Abbott Sr. Systems Design Lead in Irving, Texas

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.


As discipline expert,drives functional performance by designing and developing new and improved products that contribute to significant financial success to the division. An independent reviewer to subordinates,peers,and senior management. A key Abbott discipline contact.

Main Responsibilities:

Sets discipline strategy in alignment with functional goals and key engineering objectives.

Achieves functional goals.

Develops key engineering objectives.

Collaborates with experts within function to integrate engineering objectives into activities associated with development of new/improved products or technology.

Advances engineering expertise across functions.

Proactively advises and shares opinions with subordinates,peers,and senior management.

Mentors and trains functional leaders.

Develops network valued by functional leaders.

Actively supports open exchange of expert discipline knowledge.

Deepens insight to current and emerging business challenges enabling functional goal achievement.

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

Anticipates challenges.

Creatively applies knowledge of concepts,principles,and theories.

Develops and continually advances engineering direction.

Sources and identifies emerging trends from multiple internal and external sources.

Assesses relevance.

Determines use of innovation.

Integrates trends into functional short-term objectives.

Advances cross-discipline technology and direction.

Applies imagination.

Generates institutional knowledge.

Creates,invents,and implements new or better approaches,alternatives,and breakthrough ideas that are valued by customers within the function.

Develops and advances existing and breakthrough technology.

Presents engineering concepts and results for function engineering and non-engineering leaders as well as potential and existing partners.

Maximizes impact and value of expertise.

Additional Responsibilities May Include: Organizes internal engineering seminars Maintains external reputation as discipline expert.

Influences industry with presentations,serving on panel discussions at industry meetings,attending industry meetings,or authoring articles for peer-reviewed publications.

Provides advice and counsel with respect to regulatory strategy.

Collaborates with internal regulatory experts to ensure compliance with schedules for NDAs/INDs/sNDAs/INDA/CE/IDE and 510 k submissions Selects,builds and maintains the most appropriate vendor partnerships.

Evaluates vendor reliability and performance ensuring adherence to plans,policies,and procedures to provide required products or services.

Establishes collaborative relationships.

Manages conflicts.

Achieves compromise.

Ensures the multiple discipline,functional team is making good decisions regarding design,materials,manufacturing,quality,costs,regulatory compliance,intellectual property,and strategic fit within the product portfolio.

Merges many ideas into a cohesive plan to ensure that functional goals and respective project plans maintain momentum and meets timelines.

Solicits feedbacks to better understand unmet market needs.

Integrates inputs into discipline strategy to successfully achieve functional goals.

In negotiations,gathers and understands the relevant facts supporting optimal decisions where value or resources are not left on the table,risks can be pro-actively managed,and desired ongoing partnerships and longstanding relationships are the result.

Ensures work is performed only on strategically valued,practical,and revenue generating products.

Develops strong awareness of other disciplines/subsystems’ dependencies and challenges to appropriately modify own strategy and performance goals to avoid performance tradeoffs.

Provides top line and/or secondary review of design results.


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

Functions as a principal investigator or lead scientist.

Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve critical organizational objectives and affect the image of the organization’s technological capability.

Anticipates challenges and creatively applies knowledge of concepts,principles,and theories.


PhD in Engineering or related field with 6 years of significant product life cycle experience MS in Engineering or related field with 8 years of significant product life cycle experience BS in Engineering or related field with 10 years of significant product life cycle experience Proven ability to innovate with a history of successful new or improved product releases. Accomplishments at Abbott a plus. Ability to advise the various functions within the division on how they can manage their particular risks. Interacts well with diverse groups within R&D and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators. Listens 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. Interpersonal skills to negotiate & reconcile interdisciplinary differences optimizing overall organizational goals. Technical background in healthcare, nutritional products, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, or pharmaceutical companies

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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