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Overview of Johnson & Johnson Worldwide
- Total Sales 2022: $94.9 billion
- 2022 Sales from Pharma: $52.6 billion
- 2022 Sales from MedTech: $27.4 billion
- R&D Spend 2022: $14.6 billion
- Global Number of Employees 2022: 155,800
Johnson & Johnson is a US-based multinational company that was founded in 1886 with the initial idea that wounds should be treated and dressed using sterile equipment. Over time it has grown to be one of the biggest healthcare companies in the world.
Johnson & Johnson operates three distinct divisions – medical devices (J&J MedTech), pharmaceuticals (Janssen), and consumer health (where it’s a leading name with brands such as Neutrogena, BandAid and Clean and Clear).
Products from these three divisions are marketed in 57 countries via almost 250 operating companies with global personnel of almost 156,000.
Johnson & Johnson in Ireland
Johnson & Johnson have had a presence in Ireland for over 80 years. Today, both the medical device and pharmaceutical divisions have manufacturing sites in the country and there are more than 5,000 people employed across sites in Cork, Galway and Limerick.
Since 2012, Johnson and Johnson have invested over $2 billion in their Irish operations.
The company is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. As a step towards that, they announced that Irish operations were powered by 100% renewable energy in October 2021.
J&J’s Irish operations now powered by 100% renewable energy https://t.co/AmpOgYFtqm via @IrishTimesBiz
— Irish Times Business (@IrishTimesBiz) October 15, 2021
Johnson & Johnson in Cork
- Employees in Cork: 2800
- Activities: API Manufacturing, Biologics Manufacturing, Medical Device Manufacturing
There are three Johnson & Johnson manufacturing sites across Cork:
- Janssen Little Island
- Janssen Ringaskiddy
- DePuy Ireland
Janssen Little Island
This Janssen Pharmaceutical manufacturing site has been operational since 1981. It is one of four within the company that make up the “small molecule cluster organisation”. The bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients that are manufactured here are used by other Janssen sites and third party companies around the world for use in tablets, creams and injectable dosage forms. Approximately 400 people are currently employed here.
This Janssen Sciences site is responsible for biologics research, development and manufacturing. A €400m investment led to the opening of the site in 2005. It currently employs over 700 people and the 5 commercial products manufactured here are used in the treatment of cancer and immune related diseases.
The company describes this site as a “Global Centre of Excellence for Clinical Drug Substance and Drug Product Release and Stability Management”
In 2019, J&J invested €300m to expand the Ringaskiddy site and add 200 new jobs.
Today is a very exciting day for all of us here in @JanssenIE as we unveil a significant expansion at our #Cork facility. This new manufacturing building will see us welcome an additional 200 full-time employees to our Janssen Ireland family @IDAIRELAND – https://t.co/8Dd4Fu5xeo
— Janssen Ireland (@JanssenIE) October 7, 2019
Then, in 2022, the company announced a €150m expansion that is expected to lead to another 180 jobs once completed.
Today we announced an investment of €150m at our Ringaskiddy site, which will potentially create 180 new full time jobs. This expansion project will add to Janssen’s global manufacturing capacity and allow us to reach our patients with crucial biomedicines faster. Read more:
— Janssen Ireland (@JanssenIE) March 25, 2022
“The strength of our people has been paramount to J&J’s success in Cork and Ireland.”
– Gary Hartnett, Site Lead at Janssen Sciences Ireland
Janssen – overall rating by their employees 2023 (source):
DePuy Ireland, Ringaskiddy
DePuy Ireland is part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech. This medical device manufacturing facility produces orthopaedic and joint replacement products. It was opened in 1997 and is the now company’s largest manufacturing site for these products, which are then sold around the world. Approximately 1700 people are employed across a variety of roles here.
In 2015, DePuy Ireland’s Ringaskiddy site was awarded the Shingo Prize for operational excellence. It was then named as one of the top nine most advanced factories in the world by the World Economic Forum in 2018 for its use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Depuy Synthes facility in Cork named as one of the top nine most advanced factories in the world due to its use of internet of things (IoT) technology – https://t.co/98JYKAnYyk
— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) September 5, 2018
The company invested €36m in 2019 to establish additional R&D projects at the Depuy site. This investment led to the establishment of a 3D Printing Development & Launch Centre, as well as 30 additional jobs. As a result, the company was able to launch its “first commercial 3D printed knee product”.
