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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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At a Glance... header image

Assesses the value of property and arranges for sale by auction.

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An Auctioneer/Estate Agent/Valuer values goods that are to be sold at an auction and organises all aspects of the sale. The work involves:  
- Identifying and booking suitable sales rooms.  
- Arranging insurance, transportation and security of goods.  
- Producing publicity material.  
- Preparing catalogues.  
- Valuing goods including antiques, furniture, machinery and animals.  
- They should be familiar with zoning and tax laws, and means of obtaining finance.  
Auctioneers should have a thorough knowledge of the property market in their area. They should be able to advise clients on resale and investment opportunities.  
Some Auctioneers/Estate Agents/Valuers specialise in one type of goods. For example, specialists in fine arts and chattels need to know about jewellery, books, carpets, furniture, china and glass.  
An Auctioneer/Estate Agent/Valuer employed in estate management makes lettings of property, collects rents and advises generally on the development of property. He may act as a Receiver appointed by a Court or by the holder of the mortgage. The field is as much about people as it is about property. Home purchase/sale involves large sums of money and is a tremendous step in the lives of people. Professional advice is necessary for each transaction.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.


Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, generally representing one or the other.


Compare a property with similar properties that have recently sold to determine its competitive market price.


Advise clients on market conditions, prices, mortgages, legal requirements and related matters.


Promote sales of properties through advertisements, open houses, and participation in multiple listing services.


Accompany buyers during visits to and inspections of property, advising them on the suitability and value of the homes they are visiting.


Prepare documents such as representation contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds and leases.


Confer with escrow companies, lenders, home inspectors, and pest control operators to ensure that terms and conditions of purchase agreements are met before closing dates.


Interview clients to determine what kinds of properties they are seeking.


Coordinate property closings, overseeing signing of documents and disbursement of funds.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Selling or Influencing Others: Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Sales and Marketing: Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Law and Government: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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As an Auctioneer/Estate Agent/Valuer you will need numeric, negotiating skills and dedication. You also need to be confident, outgoing and willing to work long hours. You need to have good people skills and be able to help people achieve what they want no matter what your own preference is. You must be honest and tactful.

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