Research Operator (R&D) 2nd Shift (1 of 4 incremental additions) - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

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

Research Operator 2nd Shift

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutritional 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 lives.

Our location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity for a Research Operator. In Research & Development (R&D) our ambition is providing innovative high-quality products, creating sustainable value, delivering superior user experience and enhancing health outcomes at all stages of life.

The Research Operator is responsible for the processing and sterilization of liquid and powdered infant and adult nutritional products in the Columbus PRC. Primary functions include, but not limited to: material handling, hand cleaning, clean-in-place (CIP), routine housekeeping, and operation of equipment used in manufacturing research product from start to finish: kettles, heat treatment processing systems, fillers, capper, seamer, retorts, aseptic processing and filling equipment, spray dryer and other powder handling equipment, etc.

This position is accountable for accurately following all procedures relating to the manufacture of products in the Columbus PRC. Failure to follow all procedures could result in the loss of product or a project. Accountable for the safety of self and other employees while operating equipment.

This position is accountable for complying with applicable regulations, policies, procedures, or guidelines.

  • Meet departmental standards and expectations for teamwork and customer service
  • Comply with the Abbott Quality System as it applies to the PRC
  • Demonstrate consistency in retaining and applying learned skills
  • Perform tasks or job functions accurately and in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for EHS performance and compliance through active participation and support of Abbott's EHS program
  • Adhere to all policies, procedures, and expectations for each area of responsibility
  • Execute manufacturing steps per the approved work order documents
  • Complete tasks associated with cleaning, CIP, and setup of necessary equipment
  • Maintain good housekeeping in work areas
  • Execute environmental monitoring sampling
  • Perform in-process testing using lab equipment such as pH meters, leak tester, can seam vision system, total solids analyzer, etc.
  • Operate all manufacturing and product handling equipment
  • Effectively communicate project execution issues and/or observations and provide recommendations to Product Development, support roles such as Engineering and QA, and management.
  • Obtain Better Process Control certification

Minimum Education/Professional Experience:

  • High school diploma/GED required. Bachelor's degree in Technical field preferred.

  • Three years' experience in a plant production environment (preferably within drug, food, or beverage manufacturing).
  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula, adult nutrition, and performance nutrition. Knowledge of food processing techniques and documentation requirements.
  • Ability to read and follow work order documents, troubleshoot equipment breakdowns, and operate powered industrial vehicles. Should possess good mechanical aptitude and solid problem-solving skills.

  • 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

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