Overview of MSD Worldwide
- Revenue from Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 2021: $42.7 billion
- Total Revenue 2021: $48.7 billion
- Estimated R&D Spend 2021: $12.2 billion
- Global Number of Employees 2021: 68,000
MSD was founded in 1891 and has grown to be the world’s seventh-largest pharmaceutical company. With headquarters in New Jersey, USA, they have operations in over 140 countries. MSD produce a wide range of products including vaccines and prescription medications for diseases including diabetes, HIV, hepatitis C, oncology, and osteoporosis. Within the US and Canada the company is known as Merck & Co.
MSD in Ireland
MSD began production in Ireland in 1976.
They have so far invested over $4 billion in the country, developing six sites across five counties – Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Meath and Tipperary. Today, they employ approximately 2,800 in Ireland and export products made there to over 60 countries.
The company’s annual turnover makes them one of Ireland’s top 20 companies.
In 2022, MSD were announced as one of the “25 Best Places to Work in Ireland” by LinkedIn.
MSD Ireland made the LinkedIn 2022 Top Companies list as one of the 25 Best Places to Work in Ireland! Every day we strive to empower our employees to learn and grow in their careers. Check out the list: https://t.co/88BxTEaXPM #LinkedInTopCompanies #AtMSDImInspired #MSDCareers pic.twitter.com/keCOV4qcs2
— MSD Careers (@msdcareers) April 14, 2022
Their “See Green Be Green” programme saw MSD named Green Pharmaceutical Company 2022 at the Green Awards, and awarded the Environment award at the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2022.
Congratulations to #MSDIreland 🇮🇪 for being named the Green Pharmaceutical Company 2022 @green_awards!
The 🏆 recognises their commitment to environmental #sustainability and CO2 neutrality through their #SeeGreenBeGreen programme ➡️https://t.co/FkuTBOsTNf#EUGreenWeek pic.twitter.com/1rzfKi4QoD
— MSD Europe (@MSDEurope) May 31, 2022
The ‘See Green, Be Green’ initiative by @MSDInvents has been awarded the Environment award (multinational company) at the #sustainablebusinessimpactawards
Congratulations to all at MSD Ireland for their commitment to achieving a green and healthy future. pic.twitter.com/QBcYFA4Lpf
— Chambers Ireland (@ChambersIreland) September 22, 2022
Overall rating by their employees 2023 (source):
MSD in Carlow
- Employees in Carlow: 530
- Activities: Filling
MSD have operated a site in Carlow since 2008.
The Carlow facility performs filling of vaccines, biologics and small molecule drug products. It was the company’s first “stand-alone vaccine and biologics facility” outside the US.
In 2022, the company announced significant investment in their Carlow site to build a new manufacturing facility. The facility will focus on “production of next generation oncology biologics” and its introduction is expected to lead to 100 new jobs. Recruitment for those roles is already underway and production is expected to begin in 2025.
Leading healthcare company @MSDInvents announces the construction on a new state-of-the-art facility at its Carlow site, which will allow the creation of over 100 new jobs. https://t.co/xAC2kmQnJS pic.twitter.com/Q7F47Bc2QY
(@IDAIRELAND) August 23, 2022
In November 2022, MSD Carlow was awarded “Best Large Facility” at the Pharma Awards.
Congratulations to MSD Carlow who won the award for Best Large Facility and as an MSD Ireland team they won Pharma Company of the year at this years Pharma Industry Awards 2022. https://t.co/v0kPImvw3a pic.twitter.com/bLSmZMTPzG
— County Carlow Chamber (@carlowchamber) November 29, 2022
MSD in Cork
- Employees in Cork: 600
- Activities: Biologics Development & Manufacturing
MSD’s Brinny site has been operational for over 35 years and is one of Cork’s largest employers.
With a history of development and production of biotech products, Brinny now specialises in the “development and manufacture of innovative novel vaccines and testing of immuno-oncology medicines”.
MSD Brinny was a finalist in the Corporate category for Cork Company of the Year 2020.
