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U.S. consulting firm GEP to open Costa Rica operation

Consulting, outsourcing and software services company GEP began recruiting Thursday for its first employees in Costa Rica.

The New Jersey-based company will open a services center in Costa Rica in the second half of this year at Lindora Park, west of San José, Costa Rican officials reported.

GEP plans to hire some 80 people within the next 12 months. The new employees will be responsible for operating a specialized procurement services center for its customers in Latin America and the U.S.

“Costa Rica will be the hub of the company’s operations in Latin America,” GEP’s Costa Rica director, Roberto Pérez, said.

The company is currently seeking multilingual professionals with background and experience in business administration and engineering. Recruiters are looking mainly for professionals with an advanced command of English, Portuguese, French or German.

“GEP’s service center extends the range of options available to current and future professionals in the country to find quality, well-paid jobs in multinational companies,” Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX) Vice Minister Jhon Fonseca said Thursday.

Data from the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) indicates that the service sector remains the most dynamic in job creation in Costa Rica. The sector currently provides some 50,000 direct jobs.

CINDE’s director of investment promotion, Irving Soto, said Costa Rica is now openly competing worldwide to attract these type of businesses “and it is remarkable that there are just over 120 foreign investment projects in the field of corporate services here.”

Those interested in applying for a job should send their resumes by email to: gepcostarica@gep.com

GEP has 11 offices and operations centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The company currently provides procurement services and software for spend analysis, strategic sourcing and sourcing support, category and tail-spend management and procurement outsourcing.

Contact L. Arias at larias@ticotimes.net

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