Vistakon recruits engineers to support €100m expansion

Vistakon is actively recruiting engineers in manufacturing, new product introduction, automation, process and injection moulding for its Limerick plant, which manufactures the Acuvue range of soft disposable contact lens, the world’s number one brand. This follows a €100 million expansion of the company’s manufacturing operations, announced in January 2013.

Vistakon Ireland plant manager, Barry O’Sullivan, explains the rationale behind the recruitment drive. “We expanded for two reasons – to meet increased customer demand and to support the introduction of new products.

In addition to bringing new production lines on stream, we also invested in strategic automation and platform development to improve product quality for the benefit of our customers.

“Vistakon is one of Ireland’s most highly automated plants. This purpose-built plant was constructed in 1996, close to the University of Limerick. Within Johnson & Johnson, we’re regarded as an engineering centre of excellence, working in close collaboration with our sister site in Florida, USA.”

Vistakon ships worldwide from its Limerick site, with the main market being Japan. All products are FDA Class II & III devices. The site operates 24/7, with 35 lines operational by the end of last year.

HR manager, Noelette Ensko, added, “We’re seeking energetic, ambitious, can-do engineers with the right skill sets and experience. This is about finding the right engineering talent to support the company’s strong growth and development. As a Johnson & Johnson company, we offer excellent compensation, development and career progression opportunities.”

Why was Ireland chosen for this strategically important investment? Paul Connolly, vice president of manufacturing within the company’s Global Supply Chain explained, “Limerick has a strong track record over many years of providing quality products and excellent customer service to markets around the globe.”

Established in Limerick in 1996, Vistakon is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies in Ireland, employing over 2,000 people. Information on specific career opportunities and how to apply at www.careers.jnj.com.