Positive news in the form of 50 jobs in Cork at Logitech and 100 jobs in Galway at Genesys a welcome respite from ongoing Covid-19 gloom.

While Ireland endures yet another Covid-19 lockdown, good news in the form of 150 tech jobs in Cork and Galway helped lighten the nation’s mood.

Cloud computing player Genesys is to create 100 new software roles in Galway at its R&D Centre for digital and artificial intelligence in an effort to transform the way brands and people connect in a digital-first world.

“Galway has played an integral role for Genesys in developing innovations in the fields of cloud, digital, and AI”

Meanwhile Logitech Ireland in Cork announced the creation of more than 50 new job opportunities over the next three years across wide-ranging roles, including design, engineering, IT and supply chain functions.

The Genesys of tech in Galway

Genesys first established its presence in Galway in 2018 when it acquired local AI start-up Altocloud. At that time, it pledged to create 200 jobs in the region by the second half of 2021 and is on track to meet this commitment. Now, it plans to fill an additional 100 software engineering roles based at its Galway facility or across Ireland in remote positions spanning software development, cloud computing, DevOps, AI and user experience, a 50pc increase over its original commitment.

“Galway has played an integral role for Genesys in developing innovations in the fields of cloud, digital, and AI,” said Barry O’Sullivan, EVP and GM of Digital and AI, Genesys. “As companies need to keep pace with consumers’ evolving preferences for digital engagement across the overall customer experience, we are focusing on hiring world-class talent in Ireland to help deliver technologies that make it possible with our vision of Experience as a Service.”

As a result of this growth, Genesys is relocating to a larger Galway location in the Bonham Quay development in the fourth quarter of 2021.

“We’re expanding our software R&D workforce in Ireland to support our continued business growth. Ireland has a rich and diverse pool of tech talent that has been a significant contributor to our ability to deliver market differentiating customer experience innovation,” said Joe Smyth, senior vice-president of research and development and site lead for Galway at Genesys. “The world has changed significantly during 2020, and we expect the new state-of-the-art facility to accommodate our workforce as it evolves.”

The new Genesys offices in Galway, its largest R&D site in Europe, will occupy nearly 40,000 square feet of the new development. The new office will provide Genesys employees in Ireland with a responsible, healthy, equitable and enjoyable place to work. The new site has been designed to achieve the Gold standard in Leadership and Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

As well as expanding its presence in the region, the company is also investing in the community and fostering local talent. To kickstart career prospects for young adults in the West of Ireland, the company employs interns and graduates from across the region, including NUI Galway, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick. Genesys has also become the principal sponsorship partner to Connacht Rugby Club. The sponsorship strengthens the organisation’s connection to Galway. Explore engineering careers with Genesys in Ireland: careers.genesys.com/ireland

“Today’s announcement by Genesys demonstrates the company’s confidence in the quality and availability of a highly talented and skilled workforce here in Ireland,” said IDA executive director Mary Buckley. “A significant number of these roles are open location across Ireland, and as a result, Genesys has full access to the rich pool of tech talent that Ireland has to offer. This investment is a further endorsement of IDA Ireland’s commitment to winning high skill roles to Regional locations. I wish Genesys continued success.”

Logitech’s logical expansion in Cork

Logitech’s office in Cork was first established in 1988 and moved to its current site on Airport Business Park, Kinsale Road, in 2013.

“This is a reflection not only of Logitech’s long-term performance, but also the wonderful culture and spirit our employees have developed, here and across the world”

Over the years, it has grown to be one of the key offices in Logitech’s global footprint, a site hosting approximately 200 talents in design, engineering, product development, finance, supply chain, people & culture and IT. It also hosts leaders of Logitech’s sustainability team, addressing Logitech’s commitments to climate change, carbon impact and transparency, and renewable energy. 

“In recent years, Logitech has begun to transform into a design company, tapping into trends in gaming, remote work, video collaboration and creativity,” said Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell. “This process of reinvention continues. We are innovating with new product experiences every day and driving for positive change in the areas of equality and the environment.

“All this, thanks to our fantastic teams. As a company, we have a strong flexible working culture, with employees contributing to Logitech’s business from locations all over the world. Cork is a key link in that chain, and we’re keen to see more talent join our colleagues there.”

More information on Logitech careers, both for people seeking work from Ireland, or in Ireland, can be found at the company careers site.

“We’re pleased to see Logitech’s Cork operations grow to encompass more opportunities ahead of the new year,” said Elaine Laird, Logitech’s head of global supply chain and site lead for Cork. “This is a reflection not only of Logitech’s long-term performance, but also the wonderful culture and spirit our employees have developed, here and across the world. At Logitech, talent working out of Ireland is shaping the future, and enjoying it! We’re very grateful to IDA Ireland for their consistent support over the years.”

 CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said: “Since 1988, Logitech has grown its team in the South West region to 200, and this announcement makes evident the company’s ambition to continue that growth. This announcement by Logitech demonstrates IDA Ireland’s proven ability to win high-skilled roles in regional locations. I wish them continued success.”

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

Published: 6 January 2021

 

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