By: Claire Wilson. Last Updated: April 2022

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Pfizer is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company with operations spanning the globe. Its research headquarters are located in Groton, Connecticut, America. Pfizer develops and produces vaccines and medicines for a range of conditions in the areas of oncology, infections and infestations, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology and psychiatry. It has been in Ireland for over 50 years and currently has 3 manufacturing plants located there.

In this article, you’ll find…

Overview of Pfizer Worldwide

  • Revenue from Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 2021: $81.3 billion
  • Total Revenue 2021: $81.3 billion
  • Percent of Revenue From Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 2021: 100%
  • Estimated R&D Spend 2021: $13.8 billion
  • Revenue Per Employee 2021: $1,035,000
  • Global Number of Employees 2021: 78,500

The company was first established in 1849 as a fine-chemicals business in New York by cousins Charles Pfizer and Charles Erhart and has grown to its current size through both pipeline development and acquisition.

Pfizer has treatments in many prominent disease areas and therapies in most high-growth markets including oncology, infections and infestations, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology and psychiatry.

Their top-selling product is currently their Covid 19 vaccine – Comirnaty – which brought sales of almost 37 billion USD in 2021. This helped to boost Pfizer’s annual revenue from 41.7 billion in 2020 to over 81.3 billion in 2021.

Ref: Pfizer Inc Annual Report 2021

Pfizer in Ireland

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Pfizer was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to move into Ireland, in 1969.

To date, their total capital investment in Ireland exceeds $8 billion and they now employ approximately 4,000 people across 5 sites in Cork, Dublin, and Kildare. This makes them the largest pharmaceutical sector investor and employer in Ireland.

Their manufacturing operations include active pharmaceutical ingredients, solid dose pharmaceuticals, sterile injectables, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals and the BioNTech Pfizer covid 19 vaccine, Comirnaty. In addition to manufacturing, Pfizer’s Irish operations include shared services, R&D, treasury and commercial operations.

2022’s Most Attractive Employers Index Ireland ranked Pfizer as number 1 in the categories of engineering and natural sciences professionals.

Overall rating by their employees 2022 (source):

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Pfizer in Cork

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  • Employees in Cork: 800
  • Activities: API Manufacturing

There has been a Pfizer plant on the Ringaskiddy site since 1969. The site has three organic synthesis plants and a new product testing laboratory.

The company describe the site as a…

“multi-award-winning manufacturing facility [that] is key to the Pfizer business and plays a critical strategic role in new global products and launches”

(Pfizer.com)

As well as manufacturing of bulk pharmaceuticals for export around the world, the site also works alongside Pfizer Global Research & Development to scale up new products for regulatory approval and launch.

Pfizer Ringaskiddy won the Health and Safety award at the Pharma Awards 2022.

Click here to see our full county guide for Cork.

Pfizer in Dublin

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  • Employees in Dublin: 2200+ (1,700 within Grange Castle manufacturing)
  • Activities: Biologics manufacturing; shared services; R&D; treasury; commercial operations

Pfizer has a range of commercial and business sites in Dublin, but it also has the Grange Castle manufacturing site.

The Grange Castle site is one of the company’s leading biotechnology manufacturing sites and represents the company’s single biggest investment in Ireland at €1.8bn. Opened in 2005, the facilities cover more than 1 million square feet making it “one of the largest integrated biopharmaceutical plants in the world”.

Grange Castle is responsible for producing a wide range of biologics and vaccines (including finished vaccine products in pre-filled syringes and the company’s Covid-19 vaccine). The site also manufactures products for clinical trials.

The Quality Control laboratories in Grange Castle provide support to other Pfizer manufacturing sites around the world and there are significant research and development activities happening here as well.

Click here for our full county guide for Dublin.

Pfizer in Kildare

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  • Employees in Kildare: 950
  • Activities: Solid dose pharmaceutical manufacturing

Pfizer established the Newbridge, Kildare site in 1992. After years of ongoing investment (including over €350m since 2006 alone) the site now covers 1 million square feet, making it one of the largest solid dose pharmaceutical manufacturing sites in Europe.

Over 80 products are currently manufactured here and then exported to more than 100 countries around the world.

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The Future of Pfizer in Ireland

In November 2020, Pfizer announced a €300m investment in Ireland that will see 300 jobs created across their sites at Cork, Dublin, and Kildare.

The new jobs will come as a result of an increase in manufacturing and laboratory capacity and recruitment for those roles was expected to take 2-3 years.

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How to Get a Job With Pfizer in 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 current Pfizer 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:

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!)

About the Author

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Claire Wilson

Content Marketing and Career Coaching

Claire runs GetReskilled’s Advanced Career Coaching Programme – our specially devised job hunting course that helps our trainees take that final step into employment by leading them through the job hunting process. She is extremely enthusiastic about helping people reach their final goal of employment in their new career path.

Claire has a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biology from Edinburgh University and spent 7 years working in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.