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Quality and Operational Excellence

Be the best you can

Quality and Operational Excellence works with all functional areas of our company, pushing us to be the best and most forward-looking performer in our markets.

Working across the entire value chain from supplier to customer, our Quality and Operational Excellence (Q&OpEx) teams focus on improving performance throughout the company, giving us a solid foundation for growth. Our ultimate goal is to surpass our customers’ current expectations and be prepared for their future needs.

Why ABB for Quality and Operational Excellence?

Our portfolio includes the most advanced power and productivity products and systems in the world. Thanks to the breadth of what we do for our customers, there are numerous opportunities to build your skills and experience on the very latest technologies and processes.

Even better, our customers expect the very best from our products and services. As you support our operations to deliver above and beyond what is expected, you will find all the challenges you need to create a world-class career in Q&OpEx.

To serve our customers more effectively, we maintain a worldwide presence. As a result, everything you do will have an international dimension – the teams you work in and the products you support, as well as the customers you serve and the markets in which they operate.

Working in such a diverse environment will help you look at working practices and problem solving from many different perspectives, strengthening your analytical skills and expanding your world as you help to optimize our operations.

The exceptional people you work with, the unique projects you tackle and the global scale of our business will give you the skills and experience you need to take your career to the next level.

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Career paths and development

Technical stream

Entry-level employees develop their expertise by providing support at a local level. Typical activities include:
  • Factory support for process evaluation
  • Defining processes
  • Auditing processes for compliance
  • Using quality tools and techniques to improve processes
  • Coaching and training continuous improvement teams
  • Understanding and solving quality issues

With experience, you will advance into positions that require a broader knowledge of the business, interacting with all functions within the company. At this point, you might work with other Q&OpEx specialists from around the world as you lead a multicultural  team to optimize complex value chain processes.

Our most senior specialists are internationally recognized contributors within their field. They advise management teams within the company on advanced Q&OpEx techniques and are called in to consult when existing practices are not sufficient to meet customer and operational expectations.

Management stream

Managers lead multifunctional teams, relentlessly pursuing quality in support of their local operation. With more experience, the teams become more complex, and managers engage a larger group of stakeholders, internally and externally. Successful Q&OpEx managers are responsible for overseeing all Q&OpEx initiatives for one of our local business units, guiding and counseling the local management team.

Senior Q&OpEx managers lead the discipline at the division or business unit level, using their skills and experience to plan and implement operational strategy in a global role.

Professional qualifications

We depend on your growth and development because the more you make of your talent, the better we do as a company. So, in addition to the personalized development plans we agree on with all our employees, we also support you if you wish to obtain professional Q&OpEx qualifications, including:
  • Certified Quality Engineer
  • Certificate in Quality Management
  • Certified Quality System Auditor
  • Lean Principles Certificate
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Theory of Constraints

Alternative career opportunities

Career flexibility is a key ABB principle. We always try to support you when your interests and priorities change, helping you move between countries, divisions, business units and functions. It is one of the main advantages of working for a truly global business with a very broad portfolio of products and services.

The experience you gain in Q&OpEx will open up opportunities in other areas of the business including Engineering, Project and Product Management, Manufacturing, Service, Marketing and Sales and R&D. We expect our senior Q&OpEx professionals to take advantage of these opportunities to broaden their experience and perspective on business operations.

What we look for

Quality and Operational Excellence profile

You will need:
  • A good technical understanding gained in a relevant background
  • The ability to collaborate in order to improve our business
  • To understand the demands of the various stakeholders in a complex business
  • The ability to engage others in finding a common solution
  • The desire and commitment to implement change

Academic and professional qualifications:

Requirements vary for roles at different levels. Please check specific job postings for details.

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