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We asked Fergus O'Connell from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch are Hiring for Tech Roles

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch are Hiring for Tech Roles

Thursday, March 05, 2015 

Bank of America Merrill Lynch are Hiring for Tech Roles

One of the largest financial organisations in the world, Bank of America Merrill Lynch are searching for candidates to fill a number of technology roles at their Dublin offices.

Speaking to Siliconrepublic the company highlighted three priority areas which they are looking to recruit staff:

  • Reporting
  • Analytics
  • Web development

Brian Leahy Global Head of Model Risk Technology and Co-Head of Technology said that the company are looking to hire those with OO languages who can also cross train into python.

They are particularly interested in those who have career development in mind and want to develop a long term career in the banking technology industry. Graduate recruitment programmes and intern placement programmes are also offered by the company.

Rob Cahill Co-Head of Technology at Merrill Lynch's Dublin office explained that “Ideal candidates will have not only a background in technology but also understand the financial backgrounds that make the markets work”. He added there is a “real requirement for those who work in a technical support environment.”

Merrill Lynch particularly pride themselves on their Women in Technology and Operations group which looks to retain attract and develop female talent in technology.

Current job vacancies for their Dublin Operation include:

  • Software Developer
  • Applications developer
  • Market risk development team lead
  • Scrum Master

For a full listing of vacancies and information on how to apply click here.

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