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100 new jobs with Smartbox Group

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100 new jobs with Smartbox Group

Thursday, June 08, 2017 

100 new jobs with Smartbox Group

Smartbox Group has announced plans to create 100 new jobs as part of its expansion and growth plan.

The european gift company is based at Talbot Street, in Dublin 1, where the company has added additional office space to accommodate its growing workforce.

The new jobs are in the areas of:

  • Research & Development
  • Customer experience
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply chain

Jobs are based at the company's Dublin office and will bring its headcount here to over 500 this year. Details of current openings and career opportunities with the company in Ireland and Europe are available here.

Speaking at the announcement, Smartbox Group CEO, John Perkins said  "This expansion today is a further endorsement of Smartbox Group's commitment to Dublin and we are delighted with the quality talent, which we can access here in Ireland, along with leveraging the support of the wider R&D ecosystem;"

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD said she was confident that Smartbox will go from strength to strength and that it will find the required skills from the country's talented workforce to fill the new positions. 

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, described the company's decision to continue to expand their operations in Ireland as representing an invaluable international endorsement for the country and its skilled workforce, adding that it will act as a strong selling point for other technology companies considering locating here.

Smartbox Group sold 6.5 million experience gifts in Europe last year, with €480m in sales, accounting for half of the European business volume of experience gifts, which is estimated at €1billion for 2016. 

The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The CareersPortal Team