Niamh Coleman, Process Engineer, Johnson & Johnson

Niamh Coleman, Process Engineer, Johnson & Johnson

Be passionate, friendly, open and engaging when you meet people though the hiring process.

Degree subjectBEng Biomedical Engineering (Cork Institute of Technology)
Job titleProcess engineer
Employer Johnson & Johnson

Why did you decide to apply to Johnson & Johnson?

As I was completing my final year my ambition was to secure a graduate programme that would enable me to gain experience in multifunctional departments within the Biomedical sector. My decision had also been influenced by having completed my college work placements at DePuy Synthes. I was, and I continue to be, very impressed by Johnson & Johnson’s credo, which fits in with my core values. This post graduate programme offers well planned and challenging rotations which allow us as graduates to build a strong career foundations. There is also an emphasis on personal, professional and leadership development which enables graduates to accelerate their career growth. This is very important to me.

What is your job now?

I am currently on my second rotation as a Process Engineer in Operations. In this role I provide daily support to the manufacturing process and I am responsible for driving process improvements to ensure quality, safety, service and efficiency. I am constantly engaging and collaborating with crossfunctional teams and production associates to solve problems leading to better outcomes. Through virtual team participation I am working on projects to ensure alignment and best practices within our global sites. I completed my first rotation in Engineering in New Product Introduction where my role was to lead the development of a finishing manufacturing process for a new product launch. For my next rotation I have chosen a rotation in a Commercial area. This will enable me to develop a better understanding of our end to end supply chain and our customer. My responsibility will be to implement a new stock inventory management solution within a hospital setting.


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How do you hope to see your career developing?

Currently I am enjoying the experience of working within diverse work environments. I find it very interesting dealing with a great variety of people with many different skills and personalities whom I am constantly learning from. I hope that the diverse experience that I am gaining through this graduate programme will prepare me for a future leadership role.

What advice would you have for students?

When it comes to choosing a career path we need to take time out to reflect and think about our talents, interests and personal values. It is very beneficial to have an open mind to new experiences that can enhance ourselves. I found that I have better learning outcomes from areas which are outside of my comfort zone. Always ask for advice and help no matter what position people hold. I have found that people are delighted to share their knowledge and experience with me. It is important to have an inquisitive mind and to seek knowledge relating to your interests and your career as there is something to learn from everyone you meet. Build your network of people during college and in industry as this will often lead to new opportunities. Find your passion and follow it.