There has been a succession of big  job announcements in the last 18 months with an estimated 3,100 open positions within the biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland alone.

So where are these 3,100-plus new pharma jobs?


In two separate announcements, AbbVie is creating 225 jobs in SligoTheir pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Sligo currently produces drug delivery devices and will expand significantly. These two latest developments mean that, since 2013, AbbVie has invested over €134 million in Ireland.


ABEC announced 100 jobs in an expansion of their global operations in FermoyThis announcement comes as they expand their global operations centre and create European Headquarters in Cork. The site is also aiming to produce engineered process equipment for biopharma manufacturing within the next two years.


Alexion announced 200 jobs in Dublin and Athlone  The biopharmaceutical group was still in the process of the first stage of their site development when they released news of a further expansion to their plans. This development will see the construction of their first biologics plant outside of the USA.

Bausch & Lomb

Bausch & Lomb are creating 125 jobs as they expand their Waterford site. The global eye health company already has a very successful manufacturing site in Waterford, which they plan to expand. The new pharma jobs will be created as the manufacturing capacity is significantly increased by the end of 2016.


BioMarin announced 90 jobs across Dublin and Cork The biotechnology company is expanding their Global Commercial Operation Hub in Dublin, as well as a new biopharma manufacturing facility in Shanbally, Cork. The manufacturing site is their first manufacturing project outside of the US.


BMS announced 400 jobs as they open a new biologic manufacturing plant in Dublin. The facility will be built on the grounds of their already established Cruiserath site. The project is expected to be completed by 2019 at a cost of around €722 million

ClearStream Technologies Limited

ClearStream Technologies Limited announced 200 jobs in Enniscorthy  The jobs are being created following the expansion of their medical device manufacturing plant which produces a range of minimally invasive devices. The site expansion is complete and job creation will go on, as required, as the manufacturing increases.


CRI is creating 25 new positions. The medical device manufacturer is creating the new jobs due to an expansion of their Wexford production site. The jobs will be created over the next three years.


DePuy announced 80 new jobs due to a plant expansion. The company, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary which produces orthopaedic devices, recently opened the €53 million expanded plant in Ringaskiddy. The expansion included new laboratory support and increased manufacturing.

Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly and Co announced 100 jobs and an expansion of their Cork-based biopharmaceutical facility. They were looking to fill approximately 100 jobs across Ireland alongside this plant expansion which is to include manufacturing and commercialisation.

Ethicon Biosurgery

Ethicon Biosurgery announced 270 jobs at a new medical device manufacturing facility. The Johnson and Johnson company is creating these jobs in Limerick. The company’s main focus is on medical patches and its new plant, which will be built within the National Technology Park in Plassey, will be manufacturing such a product. It is anticipated that the positions will be filled by 2019.


GSK announce 50 new jobs in Sligo. A variety of roles were announced, including in engineering, quality, technical, logistics, finance and project management. The company is already actively recruiting and positions are anticipated to be filled by the end of 2015.


Horizon announced 60 jobs in their new Dublin headquarters. The pharmaceutical company is creating the highly-skilled positions as a result of the opening of their new global headquarters in Dublin. The roles will be filled over the next three years.


ICON announced 200 jobs at their clinical research facility in Dublin. The company, which provides medical outsourcing, already has its headquarters in Dublin. The new positions are to support their new ‘global innovations hub’ which will focus on technology development and clinical trial processes. Some of these jobs will be based in Limerick.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced 50 jobs at a new facility in Athlone The new site will have a role in both manufacturing and development and is in addition to the company’s global headquarters, which are based in Dublin. The €50 million facility is expected to open in 2016.


Randox announced 470 jobs at a new manufacturing and research facility The medical diagnostic company revealed that the facility – which will research and manufacture medical tests and diagnostic devices – would be in Donegal, as an expansion to their current operations there. The expansion of their site is expected to cost €25 million and be completed by 2020.


Teleflex announced 100 jobs in Athlone.

The medical device company is creating the highly-skilled positions in medical device research and development. Recruitment for these roles will be ongoing over the next three years.

West Pharmaceutical

West Pharmaceutical announced 150 jobs in Waterford.The company, which specialises in pharmaceutical packaging is set to open a new site in Waterford. This facility will initially produce components for packaging of insulin injector cartridges as well as other high-value packaging components. The future plans for this site also include increased manufacturing, and associated jobs.


Zimmer announced 250 jobs at their new medical device hubThe medical device manufacturer is creating these jobs, in Galway, after announcing plans for a new facility in Oranmore. The site is expected to cost around €51 million and the vacancies will be filled over the next five years.

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