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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....


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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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600 New Jobs for Cavan with Manor Farm

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600 New Jobs for Cavan with Manor Farm

Friday, April 29, 2016 

600 New Jobs for Cavan with Manor Farm

Irish chicken processor Manor Farm plans to spend €25 million over the next five years to expand its facility in Shercock, Co Cavan.

This will result in the creation of 600 new jobs and boost the company’s output of processed chickens from 900,000 a week to 1.5 million.

Owned by Carton Brothers, Manor Farm currently employs 824 staff at its premises in Shercock, a nearby feed mill and its head office in Clonee, Co Meath.

This Week, the company’s managing director and co-owner Vincent Carton said it wants to increase sales of Manor Farm-branded products from 7 per cent of turnover currently to 10 or 11 per cent over three years. 

The company wants to introduce a range of convenience cuts under its own brand and has set aside a marketing budget of €800,000 for this move. This mostly involves social media and demonstration evenings with the likes of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

The product innovations include a cook-in-the-bag whole chicken, which has launched in SuperValu and Dunnes Stores. 

Download a job application for Manor Farms here


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