is an Irish multinational success story. Founded in Cork in 1998 by executive chairman Brendan O’Regan, it has grown into a leading global technology firm, employing hundreds of talented engineering and IT professionals servicing the top pharmaceutical companies around the world.

Mr Haugh says the company attracts and develops the brightest and best talent in the sector, which allows Zenith to aggressively progress its agenda of delivering enterprise performance, customer value, innovation and operational excellence. This allows their clients to get their products to market quickly and efficiently.

— Shea Fahy, Global HR director, Zenith Technologies
— Shea Fahy, Global HR director, Zenith Technologies

“The fact that we work repeatedly with most of the world’s leading life science companies is validation in itself of our efforts, and ambition to be the best in our business,” he said.

“Career opportunities with Zenith are wide and varied. A lot of our senior managers have grown up [with] the company, developing their careers as the company expanded. Our focus is to continue with ongoing improvements to continue to make Zenith a great place to work. To ensure that we achieve that aim we recently appointed a new human resources director to strengthen and develop our strong culture, ethos and team spirit.”

Zenith Technologies offer a variety of career opportunities for team members who want to work for a successful world leading industrial automation, process control and MES provider of products and services for life sciences.

“We currently have over 700 people working with us predominately from the industrial automation and MES arena. It’s all about our people. People are a big part of our success and we have been growing steadily for many years. There are a lot of opportunities to join our dynamic teams. We are continuously looking for dedicated, innovative and driven talent of all levels to expand our growing engineering teams,” said Mr Haugh.

He added that there has been massive capital investment in the pharma sector in Ireland and around the world over the last few years.

“We are building on the considerable growth we have experienced in the US and Asia and meet demand for our services in key territories including India, China, Malaysia and Singapore. As a service-based business, our people and their knowledge are our most important asset and we are constantly looking to add further talent to our team. Continuing to strengthen and build relationships with some of the best technology providers in the industry will of course also be a focus.”

He added: “Our goal has always been to work with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers as long-term partners, not only connecting them with the latest technologies, but providing ongoing, on-the-ground support to help achieve operational efficiencies, performance improvements and compliance. In this way, we become an intrinsic part of their operations.”

Zenith is involved in the production of medicines and therapies that prolong, enhance and save lives, said Shea Fahy, human resources director: “It is often forgotten in the course of a project, and the technical challenges within any project, that our software and systems are essential parts of the ability to produce these lifesaving solutions. Working with our life science partners, we help to automate and validate their facilities to enable the production of these lifesaving medicines,” he said.

“We have a strong people and team culture in Zenith and we are constantly building and developing that culture. Our people and our customers work together as a team so that our customers can deliver their products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. We must ensure that we have the right structures in place to effectively engage and communicate with our people. They must understand their role and the part they play in fulfilling the companies aims in terms of customers and growth,” he said.

Mr Fahy said people enjoy working with Zenith because of the culture, the challenges and the opportunity to continue to grow while working with the best in the life science industry.

They get to work with different systems and experience the work environments of the top pharma companies in the world.

“We offer employees the chance to work on exciting and challenging projects,” said Mr Fahy. “We offer continuous training and mentoring, career development opportunities, and exciting travel opportunities.”

- zenithtechnologies.com


WHEN University of Ulster, Derry, graduate Orla Cussen from Donegal joined Zenith 15 years ago straight out of college there were only roughly 50 people working with the company. Today there are 700, operating in 16 countries around the world.

She started as a junior validation engineer and worked in EU countries and in Singapore.A

dedicated and highly experienced engineer She now works with Zenith clients Janssen Pharmaceutical and Janssen Biologics within the execution systems department.

“Zenith has a great graduate programme, which I wish was there when I started,” she said. “It offers a great overview of a whole project lifecycle in a condensed amount of time and gives a challenging, rewarding learning opportunity.”

As part of an employees’ career development Zenith offers ongoing training and career development opportunities to all employees and employees are encouraged to use them. “I got my masters in technology management through the programme, which has helped me further my career within the company,” she said.Orla is now one of the lead engineers responsible for the project and day-to-day activities for the execution systems department at

JanssenPharmaceutical and JanssenBiologics in Cork, while her co-engineer is responsible for project management.

Brendan Sheridan

“THE experience to-date has been very positive,” says CIT graduate Brendan Sheridan, who joined Zenith Technologies last June and is based in Cork.

The biomedical engineer says that Zenith made the transition from academia to the practical application of his training exciting, challenging and very positive.

“They didn’t just throw you in at the deep end; they involved us in a practical, structured eight-week programme working on a project already implemented by Zenith engineers, at the end of which we compared results. The atmosphere is very friendly and helpful. During the eight-week programme each graduate received his or her own contact person for advice, which was always very forthcoming and helpful.”

Donal Costello

SENIOR automation engineer Donal Costello joined Zenith five years ago is now a team leader working on system integration projects out of the company’s Cork offices at Portgate.

A UCC chemical engineering graduate, Donal did his masters in UCD and went straight from college into Zenith.

“The career opportunities are tremendous. They are wide and varied. The travel opportunities are equally good. Since I joined Zenith I’ve lived and worked in Belgium and worked on projects in France and Sweden for a few weeks at a time.

“There is an opportunity to work across a number of systems; software and hardware and different areas of software so you’re never pigeonholed into one system, if you don’t want to be. It’s an exciting team-oriented place and a good place to work from the moment you begin.

“The people around you help you to learn and you learn quickly. They encourage you to ask questions and they provide great guidance. I’ve been here for five years, starting as a graduate junior engineer and progressing to senior engineer to team leader and now I work as project lead, which is indicative of the good opportunities to develop, internally,” he said.

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