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Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.

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200 New Jobs with Pharma Company MSD

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200 New Jobs with Pharma Company MSD

Monday, February 15, 2016 

200 New Jobs with Pharma Company MSD

US pharmaceutical company MSD is set to create 200 jobs this year.

The new jobs will be across three of its Irish manufacturing sites:

  • 110 jobs in MSD's Carlow facility, which is the company's only standalone vaccine and biologics facility outside the US
  • A further 50 roles at MSD's Cork base in Brinny
  • 40 in new roles at MSD’s R&D facility at Ballydine in Co Tipperary

The jobs will be available across the areas of:

  • Operations
  • Quality
  • Engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Commercial operations

MSD already employs over 2,000 people across five sites in Dublin, Carlow, Cork, Tipperary and Wicklow. Its Irish operations - encompassing manufacturing, commercial, global financial services and marketing facilities - had a turnover of €3bn in 2014. 

The company provides healthcare solutions and innovative medicines in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, immunology, oncology, infectious diseases, women's health and anaesthesia. MSD’s Irish sites are involved in the production of over 60% of the company’s global top 20 products.

Associate Vice President and Site Lead at MSD in Ballydine, Co. Tipperary, Ger Carmody, said the new employees "will play a key role in delivering MSD's overall ambition to preserve and improve human life. "Our state-of-the-art facilities in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary are leading the way in the development of new medicines, including MSD's new treatments for cancer and hepatitis C, which are being manufactured in Ireland for the world market," he added.

Details of career opportunities with MSD in Ireland are available here.

Explore the Pharma Sector and related careers here.


The CareersPortal Team