Spanish stone and quartz architectural supplier Cosentino plans to hire 400 people every year, as it expands globally and grows its presence in the Gulf.
Founder and president of the 6,000-person strong business, Francisco ‘Paco’ Martinez-Cosentino, said the business was growing significantly and needed to hire hundreds more people every year despite heavy investment in automation and robotics that has made its manufacturing more efficient.
The business produces architectural surfaces at its massive complex of factories in Almeria, southern Spain, which has grown in size from 500,000m² to 4km² in the last decade.
For a company that has gone bankrupt – three times – its growth is impressive.
It goes against the curve too, as automation is said to threaten millions of jobs around the world.
But while Cosentino has invested millions of dollars to equip its factories with advanced robotics to boost efficiency, it is also hiring more staff in tandem.
“We have ever more work and we are looking for more people,” Martinez-Cosentino told Commercial Interior Design. “We can’t be competitive if we don’t have people who are well-trained. Of course if the competition wins over us then we’ve lost it. Education and training of our staff is key. We plan to employ 400 people every year.”
He added: “We want to move towards architecture so we need to bring in people who are specialised in. We need to hire people who can be with the architects on the project and work closely with them.”
While he did not disclose GCC-specific recruitment plans, Cosentino is expanding in the Middle East by spreading roots to Saudi Arabia.
In a column for CID, Cosentino's general manager for the region, Eddy Abou Khalil, said the business was investing in a “dedicated team” to expand to Riyadh and Jeddah.
This will compliment the distributor presence Cosentino has had in Al Khobar since 2016.