Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer

at Abbott in Lake Forest, Illinois, United States

Job Description

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 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

+ Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.

+ Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO

+ An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution

+ Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save ( student debt program and FreeU ( education benefit – an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.

+ A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

+ A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our Lake Forest, IL location in the Core Lab Division. Our diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

As the Principal Manufacturing Process Engineer , you’ll be leading the development, procurement, start up, validation and implementation of automated equipment for high volume production applications.

What You’ll Work On

+ Responsible for identifying, developing, and communicating product, process, and equipment requirements to equipment suppliers. Identifies and implements robust process and equipment solutions that drive equipment performance including, increased up-time, faster equipment speeds, lower process scrap, and overall higher process through-put.

+ Drives Process Improvement efforts. Identifies opportunities to improve process capability and process robustness. Detects and isolates sources of variation and performs root cause analysis on automated processes. Proposes and implements process and automation improvements to drive consistency in process, eliminate scrap, reduce re-work, increase equipment uptime, and improve overall process performance. Utilizes traditional Root Cause Analysis, Lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma tools.

+ Orchestrates validation activities. Works with cross functional teams to validate automated processes.

+ Collaborates across functional areas – Interprets; presents; and delivers information with senior team members; scientists; engineers; and other systems development personnel across sites. Works with cross functional team in collaborative environment.

+ Investigates/recommends novel technology applications.

+ Routinely provides analyses and advice to senior division management.

+ Maintains direct contacts with outside consultants and with technical counterparts from other divisions and key vendors.

+ Receives general direction for engineering deliverables. Plans; leads and implements complex; engineering assignments for multiple projects.

+ Ensures project risks are addressed and appropriate technical resources are assigned.

+ Determines a path to completing complex assignments, breaks down the assignment into steps and provides work direction to team members.

Required Qualifications

+ B.S. in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

+ 10 + years relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

+ Experience in development, commissioning, and implementation of automated equipment for high volume production applications.

+ Be able to provide solutions that reflect the understanding of both technical as well as business objectives and cost implications.

+ Experience in the validation of automated processes for pharmaceutical or medical device industries is preferred.

+ Six Sigma Green Belt Preferred.

+ Experience with mechanical CAD software, preferably SolidWorks.

  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives: (

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $102,700.00 – $205,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

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

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Job Posting: JC243445822

Posted On: Jul 10, 2023

Updated On: Nov 09, 2023

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