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  • Leaders in supply chain get 20% higher profit, PwC research | PwC Ireland | Media centre | Press release
    customers For example leading supply chain executives achieve 20 higher profitability 50 higher net asset returns 15 lower supply chain management costs Less than half the inventory levels Less than half the inventory levels Speaking about the survey at Ireland s National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference Mark McKeever PwC Ireland Supply Chain Leader said Leaders focus on best in class delivery cost and flexibility to meet increasingly demanding customer requirements Supply chain executives are coping with a wide range of challenges with profitability and cost management topping the list followed by supply chain flexibility and the need to meet customer requirements But this represents just the tip of the iceberg adapting to competitive pressures volatility skills gaps sustainability because the range of increasingly important trends that affect supply chain success is wide Other key findings from our survey include Over 50 of survey respondents are planning on implementing new tools for better supply chain process automation and or transparency Over 50 of survey respondents are planning on implementing new tools for better supply chain process automation and or transparency There is an increased awareness of the importance of making the supply chain more sustainable An overwhelming majority 81 of respondents who rate sustainability as important favour collaborating with their suppliers to create a responsible supply chain footprint and procurement framework Leaders typically outsource about 60 of their warehousing and logistics activities and nearly 50 of their manufacturing and assembly activities However they keep core strategic functions such as sales and operations planning S OP strategic procurement and research and development in house Mark McKeever concluded According to our research leading supply chain executives have invested in new tools and technologies built extensive supply chain networks to maximise the flexibility and responsiveness of their supply chains and simplified their processes

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  • CEOs less optimistic about Global Economy for 2015 | PwC Ireland | Media centre | Press release
    conditions are creating optimism amongst business leaders many of whom are planning new investment and growth While exports continue to grow as a small open economy slower growth in international markets will present a challenge Our overall economic priorities should continue to include supporting entrepreneurship and job creation as well as strengthening the links with international markets so as to continue winning new business Strategies for growth CEOs rank the US as their most important market for growth over the next 12 months placing it ahead of China for the first time since we started asking this question five years ago Overall 38 0f CEOs say the US is among their top three overseas growth markets compared with 34 for China 19 for Germany 11 for the UK and 10 for Brazil CEOs say they will undertake a number of business strategies to strengthen their companies in the coming 12 months Overall 71 say they will cut costs 51 will form strategic alliances or joint ventures 31 will outsource a business process or function and 29 will complete a domestic M A up from 23 last year What worries CEOs most Over regulation again tops the list of concerns named by 78 of CEOs worldwide This is up 6 points from last year and is now at the highest level ever seen in the survey Countries where concern about over regulation is particularly high include Argentina 98 Venezuela 96 the US 90 Germany 90 the UK 87 and China 85 Other top concerns cited by CEOs are availability of key skills 73 fiscal deficits and debt burdens 72 geopolitical uncertainty 72 increasing taxes 70 cyber threats and the lack of data security 61 going up rapidly from 48 last year as well as social instability 60 shifting consumer patterns 60 and the speed of technological change 58 CEOs concerns are up in all areas compared to last year with the exception of energy costs where they are slightly down at 59 The Competitive landscape A third of CEOs worldwide say their company has recently entered or considered entering one or more new industries in the last three years and more than half 56 believe that organisations will increasingly compete in new sectors in the next three years CEOs think a significant competitor is emerging or could emerge from the following sectors technology 32 retail and wholesale distribution 19 and communications entertainment and media 6 CEOs are also using joint ventures alliances and informal collaborations to gain a competitive edge working with suppliers 41 customers 41 and academia 32 The top reasons for collaboration are access to new customers emerging technologies new markets and innovation Working with government CEOs say the top priority of government should be maintaining a competitive and efficient tax system cited by 67 of survey respondents But only 20 of CEOs said their country is successful in creating such a system Likewise access to a skilled workforce is highly valued by 60 of CEOs but just 21

