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Abbott Director, Global Instrument Operations Strategy in Irving, Texas

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Job Responsibilities:

The Director of Global Instrument Operations Strategy defines and implements manufacturing; facilities; sourcing; and supply chain strategies for the Global

Operations Organization. Leads and manages high impact change programs that significantly improve the

productivity and cost structure of the global operations network.

Creates and meets short and long-term business goals to support our customer and business requirements.

Lead and support key ADD strategic and tactical initiatives to optimize performance of Supply Chain.

Facilitates the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process for

Instrument Operations; interfacing between; Com Ops; division supply chain; site supply chain and site

operations to meet demand and supply plan commitments.

Supports the Global Service Organization (GSO) by providing supply chain expertise for international local

sourcing. Develops and implements a virtual supply operation for diagnostic instrumentation and other assigned responsibilities.

Position Accountability:

  • Works with senior and executive management to develop high impact improvement strategies for the diagnostics division

  • Global Operations manufacturing network consisting of sites in NA, Asia, and Europe.

  • Defines and manages the strategic planning process for Global Operations.

  • Works with Div. VP's to integrate operational; supply chain; and functional strategies to meet business objectives over the Long-Range Plan (LRP).

  • Leads PMO functions to ensure manufacturing and production excellence

  • Creates operational and cost models to support analysis and management of division goals.

  • Performs benchmarking and cost structure analysis to define significant opportunities for improvement.

  • Establishes sustaining processes to evaluate cost/capacity evaluation and modeling for the global operations

  • Directs cross functional teams in the analysis of complex alternatives with significant scope and scale.

  • Defines and implements major restructuring programs that can have financial impact of $10MM to $100MM in any one year; and up to $500MM over the LRP timeframe.

  • Makes recommendations to executive management up to and including the COO.

  • Creates and implements programs/projects that involve significant capital modifications to existing plants; construction of new manufacturing plants; plant closures; product volume rebalancing; outsourcing; and organizational restructuring.

  • Defines and implements communications plans for restructuring programs that address needs of executive management; shareholders; employees; and other stakeholders.

  • Participates with counterparts in Engineering; Quality; and Production to comprise Operations Co-Leadership team for Instrument Operations.

  • Works with peers in R&D; Technical Product Development (TPD); Commercial Ops and Global Service & Support (GSS) to support instrument systems new product; on-market and LRP strategies.

  • Provides vision; definition; and implementation of long-range material management; manufacturing and site wide improvement initiatives.

  • Develops and tracks goals and objectives to assure annual improvements in operational performance; product quality; productivity; and customer satisfaction.

  • Establishes effective measurement systems for performance to assure quality; customer and cost expectations are met.

  • Responsible for planning; budgeting and spending authorization.

  • Develops internal processes and procedures to support local procurement initiatives for international locations.

  • Enforces compliance of personnel with administrative policies; procedures; safety rules; and governmental

  • regulations.

  • Serves as supply chain interface with Product Transition Team on new product transition to manufacturing. Directs investigations into causes of customer complaints related to supply chain operations.

  • Responsible for establishing, implementing, and maintaining the quality system, and management review of the quality system to determine its effectiveness.


  • Experience in greenfield or brownfield situations, having created strategic plans, executed tactical functions, and capably led a team to sustained success.

  • 15 years' experience in Manufacturing Operations

  • Ability to perform in a high accountability environment, where priorities shift quickly, and as processes are developed, you must be able to lead through ambiguity

  • Strong PMO leadership experience

  • Integrated business planning leadership experience

  • Entrepreneurial acumen

  • Proven track record of leading Engineering teams in Electronic Manufacturing environments

  • Global experience, preferably in EU or Asia

Education Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree Required

  • Master's Degree Preferred

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