Sr. Production Supervisor - Altavista, VA Plant

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 Maintenance Supervisor. 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.

What you'll do:
  • Responsible for the overall results for multi-shift manufacturing operations resources for a manufacturing line(s); directly mentors and coaches other Front Line leaders who are accountable for shift performance on the line
  • Accountable to ensure understanding by these individuals of result delivery impact of their shift on the overall results of the multi-shift line or department
  • Model and promote the behaviors that ensure delivery of high quality products for our customers while championing compliance with Abbott policies and procedures, meeting all local and statutory requirementsand adhering to the regulatory requirements of countries to which products are shipped
  • Train others in understanding for operator engagement and involvement in cost management
  • Establish financial statements, key performance measuresand hold accountability for line budgetary decisions
  • Track, trendand continuously improve key performance measures
  • Establish financial performance goals for areas such as OEE, labor, downtime, units per hour, CIP and material usage (Note: This list is not all inclusive)
  • Directly supervise team and lead staffing activities
  • Assures team members are trained and understand duties, responsibilitiesand performance against established expectations
  • Provide timely coaching, counseling and feedback
  • Takes personal accountability to consistently meet and/or exceed manufacturing performance expectations, and is an acknowledged expert in delivering key performance metrics and training and developing others to meet organizational requirements of leaders
  • This position will require minimal direction and supervision from direct manager with a high degree of autonomy for decision making, utilizing escalation when needed
  • Capable of leading and executing effective change management strategies
  • Direct and lead change within both own and other cross functional work groups
  • High level of engagement with cross functional teams at peer and site leadership levels
  • Will create a learning environment and support individuals in their development and growth, through utilization of the Learning and Development and Talent Management System plans
  • Understands and effectively uses change management to improve the organization and expected results delivery
  • Deputize for direct managerwhere required
  • Present to peers and site management teams
  • Lead escalation reporting process with autonomy to make decision for immediate action
  • Play a lead role during audits and site visits for internal to Abbott and external resources as required
  • Budgetary Management responsibility up to $12MM USD



Bachelor's degree in business, science, food technology, technical or engineering.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills
  • Coaching and development skills
  • Influencing and collaboration skills
  • Change management leadership skills
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • Finance and budgetary management accountability
  • Project management skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Experience managing other Production Supervisors
  • 5+ years' experience in manufacturing leadership role.


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 - 3 weeks of vacation (1st year is prorated based on start date)
  • 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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