My name is Niall Larkin. I graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Chemical and Bio Processing Engineering in 2013. Like many of my peers, the reason I studied engineering was my interest in science and technology. After a summer internship with a pharmaceutical company, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
I choose AbbVie’s Operations Development Program (ODP) because it offered a two-year development program with three, eight month assignments in different areas of the operations business. The opportunity for me to continuously develop my professional skillset through working in different roles across the business was one of the main attractions for me. AbbVie also works with you to create a personalised development plan based on your functional and leadership traits.
My first assignment was at AbbVie’s Pharmaceutical facility in Sligo, working as Process Engineer. I was given responsibility and autonomy from the outset on a wide range of very interesting and challenging projects.
My second assignment is an international rotation working in AbbVie’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in the Primary Packaging Development sciences. I work as part of a cross-functional team on new analytical test methods for different primary packaging types, ensuring quality standards are met for the company’s products.
Ultimately, we all aspire to work for a company that values our abilities, helps develop our potential and makes a positive impact on the world. Since I have been with AbbVie, I feel that has been the case throughout.