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Lead, Group (31029522)




Full Time


Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

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 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Operations/Production Group Lead. This position ensures the effective use of material, equipment and personnel in producing quality production. Responsible for ensuring inventory accuracy, cycle counts, and meeting build schedules.


  • Assists in coordinating production activity in assigned work areas, ensuring that product is continuously processed in accordance with build schedules
  • Coordinates communication of work instructions to personnel in designated areas in accordance with supervisory objectives
  • Ensures that quality and production goals are met
  • Performs regular process and quality performance audits of personnel, tooling and equipment in assigned areas
  • Advises supervisor or other appropriate contacts in the event of equipment failure
  • Accumulates information for assigned areas regarding work in process inventory status and daily output quantities
  • Assists in providing direct training to area operators as required
    • Provides feedback on defects encountered, and provides re-training support as necessary
  • Provides assistance in expediting priority product and tasks in assigned areas
  • Performs inspection and determines disposition of rejected components per required documentation, as directed
  • May perform direct manufacturing operations in support of build schedules, as directed or as necessary
  • Remains current on developments in field(s) of expertise, applicable regulatory requirements, and a general knowledge of the company’s products, markets, and objectives as well as industry trends
  • Coordinates purchase requests for equipment and services
  • Resolves and/or facilitates resolution of problems including identifying causes to prevent re-occurrence
  • Daily meeting with manufacturing operators for better communication and continuous improvement
  • Ensures PM (preventive maintenance) and Calibration stickers are up to date
  • 5S audit and weekly meeting with other area value stream group-leads in an organization
  • BBSP Observation Help with any employee needs (assist with training and Employee Self Service needs)
  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements
  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments
    • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned


  • An Associate’s Degree in Electrical/Mechanical Technology, or other comparable specialized training in and working knowledge of the manufacture of implantable medical devices or their equivalent
  • Typically a minimum of six or more years of progressively more responsible assembly experience, including the ability to provide work/lead direction to a team
  • Desired demonstrated knowledge of LEAN manufacturing, assembly, and production technical skills, and quality practices
  • Prior experience working in an air-conditioned clean-room manufacturing environment is also required
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, attentiveness to detail and the ability to work under minimal supervision is required
  • The comprehensive ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English is also required; this requirement includes clear, understandable speech, demonstrated comprehension skills, and demonstrated competence in English spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • The ability to successfully pass a reading comprehension pre-employment examination is mandatory
  • The demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies and rules is essential
  • Must be able to use discretion and handle sensitive/confidential information
  • Demonstrated proficiency in operating a personal computer; the ability to pass a 10 key assessment examination
  • Must be proficient in using various PC-based software packages including word processing/spreadsheet software
  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization
  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance
  • Occasional scheduled overtime is a requirement of this position

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • Prefer one - three years of experience as a group-lead in a manufacturing environment