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First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

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65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

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65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

Monday, December 14, 2015 

65 New Jobs for Galway with MedTech Company Phenox

German firm Phenox GmbH is establishing a medical devices manufacturing facility in Galway, creating up to 65 jobs over the next five years, with the support of IDA Ireland.

The new facility will be located at the Kamrick Court Building in Ballybrit Business Park in Galway. Phenox Ireland Ltd. will manufacture interventional neurovascular medical devices for the treatment of aneurysms and stroke.

The company is in the process of fitting out a premises and hopes to be up and running in early 2016.

The new jobs will be in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Research
  • Sales and
  • Support

The positions are to be filled over five years. Phenox says the expansion will allow it to grow its share in the US and other international markets, as well as supporting its existing European operations.

The company was established in 2005 and currently employs 130 people in Germany.

Speaking at the announcement in Galway today Minister Bruton said: “Life sciences is a key sector which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and over the past four years we have put in place a range of measures to support jobs growth in this area, including the establishment of a national health innovation hub to support the growth of Irish companies in this area. Today’s announcement that phenox, a leading German manufacturing company in this area, is establishing a new facility in Galway and creating 65 jobs is an important boost for the West. We will continue to work hard to attract further investments from companies like this in the West in the coming years”.

Dr.-Ing. Hermann Monstadt, phenox GmbH founder and Managing Director said, “The Galway facility is critical to phenox’s global expansion plans and will produce products specifically for the U.S. and other international markets as well as provide additional support for EU markets.”

Details of career opportunities with phenox are advertised here.

Explore Ireland's thriving MedTech Sector here including related occupations in demand and career articles.

IDA Ireland Press Release

The CareersPortal Team