Published Wednesday, November 18, 2020European company opens
operations in Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Pforzheim, Germany based ADMEDES, manufacturer of nitinol self-expandable components for medical devices, has chosen Cartago, Costa Rica, as its third center of operations to join its two other facilities in Germany and the United States.
As part of the expansion plans, the company is hiring 150 employees and will be investing more than $4 million in this first establishment phase.
“We are pleased to announce this new investment, which will create high value-added jobs for Cartago. We will be blending our philosophy of “ideas, expertise and passion” with talented Costa Ricans seeking to provide the highest skill level to meet our commitment to the company," Joshua Quesada, plant manager for ADMEDES Costa Rica said. "I am convinced this will mark the start of the first step towards a successful long-term relationship. We hope to continue growing in Costa Rica soon.”
The company is hiring Production Workers, Engineers and Technicians with experience in medical device manufacturing and metal forming with strong soft skills and a master of English. Available positions include operators, precision mechanics, technicians, mechanical and materials engineers, and administrative staff. Those interested in applying for the vacant positions should visit the company website or send the resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
According to the Foreign Trade Ministry, Costa Rica is a leading destination for FDI in medical technology with 250 high-tech companies in the country.
This is the second European company expanding its operations in Costa Rica.
On Nov. 3, the London-based, British American Tobacco Group, BAT, announced the expansion of its Regional Shared Services Center, located in Flores Canton, Heredia Province, it will be investing $1 million in modernizing its infrastructure.
As part of the expansion, the firm will add 150 employees to the 395 it currently employs in the country. From here BAT provides finance, human resource, and supply chain services to all group companies in the continent.
“Costa Rica provides top-notch professionals in all technical and professional fields, with high levels of university education and mastery of a second or third language," Gustavo Guzmán, BAT General Manager said. "Also, state institutions effectively coordinate with our company’s needs in terms of guidance, training, logistics support, among others."
Those interested in applying for one of the positions should be able to speak English, Portuguese, and/or French. Job opportunities will be opening at all levels, from positions requiring basic knowledge of finance and human resources to more specialized positions involving full team management.
In addition to its shared services office, BAT also employs 90 people responsible for importing and distributing cigarettes and other tobacco products in the country. Those interested in applying for one of the job openings can do so through the company Careers site.
According to Duayner Salas, Minister of Foreign Trade, “during the last decade, Costa Rican services exports grew at an average annual rate of 7.3% to $9,5 billion in 2019.”
The British American Tobacco Group founded in 1902, is now the second-largest group in the tobacco industry, boasting the largest global presence.
New job vacancies are important for the country to reduce the unemployment rate which continues to be one of the most critical issues. According to the Employment Survey, from July to September, of the National Institute of Statistics and Census, the unemployment rate was at 22%, meaning the unemployed population reached 520,000 people.
How could the government support more unemployed people to find a job with one of the several international companies expanding operations in the country? We would like to know your
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