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Meet The Overstock Team in Sligo: David Kenny, Director of Software Development and Site lead Ireland

David Kenny – Director of Software Development and Site lead Ireland

‘Career progression’ is important to David Kenny, Overstock’s Director of Software Development and Site lead Ireland. For him, that’s what a technologist gets when he or she joins Overstock a technology company brimming with opportunity. “We want to attract people who are looking for high-quality work and a high-quality lifestyle” says David.

If you can match that with a workplace that offers solid career progression which increasingly matters to people, we think that’s a pretty unique selling point for us here in Sligo.”

David is himself from Sligo, hailing from Ransboro under the shade of a stunning mountain and local landmark called Knocknarea. He went to university in Limerick and Galway. With international IT experience under his belt including stints at ING in the UK and Netherlands as well as working for global banking giant HSBC, he set up Overstock’s Ireland office in 2013.

“We started with a suitcase full of laptops, a company credit card and a bunch of great ideas. The growth has been very pleasing to a point where we are on track to have a staff of over 120.”

David says Overstock’s vision is to develop its Sligo base as a centre of excellence in software development by adding high-end, quality roles. The roles include backend, frontend, full stack, architecture across the Fintech, Supply Chain and E-Commerce domains. The company is hiring at various levels from junior to senior in areas such as software automation testing, machine learning, and data analytics. Overstock offers all of its employees’ career progression as well as opportunities for continuous learning. David adds: “Our mission is to continue developing cutting-edge, disruptive technology.”

With Overstock working across online retail, blockchain and other disruptive technologies, the future is an exciting one for the Irish teams in Sligo, a place of majestic beauty dubbed by some travel writers as Ireland’s ‘adventure capital’. David and his staff are frequent visitors to Sligo’s surf spots while the Overstock office itself in the heart of a spectacular urban park ringed by mountains and the famed Lough Gill. Ireland’s national poet WB Yeats found inspiration among the waters there. It’s an exciting place for younger people as well as those with families.

“We set the bar pretty high for recruitment we love being able to offer that cutting-edge tech work environment and Sligo’s natural charms which allows people to enjoy life inside and outside of work.“

At Overstock, we go above and beyond to deliver. I guess that’s what we are all about creating great solutions for the company as a whole and a great environment or the people who work here.”

Job Opportunities:

Check out the roles Overstock is currently recruiting in Sligo for in our Jobs Section.

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IDA Ireland Launches ‘The Landing Space’ in Sligo

IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region. It is the latest strategic initiative by IDA Ireland to increase investments in regional locations by enhancing and highlighting the specific property attributes of individual regional urban centres.

Sligo is home to leading life science companies such as Phibro, Abbvie, and Abbott as well as tech companies LiveTiles, Overstock and E3 Retail.  These international brands help attract additional overseas companies to potentially locate to the Sligo area.

Attending today’s launch, Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs, and Digital Development Seán Canney said: “Sligo has benefitted greatly in recent months from the arrival of global companies like Phibro, LiveTiles and E3 Retail. It’s proof that everything that global companies require to establish and scale up their operations can be found here – such as talent, services, and infrastructure. The addition of this new fast landing space is another strong attractor, adding greatly to what Sligo has to offer. I congratulate all involved in developing this space. All of these developments also add to the work of the Atlantic Economic Corridor strategy as set out in the National Development Plan.”

IDA Ireland’s Executive Director Mary Buckley said: “This top quality, turn-key property adds significantly to the value proposition we can offer clients and will greatly assist our efforts to attract inward investment to Sligo.  The collaborative work of all local stakeholders represented here today, including IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, is really important and demonstrates that creating an attractive location for investment benefits greatly from a team approach.”

The availability of skilled workers and graduates in Sligo to service the North West’s growing international client base has greatly benefitted the region.  Commenting at the launch Dr. Brendan McCormack, President of IT Sligo said: “IT Sligo is delighted to be partnering with the IDA and Sligo County Council in providing this new facility for Sligo-based companies. This initiative will add to our on-campus incubation facility offering, which currently houses over 30 companies, allowing us to build on our extensive suite of enterprise and entrepreneur supports. These new office facilities will provide a soft-landing base for companies establishing a permanent presence in Sligo”

The location of Sligo as a destination for people in search of challenging careers and a positive work-life balance is well acknowledged as Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council said: “The availability of a fast Landing Space in the heart of Sligo contributes to a much sought-after quality of life where you can avail of 1 Gigabit broadband connection in an attractive urban centre, yet be only 10 minutes from surfing the Wild Atlantic Way or availing of the many mountain or coastal walks in the land of hearts desire.”

