Merck services center adds 150 jobs in Dublin

With all the talk about job cuts this week, we thought we'd leave you with some job creation to mull over the weekend. Merck (NYSE: MRK) is establishing a new business services center in Dublin, aiming to create up to 150 jobs in the process.

The center--operated by Merck's overseas unit Merck Sharp Dohme--will handle finance and accounting tasks for Merck operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And it will offer services such as travel and meeting planning to Merck folks working in those areas.

It's the latest regionwide "shared business services" center set up by the company; Merck already has regional SBS operations for North America and Latin America (in North Carolina) and for the Asia-Pacific region (in Singapore).

The new center is a win for Ireland, which has suffered its share of drugmaker job cuts over the last several years. Merck will start recruiting new workers "shortly," with plans to be fully staffed up within 12 months.

- read the Merck release
- get more from the Irish Times