Expansion of location-independent engineering cohort will bring Sligo-founded SL Controls’ workforce to 140 people.

Specialist software integration firm SL Controls is to create 50 new jobs over the next 18 months.

The company is also going to offer all staff – both existing and new – the opportunity, when restrictions allow, to work remotely or in the office – or a hybrid of both.

“The business has had an exceptional few years and continues to experience strong growth as a result of an increase in demand for our services and solutions”

The highly-skilled positions are in the engineering field and will bring the total workforce to 140.

SL Controls has expanded its employee number steadily and, over the last three years, has increased overall headcount by 40.

Location independence

The new roles announced today will be in Ireland, but the company will also be hiring in the US where SL Controls continues to expand.

It is also looking to add a new Cork presence to its number of locations and a new director of Corporate Services has been recruited who will head up development in this region.

A percentage of the new hires will be location independent remote roles and others will be offered the option of hybrid working where they can combine working from home with working from an office.

Some of the roles SL Controls will be looking to fill include: systems engineers; validation engineers, project managers and software system designers.

SL Controls exceeded its growth predictions last year achieving a 33pc increase in turnover in 2020 to €8.8m. The company is forecasting double digit turnover increases over the coming years.

The company is forecasting in excess of an 80pc increase in turnover to €12m over the period 2019 to 2023. Growth has been funded from existing reserves and banking facilities together with continued increases in turnover.

Sligo born with a global mindset

SL Controls was founded in 2002 by Keith Moran and Shane Loughlin who had a strong hunch of where the market for manufacturing technology might be heading.

Today it is an international provider of equipment system integrated solutions to a range of world-leading brands across a number of industries including medtech, pharma, healthcare and technology.

An Enterprise Ireland client, SL Controls has offices in Sligo, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Florida and has customers – mainly multinationals – in Ireland, across mainland Europe and the US.

“The business has had an exceptional few years and continues to experience strong growth as a result of an increase in demand for our services and solutions with key partners both nationally and internationally,” said Moran.

“Clients are seeking our input on their systems design requirements; software integration and validation needs as well as general consultancy services and ongoing systems support. There is a particular focus on assisting them in developing and later implementing their Industry 4.0 strategies.”

A number of factors are driving growth including the company’s expansion into the US market and growth in key market sectors, in particular in the Lifesciences and Technology sectors.

“Over the last year, we have found there is an appetite among our staff for remote working or a hybrid of working from home and being in the office or on a client site,” said Darragh McMorrow, SL Controls’ Commercial director.

“We feel very strongly that we should be offering this option to our employees – both existing and new – and allow them more flexibility in their roles, as the work allows. It might suit some people to return to the office full-time while others might find one day a week in the office is perfect for them. We are going to work with our team over the coming months to offer them this flexibility.”

The news was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD who said: “This is a fantastic example of an Irish owned and based company competing and winning business internationally in a very competitive market.  Over the next 18 months SL Controls will hire 50 highly qualified staff at locations throughout Ireland.

“I’m particularly impressed by the company’s commitment to flexible working arrangements, which reflects the ambition contained in the Government’s recent Remote Working Strategy. Congratulations to the team involved and the very best of luck with this new ambitious phase of growth.”

Enterprise Ireland’s divisional manager in charge of ICT and International Services said the company is on a rapid growth path. “SL Controls has a strong customer base in Ireland and is expanding its international footprint in Europe and the US and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with the company during this phase of growth.”

Main image at top: Keith Moran and members of the SL Controls management team

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 1 March 2021

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