Abbott Senior Engineer in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Major Responsibilities

Project Management

Independently plans and conducts small- to medium-size assigned projects within engineering specialty

requiring conventional types of 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.

 Facilitates the definition of a project scope with clients.

 Establishes workable and trackable schedules. Works with staff, outside firms, and/or consultants to agree

on plans and timetables for a specific project; identifies pinch points or conflicts, e.g. determines verification

and tracking mechanisms; sets performance metrics; assigns responsibilities for team members; develops

a budget.

 Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies related to project alternatives.

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

Technical / Design

Anticipates future directions. Benchmarks internally and externally. Recognizes changes in the environment

and present resources as indicators of future problems and opportunities; prepares for such eventualities,

e.g. initiates plan to acquire new engineering skills required by changes in technology.

 Independently executes, and/or directs others in the execution of, the design of products/processes/

equipment /systems/facilities by applying new engineering theories, concepts, and techniques within the


 Designs and leads complex experiments, often with multiple variables, gathers data, and performs

preliminary analysis. Reports findings. Prepares and communicates recommendations and respective

action plans.

Problem Solving / Innovation

 Produces unique and cost-effective results. Establishes alternate use possibilities and incorporates

flexibility; balances system costs with benefits provided; oversees design work of internal and external

consultants, e.g. integrates complex manufacturing processes and defines product flow within regulatory


 Integrates financial with technical data. Analyzes complex interdisciplinary problems and identifies their

impact; establishes probabilities; draws conclusions reflecting broad business needs; understands

organizational and financial impact of recommendations, e.g. applies regulatory requirements and recommends best course of action; sets complex design and process requirements.

 Improves methods/designs/processes. Recognizes and implements good ideas/innovations/cost

reductions; consistently generates/adopts original solutions to problems and reduces them to practices, e.g.

implements better methods to reduce component cost; creatively applies others’ design ideas.

Organizational Interface

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

 Interfaces frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents the organization

in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.

 Prepares written communication. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents

with team members, designers, technicians, and other technical personnel, both internal and external to

Abbott, using appropriate communication protocols, e.g. develops proposals; conducts reviews; provides

audience targeted content; prepares project summaries and design documentation. Obtains approval to

proceed with proposed action plans.

 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 as a functional expert in cross-project design review.

 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

stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

 Resolves underlying problems. Identifies full range of customer/ client needs and proposes solutions to

address them; makes alterations in products or services to better meet (recognized or unrecognized)

customer need, e.g. partners with an outside vendor to provide a better deliverable.


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 assigned tasks.

 Has awareness of the potential consequences (defects and failure modes) of design changes to

established processes.

 Identifies areas of risk with respect to compliance.

Additional Responsibilities May Include:

 Develops procedures and standards.

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


 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.

 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities May Include

 Provides mentoring in technical and organizational areas within work group; 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.

Background/Skills/ Knowledge

 Has demonstrated competency within a discipline.

 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 within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.

 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.


Works under general direction. Independently determines and develops approach to solutions. Work is

reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.

 Identifies and quantifies technical risks and their consequences relative to the success of part of a project;

recommends appropriate action, e.g. reports calculations and recommendations in terms concrete enough

for management to make an informed decision.

 Decisions or recommendations would typically achieve department/project objectives.

 Drives functional performance that ensures the highest standards in quality, customer service, and

regulatory compliance are met.

Preferred Experience / Training

  • 5+ years of significant engineering and/or operational experience.

  • 2+ years of a technical background in health care, nutritional products, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, or similar industries (preferred).

  • 3+ years of Automation/Inspection system and equipment software programming knowledge (preferred).

  • 3+ years of Equipment or Software qualification knowledge (highly preferred).

  • 2+ years of Technical experience with automated liquid and powder filling, plastic part assembly, or fermentation/cell culture production for diagnostic products (highly preferred)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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