As Engineering Director at Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, California, Amichai Vardi manages a staff of 230 people and a multi-million dollar product flow. Over the course of nearly two decades in the field of manufacturing, Mr. Vardi has demonstrated exceptional skills in team leadership and training, product design and commercialization, operations optimization and management, and process efficiency.
In 2001, Amichai Vardi joined Medtronic as a Senior Design Engineer in Research and Development. Mr. Vardi led a series of teams responsible for developing new products, overseeing the process from design to completion. He also served as a subject matter expert on manufacturing and high-volume processes. In 2003, Mr. Vardi entered Medtronic’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Program. As a black belt, he completed multiple high-impact projects, two major examples are: a “No Delivery” project that resulted in a 70 percent decrease in field returns and a “Blue Pod” project that reduced the monthly backlog of accounts receivable to zero.
In 2004, Amichai Vardi earned qualifications as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and began the process of training other Medtronic staff members in the Lean Six Sigma process. He created a series of modules, training materials, and portfolios of soft skills designed specifically to meet the needs of Lean Six Sigma operators at Medtronic. During this period, Mr. Vardi was also involved in more than 80 Lean Six Sigma projects. After his promotion to Lean Six sigma Deployment Leader, Amichai Vardi led the program to increase hard savings from $2.4 million to $10.8 million and participated in projects such as customer care, revenue cycle, and operations.
In 2008, Medtronic promoted Amichai Vardi to Director of Sensor Manufacturing. The team’s performance was so outstanding that it received a “Star of Excellence” for its work. In addition to improving efficiency and decreasing costs, Mr. Vardi also reduced product lead time by more than 80 percent.