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J&J Family of Companies Monomer Polymer Operator in Cornelia, Georgia

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit www.ethicon.com.

Ethicon offers a broad range of products, platforms, and technologies—including sutures, surgical staplers, clip appliers, trocars, and synthetic mesh devices—that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer, and obesity. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. was created 20 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, developing innovative devices that have driven the revolutionary shift from open to minimally invasive surgery that continues to lead the industry today.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage levels of raw materials and supplies in order to support production demands and avoid expiration.

  • Ensure production schedule is being followed.

  • Demonstrate an ability to interface with data processor for data collection.

  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and/or in teams.

  • Work with experienced operator to clean, prepare, start up and shutdown Polymer production equipment in accordance with applicable process specifications.

  • Work with experienced operator to understand processes and be able to effectively troubleshoot equipment and/or processes.

  • Maintain clean working environment.

  • Adhere to good documentation practices.

  • Ability to monitor process parameters using instrumentation to ensure proper functioning, making process adjustments as required, demonstrating a working knowledge of the process interface.

  • Ability to accurately prepare and review Device History Records (electronic or hard copy).

  • Must be able to work independently to clean, prepare, start up and shutdown Polymer production equipment in accordance with applicable process specifications.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully change and archive chart recorder media as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully complete Work Orders in accordance with applicable specifications.

  • Demonstrates an understanding and ability to monitor the process and environmental data streams

  • Understand processes and be able to effectively troubleshoot equipment and/or process.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce Dodecanol & Glycolic initiated Vicryl Polymer.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce Coating Copolymer.

  • Understand how power and equipment failures can impact production.

  • Monitor inventory levels of specified chemicals and arrange for replenishing as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate ability to produce Stannous Octoate catalyst.

  • Must be able to perform Melt Index and viscosity testing for product disposition according to applicable process specifications.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce Monocryl Polymer.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce PDS Polymer.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce PDS Regrind Polymer.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce Panacryl Polymer.

  • Effectively communicate how power and equipment failure impact production.

  • Demonstrate understanding of Key Process Variable and impact to Quality and Yield.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute protocol activities on the Shop Floor.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and resolve complex equipment and process issues.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully produce PDO Monomer.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully operate the Ethyl Acetate Recovery System.

  • Be able to identify and execute recovery techniques in the event of power and equipment failure.

  • Demonstrate ability to successfully can Coating Copolymer in accordance with applicable process specifications.

  • Prepare various products for shipment. This includes packaging, document generation, and notification of appropriate personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to direct protocol activities on the Shop Floor.

  • Demonstrated ability to make effective decisions to address quality and yield issues.

  • Ability to recognize and offer suggestions for resolution of systemic issues.

  • Ability to plan production logistics (raw materials and equipment scheduling) to optimize efficiency.

  • Ability to provide occasional direction to lower-level Polymer operators.


  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor/facilitator.

  • Follow current compliance regulations and standards.

  • Comply with all federal regulated programs.

  • Support Plant Diversity Process.

  • Ensure safe working conditions and practices in the department.

  • Submit Work Orders as needed to maintain safe and reliable working conditions and equipment.

  • Communicate process and/or equipment problems to supervisor/facilitator in a timely manner.

  • Work with appropriate personnel to resolve process deviations in a timely manner.

  • Contribute to positive and effective communication from shift to shift and participate in shift changeover meetings

  • Understand customer requirements.

  • Assist in process improvement activities.

  • Follow written specifications to manufacture product.

  • Use associated test equipment.

  • Adhere to FDA quality and worldwide quality systems requirements.

  • Demonstrate ability to consistently meet required work performance targets.

  • Demonstrate teamwork in identifying, evaluating, and resolving problems within the department.

  • Support Maintenance Excellence including 6-S and Operator Asset Care.

  • Support LEAN and Six Sigma initiatives.


Required Experiences and Qualifications:

  • High School graduate, experience, or training.

  • Have a minimum of one (1) year on-the-job experience as an Operator Level 1. Must have successfully completed the Operator Level 1 review, with confirmation of their ability to perform 100% of all tasks, skills, competencies, and responsibilities of a Level 1 Operator. This includes attainment of minimum performance standards of a Level 1 Operator.

  • Perform duties in a timely manner with little or no direction.

  • Demonstrate the ability to set up equipment to specifications.

  • Provide directions and training to other lower-level BC operators.

  • Ability to perform difficult work when only general to limited instructions are available.

  • Measure of actual productivity vs. the optimum ability of the machine. Considering machine capacity, rejects, downtime, and production rates

  • Targeting any one of these three key areas for improvement, Availability, Performance or Quality

  • Follow all aspects of 6S

  • Continued waste reduction improvements for BC

  • Attend required Safety & Environmental Training

  • Satisfactory completion of Compliance Wire assignments.

  • Read, interrupt and follow work instructions and training materials.

  • Assess and input data into shop floor systems.

  • Accurate record keeping via computer management systems by in putting and retrieving data for production and maintenance.

  • Charting, and interpreting SPC information and operational data.

  • Good interpersonal communication skills.

  • Has a positive attitude and is flexible to changes in work assignment

  • Ability to work overtime as required.

Material Handling:

  • Pick up full carts/pallets from Non-CFC and transports product to the BC area. Requires continuous handling of both empty and full magazines.

  • Transfer of empty carts to foil area.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Primary Location

United States-Georgia-Cornelia-655 Ethicon Circle


Ethicon Inc. (6045)

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