updated 11:30 pm EST, Tue February 21, 2012
Sign of impending mass hiring?
Apple is currently seeking someone who can lead an effort to recruit tech workers in Israel, perhaps signalling that the company is preparing to bring in a significant number of people for the projected research and development center in Haifa. Apple says the recruiter will be responsible for obtaining "world-class" candidates, Al-Monitor reports. The site says Apple's Israel offices may open within weeks.
The recruiter would be responsible for locating, contacting and interviewing candidates, and must have experience working with multinational corporations and specific experience recruiting hardware and software people. The ad appeared in London but left no doubt that the work would be performed in Israel.
Apple is joining a number of other high-tech companies in opening up facilities in Israel. Intel, Microsoft and IBM have had research and development centers in the country for years, and indeed Israeli technology has been behind a number of developments over the decades. Apple is said to have hired entrepreneur Aharon Aharon to oversee the new facilities.
Apple's interest in Israel has increased since it acquired an Israeli start-up called Anobit, which was developing chip and flash drive technologies for greater efficiency. The new development center is expected to be located in southern Haifa at a facility called Matam Hi-Tech park.
Apple has had small offices in Israel and other countries for many years, but the current speculation is that the new center will focus much more on obtaining and grooming talent in Israel that works on core Apple technologies, including chip design, storage and software research and development. [via Al-Monitor]