Gigabit Hub at the Landing Space
Siro and Vodafone are supporting The Landing Space with the provision of Gigabit connectivity, the most powerful broadband available in Ireland, as it becomes the latest participant in Vodafone and SIRO’s national Gigabit Hub Initiative, which offers a 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps or Megabits per second) broadband connection to qualifying business hubs in regional towns. Companies based in The Landing Space will benefit from the same level of broadband connectivity as available in leading international hubs such in locations like Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Speaking at the launch, Vodafone’s Enterprise Director, Regina Moran said: “I’m delighted to announce today that, through the SIRO Vodafone partnership, we have reached yet another significant milestone in terms of providing connectivity to regional areas of Ireland.

“The Gigabit Hub initiative is providing vital infrastructure at pace across the country and in doing so is helping to promote regional parts of Ireland as destinations for international business. These hubs will create employment opportunities for the people of Sligo and surrounding communities and help to stimulate the local economy. We very much look forward to seeing the ambition we established two years ago support the local people and businesses in Sligo in the most tangible way, as they look to compete irrespective of location.”

SIRO CEO John Keaney added: “The Landing Space is the latest example of how SIRO is reversing the digital divide in Ireland by giving Sligo the same level of world-class broadband connectivity as Tokyo and Hong Kong. Doing business online is fundamental for every business today, from start-ups, SMEs to large multinationals.  Our 1 Gigabit service is now available to 200,000 homes and businesses around Ireland and clients of Landing Space companies won’t be able to tell the difference whether they are based on the West Coast of the United States or the West Coast of Ireland when they log on. As a result, when the next Google or Microsoft decides to open an office in Ireland, Sligo will be as appealing as Dublin.”

More from IDA Ireland here.


100 New Jobs in Sligo as Overstock to expand Development Centre

E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc.announces plans to expand its European base in Sligo, Ireland, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.

The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.

Overstock, which was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Utah, features a $2 billion online retail shopping website, as well as a wholly-owned blockchain accelerator subsidiary, Medici Ventures. The company has pioneered the development of disruptive technologies across several disciplines including e-commerce, machine learning, augmented reality, and blockchain.

Commenting, Overstock founder and CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne said, “Overstock has been at the forefront of developing technology to make our customers’ lives easier, and our Sligo tech teams have been crucial to that effort over the past five years. I’m excited to soon welcome so many more talented technologists from Ireland to the Overstock family.”

Welcoming the new expansion by Overstock, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said, “I am delighted to see the expansion of Overstock and the creation of 100 highly skilled R&D jobs. It has been a tremendous year for Sligo in terms of enterprise development and this announcement reiterates the Government’s commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure we have the right conditions in place to encourage the creation of quality jobs in the regions.”

CEO, IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan welcomed the announcement saying, “IDA is committed to winning investments for regional locations across Ireland and the North West Border Region is a key area of focus for us. It is great to see such an ambitious high-growth company like Overstock expanding their operations in Sligo. This significant expansion clearly illustrates the confidence Overstock has in the region’s talented workforce to drive the company’s international growth. This announcement comes on the back of a number of positive FDI investments for Sligo in recent months. I wish Overstock every success with its operations here and assure them of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

Overstock established its Sligo office in 2013, and the facility currently employs 40 technologists. The location on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way was selected for the burgeoning tech community, easy access to outdoor activities, affordable cost of living, and easy commuting times, especially when compared to other centres such as Dublin.

Overstock offers its employees’ opportunities for both career progression and continuous learning. The company was recently recognized as one of the best companies in the areas of work-life balance, perks and benefits, and as one of the best CEOs for diversity.

Qualified individuals interested in learning more about the technology openings at the Sligo office of Overstock.com, can meet the company at Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way, presented by Career Zoo, on Friday, October 12 at The Model in Sligo. A dedicated train will bring interested technologists from Dublin to Sligo for the conference.

More on the Career Zoo Tech Train here.


