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 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.
Responsible for the overall results for a single shift of a manufacturing operations line. Coordinate activities for the shift team to ensure delivery of all key performance metrics including those in EHS, Quality, Finance, Productivity and People
Lead efforts required delivering quality and compliance performance for the shift/ line of accountability. Initiate, manage, and make decisions which impact product quality
Manage budget accountability for Headcount, Overtime, and direct expenses for a shift and/or line. Track, trend and continuously improve budgetary performance for direct expenses, headcount, overtime (OT), Operating Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), production (Unit/Hour, Pounds/Hour), Material Usage Variance (MUV) and Scrap and Cost Improvement Projects (CIP)
Drive OEE performance, understand the drivers, and develop and execute plans around improvement of line performance and quality metrics with support from the direct manager. Understand all key performance indicators, driving and executing plans for improvement through team engagement
Drive a culture of engagement through the team and department. Directly supervises team and participates in staffing activities. Develop all line personnel by securing appropriate training, providing mentoring and assigning progressively challenging stretch responsibilities within the scope of the team and department accountabilities
This position will require some general direction and supervision from direct manager; with key decisions being made in collaboration with direct manager and peer group. The Front Line Leader I will initially be learning through the direct coaching of management the leadership requirements to become competent in delivering organizational results in all key performance areas. He/She will develop the competence to lead their shift team in consistently meeting all organizational expectations of a Front Line shift team. Works with their direct manager to identify change opportunities and effectively manage these to positive outcomes for individuals, team, line and the business
Leadership in this role will primarily be focused on the direct reporting group with support from the direct manager, as required. Focus is on day to day operations, with short term focus based on meeting requirements that are tactical versus strategic
Manage and guide a team(s) of operators to improve quality and increase productivity on the line. Communicates to line personnel daily while maintaining a constant line presence. Maintains a safe work environment with 100% training and compliance to applicable procedures
Coordinates activities related to shift starts and changes. Leads and coordinates daily activities of the shift team to meet daily requirements that positively impact the rest of the multi-shift line results. Working with their direct manager, other Front Line Leaders and other management, will establish the right team culture where people feel empowered, are accountable for the business and continuously improving the shift and the line. Communicates with other departments and functions as needed in support of meeting operational objectives
Interprets and executes policies that affect work processes and personnel within the assigned organizational unit
Manages personnel and processes to ensure production meets all associated quality standards
Financial management for assigned manufacturing line(s) by managing line productivity headcount utilization, reducing line downtime and scrap. This list is not all inclusive.
Promote team, department and site goals through team communications and providing direction and guidance towards achievement
Active participation in team and department projects including responsibility for execution of assigned actions
Track, trend & report on established KPI's; communicating to functional manager and site leadership team on accomplishments, opportunities for improvement and planned actions.
Follows escalation reporting process with inputs from peers/manager for decision making as required. Make and communicate decisions that are appropriate for level of accountability
Budgetary accountability is limited – $2MM USD
Bachelor’s degree in business, science, food technology, engineering or 2 to 4 years of experience in a regulated industry, with preference being for food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, etc.
Good oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated problem-solving skills
Computer skills (MS Office)
Time management skills; priority management skills
Working knowledge of Green Belt/ Lean Six Sigma Tools
Background / Experience Required:
Demonstrated leadership skills
Knowledge of project planning tools and experience using them
Proven plant financial understanding
Experience working with and implementing Continuous Improvement tools & methodologies
Green Belt Certification
Previous experience working in a regulated manufacturing work environment
Experience utilizing project planning and execution tools
Knowledge of FDA – 21 CFR and other regulatory requirements for Infant Formula
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