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Abbott Principal Engineer Process Innovation - Liquid Expansion 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 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

Our Nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.


  • Process Engineering lead on pre-PIER / NPD Stage 2 / Pre- FEP Gate 1 feasibility studies for major proposed Liquid Network Capacity Expansion and Optimization programs assisting in determining provisional scope, manufacturability, cost, capital, risk and schedule considerations.

  • Support relevant capital FEP (Front End Planning) leading process design activities/deliverables up to FEP Gate 2, working closely with Regional Engineering, ANSC stakeholders and external equipment and A&E firms.

  • Process Engineering lead on approved PIER and NPD (Stage 2 onwards) projects supporting ANSC liquid network expansion and optimization strategy.

  • Equipment vendor selection /assessments

  • DOE and pilot/plant trials and scalability assessments

  • Product characterization to support equipment design requirements

  • Provide input to user requirements, design specifications, process parameters

  • Support development of engineering studies, commissioning, and validation plans

  • Prepare P&ID’s, process flow diagrams and DfM KPI’s, provide process parameters targets and limits and review relevant controlled documents

  • Participate in process FMEA assessments

  • Design, execute and report outcomes / conclusions from engineering studies

  • Lead plant trials supporting smooth technical transfer of new processes working closely with manufacturing and project partners

  • Responsible for Process Innovation deliverables into Project Design Reviews and NPD Gate Decks

  • Design and conduct testing to evaluate new technologies, processing equipment changes

  • Support RFI/RFQ activities and review of vendor submissions / quotations

  • Provide effective communication through verbal and written reports

  • Support multiple, often concurrent, projects and meet assigned deadlines.

  • Interface frequently and effectively with program leadership and key stakeholders

  • 25-50% travel is expected as part of the role



  • Minimum 7+ years of relevant experience.

  • B.S. in Engineering, chemical preferred. B.S. / postgraduate qualification in Food Science/Food Chemistry also relevant.

  • A technical background in nutritional and food manufacturing processes with emphasis in liquid manufacture including the following unit operations; batching, heat treatment / homogenization (emulsion technology), aseptic dosing, UHT (indirect and direct) processing / filling, and retort sterilization.

  • Experience in liquid capital expansion programs with direct design responsibility

  • Disciplined and adaptable to work on a variety of projects

  • Knowledge of the impact of processing parameters on ingredients and finished product CQA’s.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work on cross functional teams is critical.

  • Ability to effectively analyze and summarize process and product information (using statistical methods) to determine solutions to production and quality issues.

  • Experience in process capacity/CFD modeling desired

  • Background or experience in DOE methodology valued.

  • Green or black belt qualification also relevant

  • Knowledge of functional ingredient manufacturing (e.g. proteins, emulsifiers), chemistry and food science is advantageous.

  • Computer skills include MS Office applications, AutoCad, OSI PI Processbook, Qualtrend, LIMS, QDMS, ANSYS, FlexSim, Minitab or equivalent.

  • Familiarity with infant formula and food regulations, HACCP/FMEA and GMP standards for quality desired.

  • The group supports the supply chain globally so US domestic and potentially international travel is anticipated.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority

  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled

  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully: at

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