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AbbVie Microbiology Quality Laboratory Manager in Westport, Ireland

Great benefits and career progression? We Offer That! Making a global impact in your role? We Offer That Too! Ready to join the AbbVie Team?

The complexities of our global organization provide unique opportunities for growth, job stability, and the pursuit of what matters most to us in our lives. Our passion for operational excellence helps us have a remarkable impact on lives worldwide while maintaining a strong work/life balance that keeps us focused and fulfilled.

We are now recruiting for Quality Manager for our Microbiology Laboratory to join our team in AbbVie Westport.

As our new Microbiology Lab Manager, you will be responsible for the planning, supervision and control of the Microbiology Environmental Monitoring teams, whom are responsible for the environmental monitoring & utility programs for the Westport site. As part of your new role you will ensure that testing is completed appropriately and in accordance with procedures which will be achieved by having a continued “on the floor” presence within the laboratory and the business unit cleanrooms, actively engaging with, challenging and motivating team members. You will be responsible for the activities of the Microbiology technicians within the team that you manage.

So if you are ambitious and driven to make a real impact on a global scale, read on to find out more and apply…

Key Activities:

  • Provide guidance to direct and indirect reports to ensure activities are completed as per schedule and in a GMP compliant manner and in line with regulatory (QA and EHS) and global requirements. Ensure effective recording, analysis and reporting of Micro KPIs ensuring issues impacting quality performance are addressed and drive continuous improvement

  • Maintain strong relationships with management and colleagues both within the site business units and the quality function, direct reports and customers. Articulate the necessary aseptic and micro requirements in a clear, concise and persuasive manner

  • Provide motivation to the team and take appropriate corrective on individual/team performance where required

  • Actively participate in the training and certification of new employees. Support the laboratory trainer in training material to ensure Technicians on the EM teams. Ensure all aspects of the area of responsibility are fully staffed and that any constraints are managed appropriately. Coach and develop team members to support the company’s succession planning

  • Hold Team Tier meetings, attend Micro Dept and Production Dept Tier meetings. Attend and provide Micro/aseptic oversight at RCA meetings linked to microbial events.

  • Represent the dept at global COE meetings, ensuring site is represented and complete actions from COE meetings.

  • Demonstrate active support and involvement in successful progress of compliance initiatives to enhance the site aseptic quality program. Foster an environmental of continuous improvements for the QC area by identifying and implementing efficiencies and quality improvements.

  • Represent the site in Inspections as deemed necessary as a subject matter expert in the field of microbiology.

  • Ensure appropriate investigation, root cause analysis and corrective / preventative actions has been completed for all microbial events.

Education & Experience:

  • BS degree in Science or equivalent + 7 years of relevant experience

  • Extensive knowledge of microbiology tasks and associated regulatory standards and guidance. Ability to anticipate, understand and address the changing regulatory environment of the Pharma/Medical device industry. Assess implications of new regulatory guidance and implement necessary changes as they relate to Micro and Aseptics

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of Annex 1 and other similar regulatory documents

  • Experience working within Lab & Cleanroom at GMP standards

  • Proven track record in direct people management

  • Excellent conflict handling skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills essential for working across multi-functional teams

So, does this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for? Then join AbbVie!

AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative solutions for patients and being part of an inclusive work environment.

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. If you would like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email