Abbott Manufacturing Supervisor in Plano, Texas

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.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Manufacturing Supervisor to drive continuous improvement and lean principles while maintaining high level of visibility with production staff. The supervisor will be in charge of the new transferred line and coordinating all yield improvement while providing supervision of direct labor personnel in the assembly and manufacturing of the products. Supervisor will contribute on cross functional teams in the support of the manufactured Neuromodulation product lines. This Supervisor is responsible for their shifts' performance with respect to safety, quality, on-time delivery and cost.

Impact this role will have on Abbott:

  • Maintain high level of visibility with production staff. Use hands-on approach to communicate daily and involve production staff in problem solving.

  • Actively provide change leadership as required.

  • Develop a high performance work team with high levels of worker morale, satisfaction, and performance.

  • Create and maintain a respectful work environment by listening, seeking facts to support decisions, managing one's own reactions, and addressing unacceptable behavior.

  • Help production staffs succeed through performance management. Provide coaching and performance communication to support development.

  • Responsible for soliciting and communicating potential improvements in processes that may reduce cost, increase quality, and/or improve delivery of products through continuous improvement, lean manufacturing principles, or other means.

  • Review general status of production schedules to identify and resolve problems.

  • Ensure the desired product quality levels are achieved through use of standard work and training to those standards, training in operation and inspection techniques, and use of tools/data.

  • Support and implement new, customer-focused processes in accordance with lean principles and practices. Provide training and coaching to improve standard work, work center organization (5S), and housekeeping.

  • Support and foster an environment of continuous improvement by encouraging production staff to challenge existing processes and implement solutions that enhance the overall effectiveness of the operation.

  • Maintain time and production records.

  • Take notice of process related problems and support production staff in taking corrective action to improve the overall performance of the team.

  • Communicate with other supervisors and appropriate personnel regarding equipment, safety, work center schedules, company policies and practices, performance improvement plans, etc.

  • Hires and retains a diverse, highly qualified staff and provides ongoing performance feedback. Maintains a safe and professional work environment.

Your experience(s), education and knowledge will further expand Abbott’s marketplace success:

  • Bachelor's degree: BA / BS required with 4 - 6 years operations/technical/quality experience, or 10 or more years of directly relevant technical/operations/quality experience sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge typically associated with the degree and experience requirement.

  • Two or more years of supervisory experience in manufacturing or related field preferred.

  • Must have the ability to analyze and problem solve in a timely manner, handle multiple tasks, work under pressure.

  • Demonstrated success in error resolution, conflict management and working in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, and various types of inventory control methods. Solid knowledge, practical application, and use of Lean Principles and the commitment to those Principles.

  • Previous experience with manual and automated assembly technique

  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to set goals and provide positive and constructive feedback respectfully to build positive relationships and improve business results.

  • Ability to work effectively within a team in a fast-paced changing environment.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and motivate people.

  • Polished communicator- written documentation and oral presentations/ discussions/ meetings

  • Excellent reputation for building relationships across various levels of an organization

  • Must have good computer skills including MS Excel, SAP, MS Outlook and MS Word

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree – Industrial engineering or management

  • Medical device manufacturing experience

  • Previous experience working in a FDA, GMP, ISO environment

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