Abbott EHS Specialist Safety in Cootehill, Ireland

Job Description

Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs more than 3,200 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. It has commercial operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division – Cootehill

Abbott Nutrition in Cootehill manufactures infant nutritional products for the export markets. The facility is dedicated to providing products of the highest quality standard to its customers.

Abbott Nutrition produces a range of infant formulae in all pack sizes under the brand name “Similac”. To complement the range of “Similac” infant formulae, the facility also manufactures a range of follow on formulae under the brand name of “Gain”. The essential ingredient is liquid skim milk and this is combined with carbohydrate, vegetable oils, vitamins and minerals. The product is blended, pasteurised, dried and packaged at the site and once packaged, is distributed to Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Canada.

Established in 1975, Abbott Nutrition in Ireland is the largest powder manufacturing facility for the production of infant formulae within the Abbott Corporation worldwide.

Approximately 1,000 dairy farms in Ireland and Northern Ireland supply quality milk to the Cootehill facility which processes 500,000 litres per day. This secure supply together with Ireland’s reputation as a green, clean environment is of significant strategic importance to Abbott Nutrition.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced Safety Specialist to join the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) team; where they will play an integral role in developing, maintaining and continually improving the EHS systems and site Safety culture. This role is for a Maternity Leave Cover.

You ideally will have +3 years of relevant experience in an EHS role with demonstrated leadership skills. The ideal candidate will be ambitious, have a proven track record of delivering results and will be highly motivated by a culture of Behavioural Based Safety.

ANSC Cootehill is one of 14 global Nutrition sites within the Abbott Nutrition division across 6 different countries and is a market leader within the Nutrition Manufacturing Industry.

Responsibilities include:

·Promote a culture of Behavioural Based Safety in the workplace.

·Identify and implement best practices to continuously improve site process and procedures to mitigate the potential of risk to employees.

·Ensure Health and Safety compliance to Abbott International EHS Technical Standards

·Advise and audit the compliance of health and safety legislation.

·Oversee and manage all preventative and protective procedures, conduct risk assessments and inspections and identify hazards and implement corrective actions.

·Deputise for EHS Manager and other ad hoc EHS or site duties and projects as required.

Education Required

·Third level qualification in EHS is preferable.

·At least +3 years’ experience in a high volume and dynamic production environment.


  • Have a demonstrated ability to work on their own initiative, coupled with excellent organisational and strong leadership skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal/written communication skills.

  • Ability to work as an effective member of a high performance team.

  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate across all levels in the Plant.

  • Ability to influence and get work done through others.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email