Syngenta today announced the establishment of a new Global Operations Center in Didsbury, Manchester. The new center, which will open on August 3, 2015, will focus on operational activities associated with procurement, supply, IT and program services in Syngenta. The new office will also create 200 new jobs with approximately 140 of those jobs recruited from the Manchester area which benefits from a well-qualified and experienced talent pool.
The establishment of the Global Operations Center expands Syngenta’s activities in the UK, which is already home to the company’s largest global research and development facility in Berkshire and two major production facilities in Yorkshire and Scotland. Syngenta currently has close to 2000 employees in the UK focused on research and development, commercial sales, production and supply, and now, global operations.
Colin Hardy, Program Lead for the Global Operations Center at Syngenta said, “We are delighted to be able to base Syngenta’s new Global Operations Center in Manchester which was chosen following an extensive assessment of possible European locations and increases our investment in the UK economy. Importantly, the location provides access to a skilled workforce and enables us to take advantage of Manchester’s position in the UK’s emerging ‘northern powerhouse’.”
George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences, said that: “The establishment of Syngenta’s Global Operations Center in Didsbury is fantastic news for Manchester and for the UK’s Northern Powerhouse. We want Britain to be the location of choice for life sciences investment and Syngenta’s further commitment to the UK through this major investment in the North West is strong evidence that we are achieving that goal.”
Tim Newns, Chief Executive of Manchester Investment Development Agency Service (MIDAS) said: “It’s great news that a company of the scale and prestige of Syngenta has chosen the region as a base for their new Global Operations Center.
“Manchester is continuing to go from strength to strength as a city of innovation, ideas and delivery and should prove to be a very effective location for the company. The concept of having highly connected urban science parks linked with academia, the NHS and excellent connectivity is enabling the city to gain increasing recognition as a top location for companies and we look forward to supporting Syngenta as they build their presence here.”