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Production Specialist - 2nd Shift - 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 Production Specialist is responsible for all tasks associated with retort or aseptically sterilizing, filling and sealing of Infant and Medical Nutritionals. Functions include, but are not limited to the operation of all related filling, processing and sterilizing equipment and sampling responsibilities. The operator will also be responsible for safety, general housekeeping and team support. Operators may also be required to operate finishing equipment (depalletizer, labeler, casepacker, capper, etc.)

Main Responsibilities

  • Reacts and takes corrective action to any and all deviations.
  • Monitors charts and performs tests to assure sterility.
  • Operates CIP/SIP processor/filling equipment including hookups.\
  • Responsible for the accurate completion of the work order and other documentation.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe and clean working environment.
  • Monitors and evaluates hydrogen peroxide levels throughout the filler, making necessary adjustments.
  • Effectively communicates within the department and plant with all levels of employees.
  • Reviews and performs calculation for work orders and charts.
  • Does PMs such as oil, grease and minor machine and process adjustments.
  • Responsible for maintaining and replenishing production materials.
  • Completes general housekeeping and sanitation tasks.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate records on all inventories.


  • Accountable for accurate documentation of work orders, production reports, etc. under their area of responsibility.
  • Accountable for maintaining the cleanliness of the work area.
  • This position is accountable for complying with applicable FDA (GMP), USDA, OSHA and Abbott Nutrition regulations, policies, procedures or guidelines.


High School Diploma or GED required.   Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals. One year production experience required. Must be able to work effectively within a team environment, possess excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills. Must be able to read and understand process and instrumentation diagram prints/schematics, understand process and principles of heat sealing, diagnose/troubleshoot problems of both mechanical and electrical nature, understand the principles of fluid flow and temperature control and the effects on product integrity and understand basic principles of cam, and the ability to troubleshoot).

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