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‘Home for Christmas? Find your New Career’

Over the festive period, leading Irish recruitment firm CREGG Recruitment will be hosting a recruitment open day.

The event will take place in the Connacht Hotel Galway on the 28th of December from 11am-3pm.

Solutions Through Partnership

CREGG Recruitment are aware of the difficulty people face in relation to moving home. In order to facilitate and make this move as seamless as possible CREGG Recruitment will have experienced recruiters available to provide expert career advice. We have partnered with LookWest.ie who provide information for individuals setting up a business or looking to relocate to the West.

We have also collaborated with Fenero, who are leading providers in tax solutions for contractors.

Coming home for Christmas?

Christmas is a special time of the year where friends and family return home, many with the same thoughts of,

  • When can I return home for good?
  • Are there job opportunities available?
  • Is there job security for me and/or my family?

CREGG Recruitment work with many leading SME and Multinational companies across Galway, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Westmeath and more. They are currently recruiting within various areas including R&D, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Process Maintenance, Customer Service & Languages, Finance and Marketing.

To make the most of your day at the event, all attendees are advised to bring a CV, in order for our team to match you to available opportunities.

If you wish to book an appointment please call Breda Murphy on 091 700814 or email breda@cregg.ie

More info at creggrecruitment.ie

See you there!


Career Zoo West – September 2017

Career Zoo is going West!

Having held our last 12 events in Dublin, Career Zoo has decided to shake things up. We’re packing our bags and bringing Career Zoo to Galway Racecourse on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Career Zoo is an unmissable opportunity for employers who are looking to meet and network with Ireland’s brightest talent. 78% of candidates at Career Zoo are experiences professionals, looking for opportunities in the tech, bio pharma and professional services industries.


Employers will also be able to digitally exchange vital information with candidates, including CVs, using the latest in event networking technology.

Want to see what the West has to offer? Contact Brian now to book your space: brian@careerzoo.ie or 01-679 2042.

For more information check out our website or follow us on twitter or facebook.




Shopify looks to hire 100 support staff in West Ireland with the help of IDA Ireland

Galway, Ireland – July 14, 2017 – Shopify Inc., the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses came to Galway, Ireland two years ago to establish a strong and robust support team in Ireland. Known as “Gurus,” Shopify’s Irish support staff are all remote workers, meaning they can work wherever they want.

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for  Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said, “I’m very impressed by Shopify’s innovative business model whereby the staff are not based in a central office but can work from home and it is great news that they are creating 100 new jobs.  This is a really exciting, innovative, company, which is paving the way for more flexible and family friendly forms of working. Their rapid growth in Ireland is a true vote of confidence in what Ireland has to offer cutting edge companies.”

“We’ve seen the benefits of remote culture and how it can be utilised to rejuvenate the west of Ireland and counties like Galway,” said John Riordan, Director of Support, Ireland at Shopify.

Caitriona Foley has experienced the benefits of working from home first hand. She runs a successful award-winning wedding planning business called True Romance Weddings, while raising a young family and working for Shopify as a Customer Success Guru.

“I joined Shopify in October 2016 and have honestly never had a job like it. I’m a mum of one tenacious toddler and in my spare time I run a wedding planning and stationery business, but also needed a full time job that would pay the bills,” shares Caitriona “Working at home for Shopify, allows me to meet new challenges every day, get more time with my son and avoid traffic jams while commuting. The company genuinely looks after its employees with great benefits and encouragement towards professional development. They recognise that happy employees produce better results.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said, “Over the last two years Shopify has championed a truly transformative style of employment across the west of Ireland with all Irish staff working remotely from home. I am delighted that this platform has proven to be such a huge success and is reinvesting in its Irish operations. This IDA Ireland supported investment is an important endorsement of the talent which is available right across the West Ireland.”

Shopify Ireland has grown from a team of of 50 to more than 150, the majority based remotely across Galway county. The company now plans to hire up to 100 people in the next 12 months, with a start date as early as August 21, 2017.

Shopify is currently hiring and looking for people interested in supporting business development, commerce and entrepreneurship. To learn more, contact recruitment_ireland@shopify.com.

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Meet The Team: Karen Sweeney at Jobs Expo Galway

Meet the LookWest.ie Team

We recently spent the day at Jobs Expo Galway and were delighted to meet so many job seekers and employers.

