Abbott Technical Specialist 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 Technical Support Scientist and this role will involve the following:

Primary Function:

Proactively contribute to design control or process/product improvement activities and investigations. Perform or support test/process method modifications, recognize adverse trends/emerging issues, and propose/implement solutions.

Major Responsibilities:


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

Project Management: Manage product and process improvements independently using established principles and procedures.

Product and Process Improvements :Monitor performance of multiple manufacturing processes and products differing in nature but with recurring themes to recognize adverse trends and instigate improvement programs as required. Proactively contribute to design control, process and product improvement activities, and investigations. May perform or support test and process method modifications. Recognize adverse trends and emerging issues. Propose and implement solutions to internal and external issues.

Design control and risk management:

By standard practice independently develops, and maintains risk management files and organizes data for risk management evaluation and decisions.

Complaint and internal investigations:

Manage investigations, identify root cause and drive to resolution with minimal supervision. Provides audit inputs and support as required.

Technical Support:

Develop and design experiments, analyze data and recommend next steps.

Sharing Knowledge:

Presents technical information to management and may present externally to customers. Shares knowledge and expertise with others in work group. Mentors or teaches others to facilitate timely resolution of product and process technical issues.

Strategic and Results Orientation:

Demonstrates fiscal responsibility through support of product availability and improvement.

Education & Experience

Relevant third level qualification in scientific and/or technical field is desired or relevant combination of education and experience.

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

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


  • Relevant post-graduate qualification.

This experience will ensure awareness and the importance of:

  • following procedures.

  • accurate record keeping.

  • basic problem-solving skills


Requires specialized knowledge of product or process design, standardization, performance anchors and modes of control.

Accountability / Scope / Problem Solving:

Receives general direction. Identifies, understands and resolves technical problems and operational issues. Utilizes appropriate experimental, statistical and project management tools. Capable of resolving different but recurring problems. Thinking is innovative but guided by standard practice/precedent. Requires some specialised knowledge.

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

Works independently or Individual Contributor

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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