Engineers in demand across the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Devices sector | Collins McNicholas

Engineers in demand across the Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Devices sector

Biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device companies are some of the largest employers in the country. Nine of the ten largest global pharmaceutical companies and twenty of the world’s top thirty Medical Technologies companies are based in Ireland and with the support of IDA Ireland they are continuing to invest in Ireland. Despite the slowdown in most other industries these sectors have continued to thrive in Ireland in recent years. As a leading supplier of talent to the Biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, Collins McNicholas are seeing strong demand for process, chemical, automation and validation engineers with at least 3 years industry experience.  From a graduate standpoint, students with honours qualifications in biotechnology, chemical and biomedical engineering, analytical chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology are the most sought after.

To date in 2013 we have registered 34% more engineering positions from the medical devices, biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries compared to the same period last year. As well as the aforementioned positions we are seeing increased demand for metrology, polymer, quality and design engineers with experience specifically from the medical devices industry.

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are consistently ranked as some of the best employers in the country. They have a reputation for treating their employees well, offering excellent salaries and benefits, and providing an interesting and rewarding environment to work in. Over the past few years there have been a number of exciting developments with some companies investing significantly in research and development activities in their Irish operations. Stryker, Abbott and Boston Scientific are just a few who have invested in R&D in recent years. As a result of the investment in R&D we are seeing an increase in the number of specialist roles with very specific skills requirements, such as materials scientists and design engineers, who are all required to support the R& D process. There are currently 25,000 people working in the medical technology industry in Ireland. They are dispersed over 250 different companies, with over 50% of them having dedicated R & D functions.  At Collins McNicholas we anticipate continued growth in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, providing greater opportunities for talented professionals to find employment.

Niall Murray

General Manager, Collins McNicholas