• Sigmar Group to Open European Talent Hub in Tralee

  • 50 international recruiters sought with Immediate effect

  • Well-paying career opportunities open to all even without degree and/or experience

  • Sigmar to invest in on-site training programme for successful applicants

  • Earlier this year Sigmar announced €1 billion partnership with French giant Groupe Adéquat with a view to creating one of the top 25 staffing firms in the world 

  • Says Adrian McGennis. Sigmar CEO: “Our partnership with Groupe Adéquat is enabling us to fast track our growth trajectory and with this announcement we are entering new global markets from the European Talent Hub in Tralee. We envisage that the Hub will service some of the biggest technology players across Europe starting with Germany.”  

Dublin, Tuesday August 14, 2018 – Sigmar today announces the creation of 50 jobs in Co. Kerry. The positons are for international recruiters to work in the company’s European Talent Hub, which has just opened in Tralee. 
Sigmar is currently seeking candidates to fill all of the vacant positions and calls for applicants from all backgrounds regardless of experience and education. Sigmar is investing in the development of a bespoke, world-class learning & development programme designed to equip individuals with all of the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful international recruitment specialists.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the European Talent Hub will harness international talent for other international markets from its base in Tralee. The Sigmar employees in Kerry will be filling roles in IT for European markets with candidates from other countries.  
Earlier this year, Sigmar announced a strategic partnership with French staffing giant Groupe Adéquat.The partnership deal is structured through a staged equity investment over a five-year period that will see Groupe Adéquat take majority interest.
Both companies are dominant players in their respective markets and are seeking to expand nationally within Ireland and internationally through organic growth and acquisition. The European Talent Hub in Tralee marks the partnership’s first significant investment in Ireland.
On making the jobs announcement, Sigmar Recruitment CEO Adrian McGennis comments: “Ireland has the talent to capitalise on current international recruitment opportunities. This investment will kick-start the group’s international growth initially in Germany, then other parts of Europe and the US. Sigmar has been very supportive of regional development and this investment proves our belief in the business case for regionalisation. This European Talent Hub will be a key element of Sigmar’s stated international growth. It’s also an operation where we can develop and test new technologies including robotics and Artificial Intelligence.  We have been working on the processes, technology and markets for some time to accelerate our international expansion.
“Shaun O’Shea heads up the project. He is at the very top of European recruitment and he is from Tralee, so is eager to give opportunities to ambitious individuals in the region.”
Shaun O’Shea, Sigmar Head of European Recruitment adds: “As a Tralee native, I am truly delighted to help bring such a positive jobs announcement to the region. One of our deciding factors was the research into the area which highlighted the huge talent pool of ambitious individuals who we believe we can nurture with our experience and skills to help build new exciting career paths. 
“We are offering exciting and highly rewarding careers for individuals coming from all backgrounds with a core focus on sales and consultancy. Due to our substantial investment into R&D we believe our consultants will be working on new processes and tools which will shape our industry on a global scale for years to come.”
Speaking following the announcement, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: I warmly welcome Sigmar’s decision to open their European Talent Hub in Tralee. This new facility is a great vote of confidence in what Kerry and the South West have to offer, and a further example of the success of the Government’s commitment under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs to provide quality jobs in regional locations. Ireland has a skilled and talented workforce, and I have no doubt that Sigmar will find the right individuals here to enable them to grow their European activities in the coming years.
CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan
said: “Attracting investment into regional locations is a key focus for IDA Ireland. Having a company of the calibre of Sigmar open a European Talent Hub is a huge vote of confidence in Kerry and the South West Region, showing confidence that the required skills pool is available there and demonstrating that international companies can successfully locate and scale their operations in regional locations such as this. The 50 jobs being created will provide a significant boost to the local economy.  I wish Shaun and his team every success here, I will follow Sigmar’s progress with interest and assure the company of IDA Ireland’s continued support.” 
 About Sigmar Recruitment

  • Top 3 in the Irish market (by GP ref. RI)

  • 125 staff in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Tralee

  • Established in 2002, completed MBO in 2009 and entered into strategic partnership with Groupe Adéquat in February 2018

  • Directors: Adrian McGennis, Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig, Frank Farrelly

  • Founders of Talent Summit (Largest HR conference in Ireland, set up to create better workplaces and improve working lives)

  • Co-founders of “Ireland, Gateway to Europe” trade mission to attract FDI to Ireland

  • Consistently ranked top 5 Great Place to Work in Ireland

  • Named Business of the Year in 2017 (European Business Awards)

  • Recipient of Deloitte Best Managed Companies Award (2018, 2017, 2016)

  • Winner of 45 national and international industry awards

About Groupe Adéquat

  • Family owned business founded in Lyon (France) in 1987

  • Currently in Top 50 largest staffing firms in the world (ref. SIA),

  • €1 billion turnover in 2018

  • 1000+ employees across 260+ offices in France, Belgium and Canada

  • Placing 150,000 people in employment per annum