Abbott Quality Engineering Specialist 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.

We are now looking for Quality Engineering Specialist and this position will include the following:

Primary Function / Goals / Objectives

  • Follow all Environmental, Health and Safety Rules and Regulations in the plant.

  • Report any current or potential hazards to your manager immediately.

  • Wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E) at all times. Consult the appropriate SOP where required.

  • Play an active role in the Food Safety Management Team with responsibility for the HACCP Programme

  • Responsibility for reviewing all SOP’s for any job task he/she may carry out and ensure he/she fully understands and adheres to the SOP.

  • Lead strategic quality initiatives in the areas Compliance and other specific areas.

  • Key role in implementation and management of the audit readiness in Manufacturing

  • Develop, identify, analyse, manage and communicate compliance matrices

  • Ensuring Compliance to all Regulations/Legislation applicable to Manufacturing.

  • Develop and deliver training with regard to compliance based on business needs.

  • Play a key role in the Plant Compliance to ensure all new equipment/processes and any new infrastructure meets cGMP standards and regulatory compliance.

  • Manage the Manufacturing Department Janitorial requirements and staff.

  • Ensure compliance to all Corporate and Division Policies in the area of responsibility.

  • Benchmark activities to ensure current cGMP is consistent with Infant Formulae Nutritional Industry.

  • Responsible for auditing of the Manufacturing Department

  • Participate as a lead auditor within the plant in internal audit schedule, plant walk-downs and external audits.

  • Manage and co-ordinate bi-weekly compliance walk-down programme activities.

  • Play a key role in ensuring the plant is audit ready for CRQS, Division and regulatory audits.

  • Responsible for the oversight of the plant sanitation programme and liaising with third party cleaning contractor who have responsibility for cleaning, sanitization, Environmental Monitoring Programme and pest control.

  • Accountable for compliance to all local and US federal regulations, all applicable food safety policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for reporting of the site sanitation programme performance at monthly management review and through management activities.

  • This Job function will change where update procedures to GMP, EHS, Technical / New Equipment, Quality Procedures & SOP’s are made.

  • This list of responsibilities may change depending on plant needs and employees are expected to be adaptable and flexible were this need arises.

Major Responsibilities

  • This role will provide leadership in the areas of Plant Compliance, Strategic Compliance initiatives, cGMP and Food Safety within Manufacturing. This will include a responsibility in providing direction for continuous improvement.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities:

Contract cleaning company supervisor

Education Required:

  • A Diploma/Degree in Food Science/Chemistry/Quality or a Third level qualification in a related discipline.


  • Very good understanding of the manufacturing process.

  • Strong knowledge and experience in auditing, analytical techniques and methods used.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and management skills.

  • Ability to:

  • Communicate with all levels of the organization.

  • Communicate effectively with cross-functional team.

  • Recognize and reward effort.

  • Resolve conflict constructively.

  • Seek feedback.

Accountability / Scope

  • This function will have responsibility to ensure that Compliance is managed effectively and will provide leadership in the areas of Manufacturing Compliance, Strategic Compliance initiatives, cGMP and Food Safety.

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Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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