Abbott Technical Product Manager in Longford, Ireland

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 Technical Manager and this role will involve the following:

Major Responsibilities

  • Manage the smooth transfer of new products from other Abbott sites and third party manufacturing sites into AIDD in compliance with quality system requirements.

  • Lead product/process development/improvement projects, in compliance with Q04 document series requirements.

  • Direct and support technical investigations utilizing the Six Sigma DMAIC process and associated tools to ensure a standardized and systematic approach.

  • Assist manufacturing with the necessary resources to provide high quality, safe and effective diagnostic products.

  • Ensure that the relevant EHS and global technical standards are met and safe working practices are adhered to.

  • Recommend/implement improvements to standards and foster a culture of continuous improvement in safety.

  • Work in concert with the manufacturing team to identify, document, investigate and remedy the cause of product non-conformance in compliance with site CAPA system requirements.

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

  • Ensure applicable GMP and GLP requirements are maintained.

  • Ensure regular appraisals are carried out, that training needs are identified and training plans are agreed and implemented.

  • Ensure all employees, including those not under his/her direct supervision comply with all company rules/regulations.

  • Identify and communicate project progress, achievements and any project related issues to Site Director and Management Team through formal Project/Product Review meetings and develop contingencies.

  • Maintain ETMS to do list.


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

  • A Bachelor of Science degree or higher in a relevant life science or chemistry discipline as this will provide a basic understanding of the scientific principles required to understand the manufacturing processes and the skills required to record and analyse data from process testing or laboratory experiments.


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

  • Minimum of two years people management experience

  • Two years’ experience in the development or manufacturing support of diagnostic assays.


  • Two years’ experience in a technical position in a relevant scientific industry


  • A relevant post graduate qualification

  • This experience will ensure awareness and the importance of

  • Following procedures

  • Accurate record keeping

  • Basic problem solving skills


  • The Manager is responsible for the day to day running of his/her area. He/she will be responsible for improvement/development/transfer projects and technical decisions related to product performance and quality. If not carried out properly then employee relation difficulties or product quality problems could result in losses to the company.

  • Set targets and goals to achieve each year, which are agreed in advance with the Department Manager.

  • Decision making within confines of agreed performance goals.

  • Accountable for project/programme scope, execution and completion within budget constraints and scheduled target dates.

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

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

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