In this video you’ll see an interview with Karen Sweeney of LookWest.ie and the Western Development Commission speaking about how we can help job seekers and recruiters.

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The West’s leading employers to exhibit at Jobs Expo Galway this Saturday

Almost 40 of the West’s leading employers are to exhibit at the inaugral Jobs Expo Galway this Saturday. Employers include those from multiple sectors including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), ICT, Medtech, Retail, Insurance, Hotels, Recruitment, Training and Pharma as well as local employment networks and the Western Development Commission. Meanwhile, international employers exhibiting include Immigration Northwest Ontario, the Isle of Man Government, Motor, Local Employment networks

The event will take place on Saturday 11th February at the Radisson Blu on Mt. Atalia Road from 11am to 4pm and will showcase some of the region’s most highly-regarded companies, both Irish and multinational employers. It is the first time Jobs Expo has taken place in Galway; the event takes twice-yearly in Dublin and Cork and is regarded as Ireland’s leading jobs fair.

It’s aimed at people in Galway and the wider western region seeking opportunities or a career change and is free to attend.

“We have had a tremendous response from companies and jobseekers for this Saturday’s event”, says organiser Kevin Branigan of Careers Unlimited. “The job market in the West has heated up substantially and companies are looking to recruit and expand. This Saturday’s expo features employers from a wide range of sectors, seeking to meet skilled professionals for the West of Ireland.”

As well as the wide array of employers, Jobs Expo Galway will feature a day of seminars and talks and also free career advice in the ‘Career Clinic’, a dedicated area staffed by experienced career coaches. ”The Career Clinic is one of the most important and popular aspects of Jobs Expo, and it’s totally free of charge to attendees. Our team of coaches will help jobseekers with practical advice, such as CV preparation and interview skills. They can also assist people who want a career change,” says Branigan. Meanwhile, the Seminar Zone will offer free, topical talks given by industry insiders. “We have some very interesting talks lined up for this Saturday’s Seminar Zone event” he says.

“Our aim is to ensure that Jobs Expo has something for everyone, from entry-level positions to senior management roles and everything in between,” explains Branigan. Our main sponsor, Mathworks, will talk about opportunities at their new Galway office, while MetLife will tell us all about their new Global Technology Campus, Immigration Northwestern Ontario will explain why you should consider moving to this part of Canada, and for unemployed people thinking of retraining, FIT will discuss their ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Style Programme. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg”, he says.

“In addition, the West is a STEM, medical technology and ICT hub, and many companies taking part in Jobs Expo Galway reflect this. There will be no shortage of high-end roles at Jobs Expo this Saturday”, says Kevin.

Acorn Life; Advant Medical; Alkermes; Ashford Castle; Alere; BCS Sales Recruitment; BD; Boston Scientific; Coaching and Mentoring Excellence; Cpl Resources plc.; Creganna Medical; FIT; Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board; Immigration Northwestern Ontario; Innopharma College of Applied Science; Isle of Man Government; LotusWorks; MathWorks; Matrix Recruitment Group; MetLife; Military Autosource; Nightcourses; NUI Galway; Obair, the Local Employment Service Network; PhoneWatch; SmartBear; SiteMinder; SOLAS; SL Controls; Surmodics; Transitions Optical; Trinzo; Virtual Expos; Western Development Commission; Workplace Relations Commission; ZELTIQ Aesthetics and more.

Companies giving talks and seminars at Jobs Expo Galway include Siteminder; Boston Scientific; MetLife; Innopharma College of Applied Sciences; MathWorks; FIT; NUI Galway; Immigration Northwestern Ontario; and Career Coaching Ireland.

Career coaches taking part in Jobs Expo Galway include Helen Phelan, Coaching and Mentoring Excellence; Deirdre Dowling, Dowling Coaching; Ger Colleran, Talent Fusion; freelance coach Gráinne Hurley; careers advisor Laura Greene; Marie Devane, Devane Careers; and Pat Cregg, Career Coaching Ireland.

