Abbott Quality Team Leader - Change Control in Longford, Ireland

About Abbott

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 more than 3,200 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 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 Quality Team Leader - Change Control and this role will involve the following:

Primary Function/Goals/Objectives

  • Responsible for management of Change Control, including site design control activities for product/process changes to meet site business needs and ensure effective design control of on-market products.

  • Continuously drive departmental projects to support quality and continuous improvement activities.

  • Developing and managing department metrics to support factory throughput and financial plan development.

Major Responsibilities

For this role you will need to:

  • Work within the Quality Department to manage site change control activities for products and processes.

  • Conduct business in a manner that will protect human health, safety and the environment by complying with all applicable EHS laws as well as the Abbott Global and Technical Standards.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to reports to ensure both area of work and product quality are maintained to the highest standards.

  • Provide the necessary leadership to ensure comprehensive training programs to enable the Change Control Team to perform their functions to a "Best in Class" standard ensuring premium customer service levels

  • Ensure Personal and team adherence to individual Core Job Responsibilities. Set high expectations for communication, accountability and people development for self and team.

  • Demonstrate leadership by managing your respective area in a fashion to ensure all relevant throughput targets for your area are achieved.

  • Lead area projects and ensure successful planning, execution, completion and implementation to reduce costs, increase throughput and improve process workflows.

  • Manage team to ensure site practices and HR guidelines are adhered to and personnel development is supported.

  • Ensure compliance to GLP/GMP practices, timeliness of CAPA and audit actions and promotion of activities to reduce errors.

  • Optimize the use of human resources by encouraging an atmosphere of involvement, open communications and effective teamwork.

  • Motivate employees and build teams to support the plant's policy of continuous improvement towards the concept of zero defects.

  • Maintain ETMS TO DO LIST.

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

Manage Direct Reports


  • A relevant third level qualification combined with background and experience (described below) as this provides a necessary foundation for this job function.

  • Education • A relevant third level qualification combined with background and experience (described below) as this provides a necessary foundation for this job function.Background/Experience The following experience provides a necessary foundation for this Job function:

  • Knowledge of GMP requirements in a healthcare or pharmaceutical facility (as this wil provide an understanding of the quality requirements for this role).

  • The ability to work co-operatively and effectively with others to establish and maintain good working relationships.

  • The highest level of integrity in the successful completion of your work.

  • Advanced leadership skills in order to build an effective team by providing clear direction and defining priorities.

  • Self Starter with proven problem-solving skills and proven track record of results.

  • Good communication and presentation skills.


• Decision making within confines of agreed product availability and performance goals.

• Activities broadly defined by agreed impact goals.

• Discussion and direction occurs via regular team meetings and one-to-one meetings with Manager.

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

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