Abbott Enterprise Excellence Program Manager - Abbott Park, IL in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their 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, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 95,000 people.

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

Primary Function / Primary Goals / Objectives:

Nutrition Supply Chain is currently executing an Enterprise Excellence program where it is deploying enterprise excellence principles across the entire organization including 14 manufacturing sites and divisional functions. This Enterprise Excellence Program Manager plays a leadership role in ensuring that through strong program management and systematic assessment that the global Enterprise Excellence program fosters a culture where everyone, every day is engaged in driving continuous improvement and we behave in a way that is consistent with our Pledge. This individual should be a current or future candidate for Department Manager, as well as a prime candidate for the Operational Excellence Senior Manager position.

Major Responsibilities:

Key project responsibilities include:

  • Leading the strategy, execution and ownership of the Global Shingo Program Management and support of Change Management capability building.

  • Incumbent will support Enterprise Excellence program within the division Sustainability workstream and effectively coordinate program deliverables with Division Enterprise Excellence team members. Develop, communicate and implement project plans for global program impacting multiple sites and functions including longer term strategy and near term execution of work plans.

  • To further the Enterprise Excellence journey through maturity assessment process, incumbent must diagnose, assess and give feedback for roadmap development and gap closure. This is done through leading a rigorous process of evaluation, report writing, pulse checks and on-site support.

  • Success requires strong project management, proven influencing and coaching and mentoring capability at all levels from associate to senior leadership. Regularly provides program updates and garners decisions needed from most senior leadership team (DVP).

  • Manages relationships with key consultancy groups and organizations to further the efforts and interests of our Enterprise Excellence journey. The incumbent plays a key role in building change management capability across the network. They are responsible for training, measuring and consulting on key change initiatives. Taking an active role in educating others on Enterprise Excellence (OpEx methodologies) and Change Management will be key to creating a sustainable culture. Organize and lead Enterprise Excellence training for site and division personnel. Ensure projects are integrated with other business activities, improvement projects, and business strategies.


Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Engineering, Operations or Business) is required or extensive equivalent experience.

MBA with emphasis in Operations a plus.


Candidates should have 5+ years of experience across the areas of manufacturing operations, manufacturing support systems, quality operations, project management, or continuous improvement functions. Other demonstrated experience required:

  • Working SME knowledge of manufacturing plant and continuous improvement (Operational Excellence) tools/principles

  • Ability to manage multiple continuous improvement initiatives

  • Developing, communicating and implementing project plans for global program impacting multiple sites and functions. Solid project management skills and team leadership skills.

  • Proven influencing, coaching and mentoring capability

  • Knowledge of other functions that provide inputs regularly, i.e., Logistics, Engineering, Planning, Finance, etc...

  • Strong analytical competencies.

  • Strong Change Management & Facilitation skills.

  • Ability to travel 40-50%

Accountability / Scope/Budget:

This position operates with only general direction and minimal supervision from the Enterprise Excellence Program Director and has full responsibility to make decisions that directly impact OpEx goal achievement.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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