Abbott Principal Human Factors Engineer in Irving, Texas

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their 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, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Manager Summary:

The Human Factors Position would be contributing to the design of next generation and on-market medical devices. Responsibilities will cover, but not limited to, the design of hardware and software, and labeling, for medical products including devices, support systems and associated training /instructional elements. The main objective of these activities is to improve healthcare by providing high quality, safe, reliable, easy-to-use/intuitive, and easy-to-maintain medical products.


Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. Consistently on an on-going basis,develops and applies advanced theories,methods,and research techniques to the investigation and solution of complex technical problems. Leads and participates in projects involving the design,fabrication,validation,and manufacture of complex instrument subassemblies,systems or processes.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Analyze,evaluate and plan methods of approach to ,and organize a means to achieve,the solution of complex technical problems.

  • Conducts investigations of considerable complexity pertaining to the development of new designs,methods,materials,or processes,and investigates possible applications of the results.

  • May provide technical consultation to technical staff concerning problems within a specific area of engineering or for a specific project Recommend methods or corrections in technical reviews to insure project completion.

  • Applies the results of reviews of literature,patents,and current practices relevant to the business,uses results to determine strategic technical direction.

  • Plan and direct major technical phases of projects within a specific area of design, Provides technical direction to and coordinates the efforts of engineers and technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects.

  • Provides input to the team manager on staffing decisions.

  • Leads or enables project completion.,Interface with product team members,PCB designers,test design engineers,R&D,marketing,regulatory (internal),site engineering,Instrument Development managers,and operations and business unit managers.

  • Communicates with outside decision makers in a manner appropriate to the goals of the communication.

  • Applies Systems Thinking: Optimizes solutions from a systems point of view by taking into account the effect of any change on other parts of the systems and supporting functions.

  • Designs/Modifies Complex Systems: Designs/Modifies complex/ high level systems architecture requiring multi-disciplinary expertise or in-depth knowledge in a single discipline,defines parameters and boundaries for lower level design activities.

  • Integrates Multiple Project Plans: Establishes and reviews complex plans for multiple activities/ projects or plans highly complex personal projects,monitors and takes corrective action for processes and systems.,Translates Regulatory Requirements into Validation Process: Creates efficient protocols for validation of complex system functions and defines validation process.

  • Exchanges Information: Exchanges information with appropriate frequency and within a time frame to maximize its utility and promote cross functional collaboration,verifies that information is understood by the recipient.

  • Adapts Information to Customer Needs: Delivers communications tailored to the needs of the receiver (Managers,peers,customer) Makes Presentations : Defines purpose and objectives,organizes ideas,prepares A-V aids,keeps to time frame and presents intelligibly.

  • Actively Listens: Listen actively to acquire information and understand the others viewpoint.

  • Give Constructive Feedback: Give appropriate,helpful information specific to the issue,uses examples,ties feedback to specific business issues.

  • Resolves Conflicts: Faces conflicts and takes initiative to resolve them constructively so all parties can be productive,knows when to involve others.

  • Actively Participates in Team Meetings: Actively participates in design review to meet team goals by offering pro and con suggestions,works toward consensus.

  • Shares Resources,Knowledge and Accountability: Shares resources and knowledge,assures the team takes accountability,draws on strengths of each team member.

  • Serves in Multiple Team Roles: Serves as leader,contributor,facilitator,consultant,technical expert,arbitrator,evaluator according to the needs of the team and task.

  • Initiates Decisions: Makes timely and effective decisions,considers alternatives,uses sound judgment,achieves closure on work Confronts Issues: Confronts issues in a constructive manner and at an appropriate organizational level,perseveres in the face of adversity.

  • Motivates Others: Keeps morale high by encouraging others,giving positive feedback and setting a good example,makes and keeps commitments.,Receive/Give Performance Feedback: Asks for and gives feedback on the strengths and development needs of self/ others.

  • Identify Future Development Needs: Translates changes in business goals and objectives into the skills,knowledge and experience needed for future work Plans for and Achieves Development: Prepares a plan that sets appropriate development goals,establishes timelines to fulfill development needs,balances the time needed for accomplishing current work and achieving development goals.

  • Evaluate Risk/Reward Trade Offs: Evaluate risks of alternatives,recommend actions and develop strategies to cope with various scenarios.,Defines Applications for New Technologies: Develops and implements operational strategy to achieve critical success factors for serving new applications.

  • Contributes to Business Strategies: Evaluate technical trends,processes,and methods to contribute to the development of long term business strategies.,Creates or Advances Technology: Advances recognized leading edge technologies in a technical field,fosters an environment of innovation in others.


Establishes and defines the theoretical bases and principles which should apply,the empirical test procedures to be used,and the estimated time,expense and manpower for completion.

Reviews project progress and evaluates results.

Reviews,generates,and approves related inputs such as drawings and specifications.

Evaluates vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.

Specifies equipment,materials,and supplies required for the completion and implementation of technical projects.


Bachelors degree in engineering,science or closely related discipline with eight or more progressive work experience. Exceptions to the degree requirement at this level require approval of the appropriate level of Senior Management. 8 or more years of progressive development work experience. Knowledge of regulations and standards affecting IVDs and Biologics

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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