Abbott Manufacturing 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 Manufacturing Technical Specialist and this role will involve the following:

Primary Function

  • Support the Manufacturing/Testing processes within the Operations department through developing and maintaining expertise in a designated process or technical speciality.

  • To ensure the plant meets its customer quality, service, regulatory, financial and safety goals through effective technical support of Diagnostic products.

  • To provide the necessary support to the product manufacturing team, ensuring that production targets are attained.

Major Responsibilities

  • Develop Subject Matter Expertise, and take lead, in designated change control/process/technical speciality.

  • Train / mentor fellow team members, including peers, as required.

  • Establish oneself as key contact for designated process.

  • Develop and maintain working relationship with cross-functional peers, including Technical Support, Quality and Supply Chain.

  • Provide necessary support to production schedule requirements as designated by Team Leader.

  • Champion the principles and practices of GMP/GLP. Lead by example, and provide mentoring support for team members.

  • Minimise generation of deviations by ensuring that all relevant documentation is being followed and that verification steps are being completed accurately and objectively.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the application of the Quality Policy through daily activities.

  • Ensure effective communication of process information and manufacturing issues to Team Leader.

  • To ensure that the plant meets the quality requirements of its customers, internal quality systems, internal & external auditors and other external agencies.

  • To liaise with, seek appropriate advice from and report when necessary to colleagues in Lake County, Dartford, Delkenheim and Japan.

  • To assist in preparation of the annual departmental budget.

  • To participate in the AIDD LONGFORD Self-Assessment procedure per site procedures.

  • To assist in the periodic review of controlled documents per site procedures.

  • Maintain ETMS To Do List.

  • 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 & Technical Standards.

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

  • Works independently or Individual Contributor.


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

  • A third level qualification in a relevant Chemistry or Life Science discipline


  • Relevant professional qualification as this level of education provides a necessary foundation for this Job function.


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

  • A minimum of 20 months experience in a regulated environment of which 12 months is in the manufacturing/testing or support of diagnostic products.


  • A relevant post-graduate qualification with 12 months experience in the manufacturing/testing or support of diagnostic products.


  • A relevant professional qualification, together with a minimum of 12 months experience of supporting the manufacture/test of diagnostic products.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

  • Advanced organisational skills and attention to detail.

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

  • A proven self-starter with the highest level of integrity in the successful completion of your work.

  • Excellent time keeping, attendance and performance record are a pre-requisite for this role.


  • The Manufacturing Technical Specialist is responsible for ensuring that procedures are adhered to and technical issues are resolved. Failure to do so could result in customer complaints, ultimately product recalls and significant financial losses.

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

  • Regular team meetings and one-on-one meetings with the Team Leader.

  • 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