Are you thinking of making a career change? Check out some of the roles currently on offer in Kerry, from software engineering to chemical analysis.
Regardless of our employment situation or the industry we’re in, many of us have had to take a step back and reassess our day-to-day living as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps you’ve been laid off or you plan to make some personal changes, whether that’s related to your job, your career path or even where you live in the future.
For those who are curious about their options, there are many possibilities in Kerry. A survey published earlier this year by Collins McNicholas, IDA Ireland, Kerry County Council and KerrySciTech looked at what the region has to offer in terms of job opportunities and lifestyle, highlighting a number of factors that have driven highly skilled professionals to the region.
Kerry is home to more than 70 STEM-related employers, many of which are hiring now, as well as digital and co-working hubs dotted all around the county, enabling it to support a flexible workforce.
With the help of KerrySciTech, I spoke to some of the companies based in Kerry that are currently hiring.
The Japanese Research Institute (JRI) America, based in Tralee’s Software Development Centre, is a professional services firm specialising in business applications, managed IT services and consulting. Along with teams in New York and London, the Tralee staff support Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Japan’s second-largest bank and a Fortune Global 200 company, which offers a broad range of financial services within Japan and internationally.
JRI America is hiring across all technology disciplines for its Tralee operation, with training, mentoring, health benefits and pension and holiday entitlements. The company said: “In this changed landscape of Covid-19, our entire recruitment process has moved online and we’re continuing to onboard new employees.”
Liebherr, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, employs more than 48,000 people worldwide. Its Irish sites are located in Dublin and Kerry, and the company has a number of open positions available in Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney. It is recruiting right across the engineering spectrum, including commissioning engineers, electrical engineers, sales engineers and automation engineers, among others.
The company told us: “Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd designs, manufactures and installs a complete range of rail-mounted ship-to-shore cranes, container stacking cranes, rubber tyre gantry cranes and straddle carriers. For a taste of what it is like to work in Liebherr, have a look here.”
Irish biotechnology company BioAtlantis has a number of positions available, including a research and development chemist and a mechanical engineer for its Tralee facility. The company specialises in the development and production of bioactives from natural sources for the plant, animal and human health markets.
It told us that, as part of its ongoing expansion, it’s seeking a chemist to work on the extraction, purification and analysis of complex, natural-based products, as well as a mechanical engineer with a minimum of three years of experience in a regulated manufacturing environment. BioAtlantis is accepting applications for both roles until 30 May.
Tralee-based Salaso Health Solutions produces software for online care in physical rehabilitation and wellness with the goal of changing traditional approaches. At the moment, Salaso is on the lookout for a software engineer.
“The Salaso application offers a benefits and wellness application for employers to their employees,” the company said. “Our solution is differentiated by evidence-based, high-quality clinical content and ease of customisation to any disease state or therapeutic area. You can view the latest Salaso career opportunities on the KerrySciTech website.”
Reamda, founded in 2001, develops military and engineering products for Irish and international markets, including the UK, Switzerland and the US. Its focus areas include robotics, embedded control systems, simulation, wireless telephony and video-communication systems, as well as remote sensor data in both radiological and x-ray equipment.
Currently, Tralee-based Reamda is hiring for a mechanical engineer. You can view its latest career opportunities here.
Digital hubs in Kerry
KerrySciTech also introduced me to some of the many digital hubs around Kerry.
“You could be sitting in an office overlooking the lakes of Killarney while working remotely for a tech start-up based in Dublin, be it Ireland or Texas,” the organisation said.
The Kenmare Innovation Centre, for example, is located in a scenic setting. It is already home to Aonach, an e-commerce technology agency with team members from Cork, the UK, Holland, Spain and Russia.
Meanwhile, HQ Kerry has hubs in the bustling towns of Tralee and Listowel. HQ Kerry said: “Our spaces are designed to inspire and welcome: more than just serviced offices and hot-desk spaces, they are communities that are homes to global multinationals, leading Irish SMEs, remote workers, ‘solopreneurs’ and distant teams.”
Finally, The Box Co-work is a new co-working space in the centre of Killarney town. It was developed in response to the needs of freelancers, small start-ups, digital tourists and individuals who work remotely. Located on Pawn Office Lane, the building is an old coach house that has been converted into an open working space.
For further information on any of the companies listed above and their vacancies, visit the KerrySciTech website here.