Manager Operational Excellence - Tipp City

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

Main Purpose:

This position will have overall Plant responsibility for Operational Excellence work streams, including Front Line Excellence, Organizational Excellence, Utilities Excellence, OEE Excellence and Maintenance Excellence, as well as removing waste from the business. The Operational Excellence Leader will be responsible for leading and driving the principle-based behaviors within the plant which include:  Creating value for our business and customers, accountability and ownership at all levels, integration and inclusiveness (within plant and outside of plant), focusing on the process, embracing data & facts, do it right the first time, leading by example and respect for all.  It is through these pillars; the Operational Excellence Leader will be responsible for the identification, management and execution of projects within the plant which will deliver year-over-year improvements.  The Operational Excellence Leader will be the catalyst within the plant to appropriately, and respectfully, challenge status quo which will continually drive improvements via best practice replication (learning from within the network and externally), creative and innovative solutions, alignment of goals and objectives and resource planning to deliver results.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead organization’s capability in knowledge and understanding of metrics and measurements which impact the total performance of the plant.
  • Drive visual management and data understanding throughout the plant.
  • Manage and facilitate continuous improvement projects in support of company objectives.
  • Develops an implementation plan, conducts risk assessments and develops contingency plans to accommodate unforeseen events. Recognizes and removes barriers to project completion.  Recognizes the broader implications of actions and proposals on the overall business.
  • Mentor/train key stakeholders in the use and practice of continuous improvement methodologies and tools. (Lean, value stream mapping, six-sigma, Kaizen).
  • Assesses current processes and standard work flow and identifies process improvement opportunities utilizing organizational, analytical, Lean and six sigma problem solving methodologies.
  • Assist in selecting, scoping and prioritizing continuous improvement projects across the business.
  • Plans and facilitates the in the execution of various value stream mapping and Kaizen events.
  • Estimates and verifies financial benefits from continuous improvement projects.
  • Acts as a change agent by communicating the enterprise wide changes to the employees and helping them to learn, understand, adjust and grow within the continuous improvement culture.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Participates as a key business partner to the leadership team. Contributes to business strategy development and operational execution of business plans. Helps to create the future state as it relates to shortened value streams, manufacturing strategies, cross-functional processes, and the establishment of uniform policies and procedures.
  • Develops programs and initiatives that support the business strategies and plans.
  • Teams with Operations Leadership on organizational design and development to ensure appropriate results.
  • Leads change to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Drives the change management necessary to implement effective programs.
  • Thinks strategically to anticipate future issues and challenges and create appropriate plans now, using proactive approaches.
  • Demonstrates analytical capability to find systemic issues to root cause, and crest actions plant to mitigate, close and/or eliminate.


  • Bachelor’s Degree BA/BS:  Engineering, Business, Operations, Science, or equivalent work experience.
  • Certification or equivalent working knowledge of improvement tools and methodologies – Lean/Six Sigma; Black belt preferred.

Experience & Skills:

  • Experience in operations management and knowledge of cost accounting/financial reporting systems. Including :
    • 2-4 years of demonstrated success in applying Continuous Improvement / BEx tools,
    • Good functional computer skills (Microsoft Office programs, Excel, etc.) is required,
    • Willingness to travel (to facilitate personal development and support of other sites),
    • A minimum 2 - 5 years’ experience in manufacturing operations, business improvement, quality systems or other areas related to the project with an understanding of Abbott internal systems and procedures,
    • Demonstrated diplomacy and effective functioning and communication in a matrix environment.  Ability to organize and lead cross functional teams and align team members to management's vision.
  • This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to effectively lead in a team environment, adaptable to change, able to manage competing priorities, excellent analytical and problem solving skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills and sense of business savvy.  Requires the ability to make critical decisions in a fast-paced production environment. Solicits the cooperation of a diverse group of disciplines and functions in a tactful and persuasive manner.


  • This position operates with direction and supervision from the Plant Manager for Abbott Nutrition Supply Chain Operations, and has some responsibility to make decisions and full responsibility to make recommendations that directly impact site goal achievement.
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