Abbott Manufacturing Support Manager in Longford, Ireland

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 Diagnostics Division (ADD) Longford

Abbott established the first diagnostics manufacturing facility in Sligo in 1994 to manufacture blood-screening products and reagents. In 2004, Abbott Diagnostics operations in Ireland expanded with the opening of a second facility in Longford. The plant was first occupied in December 2004. Manufacturing commenced in March of the following year and the first product (Architect TSH) was launched in December of 2005. The Longford facility plays a key role in helping Abbott to meet the increasing global demand for diagnostic testing in areas such as infectious disease, cancer, thyroid and cardiovascular diseases.

We currently have a vacancy for a Manufacturing Support Manager and this role will involve the following:

Primary Function

To ensure the plant meets its quality, regulatory, customer service, and safety goals through effective management and support of Operations Process Support, CAPA and Micro areas. Accountable for manufacturing support to ensure that production targets and compliance requirements are met.

Major Responsibilities

  • Manage the CAPA, Micro and Process support teams within the manufacturing Operations

  • Work with area team leaders to identify opportunities for operational improvement, error reduction and CIP.

  • Develop process monitoring systems by identifying critical process steps and applying methods to reduce process variation in order to reduce/eliminate the cause of defects. (Process Monitoring & Defect Tracking)

  • Perform and support all internal and external quality audits.

  • Ensure all CAPA items are met on time and effective.

  • Conduct daily/weekly/monthly GMP walkthroughs as required. Action all findings and follow through to resolution. Present findings in reportable format and perform review of findings with all relevant stakeholders

  • Work directly with EHS department & Manufacturing Managers & Team Leaders and relevant support groups during accident/incident investigation and address any issues & preventative actions arising from these investigations.

  • Issue daily and monthly reports to all interested parties highlighting performance and outstanding issues.

  • Ensure all failure modes in process have been identified and addressed through FMEA.

  • Define process and product validation requirements, preparation of validation plans, protocols and reports and execution of validation studies.

  • Generation and approval of process & FUE qualification and documentation changes through the change request system.

  • Promote the vision and objectives of the area positively.

  • Review and analyse ideas generated through weekly area Kaizen and assess appropriately for next steps to be executed including feedback to idea generator.

  • Charter projects and continuously ensure validity of project objectives as well as identifying and managing project risks and issues.

  • Maintain the pace of projects and deliver measurable improvement as well as providing a weekly report on project(s) progress.

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

  • Supervisory/Management Responsibility.


The following level of education provides a necessary foundation for this Job function:

A third level qualification in a relevant discipline as this experience/level of education provides a necessary foundation for this Job function.

Good presentation skills to conduct training and presentations


The following experience provides a necessary foundation for this Job function:

Five years experience in a regulated industry including three years experience in a position with personnel responsibility as this will provide a good foundation for this job function

Excellent communication skills desired. Communicates with co-workers, other departments and other sites.

Good presentation skills experience of presenting and communicating complex data.


Lead a team of professionals to grow and succeed to department goals.

Initiate, plan and execute assigned projects and Improvement initiatives.

Activities broadly defined by agreed impact goals.

Review and feedback occurs via periodic goal reviews, annual performance and career development reviews.

Individual is given authority to carry out duties without close supervision.

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