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Career progression

​Progress with us - experience opportunities with a global reach

At Smurfit Kappa we reward talent with possibilities:

What if you could…?

  • Excel within your chosen function
  • Lead others by example
  • Further your education, knowledge and skills
  • Move into a new area of the business
  • Travel and experience different cultures and working environments

With us, you can.

The best way to understand how you can progress your career with us is to read about the career paths of some of our colleagues.

Career paths at Smurfit Kappa


Technical Director 


1988 - 1990
1992 - 2001
2001 - 2009
2009 - Present
I joined the Group as a Graduate Trainee in 1988 and my management training included placements in Ireland and Italy. With degrees in Mathematics and Engineering, the diversity of management training was an excellent first step in my professional career. I was given an opportunity to work at our Novi Facility in Italy where I held the roles of Quality & Technical Manager. Living in Italy was a unique opportunity. I was subsequently promoted to the role of General Manager in Novi. I returned to Ireland and took the role of Technical Director of the Ireland operations. This was a challenging era in terms of strategic development and reorganisation. In 2010 my role diversified and currently I have a dual role split between Ireland and the European Central Purchasing Team.

Plant Manager 


1997 - 1999
2000 - 2003
2003 - 2011
2011 - Present
I joined Smurfit Kappa Connaught Packaging in Galway as an Account Executive and worked throughout the region, developing an extensive network or contacts. Having developed my sales, management and leadership skills I was appointed the Key Account Manager for Dell, this involved servicing a large, multi national for a number of years. In 2003 I was appointed to the role of Sales Manager where I was involved in the development of new business opportunities, with a diversified product range. In 2011 I was appointed as Plant Manager for our Cork Operations. This was a challenging time but we have re-organised in order to grow the business in this region.


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