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Northern Ireland pharma firm to create 1,000 new jobs for the region

9 Nov 2021

Pharma company Almac is growing its team in Northern Ireland as part of plans to add 1,800 people to its global headcount.

Northern Ireland pharma company Almac has revealed plans to create 1,000 new jobs in the region over the next three years.

The news comes a few months after its announcement that it would create 100 new jobs with a new facility in Co Derry.

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The latest expansion is part of wider plans to recruit 1,800 people across its global operations over the coming years, and positions are available immediately at sites in the UK, Ireland, North America, Singapore, Japan and the Nordic region.

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Almac, which is headquartered in Craigavon, Co Armagh, celebrated 50 years in business in 2018.

The company provides a range of contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services from its 19 locations worldwide, including Irish facilities in Athlone and Dundalk.

Over the past few months, it has provided support to more than 140 separate research projects for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.

The Almac Group reported £677.3m in turnover in its most recent financial year, which was an increase of £43m from the previous year.

Its latest hiring plans are part of a major investment operation, which will see its overall staff headcount grow to 8,000. Northern Ireland will be at the centre of the expansion, getting more than half of the new jobs on offer.

“As demand for our services steadily increases, our aim is to continue to grow our global team by actively recruiting 1,800 new individuals across a wide variety of diverse and exciting areas,” said Alan Armstrong, Almac Group CEO.

“These roles come with a range of benefits including flexible working, competitive salary and an annual bonus. Crucially, this offers individuals the chance to help us continue our provision of solutions whilst making a real and positive contribution to health right across the world.”

More information on the careers available at Almac can be found on its website. The pharma company said new jobs include operational, supervisory and managerial roles across the business, with opportunities for graduates and experienced candidates.

It has more than 120 different types of job available across its global R&D department as well as its IT, quality control, business development, finance, project management, information services, manufacturing, logistics and engineering divisions.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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