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Boston Scientific to Expand Workforce in Costa Rica
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Boston Scientific to Expand Workforce in Costa Rica

• Company is hiring qualified professionals for manufacturing, research and development, as well as new product support
• Expansion demonstrates recognition of strong Costa Rican business environment and talent pool

San José, Costa Rica. June 27, 2019. The multinational company Boston Scientific Corporation, dedicated to the design, manufacturing, distribution and sale of minimally invasive medical devices of the highest technology, announced that it plans to hire approximately 600 new employees in the upcoming months who will join the 4,200 collaborators that currently work in its operations, making it the largest employer in Costa Rica’s medical device sector.

The company is seeking to hire individuals with different areas of expertise and levels--from workers who have concluded their sixth grade of school (ideally ninth year of high school) to professional graduates in engineering (mechanics, electromechanics, electronics, materials, electrical, industrial, chemical and mechatronics), finance, accounting, among others. The positions will be based in the company’s sites in La Aurora de Heredia and El Coyol de Alajuela.

Boston Scientific has a track record of excellent financial performance over the past five years, achieving $9.8 billion in revenue in 2018, while making numerous acquisitions. The company’s sites in Heredia and El Coyol have been a big part of that growth, expanding operations to support the manufacturing of many additional product lines.

“Here in Costa Rica, our Boston Scientific team already has the opportunity to support the company regionally and globally,” said Luis Javier Serrano, Vice President of Operations of the Coyol plant. “We have a strong manufacturing operation, a Research and Development Center and employees who collaborate to develop new products, ensure the quality of designs and regulatory matters. Other employees support commercial operations (clinical specialists and direct sales) and provide services to Central America and Panama, as well as global information technology services."

The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, said that these 600 new job positions reaffirm Boston Scientific’s trust in Costa Rica’s human talent and recalled that, last May, the company won the Shingo Prize, the world’s most significant award in operational excellency.

He also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to work with the private sector to promote and consolidate foreign direct investment that offers better life quality in the country.

The Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa, Rica Dyalá Jiménez, added, “We are deeply proud to announce these new jobs. These are job opportunities that increase the professional level of people with capabilities in the manufacturing, research and development disciplines. This is an example of a company that continues to rely on Costa Rica’s highly qualified human talent.”
Boston Scientific confirmed that its expansion is due to manufacturing of new products developed by the company, as well as from recent acquisitions.

The Managing Director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), Jorge Sequeira, celebrated the announcement by stating, "Boston Scientific is one of Costa Rica’s pioneer companies in the medical device industry. The quality of our human talent has successfully developed the production of medical devices and, more recently, added new research and development tasks. This example repeats in the country’s life sciences sector, that from 1999-2017 registered a 63% productivity increase. This was measured through the exports per employee that grew from US$ 76,000 to US$ 124,000."

Those interested in applying to one of the job positions should visit www.bostonscientific.com/careers. They can also visit Boston Scientific Costa Rica’s Facebook page and review the videos that explain how to apply. The positions will be updated continuously on the webpage; therefore, it is recommended to review it frequently.

About Boston Scientific. Boston Scientific, headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States, transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for 40 years, the company advances science for life by providing a broad range of high-performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare.

The company has more than 32,000 employees worldwide. Its operations in Costa Rica began in 2004 when the first manufacturing plant was inaugurated in La Aurora de Heredia. In 2009, the second plant was inaugurated in El Coyol de Alajuela, becoming the first company in the sector to have two manufacturing plants in the country.
Boston Scientific currently employs over 4,200 employees in Costa Rica of which more than 50% are women.

Its manufacturing operations are certified as carbon neutral since 2016 and as ISO 50001 in 2017. Its building located in El Coyol de Alajuela was the first one to be certified Lead Silver in Costa Rica.

Recently, the company won the Shingo Prize, an international prize that awards operational excellence and world-class manufacturing. Its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy is based on three areas: People, Planet and Practices. In 2018, the operations located in Costa Rica registered nearly 11,000 hours of volunteering.

For more press information
Fabiola Domínguez-CINDE: fdominguez@cinde.org/ 2201-2824
Carlos Morales-CINDE: cmorales@cinde.org/ 2201-2830
Ignacio Solís, Milenio Comunicación: isolis@milenio.co.cr/ 2291-0660 Ext.109