Abbott Supplier Quality Engineer (Intermediate) in Clonmel, Ireland


Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 10 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, support operations and shared services in Dublin. 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 Vascular Division – Clonmel

Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses. Abbott Vascular is uniquely focused on advancing the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education.

Our broad line of vascular devices–which includes vessel closure, endovascular and coronary technologies–are used to treat vessel diseases of the heart, carotid arteries and peripheral blood vessels. These vessel diseases can lead to heart attack, stroke, critical limb ischemia and other serious vascular conditions.

We are looking for a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer to join the Vascular Division located in Clonmel and this role will involve the following:

Primary function

Provides technical support in the selection and approval of suppliers and service providers by performing supplier evaluations. Monitors supplier performance to drive supplier corrective action. Conducts supplier certification activities. Drives improvement and corrective action in the quality of components sourced from outside suppliers.

Main responsibilities

  • Assesses potential new suppliers and service providers for technical, quality and quality systems capabilities. Determines method of evaluation and forwards either a correspondence questionnaire to the supplier or conducts an on-site audit. Prepares an audit report that establishes the outcome of the audit and details the non-conformances identified during the on-site audit. Works closely with suppliers to obtain an appropriate written corrective action response plan with estimated dates for completion. Tracks audit results, including corrective actions and provides follow-up to these actions, as required.

  • Evaluates Exception Reports (ER) issued for nonconforming supplied material and prepares Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCAR) to effect resolution of root cause problems contributing to unsatisfactory supplier quality performance.

  • Maintains an active role with new product development teams to assist in supplier selection and approval and provide support, as required. Applies the appropriate engineering discipline to assure acceptable products or services and to resolve quality issues.

  • Prepares data for presentation at the Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) meetings summarising the results and status of corrective and preventive actions initiated with suppliers to strive for improvement.

  • Ensures that the supplier performs and documents the appropriate engineering approach to activities such as qualification/validation and provides assistance in these efforts, as appropriate.

  • Conducts field visits of supplier sites to bring understanding and resolution of quality problems.

  • Uses computer software to measure, track and trend supplier quality performance and provide feedback to the organisation and to the supplier for continuous improvement.

  • Conducts certification activities to upgrade eligible approved suppliers to certified supplier status.

  • Notifies suppliers of customer complaints related to device failures resulting from supplied material and requires investigation and corrective action.

Education & Job Skills

  • (Experience/Education) National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline. 4+ years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • (Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Solid understanding and application of business concepts, procedures and practices. Will perform this job in a quality system environment. (Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Has a sound knowledge of a variety of alternatives and their impact on their business unit.

  • (Influence/Leadership) Establishes and cultivates an extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments. Participates in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and offering counsel. May lead a project team. Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects. Influences middle management on technical or business solutions. May interact with vendors.

  • (Planning/Organisation) Plans and organises non-routine tasks. Initiates or maintains work schedule. Establishes priorities of work assignments.

  • (Decision Making/Impact) Exercises judgment in selecting innovative, practical methods to achieve problem resolution. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious delays and considerable expenditure of resources.

  • (Supervision Received) Works under minimal supervision. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions. Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.

  • (Supervision Provided) May provide work direction and guidance to exempt and/or skilled non-exempt levels of employees. May be asked to evaluate performance of and assist in career development planning for subordinates.

  • The availability to travel both within Ireland and internationally will be required as part of this role.

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Operations Quality


AVD Vascular


Ireland > Clonmel : Cashel Road



Ie - Coreflex (Ireland)


Yes, 5 % of the Time


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