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Polymer Operator
Company: Johnson & Johnson
Location: Athens, GA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/03/2021
Expire Date: 07/02/2021
Job Categories: Arts, Entertainment, and Media, Computers, Software, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Manufacturing and Production, Logistics, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Environmental, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Polymer Operator

Ethicon Inc., member of Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Companies is currently recruiting for Polymer Operator, located in Athens, GA.


Company Description:

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.


Position summary:

Responsible for using equipment for the assembly and processing tasks to produce finished products according to established specifications. Accountable for adhering to all quality and safety guidelines.

Safely and efficiently execute daily tasks related to synthetic Absorbable Polymer manufacturing in an FDA-regulated environment. Typical tasks include batch equipment charging, discharging, cleaning, troubleshooting, and maintenance as well as raw material preparation and handling.



Under general direction and in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws/regulations and Corporate Johnson & Johnson, procedures and guidelines, this position:

  • Sets up production equipment to produce subassemblies or finished products.
  • Ensures production equipment is properly set up.
  • Checks products on assembly line to confirm that they are properly assembled and remove defective products.
  • Compiles records and reports on quality inspection results.
  • Cleans, maintains and performs basic repairs on equipment as needed.
  • Schedules maintenance and/or repairs on equipment as directed.
  • Prepares accurate records/documentation related to quality, work in progress, test results, and special projects.
  • Troubleshoots production problems.
  • Reports and documents unresolved production problems.



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



  • Comply with all job specific safety procedures and utilize PPE when necessary.
  • Comply with quality system requirements as defined within procedures and instructions.
  • Use test equipment (Starrett Gauge, Mitutoyo Gauge, Microscope, etc.) where applicable.
  • Utilize applicable software systems as needed for the job (e.g. ComplianceWire, ADAPTIV,etc.)
  • Consistently meet required work performance targets (RE's), if applicable
  • Support LEAN and Six Sigma Initiatives.
  • Support Maintenance Excellence (ME2) including 6S and Operator Asset Care.
  • Accurately complete records as defined within the job procedures (e.g. manual and/or electronic documentation).
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor/facilitator.
  • Consistently meet required Training due date targets.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to FDA quality and worldwide quality systems requirements.
  • Demonstrate teamwork in identifying, evaluating, and resolving problems within the Department.
  • Responsible for communicating business related issues or opportunities to next management level
  • For those who supervise or manage a staff, responsible for ensuring that subordinates follow all Company guidelines related to Health, Safety and Environmental practices and that all resources needed to do so are available and in good condition, if applicable
  • Responsible for ensuring personal and Company compliance with all Federal, State, local and Company regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Performs other duties assigned as needed



High School diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent skills, experience, or training.


Required Experience and Skills:

  • Generally, Requires 4-6 Years Work Experience
  • Experience with basic math such as decimals, conversions, percentages, fractions and tolerances are required.
  • Experience in mechanics and electrical/electronic skills highly desirable
  • Basic computer and database management skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills.
  • Statistical and analytical problem solving.
  • Strong working knowledge of the metric system.
  • Working knowledge of basic hand and power tools such as a torque wrench, drill, plug gauges, hydraulics, propane torches, etc.
  • Ability to take accurate readings on test and monitoring equipment such as vacuum gauges, viscometer, Melt index machine, etc.
  • Knowledge of safety, GMP, and ISO 13485.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up and operate manufacturing equipment required.
  • Good communication written and oral skills.


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

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