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Abbott Senior Scientist in Finisklin, Ireland

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At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

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 Diagnostic Division – Sligo:

Abbott Diagnostic's is a global leader of in vitro diagnostics with approximately 70,000 institutional customers in more than 100 countries. Our diagnostic products offer a broad range of innovative instrument systems and tests for hospitals, reference labs, blood banks, physician offices and clinics.

Abbott’s diagnostic products offer customers automation, convenience, cost effectiveness and flexibility. Abbott has helped transform the practice of medical diagnosis from an art to a science, helping to create the modern diagnostics industry through the company's commitment to improving patient care and lowering overall costs. The history of Abbott Diagnostics is filled with examples of first-of-a-kind products and significant technological advancements.

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We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Technical Support Scientist and this role will involve the following:


To ensure the plant meets its customer quality, service, regulatory, financial and safety goals through effective technical support of DRO and BRO products.

Primary function

Independently manage complex, long-duration projects, product improvements and investigations. Proactively identify opportunities for significant operational, process, or product improvements. Proactively identify opportunities for significant operational, process, or product improvements.


Applies specialized knowledge of product or process design, standardization, performance anchors and modes of control to create and review risk management files. Maintains detailed knowledge and understanding of product or process design

Environmental Health & Safety

To ensure Environmental health & Safety standards are met and all EHS regulations and procedures are adhered to. Foster an awareness of Environmental Health & Safety in the plant and promote a culture of continuous improvement.


The position reports to the relevant TPD Team Leader, TPD Manager, Technical Operations Manager, Programme Team Leader/Project Manager or Strategic Projects Manager as required.

Supervisory/ Management Responsibility

No supervisory duties.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Project Management: Independently design, manage, and conduct complex long duration projects, product improvements, and investigations (or supports Third Party Manufacturing projects).

  • Product and Process Improvements : Independently manage complex long duration projects, product improvements, and investigations. Recognizes opportunities and proposes novel ideas for significant operational, process or product improvements. Proactively identify opportunities for significant operational, process or product improvements. Perform or support test and process method modifications, considering CQAs, critical process parameters and analytical performance characteristics. Identify technical alternatives and make risk-based decisions within the area. Use technical data that interacts with multiple areas and processes. Provides diverse, independent technical data and insight to support risk management evaluation and assessment.

  • Design control and risk management: Effectively balances compliance risk and business risk to create and review risk management files.

  • Complaint and internal investigations: Independently manages complex investigations to resolution. Demonstrates advanced statistical techniques, MAIC and or project management tools. Provides audit inputs and support as required

  • Technical Support: Assist in resolution of multiple complex technical and quality issues across ADD Sites, TPMs and or functions (instrument; reagents; software and commodities). Anticipate, recognize and resolve technical issues.

  • Sharing Knowledge: Presents complex technical information to internal and external groups. Shares scientific information and expertise with customers and regulatory agencies. Experience mentoring and teaching others to facilitate timely resolution of product and process technical issues.

  • Strategic and Results Orientation: Demonstrates fiscal responsibility through actionable recommendations and accomplishments. Translates top-level goals to specific goals and aligns activities with respective strategic business priorities.

  • EHS : Complete all activities in a safe manner ensuring that any potential safety issues and areas for improvement are highlighted to Manager. Ensure Environmental procedures e.g. recycling, waste minimization are adhered to and improvements made where possible.

Leadership Activities

  • Provides scientific and technical leadership and direction to project teams or other cross-functional teams to meet established timelines and departmental goals and objectives.

  • Independently manages internal or external product investigations and related CAPA activities.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Ability to work with all levels of management.

  • Effectively communicates with project team and other site personnel.

  • High level of interaction with other Abbott sites; some interaction at corporate level as well as with external customers and agencies.


  • Higher Certificate, Ordinary or Honors Bachelor degree in scientific and technical field is desired or relevant combination of education and experience.

Experience/ Background

  • 4-6 years’ related work experience. Advanced degree preferred. (Advanced degree(s) may offset required years of experience).

Problem solving

  • Receives infrequent direction; and provides work directions for other technical personnel.Identifies, understands and resolves technical problems and operational issues. Anticipates and avoids reoccurrences. Utilizes appropriate experimental, statistical and project management tools.


The position impacts on plant and technical operations, as well as manufacturing and financial exposure of decisions

Scope of Authority

  • Has set targets and goals to achieve which are reviewed on weekly/monthly basis.

  • Receives infrequent direction; may provide work directions for other technical personnel.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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