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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Senior Laboratory Leader in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

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BD is in search of a talented Senior Laboratory Leader looking to manage the R&D electro-mechanical laboratory, supporting new technology innovation development and sustaining engineering programmes that support the $1bn Diabetes care business for Becton Dickinson (BD).

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Job Description; Senior Laboratory Leader

BD is in search of a talented Senior Laboratory Leader looking to manage the R&D electro-mechanical laboratory, supporting new technology innovation development and sustaining engineering programmes that support the $1bn Diabetes care business for Becton Dickinson (BD).

As a Senior Laboratory Leader within BD’s Diabetes Care team in Dun Laoghaire, you will have the opportunity to take a hands-on leadership role in managing day to day laboratory operations, supporting continued evolution of our lab testing capability in line with the strategic needs of the business as well as play a key partnership role on site as regards site safety, training and compliance.

The Difference of One

Are you ready to make a difference in this world? Do you want to be part of a team that develops ground-breaking medical and biotechnology services and devices? One person can make a singular difference in saving and improving lives. At BD, we are looking for amazing, passionate, and dedicated people like you.

BD, a company standing on 120 years of innovation in medical technology, is currently recruiting talented individuals to join our Research and Development (R&D) Centre of Excellence in Dun Laoghaire serving the Diabetes care Business Unit.

BD’s purpose is to advance the world of health. As part of our team, you will be on the forefront of creating and developing specialized devices, software solutions and systems to help others.

You are the one who can make the difference. Join us and be a crucial part of advancing the world of health!


  • Manages the onsite R&D electro-mechanical laboratory and associated office space:

  • Is accountable for the day-to-day management of workspaces, equipment readiness, training and safety.

  • Is accountable for R&D lab efficiency and compliance to quality requirements

  • Leads continuous improvements to improve laboratory performance through the use of 5S and other such methodologies.

  • Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects

  • Partners cross functionally with key stakeholders both across the Dun Laoghaire site and across BD to ensure the R&D team can support where necessary.

  • To achieve ISO 17025 accreditation

  • Contributes to the harmonization of laboratory operational and quality standards across the BD lab network.

  • Works under general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solution.

  • Proposes potential inventions and inform BD in accordance with BD Intellectual Property (IP) Process.

  • Ensures compliance with BD quality policies, design control product development processes, procedures, and practices through appropriate communication, training, and education of sound quality assurance principles.

  • Ensures compliance with all local, national, accreditation body standards and BD safety regulations, policies, and procedures. Principle Responsibilities:

  • Technical leading

  • Organizes the execution of the appropriate test method to verify product performance and perform the feasibility studies on various projects. In charge of logistics and administrative tasks to ensure samples availability and smooth tasks execution, sample preparation included.

  • Identifies, raises and analyzes all unexpected results. Responsible for proactively identifying and solving technical problems. Develops creative approach to solutions.

  • Generates all the compliant documentation in respect of internal principles to build comprehensive product history. Ensures release of all supportive documentation during feasibility and/or design verification and/or routine activities.

  • Develops understanding of project team needs and project/product development processes. Supports project teams in their test planning.

  • Contributes to test method transfer activities as sending unit SME or Leads test method transfer as receiving unit.

  • Develops, monitors, analyzes and communicates key performance indicators related to R&D lab activity. Anticipates future laboratory needs and develops plan to address them. Pro-actively drives continuous improvement.

  • Continuous learning: actively seeks to improve. Ensures key learnings are reviewed, learned and disseminated.

  • Innovation: Stimulates the triggering of creative and novel solutions and proactively seek at protecting BD intellectual property.

  • Collaborate in the assessment of competitive products, processes or new trends.

  • R&D electro-mechanical laboratory processes & best practices

  • Maintains legacy equipment toolset (maintenance, calibration, qualification) and information systems (Lab Book, Blue Mountain, LIMS, and associated tools and systems).

  • Ensures lab capacity meet current and future needs (equipment & labor).

  • Is accountable for best practices and laboratories harmonization implementation in the Laboratory. Principle Interactions:

  • Internal

  • Regular interfaces with peers, R&D engineering associates, development process and quality engineers within site and with all other connected functions.

  • Interfaces with suppliers and subcontractors for equipment installations and laboratory upgrades.

  • Participates in and core readiness role in internal and / or external audits.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a Graduate degree in a technical field.

  • Minimum of 8 years related work experience required (combination of work experience and advanced degrees).

  • Leadership:

  • Accountability: Demonstrates strong and clear accountability for the successful and timely completion of designated tasks.

  • R&D communication: Holds and encourages frequent formal and informal communication within the team and the rest of the organization to ensure dissemination of important information.

  • Influence others: Develops and demonstrates interpersonal influence and persuasion skills.

  • Inclusive work environment: Promotes and leverages diversity to achieve best outcomes. Ensures all interested parties have opportunities to influence and contribute to decisions and outcomes.

  • Leadership courage: Demonstrates and promotes leadership courage by doing what is right. Engages those who disagree to persuade or be persuaded.

  • Dealing with ambiguity: Demonstrates agility and action orientation when facing change and uncertainty. Effectively manages change.

  • Strong engineering/technical skills and judgment.

  • Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Good understanding of regulatory and quality requirements particularly for those related to design verification activities.

  • An understanding of Lean six sigma methodologies

  • Good skills in project planning & budgeting.

  • Good written and oral English level.

  • Team Orientation.

  • Strong fit with BD values. The BD Difference BD, founded in 1897, is a global medical technology company with over 70,000 associates in over 100 countries. We create specialized devices, solutions and systems to address many of the world’s most pressing healthcare needs. We operate under a single purpose: “to advance the world of health”.We have been a strong employer presence in Ireland for over 50 years. Join us and be our newest team member making the difference! This position is located in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

Primary Work Location

IRL Dun Laoghaire - Pottery Road

Additional Locations

Work Shift

Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, military eligibility or veteran status, or any other protected status.

All applicants should complete the on-line application process. BD is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance or an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the application process, please call 855-BD-HELPS (855-234-3577) or email