Published in the September/October 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is the manufacturer of ACUVUE® brand disposable contact lenses. Its global headquarters and its research and development facilities are located in Jacksonville. It has manufacturing plants in Jacksonville and in Limerick, Ireland. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care employs more than 3,000 people in dozens of countries.
The business is a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies – a broadly-based manufacturer of healthcare products and a provider of related services for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is seeking candidates for manufacturing positions in Jacksonville. The company believes that veterans are ideal candidates. “We have had great success hiring veterans,” said Karin Grantham, vice president, worldwide human resources. “Often, their leadership skills and technical backgrounds transfer readily to our business. We manufacture medical devices which require great precision and flawless execution, and veterans are accustomed to performing with high standards. Because they often have substantial experience, they also bring maturity and a strong work ethic as well.”
Vision Care is home to hundreds of veterans. The business has an employee resource group called the Veterans Leadership Council (VLC). Members of the council provide a network of support for new hires, and they sponsor educational and special events on site, such as a flag-raising ceremony on Memorial Day. Vision Care also partners with The Wounded Warrior Project, providing donations and volunteer support to help veterans transition into the work force.
Jim Pinion, formerly a senior chief electronics technician in the Navy, recently joined Johnson & Johnson Vision Care as operations engineering supervisor. He said that taking advantage of what the military offers – while still in the military – has helped him find success in the civilian sector. He also credits getting involved in quality assurance, making use of educational opportunities (he earned his MBA while still on active duty), taking advantage of the resume-writing services offered by the Fleet and Family Program, and building up his savings to have a financial cushion to live on while looking for work.
Pinion believes that Johnson & Johnson Vision Care is a great place for veterans to find civilian careers because of their attitude toward ethics. “The service teaches a way of life that embraces core values,” he said. “If a company has a strong sense of ethics and social responsibility, the transition is seamless.”