Abbott Production Supervisor in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Position Summary:

Provide leadership to the production teams to deliver the business results and expectations on a day to day basis. This position requires training in human resources/people skills, quality systems, and manufacturing processes. The position is responsible for ensuring that standard production processes are maintained and that safety, quality and production volumes are met.

Essential Functions:

  • People Management: Lead (organize, plan, direct and control) his/her production teams to achieve the expected quality, production schedule, staffing and safety goals. Motivates and energizes personnel to obtain top performance. Ensures adequate communication to staff of all required HR related information.

  • Develop and execute the required plans to accomplish the production goals, which include productivity indicators, schedule adherence, quality, cost and service while maintaining a safe environment. Have full responsibility / ownership of his/her area of production. This includes design and implementation of systems to evaluate the state of efficiency and compliance of his/her area of production.

  • Ensures compliance within work groups with internal and external regulatory requirements (FDA, TUV, etc.). Responsible to report quality issues immediately and be closely involved in their investigation and solution.

  • Supervisory responsibility for production teams including personnel scheduling, evaluating discipline, coaching, selection and training of staff.

  • Serve as liaison with the other production supervisors (from sister plants or sending sites i.e. Brazil or MN) in sharing of product, process or equipment related information.

  • Reconciles with prior or following supervisor to ensure that the transition between shifts is adequate.

  • Prepare reports to communicate production progress, accomplishments and issues on a frequent basis. This may include leading daily meetings with staff and peers to discuss issues and determine future production schedules. Evaluates and validates daily production metrics and establishes mechanisms to ensure that all processes are in compliance with standard procedures.

  • Promotes and support continuous improvement by implementing and monitoring processes to increase quality, reduce cost and improve overall team productivity.


  • Must have a Bachelor degree in industrial Eng., administration or similar careers.

  • 3-5 years of supervisory, prefer experience in a medical device, pharmaceutical, or electronic industry.

  • Intermediate command of English

  • Computer skills.

  • Proven knowledge of ISO and quality systems.

  • Demonstrated proficiency on manufacturing systems used to collect data and control/monitor processes. For example, SFA, SAP, Kronos, or similar.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email