Want to work in biopharma? Here’s what the top companies want

Do you want to work in the rapidly growing biopharma industry? Do you know who the biotech and pharma giants are? Have you any idea the kind of roles they have available or the kind of people they want?

Because of the regulatory nature around biopharma, there isn’t as much information out there about the top companies in comparison to those Silicon Valley behemoths.

Don’t worry, though. We headed down to the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) on the 14 April to talk to some of the biggest companies at an annual biopharma careers event.

Now in its fifth year, the NIBRT Careers in Biopharma event hosted the a variety of the biggest names in industry as they sought to attract top talent and spread brand awareness.

NIBRT’s director of projects Killian O’Driscoll told Siliconrepublic.com events like this were so important because of the rapid growth in the industry in Ireland over the past 10 years.

“There’s been over €10bn of capital investment and there’s predicted to be nearly 9,000 new jobs by the year 2020,” he said.

Laboratory testing company Eurofins was in attendance because it is currently in expansion mode. HR recruitment specialist Kate Brennan said: “We’re due to complete our new build in autumn of this year and that will double our capacity.” Eurofins are looking for both graduates and experienced hires.

Amgen’s Kevin Gordon said the pharma giant is looking for a variety of roles including in the areas of quality assurance, quality control and manufacturing as well as automation engineers.

With a new facility in the works and hundreds of jobs announced earlier this year, it’s no surprise that MSD were in attendance seeking to hire in a number of roles, including in the areas of quality, technology and operations.

With so much investment, in the industry, MSD isn’t the only giant with a new site. Takeda’s Paul Keogh said his team were there to let people know they are building a new facility. “We’re looking for experienced candidates who have experience in aseptic processing, hopefully as well in stem cell manufacturing,” he said.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) are also continuing to populate their Cruiserath facility. Conor Hughes said: “We’re looking for a range of candidates, that are eager to get stuck into work and excited to join BMS.”

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