Four men and one woman stand outside an office building with the SimoTech logo on it. Two men hold a sign that says '70 new jobs'.
From left: Martin Corkery, Enterprise Ireland; Aishlyn Kerr and Pat Desmond, SimoTech; Taoiseach Micheál Martin; and Brian Clune, SimoTech. Image: Darragh Kane Photography

70 jobs in Ireland planned at automation company SimoTech

22 Jun 2021

The new roles will be in the areas of automation, computer system validation, lab informatics, IT infrastructure and project management.

Irish automation company SimoTech will create 70 jobs over the next two years to support its growth in the biosciences industry.

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The company, which is based in Carrigaline, Co Cork, provides manufacturing automation and IT systems engineering, project management and validation services for the biotech and pharma sectors.

The new roles will be in the areas of automation, computer system validation, lab informatics, IT infrastructure and project management.

The jobs will be based in Ireland, with 20 of these roles supporting SimoTech’s overseas work. This includes its first contract in Singapore, working with a large vaccine provider on a major capital project.

SimoTech’s CEO, Pat Desmond, said demand for automation expertise over the last three years has allowed the company to expand at a rate of 30pc each year.

“We have trebled our revenue to €14m in 2020 and doubled our staff numbers in the last three years,” he said. “These new roles are just the first step, as we look at expanding our footprint in the years ahead across Europe, the US and Asia, while still building from Cork.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD, said SimoTech is a “shining example” of the type of technical innovation Ireland has to offer.

“Biotech and pharma are crucial sectors for the Irish economy and having homegrown companies of the calibre of SimoTech is essential to that success,” he said.

Enterprise Ireland’s regional director for the south and south-east, Martin Corkery, added that the new jobs are a sign of major growth both for SimoTech and for Ireland’s life sciences sector.

“SimoTech is a great example of a true Irish success story, which has gone from strength to strength since it was founded just 10 years ago,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the company and wish the team well in their future endeavours.”

More information about working at SimoTech can be found on the company’s careers page.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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