Pharmaceutical firm Almac Group to create 348 jobs
Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and Alan Armstrong, chairman and CEO of the Almac Group. Photo by by Press Eye Photography

Pharmaceutical firm Almac Group to create 348 jobs

14 Aug 2014818 Views

Pharmaceutical service provider Almac Group in Craigavon, Co Armagh, is to create 348 jobs over the next five years on the back of a stg£54m investment in expansion.

The Almac Group operates in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, providing services such as diagnostics, drug discovery, research and development, manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients, formulation development and clinical trials.

The company employs more than 2,100 staff at its headquarters in Craigavon, with an additional 1,380 staff in facilities throughout the rest of the UK, US and Asia.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said the investment will enable Almac Group to expand the range of services it can offer, “allowing it to respond to key trends within the pharmaceutical industry and enhance its market-leading position”.

Alan Armstrong, chairman and CEO of the Almac Group, said the new jobs come in response to demand for the company’s services.

Of the total 348 jobs, 141 roles are to be within Almac Pharma Services. Almac Clinical Services expects to receive 181 jobs, and 26 jobs are to go to Almac Group itself. The company will also use the Invest NI-supported investment for new technologies and equipment.

Foster added the new jobs will generate salaries of more than stg£9.4m per annum when the projects are fully implemented.

“The investments are also good news for our growing life-sciences sector, which is gaining an international reputation for innovation and excellence,” she said.

By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles or managing production at Siliconrepublic.com, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones. She left the company in April 2015 in order to return to her native Canada.

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