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Global Manufacturing Leader

Date:  Apr 5, 2021

Danvers, MA, US, 01923

Abiomed is a pioneer and global leader in healthcare technology and innovation, with a mission of Recovering Hearts & Saving Lives. With corporate headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, offices in Aachen & Berlin, Germany and Tokyo, Japan, Abiomed’s 1,700 employees form one of the fastest growing medical device companies in the world. We attract and retain exceptional talent with our collaborative culture, passion for our work, and a strong commitment to employee professional development.


Patients First | Innovation | Winning Culture | Heart Recovery

The Global Manufacturing Leader will oversee and manage all manufacturing and logistics efficiency programs that drive the company towards its corporate goal “Operational Excellence”.  The leader will have a major impact on driving the organization towards world class standards and ensuring cohesive programs that are driven throughout the organization globally.  Major responsibilities include:  (1) leading significant product line “leaning” and scale-up initiatives, (2) orchestrating both Continuous Improvement and Kaizen events globally, (3) establishing and maintaining lean/six sigma recurring training for operators and engineers, and (4) benchmarking current state and quantifying improvements that communicate in the language of senior management.  This position reports directly to the VP Manufacturing and Supply Chain and will drive a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence in all aspects of the Manufacturing and Supply chain areas.   


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as the primary focal point and project lead for all WWPP approved “Lean” projects on critical product line, showing significant floor space, capacity, or touch time reduction efficiencies per plan.
  • Serve as leader for all significant scale-up initiatives.
  • Work directly with operators with a “hands-on” mentality and then present capacity or efficiency gains to the highest levels of management in a highly professional manner.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of “Value Stream Mapping” process, benchmark existing state and rapidly make quick gains to eliminate obstacles or production constraints.
  • Serve as chief mentor to all in production regarding all lean tools (kanban, line balancing, theory of constraints, single piece flow, SMED, 5S, Quality at the Source, process capability, rolled throughput yield management, inventory reduction, JIT, etc.).
  • Drive continuous improvement into all departments, monitor progress with consistent metrics and recognize and reward significant accomplishment.
  • Establish global standards for both CI and Kaizen programs while maintaining momentum and never discouraging spirit of CI.
  • Establish training programs and ensure all new employees receive lean training.  Establish recurring programs and trackers to ensure ongoing reinforcement of culture of CI.


Job Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical or Plastics Engineering required, prefer an MS in Mechanical or Plastics Engineering or MBA
  • 10 years experience in high technology manufacturing operations with lean or CI culture
  • Demonstrated track record of implementing lean initiatives and positively impacting financial metrics
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects involving highly technical processes and track record of convergence
  • Extremely proficient in MS Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint with strong presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of Statistical Process Control Tools (Statistics) and ability to evaluate process limits (Accuracy / Repeatability) a plus



Abiomed is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Abiomed will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

Nearest Major Market: Boston