The majority of open positions Viant is hiring for are in the direct labor space, largely high-intensity molding and assembly roles. Additional positions in manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, quality and leadership are open as well, said Andy Reding, Viant chief commercial officer. Even though the medical device industry might require a lower volume than consumer products, the Costa Rican plant includes high-volume lines to support equipment for minimally invasive surgical products along with the manufacturing of components for cardiac, respiratory and orthopedic products.
"We do moldings, elastomers and other thermoplastics that are vertically integrated into an assembled product," Reding said. The 500 new positions will be added to the 900 employees already working there, and a second wave of new hires is expected in 2023. That will "fully double the work force," he added.
"We have new programs coming online soon and are confident we can hire the (positions) we need because the unemployment rate (in Costa Rica) is pretty high and we offer competitive pay," Reding said.
Expansion also will result in new employee amenities such as green space, modern cafeterias, and an open, collaborative workspace. This expansion gives Viant the opportunity to create comfortable new spaces for associates to gather during work or while on breaks. That is just as important as offering good pay in today's market, Reding said.