Abbott Principal Engineer-Project Mananger in Abbott Park, Illinois

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An engineering professional who, working with little or no supervision, applies advanced scientific knowledge, engineering knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to complete complex assignments related to a specific technical field or discipline. A Principal Engineer has full knowledge of other related disciplines beyond their own.

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.


Identifies, plans, and conducts medium- to large-size projects within engineering specialty requiring custom, risk-managed execution plans, investigations, and/or equipment.

Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects and meets deadlines.

Maintains project controls and reporting for cost, scope and schedule; develops execution strategy including procurement; balances multiple demands within an assignment, e.g. executes contingency plans to recover from schedule slippage and financial overruns.

Understands the business needs of the company, and has a thorough knowledge of the customer and clinical needs when developing a project scope.

Incorporates business foresight of emerging technological trends.

Works with marketing, product development, and manufacturing to establish scope, priorities, and schedules on multiple projects, e.g. examines the entire project planning process for a new product or complex project.

Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies related to complex and often multiple competing project alternatives.

Responsible for achieving the project's financial targets in support of business objectives.


Benchmarks internally and externally.

Analyzes business forces (customers, suppliers, competitors, technologies, government regulations) in major markets to identify trends and recommend responses, e.g. recommends a division-wide development program to introduce new technology.

Independently executes, and/or directs others in the execution of: the design of products/processes/ equipment/systems/facilities by applying novel engineering theories, concepts, and techniques within the disciplines.

Designs and leads complex experiments, often with multiple variables, gathers data, and performs detailed analysis.

Assesses relevance.

Communicates across functions and disciplines.


Conceptualizes complete solutions.

Creates or coordinates the design solutions for novel or complex problems; integrates regulatory and operational needs; assesses cost benefit, e.g. identifies processes and develops flow charts for a complex construction or manufacturing operation.

Explores multiple alternatives.

Structures studies and integrate cross-disciplinary and cross-functional issues to arrive at optimal couse of action, e.g. investigates process to meet increasing regulatory requirements while maintaining manufacturing/construction efficiency.

Applies technology in innovative ways.

Combines technologies to anticipate or address customer needs; shares solutions across sites; employs proven solutions to increase effectiveness of engineering methodology or manufacturing process, e.g. incorporates process commonalities to reduce cycle time; attempts to leverage core technical competencies to its limit.


Mentors others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance.

Where appropriate, provides tasks/project assignment opportunities for employee development and evaluates performance.

Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects.

Interacts with both senior management and external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

Prepares written communication.

Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents, e.g. develops proposals, project summaries, and design documentation; submits articles for internal or external publication.

May move forward with action plans without seeking approval.

Exhibits advanced ability to apply concepts of careful communication.

Establishes networks.

Follows through on project goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business, e.g. participates in team meetings; serves either as functional subject matter expert or independent technical expert in design reviews.

Builds relationships.

Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others' needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakesholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

Acts as a trusted advisor.

Balances bottom line objectives of a project with long-term interest of customer, e.g. makes trade-offs to further the relationship; incorporates long-term customer benefits into project.


Complies with all regulations and standards for quality, Environmental, Health, Safety and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, Abbott Engineering Standards, and other governance areas as applicable.

Ensures quality and effectiveness of key results of major projects within function through sound design, early risk assessments, and implementation of fallback strategies.

Has full awareness of the potential consequences (defects and failure modes) of design changes to established processes.

Mitigates risk within funvtion through sound design, early risk assessments and implementation of fallback strategies.


Is identified as a Subject Matter Expert in the discipline.

Participates in internal, cross-divisional teams to develop and align procedures and standards.

Coordinates with technical support personnel to conduct prototype or experimental runs of products or processes.

Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources.

Performs tasks such as writing Requests for Capital Expenditures (RCEs), safety/quality checklists, scope documents, etc.

Develops and executes validation protocols.

May infuence validation strategy.

Resolves problems, such as production process deviations, vendor deviations from specification, urgent out- of-stock replacements, and crisis situations requiring fast, astute decisions with rapid implementation by utilizing technical training and experience.

Provides training on systems.

Represents engineering on corporate and division task forces.


Provides mentoring in technical and organizational areas across multiple work groups; monitors the improvement of other engineer(s), e.g. delegates challenging tasks to others to help them develop; provides constructive and timely feedback.

Participates in the evaluation of assigned staff/project team members and in the identification of development needs.

May supervise other engineers or technicians.

Accountability/Scope/Budget .

Works without appreciable direction.

Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.

Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long-term perspective, for desired results.

Develops scenarios to give management a set of viable alternatives; relates risk and gain to critical success factors and recommends action, e.g. evaluates risk/reward ratios and Return-on-Investment (ROI) projections.

Decisions or recommendations would typically achieve critical organizational objectives and affect the image of the organization's technological capability.

Drives functional performance that ensures the highest standards in quality, customer service, and regulatory compliance are met.


A Bachelors Degree in Engineering, science, or closely related discipline is desired, or equivalent technical experience plus demonstrated competence, with a desired 8+ years of significant engineering and/or operational experience. A post-graduate education/degree is desired, and may contribute towards the desired years of experience. ·Has a career history marked by a consistent series of technical contributions and accomplishments. Significant contribution to product or process development or improvement through creative application of technical effort will equally be recognized.

· Possesses a strong technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices, and procedures. Works on problems of complex scope where analysis of situations or data involves multiple competing factors. Exercises judgment and advises management as to the appropriate actions. * Interacts well with diverse groups within engineering and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.

· Listens to and understands others' points of view and articulates tactfully and respectfully one's own perspective orally, in writing, and in presentations.

· Works well with other engineers in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment.

· Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

· Has a technical background in health care, nutritional products, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, or similar industries (preferred).

· Has demonstrated competency with financial systems and in fiscal control.

Note: This job description is not to be considered an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements and does not limit the assignment of additional duties for this role.

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Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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