Design platform Zazzle is to create 50 new jobs as it expands its European headquarters in Cork.
The company, which currently employs 225 people, will add the jobs over the next three years in its engineering and other technical sectors. The move follows significant growth in its strategic operations over the past year.
The design platform allows designers and customers to create their own products with independent manufacturers ranging from clothing and accessories to office supplies and electronics, as well as use images from participating companies
The products and designs are then offered offered in the Zazzle marketplace and typically manufactured within 24 hours.
“Zazzle has benefitted from, and is thrilled to continue, our commitment to the Republic of Ireland, ” says Robert Beaver, Zazzle chief executive. “We value our relationships with the Cork community and are eager to bring on more Ireland-based talent.”
The expansion was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar. “These are great jobs for skilled engineers, offering really good opportunities for those working in and around Cork,” he said.
“Ireland offers the right conditions for tech firms seeking to grow in the European market and this announcement is yet another example of our success in attracting high quality investment and jobs.”
The Menlo Park-based company, which was founded in 2005, set up in Ireland in 2013, moving to the former Guinness building on the Cork waterfront in 2014. It has since expanded from 30 staff to the current 225.
Recruitment is already underway for key strategic engineering roles. The company is also set to begin hiring for seasonal positions from the end of July. It expects to create up to 130 fixed-term contract positions that will be remotely based.
The expansion was welcomed by IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. “Zazzle’s decision to expand their operations in Cork is welcome news,” he said. “The addition of a new strategic function demonstrates the company’s commitment to Cork and the southwest region.”