*Sr. Manager, Operations

Houston, TX, United States
Nov 19, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

Position Overview

The primary purpose of this position is to manage the Upstream Manufacturing department to ensure adherence to production plans and cGMP guidelines. Coordinate the execution of regulatory and continuous improvement efforts across manufacturing in order to achieve business goals, eliminate financial gaps and realize growth strategies. This position is responsible for maintaining site metrics and communicating recommendations to Director, Plant GM and Site Quality Head.

Main Areas of Responsibilities
  • Plan, coordinate, manage and control Upstream manufacturing production activities and resources, i.e. people, equipment, and materials, ensuring compliance to SOP's, Batch Records, Quality Systems (Deviations, Change Controls, Corrective Action /Preventative Action), and Protocols.
  • Perform employee selection, appraisal and performance feedback. Maintain good employee relations through effective communications. Provide leadership, coaching and training to manufacturing personnel.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of operational budgets. Report on department metrics/key process indicators, variance reports, expense budget variances, and other budgetary items.
  • Lead Operational Excellence initiatives and role model behaviors for operators. Interact with support functions to achieve objectives and budgetary goals.
  • Maintain defined operational site metrics and support use of the metrics for opportunity identification. Report metrics and opportunities to Senior Management.
  • C onduct audits perform trend analysis of operational gaps and recommend future modifications for improving efficiency and reducing waste.
  • Serve as lead investigator on production discrepancies, deviations and other complex investigations relating to manufacturing.
  • Independently write, review and/or revise controlled documents (i.e., Batch Records, SOPs, Protocols).
  • Provide cross-functional support to other departments as necessary.
  • Communicate site operational achievements with the organization.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree preferably in a Natural Science, Cell Biology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • 10 years' experience in a GMP regulated biomanufacturing environment with a minimum of 5 years leadership experience.
  • Strong technical writing experience within a GMP environment.
  • Strong experience performing root cause analysis and problem solving within a GMP environment.
  • Strong understanding of biology, including animal organisms, their tissues, cells and cell-cell interactions and function.
  • Strong user of Microsoft applications, for example Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Hands on experience using Operational Excellence/Six Sigma principles to achieve continuous improvements.

Job Type


Equal Employment Opportunity
At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.