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

Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals products. In Ireland, Abbott employs over 4,000 people across nine sites. We 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.

Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division Cootehill Cavan

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 currently have a position in our Supply Chain Department for a Capacity Planner (Planner) and this role will involve the following:


  • To provide a planning function to ensure plant output is in line with market needs and agreed schedules through the supply chain.  Provide backup expertise to other areas involved in planning and backup to the other Material functions of Purchasing & Warehouse.
  • Introduce IT solutions to merge INFOR production scheduling to MRP and Database.
  • Capacity modelling and evaluation scenarios for production,
  • Inventory control system accuracy.
  • Ensure product availability, providing visibility of the customer throughout the site an alignment of production plan.
  • Ensure effective management of Master Production Schedule/Material Requirement Planning.


  • Manage the capacity planning function to generate plant schedules in line with market demands. Coordinate the S&OP process and incorporate NPI into plant schedules. Link between plant, ALOG and markets.
  • Make optimum use of all plant systems through development and upgrade including MCS and Infor Advanced Schedule to record and action planning activities for maximum output as part of the S&OP process. Stay involved in the identification and development of latest technologies including developments on global software e.g. JDA and Cognos as relevant to Cootehill.
  • Maintain records and files for key suppliers. Assist in monitoring supplier performance against KPIs.
  • Provide data to support development of annual Plan and Product Cost.
  • Ensure Customer focus and product availability through effective management of MRP/MPS while ensuring cost and quality compliance.
  • Coordinate relevant purchased materials to support production and meet product cost within the framework of Abbott Code of Business and applicable laws.
  • Work with ALOG and supply chain members to meet target performance on KPIs (including service to customers and inventory levels).
  • Develop and grow relationships with other manufacturing sites, Corporate, ANSC Purchasing and ANSC Materials Management as relevant to planning. Develop good links with suppliers and with other elements of the supply chain.
  • Assure compliance with local (including ISO) and Abbott rules, policies and regulations. In addition meet all regulatory requirements (local and markets).
  • Maintain local planning policies and procedures in line with overall Abbott requirements.
  • Liaise with other plant areas including Manufacturing, Engineering and QA to ensure plant schedules are understood and achieved.
  • Monitor inventories and action slow moving or obsolete stock.
  • 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.
  • 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 where this need arises.


You will have a:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Appropriate qualification in either Purchasing/ Production Planning e.g. Diploma in Purchasing or relevant APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) examinations.


  • General Degree in Business, Finance or IT
  • 4+yrs experience in a Manufacturing / Supply Chain or Business Analyst role within a regulated manufacturing environment
  • Experience working in a Supply Chain role that involved IT development would be advantageous


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Advanced level of computer literacy is essential
  • Good team working skills are required but also the ability to work alone on own initiative with a high level of integrity
  • Demonstrated ability to handle complex issues in a high profile, fast moving manufacturing environment
  • Ability to adapt and change as the needs of business dictates.

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