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Automation Manager

Ulster   •  Negotiable  •  Permanent, Full time

Our client a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our clients portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritional’s and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Our client serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritional’s products. In Ireland, and employs over 4,000 people across nine sites. They have six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. Abbott has commercial, support operations and shared services in Dublin and Galway. We have been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Our clients 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, Our clients Nutrition in Ireland is the largest powder manufacturing facility for the production of infant formulae within the 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 Nutrition.

The Automation Manager role is a senior role accountable for developing and implementing a robust Automation strategy across the site. The role will bring together the appropriate technology, process and workplace solutions in order to contribute to the overall Operations (Manufacturing, Plant Maintenance, Smart Factory and Quality).

Acting as the primarily

'owner' for the Automation environment on the site, you will ensure that the

environment grows in accordance with the OT strategy.

This is a key role that

will require excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills and will

interact with all levels of the organisation ensuring competing priorities are

managed objectively and in line with the overall business strategy.


  • Operational Technology Strategy
  • & Roadmap:

o Develop and maintain the OT Strategy and Roadmap for the site including Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory (digital) opportunities.

o Develop detailed standards that support the OT strategy.

  • OT Project Governance:

o Ensure that all projects involving OT elements adhere to the site strategy.

o Ensure that Third Party Suppliers, System Integrators and Service providers follow OT standards.

o Technical solution design and evaluation, delivery, commissioning, and validation.

  • OT Lifecycle Management:

o Accountable for the lifecycle management of infrastructure, applications & services.

o Develop and implement strategy for Retain, Retire and Replace applications.

o Responsible for the maintenance, compliance, and availability of the OT systems

Education Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in
  • Engineering or Computer Science) is required.


  • Leadership/People Management
  • skills required.
  • 10+ years of business working
  • experience in a technology function in operations / manufacturing
  • environment.
  • Experience in the delivery and
  • management of automated systems in addition to a working knowledge of GAMP
  • software development lifecycle, ANSI/ISA-S88, S95 and PackML industry
  • standards and appropriate development methodologies for utility, process
  • and packing control systems.
  • Experience dealing with a large
  • portfolio of systems, projects and initiatives in the areas of Information
  • Systems, Automation and Operations.
  • Candidates will have worked on
  • automation systems in cGMP regulated manufacturing environments and will
  • be knowledgeable regarding FDA cGxP and 21 CFR Part 11 regulations and
  • understand software system validation. Experience with Siemens PLC, SCADA
  • and OSIsoft Pi Data Historian is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to run and
  • lead service providers, remotely.
  • Ability to communicate
  • sophisticated business / technical challenges in a simplified manner.
  • Familiarity with continuous
  • improvement and project management approaches, tools and phases.
  • Exceptional ability to lead
  • change using positive and collaborative methods.
  • Highly collaborative work style
  • which includes working successfully across all organisational levels.
  • Possess strong problem-solving
  • and troubleshooting skills
  • Must be open-minded and adaptive
  • to change, promote the collective interests of the team more than
  • self-interest, able to resolve problems in a respectful manner

  • Agency: Cpl Life Sciences
  • Reference: JO-2302-510944
  • Posted: 21st February 2023
  • Expires: 21st March 2023

Cpl Life Sciences

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