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Plant Project Coordinator - 1st Shift (7a-3:30p) - Altavista, VA Plant

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.

Position Summary

The Operational Excellence (OpEx) coordinator is responsible to work with Operators, Front Line Leaders, Site Leadership, and others to coach and influence continuous improvement throughout the site.  This role will respectfully challenge status quo to continually drive improvements via best practice replication (learning from within the network and externally), creative and innovative solutions, and focused problem solving. 

Main Responsibilities

  • The Operational Excellence (OpEx) Coordinator acts as a change agent to lead team members in the engagement and sustainment of a continuous improvement culture.  He/she assists in the implementation of OpEx strategy on the manufacturing floor.
  • The OpEx Coordinator partners with Operations, Maintenance, Material Control, EHS, Quality Assurance, Finance, Engineering, and other cross functional resources to identify and implement continuous improvement projects related to safety, quality, cost reduction, and waste elimination.
  • The OpEx Coordinator influences, motivates, and trains others to use techniques and tools such as Standard Work, Manufacturing Operating System (MOS), Root Cause Analysis (RCA), 5S+, and Visual Management Control.  He/she will learn, utilize, and lead project initiatives using OpEx/Lean Six Sigma tools and processes. 
  • The OpEx Coordinator will understand, utilize, and communicate key performance indicators and metrics to drive behavior and improvements.  He/she partners with site OpEx workstream leaders to implement critical step improvements to build a sustainable Continuous Improvement program and OpEx roadmap.
  • He/she serves as a resource and subject matter expert (SME) regarding OpEx elements and Continuous Improvement initiatives as it relates to projects, process changes, and other improvements.
  • The OpEx Coordinator drives best practice sharing and implementation within the site and other Abbott locations.  He/she communicates OpEx initiatives and results to Site leadership.
  • A significant portion of the OpEx Coordinator position is partnering with leaders/peers to develop business relationships that promote the efficient and effective utilization of resources to accomplish OpEx objectives.   Other departmental support duties may also be assigned.


Education:  High School Diploma / GED

Experience: Incumbent must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing facility. 

This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills.  This job requires an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing principles and techniques.  This position requires moderate computer skills which are needed for the development and maintenance of OpEx manufacturing resources.  Previous experience in using Lean/Six Sigma tools/processes or utilizing the DMAIC method to problem solving is preferred.  The incumbent must be able to solve problems by identifying the cause and must be able to offer multiple solutions.  The incumbent must be a self-starter with ability to take initiative, learn quickly, and think independently.  This position receives direction from the OpEx Manager and OpEx Specialist, however, the individual has a great deal of flexibility in managing his/her own schedule which often requires working off-shifts.