Department: Senior Director for Supply Chain and Logistics
Hi, I’m Liam, Senior Director for Supply Chain and Logistics and I have been working at Teva for the past 19 years – during this time there has always been opportunities which makes the work we do interesting and challenging. We’re constantly bringing in new products, commercialising them, launching them and then servicing them. Then another product comes along…and then another, so there are always fresh challenges.
Teva is a very progressive company with a relatively young workforce who are interested in opportunity and personal development. And we work with a portfolio of high end respiratory products which present their own challenges, both technical and compliance-related. So there is never a dull day at Waterford - the work is always interesting and challenging.
I started in 2001 as New Products Introductory Manager for aerosol products. It was a completely new role so I was given free rein to develop the position. If we were selling products in the UK and France for example, it was my job to launch the range in Germany. This meant I had to organise the Operational Launch to get the right products to market at the right time.
The job role then evolved because it required more project management work within the Operations, Engineering and Quality teams. I also started to support the Research & Development (R&D) division, which is co-located on the Waterford site, ensuring that Exhibit Stability and Clinical batches were manufactured to support R&D Product Development work in preparation for EU & US Licence applications.
In 2008 the Senior Planner for aerosols was promoted so I stepped into his shoes and learned more about the Supply Chain area of the business while still having responsibility for New Product Introduction. Two years later I was promoted to Supply Chain Manager which meant I joined the senior leadership team and from there I progressed to where I am now. It is a big role with a diverse responsibility, but I’m supported by an amazing 12-strong experienced, hardworking and resourceful team.
All my qualifications are Science or Engineering based. I graduated in 1986 with a Batchelor’s Honours degree in Biochemistry from University College Cork so I still call myself a scientist. I also did a Master’s degree in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin, 15 years after I left college. If you have STEM training (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) you never lose that technical ability and you can always find an application for it, particularly in the respiratory industry because the way our products work very much depends on scientific principles. For our products to be effective, patients have to get the right dose of medicine down into the lower areas of the lung and in order for that to happen, the particle sizes and the droplets have to be the right size and dimension.
I would say that my role is now 100% business based; it’s about the Supply Chain, service levels and meeting the needs of the market. But when I’m in a production meeting talking about the process for making a medicine batch for example, I still understand the discussions thanks to my STEM background.
Additionally my colleagues at Waterford are also very supportive which is important. We have an amazing culture of collaboration here. We also have the right leadership who are doing a fantastic job, Teva is heading in the right direction and the future is bright.
Key to the success of Waterford so far has been teamwork – everything gets done in a cooperative and helpful manner. We also care about what we do; we know where our medicines go and who they serve, so we make sure everything we do is of the highest quality standard.
I don’t have asthma, so I don’t know what it’s like to live with that chronic condition, but I know it can restrict a patient’s lifestyle very much and threaten their health and in some cases can be fatal. So we know that behind every patient is a story. A family. A struggle. These challenges inspire us to find solutions to the medical problems people face.
When I am not at work I’m a keen cyclist and love getting out at the weekends into the countryside and fresh air. I am not in a club, but I do team up with colleagues at work sometimes who also like to cycle. I also listen to music, going to the cinemas and spending time with my family.