Engineer, Research and Development

Abbott Laboratories (Tipperary, Ireland) 1 day ago

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals products. In Ireland, Abbott employs over 4,000 people across nine sites. We have six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. Abbott has commercial, support operations and shared services in Dublin and Galway. We have 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.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB:

Provides support to the manufacturing organisation to facilitate efficient operations within the production area, to optimise existing processes, and to ensure that production goals are met. Monitors performance of equipment, machines and tools and corrects equipment problems or process parameters that produce non-conforming products, low yields or product quality issues.  Interfaces with quality and research and development organisations to integrate new products or processes into the existing manufacturing area.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Initiates and completes technical activities leading to new or improved products or process, for current programmes, next generation programmes and to meet strategic goals and objectives of the company.  Prepares reports, publishes, and makes presentations to communicate findings.
  • Analyses and solves problems from basic engineering principles, theories and concepts through to a wide range of complex and advanced problems which require novel and new innovative approaches or a major breakthrough in technology.  
  • Understands engineering principles theories, concepts, practices and techniques. Develops knowledge in a field to become a recognised leader or authority in an area of specialisation and applies this knowledge in leadership roles in the company.
  • Incorporates business policies and procedures into task completion. Understands the business needs of the company, and has knowledge of the customer needs of our business. Understands the business cycle and foresight of emerging technologies trends.
  • Cultivates internal and external network of resources to complete tasks. Serves as a resource in the selection orientation and training of new engineers and employees. May lead a project team, determining goals and objectives for the projects. Mentors employees by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance.
  • Interacts cross functionally and with internal and external customers.  Serves as a consultant for engineering or scientific interpretations and advice on significant matters.  Acts as a spokesperson to customers on business unit current and future capabilities.
  • Participates in validation activity. Role may vary between providing input to owning activities such as protocol/report writing and managing execution of validation activities.

EDUCATION & COMPETENCIES:

  • (Experience/Education) National Framework of Qualifications NFQ level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline and 2+ years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • (Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Working technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices and procedures.  General understanding of business unit/group function. Will perform this job in a quality system environment.  Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.
  • (Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of identifiable factors.  Exercises judgement within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Must have a broad knowledge of technical alternatives and an understanding of their impact on the systems environment.  
  • (Influence/Leadership) Cultivates a wide range of internal networks and begins to develop an extensive external network of resources to facilitate completion of tasks.  May lead a project team of moderate scope.  Provides guidance to less experienced staff. Acts as a mentor to lower level individual contributors. Influence exerted at peer level and occasionally at first levels of management.
  • (Planning/Organisation) Plans, organises, and prioritises own daily work routine to meet established schedule.
  • (Decision Making/Impact) Exercises authority and judegment within defined limits to determine appropriate action. Failure to achieve results or erroneous decisions or recommendations may cause delays in programme schedules and may result in the allocation of additional resources.
  • (Supervision Received) Works under general supervision. Follows established procedures. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgement, overall adequacy and accuracy.
  • (Supervision Provided) May provide limited 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.

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