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Philips to Hire 300 More Employees in Costa Rican Expansion

AUGUST 25th 2020

•300 new positions will add to 410 more, hired in the last five months. 
•Most positions are for manufacturing technicians and operators, as well as for engineers in both research and development, as well as quality and processes.
 
Costa Rica. August 25, 2020. For 5 years, Philips, a world leader in health technologies, has had a presence in Costa Rica, after acquiring the Volcano Corporation, which in turn has operated in the country since 2011. Over the years, the company’s growth has witnessed a constant upward trend. Currently, the plant employs 2,850 people and is expected to exceed 3,000 employees before the end of the year, due to a hiring program that forecasts an additional 300 more employees in the areas of manufacturing, research and development engineering, and quality and process engineering.

These new hires will be added to the additional 410 new employees hired since March 2020, to date. The expansion comes in response to the company's mission to positively impact people's lives through significant innovations in the health technologies industry, thus enabling greater access to health and better overall care. 

From Costa Rica, Philips manufactures Image Guided Therapy Devices (IGTD) and Sleep and Respiratory Care devices. In addition, in 2020, the company incorporated the manufacture of sensors that measure a patient’s exhaled carbon dioxide, as well as sensors that measure oxygen in the blood – both, belonging to the categories of continuous monitoring, analysis, and therapeutic care.

“The growth of Philips in Costa Rica is due to strong results from local operations, due to the quality, commitment, and passion that our Costa Rican talent has demonstrated over the years. This is how we went from being a plant of 550 employees in 2015 to 2,850 employees today,” explained Natalia Méndez Debriones, Leader of Medical Device Operations for Philips. 

According to Philips, Costa Rica offers the optimal environment for business growth, due to diverse factors, including political stability, social peace, human talent, openness to foreign investment, and geographic proximity to the U.S. market.

These 300 new available positions require manufacturing operators, process engineers, manufacturing technicians, buyers, planners, research and development engineers, and quality engineers. In addition to these profiles, Philips projects that additional new technologies and innovations will be developed in Costa Rica. 

The Managing Director of CINDE, Jorge Sequeira, celebrated the company’s exponential growth in Costa Rica: “In 2019, Philips was among the country’s top 15 largest exporters of medical devices, as well as the fifth globally, according to a published ranking by Medical Product Outsourcing 2019. For Costa Rica, it is of the utmost importance that such an important industry player has given us their vote of confidence and expanded its operations locally, making new hires within the life sciences sector, which today comprises a total of 29,800 jobs. We thank Philips for believing in Costa Rica as a strategic partner par excellence in strengthening its business.”

Natalia Méndez added, “At Philips Costa Rica, we work to positively impact the lives of the patients who seek our solutions, via innovations that promote well-being, prevention and healthcare. The objective of our Costa Rican operations is to continue as a model plant with an innovative and highly effective production system, equally met by the passion and commitment demonstrated by the customers who use our devices.”

To apply: Requirements for these positions are varied and depend on each job profile. Applicants interested in operator positions, may apply through the following link: https://forms.gle/jUxSb4Zn3JthoHR57

For all other positions, please apply through the Philips corporate employment page. In the right-hand column, select Costa Rica to filter for available positions: https://philips.to/2YAjiRA 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Philips Costa Rica has closely monitored the development of the disease outbreak, and has at all times followed the measures and recommendations of world health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local health authorities. Similarly, the company joined the solidarity donation campaign to address coronavirus needs in Costa Rica. This includes 7,056 extraction kits for Inciensa and 1,000 polyethylene covers for the National Children's Hospital. Additionally, the company has collaborated with the University of Costa Rica to develop 3-D printed face shields.