Admission is free for all wishing to attend Jobs Exp Galway. Those interested can register by visiting http://www.jobsexpo.ie

Dates: Saturday 11 February 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway
Entrance fee: FREE
Full details at: http://www.jobsexpo.ie/

More information
Kevin Branigan
Jobs Expo 2016
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 0872679047
Web: http://www.jobsexpo.ie

Dublin Event TechWest To Highlight Job Opportunities in the West of Ireland on October 26th


TechWest 2016, which was launched in the PorterShed in Galway City’s Innovation District today (Monday), is an event to be held in Dublin on October 26,  showcasing jobs on offer in the West and Mid-West regions,’ outlining the benefits to those thinking of making the move from Dublin. Booking is now open at collinsmcnicholas.clearbookings.com.

Organised by Collins McNicholas — the only national recruitment company headquartered outside Dublin — this free event will be held at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, October 26, starting at 5pm.  The event is being run in conjunction with the Western Development Commission.

The aim of TechWest 2016 is to target people who are open to moving to work in the West and Mid-West and outline the opportunities available to them.

The event will feature a range of speakers including owners of companies looking to hire, people who have set up successful businesses in the regions as well as individuals who have made the move already. They include John Gleeson of General Motors and Martina Power, Vice President at ACI Worldwide, both based in Limerick.

MC for the night is Samantha McCaughren, Business Editor of the Sunday Independent. Other speakers include representatives from support organisations such as the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, the WDC and Galway’s Portershed & Innovation District.

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager of the WDC, said: “The West of Ireland is an ideal environment for young technology companies with strong growth potential and job opportunities. It offers strong networks, connectivity and a dynamic start-up environment where you can have a quality of life second to none. “The opportunities in terms of work space, funding sources, shared learning and collaboration coupled with the wonderful lifestyle, accessibility and living costs makes the West the perfect place to achieve your work/life balance.”

Collins McNicholas experts will also run a CV Clinic where attendees can get their CV assessed and be matched with potential job opportunities. TechWest 2016 will close with networking opportunities as well as beer and whiskey tasting and artisan food sampling.

Wood Group establishes new centre of excellence in data analytics

Wood Group has established a new data analytics centre of excellence at its office in Galway, Ireland. The centre, which is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland, broadens Wood Group’s capabilities in advanced data analytics to support the oil & gas, industrial, utility and power generation sectors.

The Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Noel Larkin joined Wood Group’s CEO of Specialist Technical Solutions, Bob MacDonald at an event marking the  official launch of the centre today.

Enhancing Wood Group’s digital solutions capabilities, a key focus of the centre will be the innovative application to the energy industry, of data analytics technologies developed and deployed across other industries.

Wood Group is looking to grow the data analytics team to ten people by year end with the intention of developing further employment opportunities next year.

Bob MacDonald, Wood Group’s CEO Specialist Technical Solutions said:

“Wood Group’s commitment is to providing innovative technical solutions that solve our client’s challenges. We recognise the power of data analytics to enable our energy industry clients to optimize their exploration and drilling activities, enhance efficiencies and maximize the productivity of their assets. 

“This new centre, made possible through the support of the IDA, greatly enhances our specialist technical capabilities, enabling us to handle large quantities of data effectively and embrace and explore new innovations and technologies for the oil & gas, industrial, utility and power sectors.  This broadening of our capability in data analytics, married with our strong expertise and heritage in engineering will create exciting new opportunities for efficiencies that will directly benefit our clients.”

In warmly welcoming the Wood Group announcement, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor TD said: “This company is at the cutting edge of providing services for the oil and gas and power generation industries and will create further high skilled jobs in Galway. It is very gratifying that they are based in a regional location, and their expansion here dovetails with the Government’s Regional Action Plan for Jobs process.” 

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs & Natural Resources, Sean Kyne TD, who attended today’s announcement, said: “The decision by Wood Group to establish a new centre of excellence in data analytics in Galway is a very welcome and positive sign of growth in this sector in Galway. This investment complements our aims, contained in the Action Plan for Jobs for the West, of fostering innovation and of building sectoral clusters. The establishment of a Data Analytics Centre of Excellence by Wood Group in Galway will help make the West of Ireland a global leader in this emerging sector.”

IDA’s CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is a welcome development from this well established company, taking it in a new direction to position it for further growth in the future in the area of data analytics to support these specialized sectors. This move by the Wood Group demonstrates its commitment to its Galway site.  It is also an endorsement of the region, showing it to be eminently suitable as a location for this type of activity.”

For more information on Wood Group’s data analytics capability visit the website www.woodgroup.com/analytics