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Abbott INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER - Columbus, OH in Columbus, Ohio

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

An engineering professional who, working with little or no supervision, applies engineering knowledge, mathematics and statistics, and ingenuity to complete assignments.

This position is involved in the analysis, design, and improvement of manufacturing processes through the use of Industrial Engineering principles including:

• Discrete Event Simulation

• Constraint Analysis and Line Balancing

• Capacity and Cycle Time Analysis

• Manufacturing Line Layout and Material Flow Analysis

• Lean Six Sigma

The Industrial Engineer supports the North America Engineering organization on future production line capacity requirements, layout, and cycle time analysis to achieve production targets. In addition, the Industrial Engineer is a problem-solver for existing manufacturing sites.

Project Management:

  • Independently plans and coordinates activities related to throughput improvements for processing, drying, or packaging activities within AN supply chain.

  • 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. Sets performance metrics. Assigns responsibilities for team members. Develops a budget. 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 assignment, e.g., executes contingency plans to recover from schedule slippage and financial overruns.

  • Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies. Responsible for achieving financial targets in support of business objectives.


  • Independently gathers manufacturing performance data and performs analysis. Reports findings. Prepares and communicates recommendations and respective action plans to drive cost containment and cost reduction efforts. Executes the recommendations.

  • Uses statistics and discrete-event simulation skills to build models of production processes. Interprets results and reports findings to technical and non-technical stakeholders.

  • Anticipates future directions. Benchmarks internally and externally. Uses internal and external benchmarking as a tool to drive improvement in areas (KPIs, OEEs, Capacity, etc)

  • Provides assistance to plant operations providing technical expertise and leadership on high priority issues.

  • Possesses knowledge, background and expanded experience with simulation, line-balancing, constraint analysis and Lean Six Sigma principles.

  • Confirms new line and capital planning capacity and constraint assumptions using the latest data driven modeling techniques and process knowledge.

Problem Solving/Innovation

  • Lead Root Cause Analysis (RCA) using Lean Six Sigma skills.

  • Responsible for improvement initiatives that define equipment data, equipment capabilities, utilization, efficiencies and obsolescence as it relates to processing

  • Provide technical leadership in the areas of simulation, inventory analysis, material flow, labor balancing, and cycle time analysis.

Organization Interface

  • Mentors others by sharing information and providing feedback and guidance.

  • 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; obtains approval to proceed with proposed action plans.

  • Establishes networks. Follows through on goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge, and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business.

  • 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 of changes to established processes.

  • Identifies areas of risk with respect to compliance.

Additional Responsibilities may include

  • Develops procedures and standards.

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

  • Provides training.


  • 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.

  • This position interfaces with all Abbott Nutrition manufacturing facilities in North American with links to overseas manufacturing.

  • This job is performed in a regulated quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or other Engineering discipline with line modeling experience, plus demonstrated competence, with a desired 10+ years of significant engineering and/or operational experience. Additional post-graduate education may contribute towards the desired years of experience.

Background Skills/Knowledge

  • Experience with food and/or dairy processing and packaging.

  • Experience in capacity analysis and discrete event simulation.

  • Familiarity with engineering project management.

  • Has a technical background in health care, nutritional products, or similar industries under FDA regulation (preferred).

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal required.

  • 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.

  • Strong leadership skills required. Interacts well with diverse groups within the operation and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external partners in a collaborative, fast-paced, goal-driven environment. Listens to and understands others’ points of view; possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email