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Job Title:  Head of Engineering

Req ID:  34533
Job Category:  Engineering

Offaly, OY, IE, Offaly


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Required Experience

Minimum work experience required in addition to education: 5 - 10 years

Number of years experience and type accepted in lieu of the above: 10-15 years technical, or related

Position Summary

Lead, drive and co-establish the Ethylene Oxide (EtO) engineering and maintenance strategy in line with STERIS targets and programs and in line with applicable regional regulations subject to environmental, occupational and safety regulations.

Working in alignment with the HSSE team, Engineering and Plant leads to define standards and blueprints for existing plants and future builds and to upgrade/retrofit where appropriate.

Lead and drive together with Plant leads defined Capital investment projects to improve quality, reliability, Safety and environmental aspects. Act as effective Project Manager Lead.

Manage Critical Supplier Commercial relationships and Contracts.

Work as part of the EMEA-APAC leadership team across all EtO plants.

Promote and facilitate plans for improvements in Plant’s safety, reliability and availability.

Manage Critical component (parts) inventory and set-up an effective structure and system to enable this.


  1. Lead and drive the implementation of defined Capital investment projects to further improve and upgrade Safety, environmental, quality and reliability aspects; i.e. define ventilation strategy for DLC, aeration and general warehousing resulting in multilayer solution for both environmental and occupational health exposure which is implementable at the EO sites based on an EO site specific blueprint.
  2. Develop a STERIS engineering standard for an ‘EtO Plant’ including the USA and benchmark all Regional facilities with a clear action plan and risk register, standardising where appropriate, to include:
    1. Chamber design
    2. Air handling
    3. Degassing
    4. Preconditioning
    5. Product handling
  3. Develop a tool for monitoring critical components of the EtO plants.
  4. Put in place suitable service contracts and (critical) spare parts procurement where appropriate.
  5. Facilitate information and engineering know-how and best practise sharing across sites through regular meetings and communication.
  6. Provide leadership to ensure safe engineering practices by development of an effective safety culture, enforcement of safety practices in compliance to internal and external requirements and regulations. Develop and implement Hazard control procedures.

Duties - cont'd

  1. Standardise PPMS across region
    1. Identify critical components
    2. Ensure all Critical Suppliers meet STERIS standards and manage their performance
    3. Introduce risk based review of all Critical components
    4. Introduce Innovative tool to monitor asset performance
  2. Identify and develop appropriate Standardised training requirements for EtO engineers and support implementation.
  3. Interpret local regulatory standards and ensure Plants are Compliant to
    1. Environmental
    2. Occupational
    3. Major Hazard Control
    4. Engineering
  4. Provide leadership to ensure continuous improvement of maintenance processes and activities in line with STERIS world class safety objectives and the Quality management system
  5. Ensure that the Engineering team operates within and towards the published STERIS Corporate vision and global objectives, including LEAN, 5S, Sustainability and One Team One Goal strategies.
  6. Apply to STERIS Values, culture and ethos managing the business, it’s Customers and staff.

Education Degree

Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

1.  Valid driver’s licence

2.           Proven technical capability

Specific skills and/or business competencies:

1.           Proven leadership qualities (leading by example)

2.           Project Management skills and experience

3.           High degree of trust, integrity and honesty

4.           Acute awareness of the importance of safety to the business

5.           Willing to go the extra mile for our Customers (Customer First, always)

6.           Good understanding of the principle of continuous improvement

7.           Well-developed understanding of risk and risk avoidance

8.           Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)

9.           Good understanding of technology and innovation. Exposure to ventilation or chemical handling systems would be a distinct advantage

10.         Able to remain calm under pressure and make rational decisions

11.         Attention to detail


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

STERIS strives to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Req ID:  34533
Job Category:  Engineering

Offaly, OY, IE, Offaly

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