Food and healthcare firms create 150 jobs

Two companies with bases in Wexford and Clare have announced the creation of 150 jobs in the food and healthcare sectors.

TTM Healthcare Group, which was founded in Clare in 2002, said it was creating 100 jobs as part of a €5m investment.

It said the majority of the roles would be in Ennis, Co Clare, though some would also support its offices in Cork, Dublin, London, Preston, and Berlin.

The independent specialist healthcare recruiter said the jobs, which will be created over the next three years, will be a mix of compliance and recruitment consultants as well as sales professionals. TTM currently employs 190 permanent staff and 900 healthcare contractors.

As part of yesterday’s announcement, it will open a new office in Cork.

TTM also said it intended to establish a presence in the Middle East in the coming months by opening an office in Abu Dhabi to service the expanding UAE market.

Chief executive and founder Brian Crowley said last year it had helped place more than 3,000 specialist healthcare professionals in employment.

“Our business is based on having great people and we look forward to recruiting more new Irish talent to join our growing team in the mid-west. Internationally, many countries face challenges in healthcare recruitment, with ageing populations across Europe creating a growing demand for more specialist healthcare professionals in a variety of settings. We believe that TTM Healthcare is well positioned and has the experience and capabilities to exploit these opportunities from our Irish base.”

Meanwhile, Danone confirmed a €26m investment in its Wexford facility which will see the creation of 50 positions, bringing its total workforce in its Wexford and Cork plants to 400.

Donal Courtney, managing director of Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition Ireland, said: “We have a significant track record of growth and investment in Ireland over the past four years. This reflects both a growing demand for our products in the European and Asian markets as well as the high regard in which the Irish operations are held amongst the Danone Group.”

The company’s operations director, Donal Dennehy, said that as Danone’s operations grew in Ireland, so too did the co-ops that supplied it with the milk to manufacture its base powders.

“Danone is an integral part of the agricultural and farming community and are proud members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme,” he said. “We will continue to work with our suppliers and partners from the dairy industry to further enhance the sustainability efforts that we have in place,” he added.

The 50 new roles are in areas such as quality, food science, operations, engineering as well as supply chain and logistics. Recruitment is under way and more information can be found by emailing recruit.wexford@danone.com.


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