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Manager Business Excellence- MT member, reporting to site Director

Heerlen, Netherlands


Are you looking for a position at the #1 Top Employer in the Netherlands and do you want to improve the lives of people all over the world with your work? If so, then we are looking for you! Come work with us as a

Manager Business Excellence- MT member, reporting to site Director

As a Manager Business Excellence, you will have overall Site responsibility to ensure sustainable Business Excellence Culture throughout all site processes by focusing on fostering excellency in everything we do. From process optimization and removing nonvalue add activities to leading Continues Improvement initiatives supporting operations. Beside this, you will be leading and driving the principle-based behaviors within the site which includes creating value for our business and customers, accountability and ownership at all levels, integration and inclusiveness, focusing on the process, embracing data & facts, do it right the first time, leading by example and respect for all.  Under your supervision your teams will identify, manage and execute projects within the plant which will deliver year-over-year improvements.


  • Responsible for support functions within Abbott Vascular Netherlands BV (AVN):  Business Excellence, Manufacturing Engineering, Warehouse Support, Training and Support

  • Develop, communicate, train and implement strategy for Business Excellence (BEX

  • Ensure financial / CIP goals are met through continuous improvement activities.

  • Ensure adherence and keep AVN up to the required standards of the medical device directive and medical device warehousing (ISO13485, GDP)


  • Acts as a change agent by communicating the enterprise wide changes to the employees and helping them to learn, understand, adjust and grow within the continuous improvement culture.

  • Participates as a key business partner to the leadership team. Contributes to business strategy development and operational execution of business plans.

  • Drive an inclusive & collaborative culture, utilizing AVN About You principles

  • Keep the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action

  • Build strategic partnerships to meet departmental and organizational objectives

  • Develop, monitor and appropriately adjust the annual budget for department(s)

  • Develop strategy, approach, content and structure of BEX roadmaps, and ensure execution. Incorporate lean and six sigma application into continuous improvement approach.

  • Provide leadership and direction to site for all BEX, Training and Support, Warehouse Support and Engineering activities,

  • Mentor/train key stakeholders in the use and practice of continuous improvement methodologies and tools. (Lean, value stream mapping, six-sigma, Kaizen)

  • Facilitate site strategic planning process, including regular review of performance against this plan

  • Recruit, coach and develop organizational talent within support functions

  • Represent AVN within the Division with respect to Business Excellence

  • Manage and facilitate continuous improvement projects in support of company objectives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree BA/BS:  Engineering, Business, Operations or equivalent work experience. Certification or equivalent working knowledge of improvement tools and methodologies – Lean/Six Sigma; Black belt preferred.

  • 2-4 years of demonstrated success in applying Continuous Improvement /  Lean / Six Sigma tools.

  • A minimum 2 - 5 years’ experience in manufacturing operations, business improvement, quality systems or other operational areas in an international organization.

  • Demonstrated diplomacy and effective functioning and communication in a matrix environment.  Ability to organize and lead cross functional teams and align employees to management's vision. Ability to provide internal feedback which helps to continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrated responsibility in contribution and improvement to Learning & Development with a focus on continuous improvement and proactive learning.

  • Demonstrated ability being an ambassador successful in promoting and marketing of an organization aiming to improve and contribute to employee engagement and employer branding.

Abbott Vascular Netherlands, the worldwide distribution centre of Abbott's vascular products, is located in Heerlen. From this 10,000 m2 distribution centre, an average of 35,000 products for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases are shipped daily to hospitals, Abbott distributors and Abbott branches in more than 120 countries around the world. Abbott Vascular's "Built as if intended for my family" quality policy demonstrates that we deliver innovative products that improve patients' lives. We are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations by providing the highest quality products and services. Abbott Vascular Netherlands (AVN) in Heerlen employs more than 200 people in the distribution centre and support departments. At Abbott Vascular Netherlands we strive for a working environment in which you can be yourself, where you have every opportunity to develop yourself and where trust and open communication are of paramount importance. At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow and learn, take care of yourself and your family, and be your true self."

About Abbott
Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life.

Today, 109,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 160 countries we serve. Our mission is to understand that the first step to living your best life is good health. Everything we make is designed to help you do just that. That’s our commitment to building life-changing technologies that keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information, medicines and breakthroughs to manage your health


Abbott provides a varied, challenging and international position in a dynamic and pleasant working environment. In our organization, you can count on excellent primary and secondary benefits, a positive working atmosphere, a personal growth plan, extensive training opportunities and good career perspective. We are in the business of advancement, both in health solutions and in the lives and careers of our employees. Our work across the world and in many areas of healthcare provides a rich environment for our employees to explore career paths, interests and opportunities.


Please apply by sending in your cv and motivation letter to this website, or directly to , Attn: Meltem Cakir/Manager Business Excellence. Applications will be assessed on a regular basis.

The base pay for this position is


In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.




AVD Vascular


Netherlands > Heerlen : Argonstraat 1





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