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Manager, Technical Operations at Abbott Laboratories

Manager, Technical Operations

Abbott Laboratories San Diego, CA Full Time

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott

The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

The Manager, Technical Operations position lies within our Cardiometabolic and Informatics BU located in San Diego, California.   This role will provide leadership to the technical team supporting manufacturing operations, bringing rigor in the use of facts, data and process to driving day-to-day execution and long-term planning. If you are looking to make a difference as a leader in a fantastic organization then this may be the role you have been looking for!


Abbott Rapid Diagnostics is part of Abbott’s Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry leading technologies to support diagnostic testing which provides important information for treatment and management of diseases and other conditions.

The Manager, Technical Operations position lies within our Cardiometabolic and Informatics BU located in San Diego, California.   This role will provide leadership to the technical team supporting manufacturing operations, bringing rigor in the use of facts, data and process to driving day-to-day execution and long-term planning. Position is responsible for assuring product is being manufactured efficiently, cost effectively, and predictably.  Position is responsible for following and assuring team compliance to all GMP’s, safety, manufacturing, and quality system procedures directly related to the manufacturing process.


  • Manages a group of 8-15 staff across 2 shifts consisting of Manufacturing / Process Engineering (6-8), Chemistry (1-2), and Validation (1-3) focused on the technical support of LDX Cassette, LDX Meter and Afinion 2 Instrument operations.

  • Assigns tasks and monitors the completion in accordance with time/cost/quality expectations. Delegates tasks appropriately to direct reports.

  • Leads the technical staff to monitor and improve manufacturing performance metrics such as yield, cycle time, unit cost, OEE, UPPH and others.

  • Leads with a sense of urgency in the resolution of manufacturing issues.

  • Defines the implementation of continuous improvement and structured problem-solving methodologies.

  • Drives the implementation of product/material/process improvement projects including the coordination with other functional teams. Develops and meets cost improvement project (CIP) commitments.

  • Represents the ME function in management reviews and updates. Able to adjust messaging to the appropriate level of detail.

  • Supports site quality and compliance objectives. Ensure CAPA and non-conformance activities owned by ME department meet commitments and QMS requirements. Ensure Validations meet commitments and QMS requirements. May represent ME function in regulatory audits/inspections as SME. Ensures staff meet personal QMS training objectives.

  • Supports site EH&S objectives and ensures Abbott Technical Standards are being followed.

  • Manages performance of staff towards department and Company goals, including feedback on performance, appraisals, recommendations for merit increases or necessary disciplinary actions, communication to employees on performance, etc.

  • Understands and is aware of the quality consequences which may occur from the improper performance of their specific job; has awareness of device defects that may occur in their area of responsibility, including product design, verification and validation, manufacturing and testing activities

  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal/external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company’s policies and practices; builds productive internal/external working relationships


  • Acts on feedback improving engagement and performance of teams. 

  • Motivates the team by understanding unique needs and engages in frequent conversations and performance coaching.

  • Avoids saying one thing and doing another.  Honors commitments and keep promises.

  • Acts ethically and takes accountability for achieving outcomes.

  • Sets stretch goals and links them to strategic outcomes and business deliverables.

  • Assesses issues thoroughly and solves complex problems; removes roadblocks. 

  • Improves problem-solving by connecting the team to resources outside his/her own department.

  • Empowers others to take calculated risks.

  • Holds others accountable by focusing on the right metrics, tracking results and creating transparent reviews.

  • Role models Quality First by continuously improving upon what matters most to customers.



  • Bachelors Degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. BS in Engineering or another Life Science is ideal.

  • Minimum 7 years of work experience in similar role, 10 years experience or more is ideal.

  • 1+ year experience directly supervising technical staff -or- 3+ years as a technical project manager of large projects involving multiple cross-functional disciplines.


  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification

  • 7+ years in medical device industry

  • Advanced Degree in Engineering or Life Science (MS, PhD)

  • Near patient or point-of-care diagnostic medical devices involving cassette-based assays.

  • PMP certified

  • Knowledge of medical device manufacturing or other regulated industry that must adhere to strict policies and procedures.

  • Ability to travel approximately 15%, (if needed).


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority

  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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