“Our greatest asset is our team”
– Colm Hynes, Plant Manager at DePuy Ireland
DePuy – Overall rating by their employees 2023 (source):
Johnson & Johnson in Galway
- Employees in Galway: 90
- Activities: Medical Device R&D
Cerenovus is a Johnson & Johnson MedTech company that researches and develops a range of products that all aim to provide help to patients after a stroke.
“Our work at Cerenovus is focused on changing the trajectory of stroke”
– Michael Gilvarry, General Manager of Cerenovus in Galway
In 2020, Cerenovus was awarded the Johnson Medal – a prestigious Johnson & Johnson award that recognises research and development.
An investment of €50m was announced in February 2022 and it is anticipated that 30 new jobs will be created as a result.
Minister @SimonHarrisTD announcing a €50 million investment by Johnson and Johnson in @CERENOVUS_HQ at their plant in Galway. Find out more here: https://t.co/4SwIzZXUI0 @jnjnews @IDAIRELAND @IDAWestRegion pic.twitter.com/lbXPJe2FAL
— Department of Further and Higher Education (@DeptofFHed) February 14, 2022
In 2022, Cerenovus was awarded MedTech Company of the Year at the Irish MedTech Awards.
📣 CERENOVUS wins the 2022 #Medtech Company of the Year at the #IrishMedtechAwards! We’re incredibly proud of our team and honored for the recognition as we continue our mission to change the trajectory of stroke. https://t.co/F7SANpotTp pic.twitter.com/ki68NUToni
— CERENOVUS (@CERENOVUS_HQ) December 2, 2022
Johnson & Johnson in Limerick
- Employees in Limerick: 2100
- Activities: Medical Device Manufacturing – Contact Lenses
Johnson & Johnson Vision (previously Vistakon) is part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech and has had a manufacturing site in Limerick since 1996.
Johnson & Johnson celebrates 25 years in Limerick – https://t.co/ouID7hrGMw pic.twitter.com/TKutqanvv8
— Limerick Post (@limerickpost) July 29, 2021
“We have been in Limerick for more than 25 years and our success is testament to our talented workforce.”
– John Lynch, Plant Leader at Johnson & Johnson Vision
Today, it is one of the largest contact lens manufacturing sites in the world and there are currently 36 production lines. It operates a largely automated 24/7 production process to manufacture Acuvue brand contact lenses.
The facility uses electricity from 100% renewable sources, including an onsite wind turbine.
In 2019, the company invested €100m and created 100 new jobs at the site.
Monday morning news as Johnson & Johnson Vision announces approx. 100 jobs + investment of €100M in its Limerick facility https://t.co/nEUgf68TEl via @IDAIRELAND. Continuous improvement & continuous innovation is why J&J is the largest contact lens manufacturer in the world pic.twitter.com/3mfzkaPQDu
— IDA Mid-West Region (@IDA_MidWest) April 8, 2019
In March 2022, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced a €35m investment to expand manufacturing capabilities at the Limerick site, leading to 200 new jobs over the following three years.
Johnson & Johnson Vision already employs 1,600 at its Castletroy plant in Limerick, which is the company’s largest global manufacturing facility for its contact lens business. https://t.co/aP9XHJoVID
— RTÉ Business (@RTEbusiness) March 9, 2022
Then in September, a further €100m investment was announced to expand manufacturing capacity through the introduction of fully automated flexible manufacturing lines. That expansion is expected to lead to another 80 new jobs.
Global leader in eye health and part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech, @JNJVision has announced a €100m expansion of its existing facility in Limerick with the potential to create 80 new jobs. https://t.co/s4TB6PaoHF pic.twitter.com/U5v31UKWwa
— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) September 16, 2022
Watch the video below to see inside the Johnson & Johnson Vision plant and hear directly from the staff…
And while a little older now, this video is still worth watching if you’re interested in the operational set-up of the site…
Johnson & Johnson Vision – Overall rating by their employees 2023 (source):
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How to Get a Job With Johnson & Johnson in Ireland
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This video gives some insight into what kind of candidates Johnson & Johnson look for, and what it’s like to work for them in sites across Ireland…
If you already have experience in the pharma or medical device manufacturing industries, you can head straight over to our dedicated pharma jobs board and see the Cerenovus, DePuy, Janssen and J&J Vision vacancies in Ireland.
If you have some science, quality, or engineering qualifications/work experience, check out our specialist conversion courses that bridge the gap between your current knowledge and the technical information required to work in this highly regulated industry:
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Claire has a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biology from Edinburgh University and spent 7 years working in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
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