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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Dairy giant to target emigrants home for Christmas to fill roles

Published 24/12/2015 | 02:30

Sean Leahy, John Collins and Martin Lynch, members of the Dairymaster Technology Service team, pictured at the jobs drive announcement yesterday
Sean Leahy, John Collins and Martin Lynch, members of the Dairymaster Technology Service team, pictured at the jobs drive announcement yesterday

Dairymaster, the manufacturer of high performance milking equipment, has announced the creation of 60 new jobs, 40 of which will be based in its Kerry operation.

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The jobs are spread across a variety of roles including engineering, software, sales, and services.

The majority of the roles will be in sales where the company aims to take on 16 new staff.

Speaking about the recruitment drive, the chief executive of Dairymaster, Edmond Harty, said that the firm has ambitious plans for 2016. "With this new recruitment drive we are very keen to get the right people into the right jobs to help us drive the company. This is our third annual recruitment drive and our biggest yet," Mr Harty said.

He said said that the new roles should be attractive to Irish workers returning home for Christmas. "Traditionally we target experienced professionals returning home for Christmas and we will be doing that again this year while also looking to the Irish jobs market."

Dairymaster currently employs 360 people across its global headquarters in Kerry and its regional hubs in UK and the US. One of the firm's flagship products, the Swiftflo Commander, has helped boost the firm's annual performance after it received a number of high profile awards.

The Commander, which acts as the brain of Dairymaster's milking parlour, recently won the Agribusiness Use of Technology Award at the Agribusiness Awards.

The device also won the innovation award at this year's Ploughing Championships in Rathineska in Co Laois.

Outside of the 16 going into sales, 13 of the roles will be in engineering, with eight in software, 14 in services and 14 in production.

Twenty of the roles will be based in the US and the UK.

The firm has set a deadline of January 15 for both the roles based in Ireland and overseas.

Irish Independent

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