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.ie/media-centre/press-release/2015/2015-pwc-ireland-18th-annual-global-ceo-survey.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Dublin ranks second in Europe for real estate investment | PwC Ireland | Media centre | Press release
    been a progressive movement up the risk curve Investors have found prime assets expensive and hard to source and have in turn looked to find new opportunities in recovering secondary cities secondary assets and development opportunities as well as new or alternative real estate classes The trend has been prevalent in the U S for a few years and was first highlighted in last year s Emerging Trends Europe report when investors were looking at Ireland and Spain However this year s report sees this sentiment gather pace with Athens Amsterdam Birmingham and Lisbon all being cited as potential hot spots of interest Timothy O Rahilly Real Estate Partner PwC Ireland added Real estate investors in Europe will face a tricky balancing act in 2015 The market is awash with capital surging into Europe from around the world On the face of it this is a nice problem to have but we expect to see prices continuing to rise due to a shortage of assets And despite an uncertain economic climate across Europe investors will have to look beyond the major markets to secondary cities and assets they may not have considered before This presents both an opportunity and a challenge The wave of capital rich investors entering European real estate markets is savvy and sophisticated Their need to preserve and create new wealth will for some see a move away from core markets where many feel there is little value to be gained and into assets developments and cities that give them the opportunity to achieve better returns There is a focus on the big social and demographic trends that are shaping our world and changing the way we live Smart investments will be the types of property that benefit from population growth urbanisation an ageing society and technological innovation Nonetheless we expect this next part of the cycle to be balanced by increasing concern about the resulting risks An interesting consequence of the balancing act is that the appetite for residential investment is growing stimulated by a housing shortage in London and some other markets including Ireland The interest in the private rented sector is particularly marked in the UK and Germany Other sectors that look attractive to investors are logistics fuelled by consumers increasing digital shopping habits and healthcare Top investment markets for 2015 The top five European real estate investment markets in 2015 are predicted to be Berlin The city has moved up the rankings from last year knocking Munich off the top spot for investment prospects this year Historically dominated by domestic buyers Berlin s investment climate has now changed as international investors pour capital into the city The city is a hotspot for media and technology and its young population has helped boost the investment appeal of its residential sector Dublin Ranked again in second place the city has had another strong year in which investors have jostled for opportunities It has a good story to tell strong rental growth based on low supply

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.ie/media-centre/press-release/2015/2015-pwc-ireland-dublin-ranks-second-place-for-real-estate-pr.html (2016-02-18)
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  • AIB, PwC and William Fry support DCU Centre for Family Business and unveil series of events for 2015: Supporting longevity of family business
    Business in DCU plays an important role in helping family businesses to grow and in supporting those businesses through the unique challenges that working in a family business can bring Also speaking at the launch Paul Hennessy PwC Family Business Leader commented PwC s recent family business survey highlighted that while Irish family businesses are resilient they need to become more professional and adapt faster But they are confident about the future with growth and exports being high on the agenda As the recovery takes hold we are delighted to support the DCU Centre for Family Business which is a unique resource established to support a critically important sector and key employer in Ireland The DCU Centre for Family Business provides a platform to enhance the competitiveness of Irish family firms to offer insights into international best practice of family firm management and ultimately to help shape future policy in relation to this thriving sector The Centre helps address the unique challenges faced by family business in the following areas managing the family in the family business family and business governance structures planning for next generation involvement in the family business navigating the succession process the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in family business success the impact of a family s personal values on family business survival and growth the entrepreneurial origins and growth patterns of Ireland s largest family businesses Dr Eric Clinton Director of the Centre for Family Business welcomed the new partnership DCU is a University of Enterprise and in the Centre for Family Business our goal is to align theory and practice We facilitate learning through theory driven evidence based frameworks and best shared national and international practices Having Ireland s leading bank service firm and law firm supporting us is a huge endorsement of the actual benefits we are helping to deliver The Centre is currently hosting a series of workshops for family firms Topics covered to date reflect the pressing issues facing family business leaders including Succession Planning and Family Business Governance Structures Events scheduled for 2015 will provide practical advice on professionalising family business and succession 24 March 2015 Family Business Conference with keynote speaker Dr Tim Habbershon Adjunct Professor in Family Enterprising Babson College Massachusetts advisor to Johnson Family Fidelity Investments 8 April 2015 Family business Seminar with keynote speaker Professor Alfredo de Massis Director of Centre for Family Business Lancaster University Management School 19 28 May 2015 Family Business Roadshow including Dublin Cork Galway and Ulster with Professor Ken Moores of Bond University Australia Ken Burke Head of Business Banking AIB highlighted the importance of research to family owned business As Ireland s leading business bank family businesses across the country are at the heart of what we do AIB has partnered with the DCU Centre for Family business because we recognise the importance of innovative research in helping businesses maximise their potential With the Centre for Family Business DCU has created a support and information network that will enable family

