Abbott Project Engineer in Cootehill, Ireland

About Abbott

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

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

Job Summary

The project engineering role is responsible for leading high profile packaging projects and coordinating all associated plans for successful execution. The engineer will be challenged to drive improvements to highly automated high speed packaging equipment. The primary responsibility of the role includes Project planning, defining milestones, measuring successes through the execution of line trials and validation programs. S/he will be responsible for overseeing project implementation, managing finance impact and measuring ROI S/he will be part of a large team and have strong influencing skills to drive stakeholder alignment.

The project engineering role reports directly to the project engineering manager.

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead a cross-functional team including engineering, manufacturing, quality, technical and materials with the objective to deliver key site projects focused on high speed packaging areas Ensure all project quality and validation requirements are met through thorough planning, agreeing, preparing and executing successful trials and validations as per Abbott policy

  • Be passionate about project management and develop strong project plans, charters and resource requirements.

  • Work closely with Project Management Office, maintaining all associated project schedules and budget.

  • S/he must have strong ability to problem solve and have the attributes to drive this behavior when driving improvements to equipment inefficiencies and projects. Use lean tools to drive root cause identification and corrective/preventative measures.

  • Conduct business in a manner that will protect human health, safety and the environment by complying with all applicable EHS laws, as well at the Abbott Global and Technical standards.

  • S/he will have strong business acumen and with the ability to prepare capital expenditure requests for the plant providing appropriate ROI.

  • Communicate effectively with plant management, corporate and division engineering.

  • For new projects and equipment ensure strong alignment to plant maintenance programme.

Ensure all associated changes strong training environment is maintained and learnings transferred through plant processes.


A third level qualification in Engineering or related discipline is required to provide a necessary foundation for this job function.


Experience in an engineering environment in a similar manufacturing plant is desirable but not essential.


Strong problem solving skills

Passion to drive improvements

Strong computer skills

Ability to plan, execute and demonstrate strong project management skills.

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