Abbott Analytical Laboratory Supervisor in Clonmel, Ireland

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.

Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. It has commercial and support operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Ireland Vascular Division – Clonmel

Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses. Abbott Vascular is uniquely focused on advancing the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education.

Our broad line of vascular devices–which includes vessel closure, endovascular and coronary technologies–are used to treat vessel diseases of the heart, carotid arteries and peripheral blood vessels. These vessel diseases can lead to heart attack, stroke, critical limb ischemia and other serious vascular conditions.

We currently have a vacancy for a Laboratory Supervisor to join Abbott Vascular in Clonmel.

Primary Function

The senior Laboratory Supervisor is responsible for the analytical testing of all raw materials, in process, intermediates, engineering and finished goods submitted into the Drug Eluting Stent (DES) Analytical Laboratory. Provides day to day supervision for laboratory chemists and laboratory technicians who perform the chemical laboratory testing for all raw materials, in process intermediates, engineering and finished goods. May also be assigned responsibility for supervision of Microbiology laboratory. In some assignments, establishes the direction of the research necessary for the development and adaptation of new test procedures including validation of these procedures.

This is a senior role within the Laboratory. The individual will have responsibilities for all lab metrics, all lab training and all out of specification/ out of trend investigations. The individual will be a key leader for developing new hires and interfacing with the outside regulatory agencies. The individual will be responsible for achieving site objectives and ensuring key laboratory turnaround metrics. The person will ensure that all laboratory procedures are followed and will update current lab procedures for meeting continuous laboratory improvements.

Key Duties

Over sees appropriate disposition of all products and their component materials through the timely release of complete accurate test results. Oversees complete documentation of test records for all materials tested.

Ensures that the laboratory is in compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements. Maintains and uses technical expertise of current laboratory testing procedures/ instrumentation with input from an appropriate analytical resource. Applying technical expertise must initiate, schedule and implement productivity improvement programme with supervision.

Assure provision of and actively pursues improvement of laboratory support to production, research and development and engineering.

Writes Laboratory procedures, testing instructions and/or operating procedures. Approves specifications and testing instructions with supervisor guidance.

Leads in selection, hiring, training, termination, promotion, demotion or placement of employee in their group. Participates in all group performance reviews, merit ratings and salary increases.

Identifies and resolves personnel issues.

Assure training and development of subordinates.

May be responsible for one or more shifts across Microbiology personnel.

Assists in the responsibility of meeting division production objectives within planned budgets. Provides input to manager for resources needed to construct budgets, updates and changes in financial plan. Manages area supplies and equipment within budgeted amounts.

Originates and processes department requests for Capital Expenditure (RCE’s) with supervisory guidance. Provides input to department capital planning process.

Develop/maintain effective communication skills both verbal and written

Performs the general functions inherent in all supervisory positions and performs other related duties as assigned.

Education/Skills Required

National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline and 4+ years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

The incumbent must possess some level of human relations skills to deal effectively with members of the deparment and the areas serviced by the laboratory.

Problem solving is required in multiple facets of the job including technical, managerial, administrative, etc.

The supervisor must be able interpret impact of laboratory data for appropriate and effective action and priority with supervision.

The supervisor must be able to identify problem areas requiring development, maintenance, production, engineering, accounting or planning.

The supervisor must also be able to identify, communicate and follow through to completion in the development of necessary corrective action plans to resolve the problem. For example during the investigation of an out of specification analytical result indicating the potential failure of a critical production batch, the supervisor must use his/her technical knowledge of the analytical method and production process to determine key decisions on the acceptability of analytical data.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email