Operational Excellence Engineer



Other Engineering
Donegal, Ireland
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

About Abbott

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, nutritional and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of healthcare products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritional products. In Ireland, Abbott employs over 4,000 people across nine sites. We have six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. Abbott has commercial, support operations and shared services in Dublin and Galway. We have been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Ireland Diabetes Care Division Donegal

The Abbott Diabetes Care division based in Donegal Town manufactures FreeStyle blood glucose test strips and FreeStyle Sensors for use in diabetes management. Among Abbott Diabetes Care leading brands are the FreeStyle Precision, FreeStyle Lite and FreeStyle Libre system.

Main Purpose of the Role

The Operational Excellence Engineer is responsible for creating and leading the advancement of Operational Excellence principles and practices across the site through internal & external collaborations, delivering high impact sustainable business results.

Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for maintaining & improving the sites Enterprise Excellence initiatives including but not limited to the following; 6S Program, Gemba Program, and Shingo methodology.

  • Promote and foster a culture of continuous improvement across the site.

  • Act as a change agent implementing lean initiatives that are aligned with business strategies.

  • Manage departmental and site specific KPI’s and reporting, including maintaining site visual boards.

  • Responsible for leading problem-solving activities across the site, utilizing various improvement tools including applicable training activities.

  • Primary continuous improvement champion on site through the deployment of lean six sigma and other CI tools & techniques.

  • Continue to build divisional/site awareness and engagement of Operational Excellence principles and methodologies through effective communication, education & training.

  • Deploy lean six sigma, change management tools and methodologies to ensure project success e.g. Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, DMAIC etc.

  • Maintain general site visual boards to provide clear and transparent linkage of performance, continuous improvement activity and the Site Strategy Map.

  • Manage all aspects of the division/site's project portfolio management program.

  • Track and report project status efficiently to all relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Education & Background

  • Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing/Engineering/Science

  • 3 years experience working in a manufacturing/engineering/science environment