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Six Sigma - Business Excellence - Industrial Engineer

Abbott Laboratories Westford, MA
  • Posted: 6 days ago
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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.

Primary Function
Responsible for analyzing, designing, and implementing manufacturing and business process improvements that increase capacity, reduce lead-time, reduce the work-in-process, improve fill-rates, and improve process flow and efficiency. These actions will occur across multiple facets of Abbott Vascular's organization including: manufacturing, design, documentation, and support functions. Projects will incorporate lean manufacturing, theory of constraints, quick response manufacturing, Just-In-Time, Methods-Time Measurement, or a variety of other systems improvement philosophies. The employee will be required to create strong relationships with team members internal and external to Abbott Vascular to ensure project effectiveness and sustainability.

Primary responsibilities
Working with Leadership to develop a strong improvement culture in the company that will reduce non-value-added waste, improve customer service, cycle times, and product/service quality.
Lead continuous improvement initiatives with the training and application of Lean Management (Toyota Production System approach). With the application of, but not limited to:

  • AVOS – Assessment and implementation
  • 5S
  • Visual Management
  • Leaders Standard Work
  • TWI – JBS/JI
  • OEE, TPM, SMED (Changeover reduction)
  • Kanban system design – for inventory and non-inventory material
  • Process mapping (VSM)
  • Supermarket implementation, POU material replenishment
  • Work station design – basics, economy of motions and operator working envelop
  • Facility Layout – creating flow and pull systems
  • Standardized work - PFM
  • Mistake-Proofing
  • Problem solving approaches/tools
  • (PDCA, DMAIC, 5 Why’s, FMEA, etc.)
  • Create collaborative and autonomous teams focused on self-directed understanding and improving their processes.
  • Determine and plan facilities improvements to meet the needs of the business.
  • Implement ergonomic improvements for manual assembly. Provide input on the means of assembly (manufacturing) regarding the facilities, equipment and tooling requirements for each product.
  • Identify production problems and develop corrections and improvements to plant efficiency, quality and safety


  • BS in Industrial Engineering or equivalent
  • 2-5+ years’ experience working in Manufacturing and Warehouse environment.
  • Experienced Lean Leader and practitioner.
  • Green/Black Belt Six Sigma
  • BEX experience
  • Proven track record in developing a Lean Continuous Improvement culture and practices resulting in significant improvements.
  • Toyota Production System (TPS) experience preferred
  • Superb people skills and ability to work, teach, coach, motivate and shape people at all positions (hourly to executive)
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Strong Problem solving and root cause decision making experience required
  • Strong computer, analytical and statistical skills. Ability to use data to align and educate organization.

Accountability / Scope/Budget:

Cultivates a wide range of internal networks and begins to develop an extensive

external network of resources to facilitate completion of tasks. May lead a project team of moderate scope. Provides guidance to less experienced staff. Acts as a mentor to lower level individual contributors. Influence exerted at peer level and occasionally at first levels of management. Plans, organizes, and prioritizes own daily work routine to meet established schedule. Exercises authority and judgment within defined limits to determine appropriate action. The Industrial Engineer is accountable for the accuracy of plant performance metrics and labor / material standards.


Abbott Laboratories


Westford, MA

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