2014 was another stellar year for new pharma jobs in Ireland’s pharmaceutical sector.  Despite already directly employing 25,000 people in the country, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing sector continues to post strong growth with 7 top pharmaceutical companies announcing their expansion plans creating a total of 1,300 new positions.

In February, Jazz Pharmaceuticals broke ground on a new manufacturing and development facility that will be located in a 17-acre site in Monkstown near the company’s Dublin headquarters. It is expected to create up to 50 new jobs when it stars operating at full capacity. The anticipated completion date of this facility is in 2016, with Jazz Pharmaceuticals investing approximately 45 to 50 million euros in its development. Job openings at Jazz Pharmaceuticals Ireland can be viewed here.

In April, Ethicon Biosurgery Ireland announced the creation of around 270 jobs in Limerick, which will come on-stream over the next 5 years. Ethicon is a part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

During the same month, two other pharmaceutical companies announced expansion plans.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals acquired a new site in West Dublin, and expects the creation of approximately 200 new jobs over the next two years.

In a statement, Leonard Bell M.D., CEO of Alexion Pharmaceuticals said, “As we expand our global mission to transform the lives of patients with severe and rare disorders, we are pleased to announce our commitment to Ireland as a key location for Alexion’s global supply chain operations.” Alexion Pharmaceuticals job openings in Ireland can be seen here.

All of these developments were preceded by Regeneron’s announcement of their intention to establish a state of the art, biopharmaceutical production facility in Raheen Business Park, Limerick. Regeneron, a biopharmaceutical company listed on NASDAQ, has set aside a $300 million investment for this program, and is expected to employ up to 300 people by the end of 2016.

According to Daniel Van Plew, Regeneron’s Senior VP & GM of Industrial Operations and Product Supply, “Pending planning approval, Limerick will become our second industrial production site, expanding our manufacturing capacity into Europe and facilitating the delivery of a growing supply of medicines for patients worldwide.” Regeneron’s job openings for its Limerick site can be accessed here.

In May, Biomarin also announced the expansion of its Dublin hub, resulting in 50 new jobs. This is aside from the manufacturing operations that Biomarin launched in Cork earlier in the year, which also resulted in the creation of 40 jobs. Biomarin develops and commercializes innovative bio-pharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions.

Then in June, Abbvie announced the expansion of its Sligo hub with the creation of 175 new jobs. Abbvie has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland for 10 consecutive years now. Their operations in Sligo are designed to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients. Below are some of their current job openings:

  • Industrial Pharmacist – Provide technical support to all manufacturing operations from a formulation perspective, and to develop new and innovative processes to deliver cost reductions. Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and 3 years relevant work experience.
  • Utilities Manager – Responsible and accountable for the uptime and constant improvement of the reliability of all plant utilities and abatement systems onsite. Requires a Degree or Masters in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering with 3-5 years detailed knowledge of cGMP and regulatory requirements relating to the regulated healthcare industry.
  • Process Engineer – Will provide planning and leadership of technical transfers for future product introductions to the site. Must have a relevant 3rd level qualification in Chemical Engineering or related technical discipline, with experience in Process Engineering.

Eli Lilly also announced the creation of 120 jobs at its Kinsale, Cork campus. The company’s 330 million euro investment in a brand new facility will become fully operational by 2016. Chris Langan, General Manager of the site said: “In the past five years, we have hired and trained some highly talented people and now have a technical talent base and capability in biopharmaceutical commercialization and manufacturing that makes us a very attractive company for highly skilled people.” Available jobs in Eli Lilly can be viewed here.

The number of pharmaceutical companies setting up and expanding its operations in Ireland is exciting news for all scientists, engineers, and technicians. The pharmaceutical industry directly provides stable, secure and well-paying jobs with far less cyclical ups and downs that other sectors may experience. Barry O’Leary, the former CEO of IDA Ireland says, “The strong flow of investment into Ireland from biopharmaceutical companies is due to our flexible workforce and dedicated training programs…..which develop specific skills required in the biopharma industry.”

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