Packaging Utility Operator - Altavista, VA Plant (Day and Night Shifts available)

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

Our Nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands - including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® - to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

Our location in Altavista VA currently has an opportunity for a Packaging Utility Operator. This site is Abbott's largest Nutrition manufacturing plant in the world. But working here, you'll feel part of a family - a family of 650+ that works together to help nourish the world.

  • For Filler Operation: Performs maintenance of product level. Ensures proper operating parameters for the filler, seamer and can washer. Performs preventative maintenance. Maintains the downtime report. Ensures commodities are released prior to usage. Performs CIL on equipment. Performs visual equipment inspections. Conducts fill weight checks.
  • For Clean Up Operation: Performs preventative maintenance checks on filler valves and pistons, ensures proper cleaning methods are used during a wash job, cleans areas to include: filler valves, filler pistons, filler screens, filler bowl, seamer product filters, filler room floors and walls.
  • Ensures proper FP tank hook-up to filling lines and product can weights are within desired range.
  • Meets all safety and housekeeping GMP requirements.
  • Coordinate pre and post shift meetings.
  • Run reports and execute data analysis as needed. (ex. TPR reports on failed retort loads)
  • Coordination of isolation and line separation events.
  • Batch set up and communication in EBR, as well as, line execution.
  • Work order distribution and reprints.
  • QA communications for batch release.
  • Driver of ideas and continuous improvement.
  • Identify bottlenecks and provide risk mitigation solutions
  • Liaison between operations and support groups


  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, analytical troubleshooting skills and the ability to multitask.

  • Prior job experience within plant is preferred (24 months)
  • Experience with tools and equipment related to the position is desired (hand tools, seamer, filler, sterilizer system, can washer, product filters, forklift, palletizer/depalletizer, labelers, tray wrapper and Hi-Cone, etc.)


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:

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