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.ie/media-centre/press-release/2015/2015-launch-of-pwc-partnership-with-dcu-centre-for-family-business.html (2016-02-18)
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  • Awards | Graduate recruitment | PwC Ireland | Careers
    Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Awards Check out some of the awards we re very proud to have won below We d love you to join us and be part of what makes us great World s most attractive professional service network Over 240 000 students ranked PwC the number one professional services network We re also the second most attractive employer for business students after Google in the Universum World s Most Attractive Employer annual ranking for 2015 This surveys of students from the world s twelve largest economies looks at employers they perceive as being ideal and what students are looking for in their future careers Top professional services employer in Ireland 2015 This is your view gradireland is a partnership between the careers services of the universities ITs and colleges across Ireland and GTI Ireland part of the world s largest graduate careers publishing company This gradireland recruitment award is for the professional services firm that students most want to work for You the students have also voted us the top professional services employer 2015 Graduate recruitment Our

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  • Graduate recruitment | PwC Ireland | Careers
    International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Graduate recruitment 2016 now open The opportunity of a lifetime Explore further Choosing a business area You ll learn and contribute more than you ever thought possible when you join one of our four business areas Read more Working here Some of our best bloggers give you their first hand account of day to day life in Ireland s leading professional services firm Read more Getting ahead Check out our graduate brochure for all you need to know about working with us Find out more Current openings We are currently accepting applications for graduate opportunities in Assurance Tax Risk Assurance Solutions and Actuarial all starting Autumn 2016 Featured Graduate Recruitment What s life working here really like Graduate recruitment Our business areas Assurance Risk assurance solutions Tax Consulting Deals Recruitment process Learning and development Application and interview tips FAQs Apply here Chat live Awards Working with us Helpdesk 353 1 792 8550 Email us here Chat live Contacts

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  • Our business areas | Graduate recruitment | PwC Ireland | Careers
    Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Our business areas Take on big business issues and complex commercial challenges Boost the performance of all sorts of organisations Work with and learn from experts You ll learn and contribute more than you ever thought possible when you choose one of our five business areas Assurance Risk Assurance Solutions RAS Tax

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  • Recruitment process | Graduate recruitment | PwC Ireland | Careers
    the business area for you Assurance Risk Assurance Solutions Tax Consulting If you haven t made your mind up yet check out our business areas section or download our graduate recruitment brochure here Complete the online application form It s a simple and easy process Click here to apply and here for tips on making your application stand out from the crowd Make sure you re on time The closing date for all applications is 5 00pm on Friday 11 March 2016 We will be reviewing applications as they are submitted The interview Before your interview starts we ll ask you to do a short 20 minute case study We ll talk about how you got on with it during the interview itself We ll also explore how well you understand our business and our services how carefully you ve thought about your career choice and professional qualifications if applicable and how you work and communicate with others Have you been successful We ll let you know whether or not you ve been successful as soon as possible after your interview What kind of skills do you look for We look for a 2 1 or above in your degree But there s more to our people than intellect You ll need to show us you have the following skills during the recruitment process Flexibility to handle changing priorities and workloads positively Courage and integrity so you re always up for a challenge and do the right thing by clients and colleagues Curiosity to help you learn share and innovate Team working skills to take on your fair share and work with others to get results Commercial awareness so you re up to date with the latest business thinking and trends Great communication skills to listen persuade and put your

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