RAPID career progress is a distinct possibility for the 50 people who will be recruited at the newly opened Cork office of handheld device specialist OtterBox.
The company, whose headquarters are in the US, creates protective solutions for handheld device manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.
It designs and produces device-specific protective covers for high-value smartphones and handheld devices.
As Cork is the firm’s new Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters, the roles will involve a lot of travel. OtterBox recently made it onto the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in the US.
Matt Clark, managing director OtterBox EMEA, explains: “We are a sales and distribution organisation, and we are looking for sales people who can call on phone companies like Vodafone and O2, and another team who will call on manufacturers like Apple, RIM and HTC, both in Ireland and throughout Europe and the Middle East. Language skills would certainly help.
“We expect our growth in Ireland to mirror our growth in the US, where the smartphone market has grown hugely.
“That area will grow rapidly in our region also, creating opportunities for rapid career progress for our Irish-based staff,” Mr Clark said.
The 50 jobs will be created over the next two years.
The roles cover in-house sales, customer service, accounting, engineering, public relations, marketing, web design, graphics, supply chain, human resources and warehousing. The company is supported by the IDA.
Enterprise and Innovation Minister Batt O’Keeffe said OtterBox’s decision to establish its EMEA headquarters in Cork reaffirms the county’s global reputation as a hub for innovation and advanced product design.
Meanwhile, Tesco is creating 80 jobs at a new store in Kinnegad, Westmeath.
Part of a nationwide investment of €113 million, these jobs are part of the 748 planned this year.
Tesco’s annual contribution to the Irish economy is €2.5 billion. Some €655m of Irish food and drink is exported annually to Tesco.
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