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Abbott Operation Excellence Tissue Heart Valve Engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

At Abbott, we're all about helping you live the best life you can through good health. We keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information, medicines and breakthroughs to manage your health. Every single day and around the world, we're discovering new ways to make life better.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Process Development / Operations Excellence (OpEx) Engineer to focus on Tissue Heart Valve manufacturing and inspection continuous improvement (CI) and

“Return to Green” (RTG) projects. The position will work very closely with cross-functional engineering line owners and the line experts/operators on the floor to manage initiatives for improvement of existing manufacturing processes, inspection processes, tooling, and fixtures to ensure product quality while enhancing productivity and reducing scrap and cost.

The candidate should have a demonstrated record of implementing LEAN processes, working with R&D on specification assessments, working jointly with Quality for process and inspection improvements, working jointly with Regulatory on submission requirements and working with Finance to drive cost all while improving quality via RTG and CIP initiatives.

Each employee can make a difference at Abbott and has the power, either individually or as a team, to influence the success of the company. We are team-oriented, fast-paced and progressive. We value people with great ideas who partner with others both internally and externally to take action and accomplish goals.

We come to work with energy and enthusiasm because we witness every single day how meaningful our work is to all those who depend on us, our company and our products.

Impact this role will have on Abbott:

  • Manage projects which include process improvements, inspection improvements and cost reductions to enhance existing production and be proactive for improvements on new product introductions.

  • Provide guidance to other engineers, technicians, trainers, and sewing specialists.

  • Manage CI and RTG Projects

  • Additional responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical mentorship to engineers and technicians

  • Understand Process FMEAs and Process Validations

  • Improve product quality, labor efficiency, and throughput through the use of Lean manufacturing concepts and root cause investigation tools (e.g. DMAIC).

  • Individual should:

  • Be innovative, resourceful, and work with minimal direction.

  • Have excellent organization, problem solving, communication, and team leadership skills.

  • Work effectively with cross-functional teams.

  • Utilize Root Cause Problem Solving techniques and lead cross-functional teams to resolve product quality/scrap issues.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned

Your experience(s), education and knowledge will further expand Abbott’s marketplace success:

  • Tissue Heart Valve Clean Room Experience driving yield improvements, reducing cost, while increasing capacity.

  • Understanding of Business Excellence (BEX)/Operations Excellence (OPEX) – LEAN, 5S and other principles for Manufacturing, Quality and Product Design.

  • Mechanical or Industrial engineering degree required

  • 10+ years manufacturing/quality engineering experience with related interface with R&D

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and project management skills

  • Demonstrated record of implementing LEAN processes

  • Demonstrated leadership capability in team settings

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • Medical device experience preferred

  • Previous close interface with R&D preferred

  • International manufacturing experience preferred

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email corpjat@abbott.com

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