Posted on: Saturday - Dec 9, 2017

A Fortune 500 healthcare technology company. The global healthcare capital, home to the U.S.’s largest for-profit hospital systems and healthcare providers.  

In this sense, Royal Philips and Nashville are the perfect match. 

On Wednesday, Philips opened the doors of its new center of expertise in downtown Nashville, which will be a major hub for the company’s global business services division.  

The international technology leader has already begun hiring and plans to create more than 800 new jobs at its new Middle Tennessee operation over the next two years.

We caught up with Craig Gruchacz, Philips’ global business services leader for North America, to find out more about Philips’ plans for Nashville.

What attracted Philips to the Nashville area? Why did the company select Middle Tennessee for this location?

CG: Nashville plays a key role in the healthcare industry in North America, with more than 400 healthcare organizations and 250,000 healthcare jobs. As an organization, Philips is well-positioned to contribute to and benefit from the healthcare ecosystem in Nashville. Nashville is an attractive place to live, with a low cost of living, no employee income tax, and a vibrant and growing city core. Moreover, Philips has had a presence in the area for years and has benefitted from the business friendly environment, including the incentives offered by the State of Tennessee and City of Nashville.

Most people probably know Philips for consumer products. Explain how Philips has shifted to focus on healthcare technology. What opportunities are there for the company in this area?

CG: While many people associate Philips with consumer products, today we are 100 percent focused on health technology. Our history in healthcare actually goes back over a century. It started with the introduction of our first medical X-ray tube, an extension of our incandescent light bulb technology. This eventually led to innovations in diagnostic imaging with MRI, PET, CT and Ultrasound. And this year alone, we extended our capabilities in image-guided therapy with the recent acquisitions of three U.S. companies: Spectranetics, Electrical Geodesics and CardioProlific.

Over the last few years, Philips has transformed into a focused global leader in health technology.  We are working on solutions that connect people, technology and data across the health continuum – from the hospital to the home. 

What types of jobs does Philips look to hire in Nashville? What will the main functions of the new center for expertise be?

CG: To begin building its team in Nashville, Philips is eager to meet with talented professionals who have experience in:

  • Credit & Collections
  • Commercial Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Quality and Regulatory
  • Service Operations
  • Procurement

Our new center of expertise will allow us to consolidate and co-locate key corporate functions to better serve our customers and support our strategy as a Health Technology company.  It will create a central platform for standardization and operational excellence, while increasing productivity through targeted investments. By consolidating into a U.S. hub, we can more effectively support our business, reduce duplication of efforts and build a strong, scalable organization for the future, while continuously improving our customer experience.  


What is the timetable for hiring at the center for expertise? 

CG: Philips’ new Nashville center of expertise is now open. We are currently located at 511 Union Street with about 45,000 square feet of space with expansion to 65,000 during the first half of next year. We anticipate being at our current home for at least 17 months while we evaluate our next steps.


Where can interested applicants go to learn more about opportunities with Philips?

CG: Interested applicants can visit www.philips.com/nashville.