BioMarin International Ltd entered Ireland in August 2011 and since then has announced significant expansion and progress plans for its manufacturing operations facility in Shanbally, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork and its Dublin Global Commercial Operations Hub. This year alone saw the recruitment of over 170 people in Ireland.
The global biotech company is now looking to fill positions across many departments including Manufacturing Sciences & Technology, Engineering, EHS, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Validation, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Material Operations, and Finance.
Michael O’Donnell, site leader at BioMarin in Cork, says: “Cork is the hub for BioMarin’s European manufacturing operations, and overall, Ireland is a strategic location for BioMarin’s growth in global operations. Ireland provides a highly educated, well trained and experienced workforce, and business friendly climate, along with a strong governmental support model. This allows us to focus on what we do best — targeting diseases like Morquio A syndrome, an ultra-rare, severely debilitating disease that lacks effective drug therapies and affects relatively few people worldwide.”
BioMarin’s reputation for being innovative is largely driven by providing first-in-class or best-in-class treatments that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic orphan diseases. BioMarin remains steadfast to its original mission — to bring new treatments to market that will make a big impact on small patient populations.
One of BioMarin’s differentiating factors in attracting talent has been its connection with patients, explains O’Donnell: “We’ve had many patients visit and speak to the team about the impact our treatments have made to their lives and their families and carers. It gives our employees a compelling reason to come to work and do their very best for our patients.”
At BioMarin, staff have the chance to work in many areas of the business.
O’Donnell says: “We invest significantly on the importance of ‘how we work’, as much as recognising the technical aptitude one may bring to their role. Performance is rewarded with providing opportunities to get involved cross functionally, or to transition to different areas across the business on an assignment or rotational basis while developing and growing one’s technical and interpersonal skills.”