Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly has been operating in Ireland since 1978 and today the company employs almost 2,000 people, with an additional 500 outsourced and contract staff involved in the provision of day-to-day support services for the company’s operations here.

Lilly’s first investment in Ireland began in 1978, with the purchase of a farm in the West Cork countryside, near Kinsale. Today, that site has grown to a vast high-technology manufacturing campus that employs over 900 people and uses complex chemical synthesis and biotechnology manufacturing processes to make active ingredients for Lilly medicines. These active ingredients are further processed at drug product manufacturing plants into medicines for use in therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, diabetes and pain.


Each and every day, like our colleagues around the world, our employees in Ireland strive to live the Lilly values of Integrity, Excellence and Respect for People, while also doing our bit for the communities in which we operate. Being part of Lilly is about being part of an open, welcoming and inclusive culture, one that thrives on Diversity & Inclusion, one that promotes personal growth, and one that is dedicated to making lives better for the patients we serve.