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Careers with AbbVie for Science graduates

25 Jan 2023, 13:34

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Founded in 2013, AbbVie is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company now employs ~2,600 people across eight sites in Ireland including Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Mayo.


AbbVie Ireland operates two separate plants in Sligo employing more than 200 staff. The company’s high containment facility on the Manorhamilton Road was established in 2002 and has dedicated capabilities for potent active pharmaceutical ingredient and drug product manufacturing. This site recently underwent a significant €85 million expansion that doubled its footprint and provided additional capability to support AbbVie’s new product introductions.


AbbVie has a second manufacturing site in Sligo at Ballytivnan. Founded in 1974, this plant is now a global centre of excellence for design control and precision engineering in the production of drug delivery devices. Among the products made at this location are components for a pen-style device used by patients who have been prescribed a company treatment for rheumatoid arthritis,Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and other immune mediated inflammatory conditions.


The company’s plant in Carrigtwohill, on the outskirts of Cork, is a modern ‘bulk tablet’ finish facility which manufactures solid and capsule formulations. Innovative new technologies, in combination with the depth of expertise that exists within the local workforce, has allowed those based there to develop and deliver products and processes to support AbbVie’s wider global needs. These range from small scale clinical trial supply to large commercial manufacturing


AbbVie Clonshaugh is a pharmaceutical manufacturing site located in north Dublin since 1994. The site specialises in the manufacture of tablets and capsules, primarily in the therapeutic areas of neuroscience and gastrointestinal (GI) conditions.

The manufacturing capability at the location extends across a range of technologies including multiple releases and a range of manufacturing techniques to deliver on a broad portfolio of capsules and tablets. The Clonshaugh site employs more than 270 people with a further 60 employees supporting global functions.


The company’s commercial offices are located in Citywest. More than 80 people work here overseeing the sale, supply, distribution and marketing of the company’s licensed products in Ireland.


This international supply chain office was established in 1996 and provides a range of customer services and commercial support activities.


A second office at Woodford Business Park, Santry, north Dublin is an international base for a range of AbbVie manufacturing and engineering services – supporting the company’s plants all around the world.


Established in 1977, AbbVie’s Westport facility employs close to 1,400 people and is a centre of excellence for aseptic sterile manufacturing. The campus has grown to almost 750,000 sq. ft. on a 61-acre campus, and it encompasses a pharmaceuticals facility, two biologics plants and an ocular implant facility which manufactures a range of leading eye care products.

The €160 million second biologics facility was opened in early 2020. The new facility features a state-of-the-art microbiology and cell-based laboratory with world-class technology and research and development capabilities to support advances in discovery, development and manufacturing.

Graduate Development Programmes

If you will soon be graduating with an undergraduate or advanced degree in a science discipline, consider an AbbVie graduate development programme. These have been designed to give high-performing individuals the opportunity to broaden their work experience in a dynamic environment.

Each formal development programme lasts two or three years, depending on the discipline. They are designed to enhance your leadership capabilities, expand your functional skill set and help pave the way to your ultimate career goals. Your functional programme manager, assignment manager and mentor will help you acclimatise to our unique culture of innovation and discovery.

Working collaboratively, you will help make goal-oriented decisions while you perform challenging and rewarding work alongside industry pioneers. AbbVie’s Graduate Development Programmes are designed to enhance your leadership and technical capabilities, expand your functional skill set and help pave the way to your ultimate career goals.

These programmes include:

  • The Operations Development Programme (ODP) is a three-year rotational global leadership development programme. ODP career path is orientated towards head of Site and Operations roles.
  • The Technical Development Programme (TDP) is a three-year rotational, site-specific specialist programme designed to develop Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). TDP career path is orientated towards Senior Technical Specialists.

If you would like to know more about any of our Graduate Development Programmes, please contact University Relations Specialist, Sarah Doupe at .

Graduate Positions at AbbVie

If you are a recent graduate in a science discipline, consider a career at AbbVie. To find out more about current opportunities at AbbVie, visit t he link below, where all opportunities can be found at the AbbVie career site.

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