Abbott Principal Packaging Engineer in Zwolle, Netherlands


Abbott Nutrition, an independent division of Abbott BV offers a full range of medical supplies, tailored to the specific nutritional needs of the patient. The range consists of drinking and tube feedings like Ensure ™ Plus and Jevity®, from disease-specific nutrition including Prosure®, and drinking and tube feeding for children.

In order to support the increasing level and complexity of activities within Packaging Engineering globally, Abbott Nutrition is looking for a Principle Packaging Engineer - Cans to be based out of Zwolle, or Hoofddorp in The Netherlands, Cootehill, Ireland or Granada, Spain.

The Principle Packaging Engineer - Cans is accountable for the provision of technical expertise in the areas of Packaging and Packaging Performance for products manufactured in Abbott Nutrition International and is the Subject Matter Expert in Cans.

Major accountabilities:

  • Provide technical leadership within Manufacturing Technology in Abbott Manufacturing Organisation and to Third Party Manufacturers

  • Act as a recognized subject matter expert in Metal Can Product Packaging, Labelling and Artwork Management

  • Act as the Technical Lead and/or project lead for tech transfer projects.

  • Accountable for leading significant projects in technology transfer and process robustness improvement.

  • Support operational management of Plant Teams

  • Ensure maintenance of technical best practice and regulatory compliance.

  • Provide ongoing technical support to Abbott Nutrition Plants to ensure compliance and security of supply – metrics review, investigation close-out, process improvement. Implement / OPEX initiatives as necessary.

  • Knowledge of global regulatory requirements related to design and control of Packaging processes.

  • Candidate will be required to provide support to European and Asia Abbott Nutrition Operations

Educational background:

Bachelor Degree in Engineering, science, or closely related discipline is desired, or equivalent technical experience plus demonstrated competence, with a desired 5+ years of significant engineering and/or operational experience.


  • At minimum 5 years’ experience in a Technical Leadership role in a Product Manufacturing or Packaging environment.

  • Subject Matter Expert level knowledge of relevant Can Product Packaging Processes is highly preferred - Primary Packaging and Secondary Packaging, along with Labelling and Artwork requirements

  • Proven record of achievement in technical and project leadership.

  • Ability to interact at all levels of the organisation with proven influencing and negotiation ability

  • Acknowledged technical leadership

  • Fluent English is a must, command of the Dutch language is highly desired.

JOB FAMILY: Engineering-Packaging
DIVISION: ANSC Nutrition Supply Chain
LOCATION: Netherlands >Zwolle : Building 1
ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS: Ireland - Cootehill, Netherlands - Hoofddorp, Spain - Granada
WORK SHIFT: Standard
TRAVEL: Yes, 25 % of the Time

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