Abbott Operational Excellence Specialist - 1st Shift (8a-5p) - Altavista, VA Plant in Altavista, Virginia

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Position Summary

The Sr. Business Process Specialist is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining components of an Operational Excellence (OpEx) program. The program utilizes methodologies and tools such as Lean Six Sigma, value stream mapping, visual management, and change management to drive continuous improvement and create a lean culture. This role provides technical leadership for the deployment of OpEx. The incumbent will also be responsible to lead and execute Lean Six Sigma projects within the business unit and effectively coordinate these projects with the functional champion and other project improvement teams. Project leadership includes identifying opportunities, coaching sponsors in the writing of effective project charters, financially justifying projects, launching project teams, using project management to manage team activities, leading teams to execute projects with the problem solving methodology, tracking project status and results, removing and elevating project barriers, and developing team members. It is also critical to identify integration issues with other projects/processes and coordinate the improvements with the appropriate project/process owners to accomplish the project goals.

Main Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: · Active support of the OpEx strategy in the plant.

Assist leadership in the identification of improvement projects to include cost reduction, cycle time reduction and waste elimination.

Lead and execute process improvement projects using OpEx / lean tools and techniques.

Define OpEx goals, project plans and coordinate project teams, ensuring that projects are integrated with business strategies.

Assist in the technical deployment of OpEx.

Assist the organization in the knowledge and understanding of metrics and measurements which impact the total performance of the plant.

Perform statistical analyses.

Complete value stream mapping and process optimization studies.

Drive visual management and data understanding throughout the plant.

Influence and motivate employees to identify opportunities to apply lean techniques, tools and philosophies to include standard work, root cause analysis, 5S, and visual management control.

Act as a change agent and help team members learn, understand, adjust and grow within a continuous improvement culture.

Communicate OpEx briefings to senior leadership teams.

Drive benchmarking and sharing of best practices internally and with other Abbott locations worldwide.

Incorporate OpEx practices into systems, processes, and protocols.

Deliver training on lean tools and OpEx initiatives.

Coach and support Green Belt candidates on proper use of tools and improvement processes.

Lead Kaizen events.

Ensure project metrics and timelines are reported via appropriate systems in a timely manner.

Partner with other functions within Abbott Nutrition to maximize opportunities for improvements and to build a sustainable OpEx program across the Supply Chain.

Identify, collect, monitor and report critical OpEx metrics as required.


This position will have responsibility for providing support and direction for a matrix team organization of OpEx personnel (Champions, Experts, Advocates). The individual interacts with division and site management and therefore requires high levels of competence, confidence, and credibility.

Strategic and tactical decisions that affect the program direction and execution will be made based on the information and recommendations the individual provides in a management and/or informal setting.

The incumbent will have direct impact, through improvement of systems, processes, and problem investigations, on product quality, customer satisfaction and profitability.


· Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering, Business, Operations, Science preferred; Certification or equivalent working knowledge of improvement tools and methodologies

· 2-5 years demonstrated success in applying continuous improvement / lean / Six Sigma tools

· 2-5 years of experience in manufacturing operations, business improvement

· Change Management experience

· Project management and team leadership experience essential

· Demonstrated performance in delivering results

· Exceptional analytical skills · Highly motivated process thinker that drives customer focused solutions

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Excellent interpersonal and group facilitation skills.

· Excellent computer skills· Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification preferred

· Industrial Engineering experience a plus.


Project Management


CHR Corporate Human Resources


United States > Altavista : Building 1









Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

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