The Western region is home to extremely diverse start-ups, indigenous SMEs, and multinational companies. To highlight the talent and opportunities available in the region, we spoke to a number of women in senior leadership and management roles about their work and what they most like about life in the West.
Orlaith Lawler began her career with Beckman Coulter in a technical role at its now closed Galway site, helping to transfer the manufacturing of the company’s immunoassay products from Minnesota in the US to Ireland. It was important work that laid the ground for Beckman Coulter’s expansion at its site in Co Clare to more than 460 employees and a position as one of the largest employers in the Mid-West.
Beckman Coulter, part of the Danaher Corporation headquartered in California, is a diagnostics company and its products are used in biomedical testing in hospitals, laboratories, and GP surgeries worldwide.
I have a high-end job in a high-technology area which is exciting and challenging,” says Orlaith, who now oversees the company’s Irish operations as well as those at its Krefeld facility in Germany. Orlaith was also recently appointed to the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.
She adds: “I get great satisfaction from the work of OUR teams and the fact that it makes a real difference. I really enjoy being part of something much bigger, seeing a product go from concept to a final product going out the door to be used in a hospital and help people gives me a great sense of achievement. For example, our most recent product launches – serology products – are helping us learn more about Covid-19.”
Orlaith loves living in the West of Ireland. She says:
I think with the current situation, people are much more appreciative of the space that they actually have. What I love most about living and working this region is the work-life balance. I live very comfortably with space and I am less than a 15-minute drive to Galway City. There are fantastic facilities on my doorstep, we have access to the city within 15 minutes while our location still has a country feel.