Chinese firm could create 200 jobs in Dundalk plan

THE infrared technology company SATIR, which has a base in Dundalk, is making headway with its plan to invest e30 million in Dundalk, which is expected to create 200 jobs in the town.

THE infrared technology company SATIR, which has a base in Dundalk, is making headway with its plan to invest e30 million in Dundalk, which is expected to create 200 jobs in the town.

It is understood the company is hoping to make an announcement about the project’s progress within the next two months. To date the company has applied for planning permission to build a purpose-built facility in Dundalk.

SATIR also recently appointed a project manager to oversee the project. It is planned that awarding of the construction contracts will be signed by June 2012 with building commencing in the second half of this year

The building will be completed between 14-18 months with a total investment of e30 million. When completed and operating at full capacity, SATIR will have a workforce of 200, 70 per cent of which will be Irish/European.

Meanwhile, 300 lucky jobseekers will have secured positions with generous benefits at PayPal’s new European Operations Centre in Dundalk by the end of the year, according to PayPal Vice President Louise Phelan.

Ms Phelan told The Dundalk Democrat that the Dundalk Operations Centre will be up and running by July 1, and that a further 700 jobs will be created and filled at the centre by the end of 2015.

“All of the current vacancies are being advertised online. I am recruiting now. Potential candidates simply have to apply on our website and we will take it from there,” she said.

PayPal enables global ecommerce by allowing members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing.

The Dundalk centre will be eBay Inc’s third site in Ireland, complementing PayPal and eBay operations in Dublin. The centre will be responsible for customer service, risk prevention, financial operations, merchant services and sales across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The company will be seeking to fill roles across a range of activities. Roles will include Customer Solutions Agents, Collection Specialists, Sales Specialists, Lead Generation Agents, Risk Operations Agents, Financial Operations Agents and Account Management Specialists.

The new jobs may be open to both graduates and those currently unemployed, but 50 per cent of the roles will require knowledge of a second language. Applicants will be contacted as opportunities arise over the next couple of months. In addition to their salary, successful applicants will enjoy an attractive benefits package which includes 25 days paid holidays, and health and life insurance.

Other benefits include ongoing training starting with an initial six week induction programme, monthly bonus plan, monthly reward & recognition programme, subsidised staff restaurant, four week sabbatical leave after five years’ tenure and an active sports & social club.

“We chose to set up the centre in Dundalk because the town has a skilled workforce and because of its proximity to Dublin. We are looking for people who want a career with PayPal, not just a job,” said Ms Phelan.

“We want people who will stay with the company for five to ten years and beyond. A dedicated workforce is critical to our success. We are here for the long haul. I have an experienced leadership team in place and I will be managing the sites in Blanchardstown and Dundalk.

“This is where the rubber hits the road. I am looking forward to meeting the people of Dundalk. I will be looking for the help and support of the various bodies in Dundalk. The last thing that I need is barriers to this.”

According to Ms Phelan, PayPal has not yet made a decision about where to locate the new centre, however, she said that the company is currently considering three locations in town. She added that the preferred location will be chosen within the next two weeks.