With approx. 23,000 employees and 12 manufacturing facilities around the world and market presence in 100 countries, Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.
With corporate headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts and major operations in North and South America, Boston Scientific has established three key strategic sites in Ireland — Clonmel, Cork and Galway — employing in excess of 3,500 employees across the broad range of activities in which the company is involved.
Boston Scientific in Clonmel
The Clonmel operation is responsible for the production of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators that offer life-saving therapy for patients suffering from cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. It currently employs more than 900 people, many of whom specialise in a range of engineering disciplines e.g. Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical, Material Science, Quality, R&D and Industrial along with other functional areas such as Supply Chain, Human Resources, Finance, Process Development, IT and Manufacturing.
Boston Scientific Clonmel actively promotes and participates in the local community through initiatives such as their Schools Programme where BSC facilitates local students on work experience and sponsors a Student of the Year Award in local schools, culminating in an opportunity for summer work. BSC is actively involved in Junior Achievement activities, with over 19 employees delivering programmes in the region.
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