Abbott Environmental Specialist I in Sylmar, 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.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Environmental Specialist to support our California sites. This position will work without appreciable supervision, in the leadership and support of our environmental program. The successful candidate will assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of

programs/policies/practices to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and effective injury and illness prevention programs and well as have an active role in our environmental management system.

Each employee can make a difference at Abbott and has the power, either individually or as a team, to influence the success of the company. We are team-oriented, fast-paced and progressive. We value people with great ideas who partner with others both internally and externally to take action and accomplish goals.

Impact this role will have on Abbott:

  • In support of site EHS team and enterprise environmental manager, coordinate and lead environmental compliance activities, programs and prevention efforts

  • Support EHS programs in performing environmental analyses, training, workplace incident investigations, inspections and internal audits as directed

  • Support EHS programs in the management of hazardous waste activities including the collection, transportation and disposal of all hazardous waste in compliance with all applicable regulations

  • Review new hazardous materials and check incoming material for MSDS’s, unique usage and storage characteristics o Works with end user to ensure proper usage and disposal. Provides guidance as necessary

  • Develop and lead compliance training

  • Review and maintain SDS database and site chemical inventories

  • Supports EHS management in conducting reviews for facility modification, new product development, product modification and new equipment/machinery as directed

  • On call for EHS emergencies (24/7)

  • Support ISO 14001 process and its maintenance

  • Responsible for assigned duties and tasks as defined by the Environmental Management System

  • Work under the direct supervision of the EHS Management, while independently working and solving day-to-day problems o Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives

  • Selects and applies environmental management principles, theories and concepts and uses independent judgment to develop and design imaginative, thorough and practical solutions to difficult environmental issues

  • Supports EHS management in the maintenance of the facility’s Emergency Response and Fire Plans

  • Supports site Safety Coordinators and Emergency Coordinator process and other duties as assigned to Inspect and procure emergency response and disaster preparedness materials and equipment and coordinate applicable training as needed

  • Supports EHS management in the gathering of data for the establishment of report metrics pertinent to EHS activities

  • Support all initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements  Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments

Your experience(s), education and knowledge will further expand Abbott’s marketplace success:

  • Environmental work experience, Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, health sciences, or an equivalent academic field

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross division business unit model preferred

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

  • Solid leadership skills, including the ability to set goals and provide positive and constructive feedback respectfully to build positive relationships and improve business results

  • Ability to work effectively within a team in a fast-paced changing environment

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

  • Multi-tasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner

  • Good organizational, planning, and follow-up skills and ability to hold others accountable

  • Ability to travel approximately 25%, as needed

Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies and experience in the medical device industry

  • ISO 14001 and sustainability program experience would be helpful

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