Belfast Telegraph

Norbrook to hire 400 new staff in international exports drive

By Margaret Canning

A VETERINARY pharmaceutical company in Northern Ireland is taking on 400 new staff in roles from production to research over the next two years.

Newry-based Norbrook Laboratories, which already employs 1,700 people, said it was expanding in order meet growing demand around the world for its products and services.

The company develops, licenses, makes and markets veterinary pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. It was founded in the late 1960s by Co Louth-born Eddie Haughey, now Lord Ballyedmond.

Company recruitment manager James Gibbs said the business will hold a recruitment open day in Belfast on June 25.

He said: "The new jobs will be spread right across the full spectrum of our operation and will range from high-end, senior positions through to committed and motivated production operatives, all offering extremely competitive and attractive salaries.

"At the moment, we currently have 21 jobs on our website which include analytical science graduates, quality assurance inspector, production supervisor/chemist, facilities manager, commercial solicitor and chemical engineer," he added.

Around 230 new staff have already joined the company so far this year in roles including production, engineering, finance, research and scientific analysis.

Norbrook manufactures veterinary pharmaceuticals on contract for the world's leading veterinary pharmaceutical companies from its three plants in Newry.

The company has spent around £150m on expanding its Newry facilities to include new product suites, warehousing and office space.

It also has sites in Australia, Brazil, England, Kenya, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Uganda and the US.

Norbrook said that it spends around 10% of annual turnover on research and development.

In 2012, its turnover was £181m and it made pre-tax profit of £16m.

Last year, the company launched a new medicine for cattle, which became a market leader in the UK and Ireland and is now being launched in Europe.

Mr Gibbs said the company was a "true Northern Ireland success story" which had managed to defy the recession.

"A key to our success has been the calibre of our highly educated, well trained and committed staff," he said.

"We recruit only the best and we are fortunate that within Northern Ireland we have an excellent recruitment pool."

He said that the company will hold a recruitment open day in the Europa Hotel in Belfast on June 25 between 8am and 8pm.

Potential job candidates will be able to speak to staff from a range of departments about what a job might entail and what career opportunities exist in the company.

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