MSD in Dublin
- Employees in Dublin: 300
- Activities: Biologics manufacturing
MSD invested over $1bn to repurpose and expand their former Dublin site to create “MSD Biotech, Dublin”, which was officially opened in November 2022.
MSD Biotech, Dublin is focused on manufacturing biologics-based medicines (including immuno-oncology). In fact, it is the company’s first “Large-Scale Mammalian-Based Drug Substance Facility”.
#MSDIreland has been ‘Inventing for Life’ for over 50 years, and the decision to locate a major biopharmaceuticals manufacturer to Dublin is a testament to the talented Irish employees at MSD! Take a look around, we’d love to know what you think! #Biotech #AtMSDImInspired pic.twitter.com/E53fhxlqZ2
— MSD Careers (@msdcareers) May 25, 2018
Dublin is also home to “Red Oak North”, the commercial Head Office of MSD Animal Health and Human Health.
MSD in Meath
- Employees in Meath: 300
- Activities: Biologics manufacturing
MSD began operations in Dunboyne, Meath in September 2020. The site is the company’s first “Biologics Drug Substance single use commercialisation facility”. The combination of research and manufacturing teams within the site is expected to reduce the time it takes the company to get products to market.
A new and exciting development is happening at #MSDDunboyne with our new Biologics Innovation Acceleration facility, BioNX!
We asked our team what it’s like working at BioNX, and here’s what they had to say. https://t.co/hVov2ceK15#AtMSDImInspired #Hiring #MSDCareers pic.twitter.com/7kHDc8UoWp
— MSD Careers (@msdcareers) September 7, 2022
Expansion capability was built in during development of the Meath site so the company already has the ability to increase production if business needs require it.
In 2021, MSD Dunboyne was highlighted by “Great Place to Work Ireland” as a “Best Medium Workplace” and a “Best Workplace for Women”.
🎉 MSD Dunboyne Biologics is recognised as a Best Workplace for Women™! Congratulations and thank you for going the extra mile for Women! 👏
Want to know how to be a Best Workplace for Women? 👉 https://t.co/qJmK39qMhA#BWW21 #BestworkplacesforWomen21 #greatplacetowork #IWD2021 pic.twitter.com/8vymyk2W3a
— Great Place to Work Ireland (@GPTW_Ireland) March 8, 2021
MSD in Tipperary
- Employees in Tipperary: 500
- Activities: API manufacturing
MSD’s Ballydine, Tipperary site was established in 1976 and was the company’s first manufacturing site in Ireland.
The facilities here allow for development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished pharmaceutical products. The company describes the site as their “primary small molecule pipeline commercialisation facility globally” as well as “a European hub for quality, manufacturing, and engineering”. Products manufactured here are exported to 25 countries around the world (primarily throughout Europe, the USA and Japan).
In addition, the capability for formulation activities means that work on approximately 20 products in the MSD pipeline (i.e. currently in development) happens at the Ballydine site.
In 2022, MSD opened Ireland’s largest “self-generation solar project” at the site. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2025 and this development means that approximately 20% of the Ballydine site’s power will come from renewable sources.
Power play: Pharma giant MSD launches biggest self-supply renewables generator in Ireland https://t.co/JmWG2BzAoM
— Independent Business (@IndoBusiness) September 13, 2022
The Future of MSD in Ireland
MSD Ireland Human Health is one of Ireland’s leading healthcare companies and our vision is to be the number one, most valued and trusted healthcare company and employer in Ireland.
– MSD Ireland
MSD has invested over $4bn in establishing their current Irish operations. Several recent expansion plans are still ongoing and recruiting for the new roles.
Connect with MSD
How to Get a Job With MSD in Ireland
Firstly, be sure to follow:
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 current MSD 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:
- Conversion Course into Pharma for Scientists
- Conversion Course into Quality Roles in Pharma
- Conversion Course into Engineering Roles in Pharma
For all other backgrounds (including sales, retail, hospitality, etc), check out our Conversion Course into Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. This course helps you take the transferable skills acquired in any other industry and combines them with essential technical knowledge and job-hunting skills, to make you an ideal candidate for entry-level pharma manufacturing jobs. (Note: NO science or engineering knowledge or experience is needed!)
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