Kerry Group announcement - Who will be hired, and when?

The announcement’s been made. The jobs are in the pipeline but what type of workers will the Kerry Group be looking for and when will they be hiring?

The announcement’s been made. The jobs are in the pipeline but what type of workers will the Kerry Group be looking for and when will they be hiring?

Last week, the Group’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Frank Hayes told the Leinster Leader the positions will include chefs, food technologists, food scientists, organic scientists, bio-chemists, and flavouring technologists. Many will be in the science field while others will focus on customer support. The new centre will also host regulatory specialists, technologists, a management team and group business services such as HR.

It is unclear when the jobs will be advertised as the planning application hasn’t yet been lodged for the Millennium Park site, and the company is in pre-planning discussions with Kildare County Council.

Mr Hayes said that by the end of this year 80 people will relocate within the company to vacant office space in Millennium Park. The next phase will see 80 new workers employed by the end of March 2013.

It is understood the 900 new jobs will be offered on a phased basis and there is no clear date as to when the company will next be recruiting the remaining positions.

“We want to get this up and running immediately,” explained Mr Hayes, adding that the company hoped to conclude the planning process as quickly as possible.

It is anticipated that 400 construction workers will also be needed to complete the new centre. Although the company cannot put a date on when they will be hired, it is clear it plans to forge ahead with the project as quickly as possible. With such a big building project, it is anticipated all the major construction firms will be submitting tenders.

- Niamh O’Donoghue