Science, Pharma & Food


Innovative opportunities within science, Pharma & Food.

As the world becomes increasingly technology-dependent, the range of businesses emerging around the STEM areas continues to grow. For example, Northern Ireland has become a hub for cutting-edge research and innovation in life and health sciences. Food and drink is a £5 billion industry in Northern Ireland and is the region's largest manufacturer, accounting for 32% of manufacturing sales and 22% of manufacturing export sales.



Our Science, Pharma, and Food team are connected with the leading companies across these industries throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the US.

As a result, we have a strong understanding of the different routes individuals in these fields can follow and the progressive steps that can be taken to achieve a rewarding and accomplished career.  

At MCS Group, our team of specialist consultants recruit for various Pharma jobs and Science and Food roles at all levels of seniority from graduate to director level. As the market continues to adapt to future technology needs and responds to updated quality regulations, our consultants can provide current advice and support, recruiting across both permanent and temporary positions.

Why Choose Northern Ireland for Science, Pharma and Food Recruitment?

  • Higher demand in occupations relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
  • As the world becomes increasingly technology-dependent, the range of businesses emerging around the STEM areas will grow significantly. This will require people to get a good education in STEM subjects.
  • As the largest industry in Northern Ireland, there will be 15,000 potential job opportunities across the food supply chain in the next five years.
  • To meet future food security challenges and climate change, we'll be using more innovative and automated technologies, which will drive demand for engineers, scientists and mathematicians.
  • Food and Drink is a £5 billion industry in Northern Ireland and is the region's largest manufacturer.
  • Northern Ireland is home to many centres of excellence. These centres are undertaking relevant research and channelling university expertise to develop sophisticated products and processes. This is aimed at assisting the growth of companies in our food and drink sector.
  • One of the world's most advanced food safety programmes. When you source food and drink from Northern Ireland, you can be sure of its quality.
  • Our agri-food industry is responsive and adaptive to changing market conditions and economic downturns, with a proven track record for growth, even in challenging economic climates.
  • High technology research and development, diagnostic and analytical testing
  • Scientific capabilities in the areas of agriculture, animal health, food, environment and biosciences
  • Agri-food is strategically crucial to the Northern Ireland economy.
  • The processing industry is our largest manufacturing industry. Accounting for 32% of manufacturing sales, 24% of total manufacturing external sales, and 22% total manufacturing export sales.
  • Food & drink processors employ around 21,000 people.
  • The sector is also essential in supporting the local supply chain, supporting 26,000 farms right across NI.
  • Our food & drink sector is locally focused, making 89% of its sales within the British Isles, accounting for 89% of sales. Great Britain accounts for 50% of sales, and the United Kingdom for 72% of sales.
  • The Republic of Ireland is the sector's largest export market, accounting for 17% of sales.
  • Northern Ireland is a global leader in food safety - Global Food Safety Unit at Queen's University.
  • Northern Ireland produces 20% of the UK's beef and 15% of the UK's dairy.
  • Food and Drink - 23,173 people in 196 Businesses
  • Life and Health Sciences - Over 8,800 people in over 200 companies Areas of expertise: • Precision Medicine • Medical Devices & Digital Health • Clinical Trials
  • The portable defibrillator was designed in Northern Ireland by Professor Frank Pantridge.
  • Northern Ireland is a hub for cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of life and health sciences.
  • Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence - This £10 million initiative from Invest Northern Ireland, and Queen's University Belfast has created an internationally accredited laboratory. This focuses on diagnostics that can be used to predict a cancer patient's response to treatment. This allows potentially costly drugs to be used more effectively.
  • Our food and drink products are available in more than 70 countries.

Roles we recruit for

  • QA/QC Technician
  • Quality Manager
  • New Product Development Manager
  • Food Technologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Process Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biologist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Head of Scientific Research
  • Water Chemist
  • Food Technologist
  • Regulatory Affairs Officer
  • Scientific Officer
  • Microbiologist

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