Life Sciences sec­tor a key Sligo growth area

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THERE are now more op­por­tu­ni­ties than ever in Ire­land, with a boom­ing Life Sciences In­dus­try that is set to grow even fur­ther.

This is par­tic­u­larly good news for any­one who is think­ing of re­lo­cat­ing to Sligo or, bet­ter yet, al­ready liv­ing there.

Over the past 10 years, the Bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal In­dus­try has made Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment of over €10 bil­lion in new fa­cil­i­ties in Ire­land, rep­re­sent­ing some of the big­gest in­vest­ment in new Biotech fa­cil­i­ties glob­ally.

There has never been a bet­ter time for the Life Sciences sec­tor in Ire­land.

With nine of the top ten global Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions based in Ire­land and a MedTech sec­tor that has be­come one of the lead­ing clus­ters glob­ally, Ire­land is to­day the world’s eighth-largest pro­ducer and fifth-largest ex­porter of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts and the sec­ond largest ex­porter of MedTech prod­ucts in Europe.

The Biotech sec­tor, in par­tic­u­lar, is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­pre­sented growth with re­cent in­vest­ments of over €3 bil­lion from lead­ing global com­pa­nies and BioPhar­maChem Ire­land pro­ject­ing that cur­rent em­ploy­ment of 6,000 in the sec­tor will rise to 11,000 by the end of 2018.

“The po­ten­tial in the sec­tor is mind-blow­ing in terms of op­por­tu­ni­ties for ju­nior, mid-level and se­nior can­di­dates across all sec­tors in­clud­ing En­gi­neer­ing, Qual­ity, IT, Sup­ply Chain and Man­u­fac­tur­ing.” said Ni­amh O’Driscoll, Man­ag­ing Part­ner at Fast­net The Tal­ent Group.

“I think we’re go­ing to see com­pa­nies think­ing more holis­ti­cally in terms of tal­ent,” she ex­plained.

“With a lot of work be­ing au­to­mated in the fu­ture, some of the ‘softer’ skills will be­come re­ally cru­cial - creativ­ity, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, lead­er­ship agility and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.”

Such is the de­mand for ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied re­cruits in the sec­tor, that Fast­net has seen a ris­ing num­ber of counter of­fers this year, with com­pa­nies com­pet­ing for top tal­ent.

In terms of aca­demic achieve­ment, em­ploy­ers are gen­er­ally look­ing for a strong 2:1 or higher in the STEM sub­jects.

“They want can­di­dates who are te­na­cious, pas­sion­ate and driven,” added O’Driscoll.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties are there but it has to be the right fit for both par­ties.”

As the mar­ket leader in the Life Sciences sec­tor, Fast­net is uniquely placed to un­der­stand and ad­dress the trends and chal­lenges in­volved in this flour­ish­ing sec­tor.

Es­tab­lished in 1999 and head­quar­tered in Lit­tle Is­land, Co. Cork, with a re­cently es­tab­lished sec­ond of­fice in Dublin, the in­no­va­tive Tal­ent and Re­cruit­ment Con­sul­tancy pro­vides a di­verse port­fo­lio of tal­ent so­lu­tions to many lead­ing multi­na­tional and in­dige­nous com­pa­nies in­clud­ing; Ab­bVie, GSK, No­var­tis, BioMarin and MSD.

Fast­net are cur­rently work­ing with a World Lead­ing Bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany in Sligo and have mul­ti­ple open roles across a range of sec­tors.

“Our spe­cial­ist Tal­ent Con­sul­tants are ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cruit­ing top tal­ent for our multi­na­tional clients and al­ways de­liver an ex­cep­tional and per­son­alised ser­vice to both can­di­dates and clients alike.

“For can­di­dates, we take the time to un­der­stand their long-term ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions.

We con­nect them with lead­ing em­ploy­ers and part­ner with them through­out the se­lec­tion process,” said Emma.

Fast­net un­der­stand that mak­ing a ca­reer move is a life-chang­ing de­ci­sion and our goal is to find the best ‘fit’ for every can­di­date and fa­cil­i­tate that per­son to re­alise their full ca­reer po­ten­tial.

Emma O’Driscoll of Fast­net.

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