Abbott Human Factors Staff Engineer in Sylmar, California

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


Job Summary:

Creates, develops, and leads teams that execute human factors engineering process for critically important products and product lines with the purpose of meeting divisional growth objectives. Plans, leads and conducts customer and competitive research to identify, prioritize/develop new projects, create detailed usability improvement plans and conceptual design, and select/manage external usability design resources. Leads internal and external development resources to conduct customer usability research, conceptual design development, usability testing, interaction design and usability validation. Responsible for usability initiatives across product/organizational lines, and for training staff members about relevant usability theory, resources, and technology. Applies advanced usability improvement principles to the evaluation and solution of complex product design problems. Remains abreast of and consults on usability improvement advancements. Creates and trains others in the use of the most effective, cost efficient and best usability related processes.

Job Duties: .

  • Using knowledge of customer needs, Company technology, market research, financial tools (such as ROI), and business plans, proposes and establishes the business case for usability improvement projects. Communicates improvement plans, concepts, and status across the Marketing department, development staff and senior management.

  • Plans and conducts worldwide customer, competitive, and software industry research to identify and prioritize usability improvement possibilities and solutions.

  • Creates detailed usability improvement concepts and may lead design teams. Works across product lines, internal departments, and Company sites to create and manage usability improvement plans and usability standards.

  • Leads usability conceptual design development, usability research, interaction design, and usability validation on prototypes as well as finished product.

  • Organizes and manages work to deliver usability deliverables on programs; leads other human factors engineers or other external resources in the execution of assigned work. Prioritizes tasks by distinguishing urgent from important tasks and assesses cost/benefit trade-offs. Contributes to the development of department staff through leading work assignments, sharing knowledge and experience, and identifying training opportunities for less experienced team members.

  • Contributes to the product charter/contract and works with multiple development teams simultaneously to successfully implement usability improvement concepts. Leads and assists in the management of internal and external development resources, and assists in the development of engineering documents, user manuals, online help, and training materials.

  • Creates and refines usability related processes, and trains others in their use.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

General Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Factors, or a related field

  • Minimum of twelve years of progressively more responsible work experience with the design of software for complex applications.

  • In-depth knowledge and experience of human factors as well as cognitive psychology theory and application, the software development process, software technology, and effective methods of working with research and development teams; customers, trends, governmental factors and emerging research and technologies affecting product usability.

  • A qualified record of implementing new processes to existing human factors and related systems.

  • Ability to travel approximately10%, including internationally.


Product Development


ASJM Abbott St. Jude Medical


United States > Sunnyvale : 645 Almanor Ave


United States > Sylmar : 13150 Telfair Avenue




Yes, 10 % of the Time


Not Applicable


Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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