I joined the J&J Graduate Programme in 2015. I started as a Manufacturing Engineer in DePuy Synthes based in Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The training afforded me from the outset was unprecedented and through initiatives such as the Engineers Ireland Continued Professional Development Programme and on-site training I was soon brought up to speed for the challenges that lay ahead.
Onsite in DePuy Synthes for my first working rotation I was a core team member in a new and very exciting site wide operational excellence deployment. This gave me the opportunity to work closely with the Operations and the Lean Manufacturing departments wherein I gained valuable experience in the fundamental workings of the company. Further to this I developed my project management and problem solving skills using a wide array of six sigma and lean DMAIC methodologies.
I commenced working in the DePuy Synthes - Materials Development team for my second rotation. This was a much more technical challenge and opened me up to the management side of the business. In this space I have had the opportunity to work on various projects and have gained valuable experience in project management, validation and statistics.
As part of the J&J Campus Ireland Graduate Programme I have been afforded the opportunity to visit all the sites across Campus Ireland. The other graduates and I have collaborated on cross sector projects and in doing so we have gained a very valuable insight into the differing roles and responsibilities faced by our counterparts across the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. The J&J Graduate Program gives the graduate in-depth experience in alternate roles which ultimately culminates in defining a clear direction for future career development.