Three people holding the Kerry GAA flag.
From left: Adrian McGennis, Sigmar; Minister Heather Humphreys, TD; and Shane Nolan, IDA Ireland. Image: Maxwells

Sigmar to create 50 new recruiter jobs in Tralee

14 Aug 2018

Inspired by local pool of talent, Sigmar is to open a major European talent hub in Tralee.

Up to 50 well-paying recruiter jobs are being created by Sigmar Recruitment in Kerry.

The move follows a €1bn partnership Sigmar established with French giant Groupe Adéquat with a view to creating one of the top 25 staffing firms in the world. In the deal, the French firm agreed to take a majority stake in Sigmar over a five-year period as part of a staged equity investment.

“Ireland has a skilled and talented workforce, and I have no doubt that Sigmar will find the right individuals here to enable them to grow their European activities in the coming years,” said Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, TD, while announcing the new investment.

The new roles are for international recruiters to work in the company’s European talent hub, which has just opened in Tralee and will harness international talent from various international markets.

Talent pool

Sigmar is investing in the development of a bespoke, world-class learning and development programme designed to equip individuals with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful international recruitment specialists.

“Ireland has the talent to capitalise on current international recruitment opportunities,” said Adrian McGennis, Sigmar CEO.

“This investment will kick-start the group’s international growth initially in Germany, then other parts of Europe and the US. Sigmar has been very supportive of regional development and this investment proves our belief in the business case for regionalisation.

“This European talent hub will be a key element of Sigmar’s stated international growth. It’s also an operation where we can develop and test new technologies, including robotics and artificial intelligence. We have been working on the processes, technology and markets for some time to accelerate our international expansion.”

The decision to select Tralee was based on research that found a significant talent pool in the area.

“As a Tralee native, I am truly delighted to help bring such a positive jobs announcement to the region,” said Shaun O’Shea, Sigmar head of European recruitment.

“One of our deciding factors was the research into the area which highlighted the huge talent pool of ambitious individuals who we believe we can nurture with our experience and skills to help build new, exciting career paths.

“We are offering exciting and highly rewarding careers for individuals coming from all backgrounds, with a core focus on sales and consultancy. Due to our substantial investment into R&D, we believe our consultants will be working on new processes and tools which will shape our industry on a global scale for years to come.”

The creation of the European talent hub was welcomed by IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, who said the 50 new jobs will provide a significant boost to the local economy.

“Having a company of the calibre of Sigmar open a European talent hub is a huge vote of confidence in Kerry and the south-west region, showing confidence that the required skills pool is available there and demonstrating that international companies can successfully locate and scale their operations in regional locations such as this,” said Shanahan.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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