Abbott Principal Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

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.

Description: Possesses and applies an extensive and wide-ranging technical expertise with full knowledge of related product development disciplines. Understands business objectives, user needs and clinical workflow, and applies technical expertise to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways to enable product delivery efforts.

Because of their technical prowess, they are known as technical leader within development organization and recognized as technical expert by the broader product development team.

Minimum Experience: At least 12 years experience in product development, systems engineering, and delivering medical devices to market, with expertise in multiple engineering disciplines. Evaluated on case-by-case basis.

Alignment: Technical leader of one major development program while advising multiple other efforts within assigned product portfolio. Is able to balance and prioritize work, delivering on all commitments. Applies expertise in a number of areas in a meaningful way to ensure product deliveries.


  • Leads technical activities and trade-off analysis on a program requiring high degree of definition, with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and prioritize tasks (urgent/important, cost of effort/benefit)

  • Demonstrated effective cross-functional leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate across disciplines and team members

  • Proven ability to foster collaboration, drive consensus and/or escalate

  • Respected as credible technical leader within and outside Systems Engineering

  • Excellent communicator to team members, system architects, program management, senior leadership and executive management as required

  • Mentors, coaches and develops less senior team members

  • Demonstrates innovation within the context of program work and the product portfolio

  • Demonstrated ability to improve organization, process and efficiency


  • Direct interaction with program management

  • Leads others to drive task completion

  • Resolving complex problems independently

  • Effective prioritization of work

  • Deciding which tasks to undertake as having the most value and which are less valuable and should be avoided

  • Identifies and executes strategies to streamline Systems Engineering services

  • Ability to look outside boundaries to identify “missing” efforts and tasks

  • Ability to gather information, frame problem, devise and execute plan, track progress, adjust and measure success within scope of responsibility.

  • Able to successfully influence stakeholders

  • Earns and gives respect

Knowledge (Customer, Product, Process)

  • Applies and/or directs all functional processes/tools

  • Understands all technical domains related to program

  • Applies strong clinical understanding to program work

  • Mentors junior engineers to develop expertise and skills

  • Identifies means of delivering business objectives

  • Expert Problem Solver/Specialist in one or more disciplines

  • Recognized as expert and sought out to tackle complex multi-disciplinary challenges

  • Fosters collaborative relationships within and outside of the department

  • IBHRE Associated Professional Certification preferred

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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