Lead Textile Technician

Date: May 26, 2023

Location: Pendleton, SC, US, 29670

Company: Arthrex

Requisition ID: 57865 
Title: Lead Textile Technician 
Division: Arthrex Manufacturing Inc (US02) 

Pendleton, SC









Arthrex is increasing our wages to be more competitive in the market. Evaluation of skills will be completed during the interview process. We are also offering a $1,000.00 retention bonus (minus appropriate tax withholdings), which will be paid out to you after completing your first 90 days and are an employee in good standing. New opportunities are available as the manufacturing team is growing in Pendleton, SC.


Arthrex, Inc. is a global medical device company and a leader in new product development and medical education. Arthrex Manufacturing is actively searching for Textile Technicians to produce quality medical instruments in accordance with Arthrex Manufacturing Inc. procedures in a safe and effective manner in order to exceed the customers' needs. The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail and fine motor skills. A High School Diploma or equivalent is required for this position. This position will be for 1st Shift (Monday-Thursday 6:00am-4:30pm). Join our talented team at a global medical device company focused on Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients Better™. 


Main Objective:

To lead manufacturing teams to produce Quality Medical Instruments in accordance with Arthrex Manufacturing Inc. procedures in a Safe and Effective manner to meet and exceed the customer’s needs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

· Set-up and operate a variety of hand tools and light duty textile machines to manufacture products specified on work order using engineering prints, standard work instructions and inspection procedures

· Identify in-process defects and troubleshoot related equipment to ensure quality of material produced, while ensuring proper adherence to GMP and GDP during the manufacturing process.

· Handle and measure appropriate chemical quantities using graduated cylinders and digital scales, track usage for accurate inventory issuance

· Optimize machine run times and drive execution and efficiency through proper time-management techniques and accurate product setups within the manufacturing factory

· Follow company Quality System Requirements to ensure Quality is at the forefront of the manufacturing of sutures for patient use

· Function as primary point of contact for the braiding department in absence of braiding manufacturing supervisor

· Assist with the training, mentoring, onboarding, and certification of new textile technicians

· Promote a culture of safety and attention to detail, encouraging employees use correct PPE for tasks and follow all applicable cleanroom WI

· Apply continuous improvement principles to the manufacturing process and proactively identify potential issues, and work with stakeholders to implement fixes and eliminate process errors

· Foster a cohesive culture of teamwork and respect by encouraging employee engagement and feedback

· Promote an atmosphere of consistent audit readiness by driving accountability and process adherence within textile manufacturing

· Consistently interface with support groups such as engineering, quality, planning, maintenance, facilities, and other stakeholders to ensure timely flow of production relevant information.

· Perform material reconciliation, paperwork review and assist with pulling of data for investigations or downstream customer requests.

· Work inside a controlled clean room environment for material finishing, including wearing clean room attire in accordance with ISO Class 7 controlled environment requirements

· Ensure that all Arthrex policies and procedures are being followed within the area of responsibility.




Incidental Duties:

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, and indeed additional responsibilities may be assigned, as required, by management.


Education and Experience:

· High School Diploma or equivalent required

· 4 years of manufacturing experience required

· Textile processing experience is required

· Medical device manufacturing experience strongly preferred

· Experience in Lean manufacturing environment is desirable


Knowledge and Skill Requirements/Specialized Courses and/or Training:

· Elevated understanding of textile processes including twisting, winding, braiding, coating and dyeing, and able to communicate with suppliers as it relates to quality issues and process improvements.

· Self-starter with the ability to work independently, but also works effectively with internal and external customers under general direction and supervision

· Ability to determine materials and tools required to perform the operation.

· Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills

· Demonstrates an elevated level of attention to detail and accuracy.

· High level of planning and organization skills, and the proven ability to meet deadlines are required

· Strong proficiency in administrative procedures and computer systems such as word processing, managing files and records, Excel, Power Point, Documentum, SAP, and Microsoft Outlook is preferred.


Machine, Tools, and/or Equipment Skills:

The technology and the frequency of the technology required to perform this job are as follows; the operation of textile equipment and support equipment including weigh scales, measurement devices, and general test equipment.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, problem solve and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to comprehend and apply mathematical principles to the degree required to perform the job based upon job requirements.


Language and Communication Skills:

Strong analytical and comprehension skills, with the ability to verbally communicate ideas and issues effectively to other team members and management. Ability to write and record data and information as required by procedures.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and stand, use hands and fingers to handle and feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift and/or move up to 20 lbs. on a regular basis. The employee must also be able to bend frequently and lift 30-50lbs occasionally.


Vision Requirements:

Visual acuity necessary to do the job safely and effectively. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work is primarily performed in a general manufacturing area as well as in a cleanroom/controlled environment. A cleanroom is a controlled environment where products are manufactured, in which the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits. These contaminants are generated by people, processes, facilities, and equipment and must be continually removed from the air. Strict rules and procedures are followed to prevent contamination of the product. The only way to control contamination is to control the total environment- air flow rates and direction, pressurization, temperature, humidity, specialized filtration and the sources of these particles all need to be tightly controlled. Temperature ranges from 69F-73F. Hearing protection may be required.





All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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