Abbott Sr. Systems Specialist, Supply Chain 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.

Responsible for aligning technology solutions with business strategies, working principally with senior management. Acts as the principal designer for major systems (i.e. SAP) and their subsystems utilizing a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs. For large projects with multiple systems, responsible for aligning technology solutions with business strategies, working primarily with management and technical specialists across functional disciplines. Supports the application and technical specialists in the multi-system application architecture and has a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs for the applications involved and the impact upon each other.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads teams consisting of other functional groups within the Abbott IT organization to establish technical strategies and the tactical plans to be positioned for the current and future needs of the business.

  • Provides leadership as required in technical team projects. Assists IT management with technical training, guiding and evaluating less experienced IT and technical staff. May be involved in technical interviews.

  • Provides strategic consultancy support to customers in defining or designing business processes and researching and identifying enabling technologies based on customer requirements.

  • Provides strategic consultancy support to clients, Senior Application Technical Specialists and other technical architects in all aspects of enabling technologies to meet business needs. Provides expertise on application architecture design or improvement. Considers the performance impact of the architecture.

  • Assess near-term needs utilizing structured interview processes to establish business priorities, consult with technical subject matter experts and develop alternative technical solutions; advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities.

  • Ally with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of project status, and inform customer management of progress; conversely, keep the IT group's technology and service managers aware of user issues and potential potholes or resolve conflicts.

  • Performs technical oversight of implementation projects to assure alignment with architecture and technology standards. Collaborates with database architects in application design and implementation.

  • Responsible for overall compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures. Coaches others on compliance and procedures.

  • Works closely with product vendors ensuring strategic and architectural fit, and ability of product to scale to meet Abbott requirements.

Education/Experience Desired:

  • Bachelors’ Degree/ Masters’ Degree preferred.

  • 13 + years relevant experience including 3+ years as Application Architect.

  • Ability to travel approx. 25% of the time.

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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