RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Greater Charlotte region is bringing a big “Help Wanted” message to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s monthly Jobs Network event, in search of production employees to help meet its fast-growing demand.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, an India-based global pharmaceutical company, has been scaling up production at its $100 million Monroe campus since last June, when it received its first U.S. Food and Drug Administration go-ahead to market one of its North Carolina-made drugs in the United States.

As a result, the company hopes to hire 50 to 70 more employees during the next couple of months for “multi-shift operational activities” to supplement its 160-person workforce and enable round-the-clock production.

Company representatives plan to attend the free public Jobs Network event starting at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. During the visit, they hope to meet job seekers.

The company is especially interested in:

  • Manufacturing Operators
  • Maintenance and Engineering Management and Support
  • Engineers, Project Management, Mechanics, Planners, Technicians
  • Quality Control and Microbiology Management and Support
  • Stability, Metrology, Raw Material, Finished Goods
  • Quality Assurance Management and Support
  • In-Process Quality Assurance, Quality Systems, Quality Event Management

Applicants with pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical manufacturing experience are preferred, with knowledge of both oral solid dosage and sterile products. Workers are needed for all shifts, though second- and third-shift applicants are especially sought.

About the company

Glenmark, headquartered in Mumbai, is a global innovative pharmaceutical company with operations in more than 80 countries. In 2014, it purchased the 15-acre Monroe site for its first North American manufacturing facility. The company has subsequently invested more than $100 million in the original 102,000-square-foot facility and an adjacent five acres at the Monroe Corporate Center site near the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport, with plans for even more future expansion.

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The Monroe facility is designed to manufacture a variety of fixed-dose pharmaceutical formulations. At peak capacity, the company expects the site to produce 300 to 400 million tablets and capsules, 20 to 25 million vials and prefilled syringes, and 25 to 30 million ampoules for inhaled formulations.

Globally, Glenmark has 16 manufacturing facilities in Europe, India and the U.S., operating under Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure quality and safety. It has sales in more than 50 countries.

The company has listed specific job openings, and is accepting applications, on the “Career Search” page on its website.

NC’s factory jobs abound in the life sciences

Glenmark is not alone in its quest for North Carolina’s life science talent. NCBiotech’s Jobs Board lists more than 100 additional openings, especially in the state’s crackling-hot pharmaceutical manufacturing and biomanufacturing sectors.

Significant Jobs Board numbers come from Frankel Staffing Partners (12 postings from various companies), and amazing new-tech footholds such as Locus Biosciences (10 postings), Medicago (nine postings), Neurocog Trials (eight postings) and Precision BioSciences (six postings).

If you, or someone you know, are trying to find value in your work life, North Carolina’s life science sector may be the best option you’ve never considered. There are numerous training programs available, leading to great jobs that pay twice the average salary earned in the rest of the state’s private sector.

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Manufacturing is still a transformational force in North Carolina. That’s because the end products and processes are vastly different now than those that drove the state’s economy in the last century. Pharmaceutical manufacturing and biomanufacturing jobs have supplanted North Carolina’s factory legacies of tobacco, textiles and furniture.

And you have to admit, there’s something special about knowing that whacking malaria, and a host of other nasty global health problems, is just all in your day’s work.

@N.C. Biotech Center