Abbott Principal Mechanical Engineer in Plymouth, Minnesota

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.

We are looking for a high caliber Principal Mechanical Engineer to use multidisciplinary engineering knowledge to design and develop innovative medical devices or components/subsystems in support of company’s strategic plan in the electrophysiology market. Provide project-wide technical leadership on development projects

Job Duties:

  • Design devices to meet user needs. Establish requirements and specifications for these devices (including justifications and supportive testing).

  • Work with project management to develop, manage, and maintain overall program schedules. Manage program tasks within schedule.

  • Lead design reviews and support physician visits

  • Use empirical, numeric, and experimental analysis to evaluate designs. Lead test method and model development. Develop site standards.

  • Prepare and submit invention disclosures and guide investigations into promising areas.

  • Identify and mitigate project and site product-line risks.

  • Work with internal departments and external vendors to obtain prototypes and to expand the capabilities of these groups.

  • Establish site-wide technical competence in specific areas.

  • Provide site technical leadership based on a detailed understanding of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs etc.).

  • Maintain a detailed understanding of the quality and regulatory requirements. Provide input into shaping internal quality and regulatory requirements.

  • Support all company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Support compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, and processes.

  • Maintain positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering or scientific field.

  • MS or MBA degree preferred.

  • 8+ years’ experience, primarily in R&D engineering, or technical project management

  • Accomplishment in a relevant specialty demonstrated by device designs, patents, and/or publications.

  • Thorough understanding of the product development process (PDP) required, core-team leader experience.

  • Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes and designing for manufacturability require

  • Specialization in a focused area is expected.

  • Strong project leadership and management skills.

  • Ability to be the technical role model for the site.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Solidworks or other CAD experience is.

  • Relevant numerical simulation tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Open to or experienced in the latest design tools and techniques (i.e. Six Sigma, Design for Manufacturability, Analytical Design).

  • Experience working in an enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

  • Experience interacting with senior management preferred.

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Experience with disposable medical devices preferred (e.g. catheters, introducers, etc.).

  • Ability to travel approximately 25%, including internationally.

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

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