Meet the Leader of Intel’s Future German Fab

Eamonn Sinnott prepares to break ground on a new Intel factory site. 

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Christin Eisenschmid, Vice President, IDM 2.0 Ecosystem Enablement, has spent her career of 30 years in the semiconductor industry, holding roles at the likes of Siemens Semiconductors and Infineon, before joining Intel 11 years ago. Christin is also the Managing Director of Intel’s German entities. In her role as Vice President, IDM 2.0 Ecosystem Enablement, Christin is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Intel’s Europe wide multi-billion Euro investment, and the roll-out of its European ecosystem strategy.

“When Intel first announced its massive investment in Europe and Germany, we didn’t yet know who would lead operations for the new site. But in the short time I’ve worked with Eamonn Sinnott—our new interim vice president, Site Manufacturing and Operations Manager, Magdeburg (Germany)—it’s been a wonderful partnership. Intel’s ambitious plan to re-balance the global semiconductor supply chain required strong leadership. Eamonn has expertly led our fab operations in Ireland for several years and brings a wealth of experience to his new role leading our efforts across what we like to call the ‘Silicon Junction’ in Magdeburg, Germany. As a German citizen, I’m proud that our country with its incredible people and robust infrastructure has been identified as the ideal location for one of Intel’s most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world, and I’m equally as proud that we have Eamonn’s talents at the helm. In this conversation with Eamonn, I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I have!”

–Christin Eisenschmid, Intel Vice President, IDM 2.0 Ecosystem Enablement

Eamonn, could you start off by introducing yourself? 

My name is Eamonn Sinnott and I have been with Intel for over 31 years. For the past 12 years, I have been the general manager of Intel in Ireland. I recently took on the new title of interim vice president, Site Manufacturing and Operations Manager, Magdeburg (Germany). This ambitious 17 billion euro project aims to address the global imbalance in microprocessor production and create self-sustainability in Europe. Intel’s current plan is to break ground on the new manufacturing facility (fab) complex in the first half of 2023 and be up and running for production in 2027. 

 

Can you tell us more about the process of the site selection?   

The site at Magdeburg was selected following a very detailed pan-European assessment process. Knowing whether or not the local community was positive toward Intel’s plans was also a critical part of the selection process. We always have and always will be very respectful of that relationship. I was one of the first Intel people to visit the Magdeburg site and standing at the edge of a 1,000-acre (approximately 4 million square meters) lot was really impressive. Given what I have experienced firsthand over the past 31 years, what I saw in Magdeburg was a vast, open space full of opportunities. 

 

What’s special about working in a semiconductor fab?  

One of the fun challenges is explaining the different aspects that make it special to work in a semiconductor fab. There are so many; I can only appeal to people to do a little research. I do know that it will be a place that champions a digital future that is sustainable, green and equitable. The muscle you need most is the one between your ears. Skills like teamwork and collaborative problem-solving are what’s most needed in a fab. We need people with all sorts of backgrounds and disciplines, and I think we offer great opportunities in return.  

 

What does it take to make the new Intel fab a success?  

Let’s take a look at the wider context for a moment. The competition for this fab isn’t in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, or even in Europe. We are competing with teams from all over the world. We want our worldwide customers to choose us over all others for their semiconductor needs, and so we simply need to be the best at what we do. I hope that sounds exciting. This requires an extraordinary effort from everybody involved. We need people who are ready to go the extra mile and who have a strong desire to be better than anyone in the world, no matter what role they play. I’m confident that we’ll find people with this attitude – people who see more in their job than just a paycheck, and who really care. To find these people and provide them with the best possible working environment, we’ll create a strong culture they can identify with. Ultimately, we’re offering people something unique: We’re building a manufacturing powerhouse and turbo-charging the entire ecosystem in the EU.  

 

What kind of skills and experiences would people who are interested to become future employees in this fab need to have?  

In Magdeburg, we’ll produce the most technical products that are made by humans anywhere on the planet, which compete on an international stage against the best in the world. Therefore, we need engineering and technical skills on a high level. But we also need other people with specialized and general skills. My advice is to learn what you’re enthusiastic about. It may be engineering, manufacturing semiconductors, environmental health and safety, finance or any number of things. Learning isn’t finished the day people start their jobs. The ability to grow skills and capabilities and get new professional qualifications is a lifelong opportunity. Speaking of opportunities, I’d also like to emphasize one thing: Europe has the ambition to return semiconductor manufacturing to 20% of the global manufacturing capacity, and this will create an entire ecosystem around the development and manufacturing of leading-edge chips right across the continent. So, we’re not just building a fab, we’ll be a major player in the ecosystem that’s taking digitization in Europe to the next level. Joining Intel during this time opens opportunities for exciting careers, many with a worldwide set of opportunities. Whoever joins will work with people from many nations, from right across the ecosystem – that’s what makes it unique to work in the fab.  

 

What should people who are planning to work for Intel expect from a company culture perspective? 

What sets Intel apart from the competition is our culture, diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, it’s the people that make the difference in all competitive environments, and we encourage everyone to bring all of themselves to work. We want to see how the local community with its skills and capabilities shape the Intel culture and how we can do great things together. 

Also, aside from manufacturing roles that can’t work from home, our work culture has moved from a presence on site culture to an outcome and productivity culture. Therefore, wherever possible we will embrace the future of work opportunities. I believe the recent acknowledgement of LinkedIn of placing Intel among the top 10 workplaces of the future is a great endorsement of that ambition.  

 

What do you like about Magdeburg and the people you’ve met there so far? 

I like the warm welcome I received, the enthusiasm people have about our plans and the ambition they share – they’re clearly passionate about their hometown and region. But what really impressed me is the interest from people and communities in what we’re doing. I see a willingness to discuss how we can do things better, and to bring their skills and capabilities to us. Apart from that, the area is also simply beautiful – something you come to appreciate when you’re here for a long period of time. 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?  

I love cycling and will definitely bring my bike to Magdeburg. There are so many opportunities to explore the city and surrounding area, especially along the river Elbe. But there is more to Magdeburg than just nature and a beautiful environment: I’m fascinated by the political and cultural history of this place, too, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about it on the ground and not just from textbooks. 

Our planned investment in Magdeburg will create thousands of jobs from construction and manufacturing to HR, finance and more.

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