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On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

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100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

Friday, July 03, 2015 

100 New Jobs for Blanchardstown with Blue Insurance

Dublin-based company Blue Insurance has said it will create 100 new jobs over the next two years. The expansion will see staff numbers at the firm rise from 45 to 145 employees.  The company’s managing director Ciaran Mulligan said the new positions would facilitate “rapid growth and expansion plans” over the next two years.

The new roles will be based at the company’s Blanchardstown office. The company will be employing staff across numerous departments including:

  • Call-centre customer services
  • IT developement
  • Junior management and
  • Administrative levels

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was "fantastic news" for Blanchardstown and the surrounding area. "Blue Insurance is an indigenous company that is competing and winning in the most competitive and sophisticated online insurance market globally, the UK," Ms Burton said. "It is a young company that rewards its employees for imaginative thinking."

Blue Insurance was formed in October 2003. The company has 160,000 existing Irish customers and more than 200,000 UK customers across its 14 brands including It operates in Ireland, the UK and Australia and has plans to expand into the US, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Details of career opportunities with Blue Insurance are available here

The CareersPortal Team