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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

PharmaChemical Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
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Job Training
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€33k > 71 
IT Team Leader
Salary Range
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€33 - 71 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

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At a Glance... header image

Responsible for a team of people, motivating and encouraging them to meet customer satisfaction goals.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Review project plans to plan and coordinate project activity.

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Manage backup, security and user help systems.

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Develop and interpret organizational goals, policies, and procedures.

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Develop computer information resources, providing for data security and control, strategic computing, and disaster recovery.

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Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.

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Stay abreast of advances in technology.

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Meet with department heads, managers, supervisors, vendors, and others, to solicit cooperation and resolve problems.

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Provide users with technical support for computer problems.

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Recruit, hire, train and supervise staff, or participate in staffing decisions.

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Evaluate data processing proposals to assess project feasibility and requirements.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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