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50 Jobs for Sligo with AbbVie

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50 Jobs for Sligo with AbbVie

Monday, June 29, 2015 

50 Jobs for Sligo with AbbVie

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, today announced that AbbVie is creating 50 jobs and investing €40 million in expanding its development and manufacturing capacity at its Ballytivnan site in Sligo over the next four years.

50 new highly-skilled jobs will be created focusing on the devices that deliver AbbVie’s medicines to patients around the world. The company’s manufacturing site in Ballytivnan currently produces drug delivery devices, including a pen-style injector that is used by patients around the world who use AbbVie’s treatment indicated for a range of auto-immune conditions.

The site is AbbVie’s ‘centre of excellence’ for medical device manufacture, precision engineering, plastics moulding and metrology. It employs a highly skilled workforce specializing in the disciplines of science and engineering, with 80 percent having a third level education qualification ranging from degree to Ph.D. level.

The company employs more than 500 personnel at five different sites in Ireland, supporting commercial operations and general operations.

Job vacancies currently advertised at the company’s Sligo base include:

  • Moulding Engineer
  • Quality Systems Compliance Specialist
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Documentation Controller

For more information on these positions and to apply click here.

Updates on career opportunites with AbbVie can also be found on their Linkedin profile.

Explore Irelands Medical Devices Sector including career videos, industry related articles and the latest sector job news.

Source: IDA Press Release

The CareersPortal Team