Sun Life Financial officially opens newly expanded offices in Waterford today, announcing that the expansion will allow the company potential growth capacity from its present workforce of 350 up to 400.
Sun Life opened its Waterford office in 1998 with a team of 12 people. The company sought to capitalize on the talented workforce available from graduates of WIT, UCC and other third level institutions. The 4,500 sq. ft. expansion and upgrade represents a significant investment by Sun Life in Waterford that, as well as supporting future growth, also recognises the valuable contribution of the team there by providing a state-of-the-art office environment.
Speaking at the official opening in Waterford today, Sun Life’s Senior Vice President for Client & Technology Services, David Healy said, “Our team in Waterford plays an integral role in our continued success at Sun Life. With graduates from nearby institutions like WIT and UCC, we have been able to hire exceptional people. We want them to have a facility that is worthy of their talent and expertise.”
Video-conferencing facilities, conference lines and interactive meeting rooms will allow enhanced interaction and integration between the Waterford team and those located in Sun Life’s US and Canadian headquarters.
Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, who is in Riga at an EU trade Council, said: “We have specifically targeted the South East as part of our jobs plan due to the region’s historic unemploymenht problems, and the region is now showing the fastest signs of growth in the country. Today’s announcement that Sun Life is creating extra jobs is another welcome boost for Waterford and the South East.”
IDA’s CEO Martin Shanahan said the expansion represents a substantial investment by Sun Life Financial in Waterford and is a real vote of confidence in its workforce. “It clearly demonstrates the importance for companies of having access to a strong pool of graduates. It also strengthens Waterford and the South East’s position as an excellent location for financial services companies to set up. I wish the company every success for the future.”
The company is currently recruiting for roles on its Security team as well as in Training, QA Automation and Java development. Full details are available on http://www.sunlife.ie/