Director, Global Incoming Materials Technical Support

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

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

Our Rapid Diagnostics division currently has an opportunity for a Director, Global Incoming Materials Technical Support in Lake Forest, IL.

We’re looking for a leader of a team who will provide strategy, direction, scientific leadership and subject matter expertise for raw materials used in manufacturing of reagents used for Molecular and Lateral Flow Assays. This individual will be responsible for technical product support of on-market products and oversee all aspects of incoming raw materials such as product availability resolution, product improvements, internal and external investigations, design changes, support design transfers, and lead strategic business initiatives in a Global environment. They will be responsible for technical oversight of internally and externally purchased raw materials, technical supplier controls and technical supplier management. This position also has responsibility for enabling successful operational performance through support of efficiency improvements, cost reductions; quality improvements and commercial enhancements to on-market products.

What You’ll Work On

+ Set department vision and strategy, plan, coordinate, coach, develop, hire, communicate and direct the use of personnel.

+ Build new production and technical capabilities within the organization

+ Provide innovative solutions and strategies, technical communications, and projects designed to improve cost profile, reliability, manufacturing capability and robustness, profitability and global acceptance of an Abbott product.

+ Lead technical experts and cross-functional team across multiple geographies

+ Interact with executive and senior level management to reach agreements regarding significant program strategies, funding and prioritization of projects/programs.

+ Put strategies and actions in place to ensure consistency of incoming materials from suppliers with scientifically sound specifications and testing of incoming materials

+ Responsible for assessing technical changes related to incoming materials and providing direction for executing sound design verification and qualifications for acceptance of materials across sites and platforms.

+ Oversees experimental planning, execution, interpretation and documentation in response to quality issues or for proactive improvement purposes. Facilitates change management process including impact on design history file and device master record.

+ Maintain and strengthen Global procurement and technical supplier relationships. Understand supplier controls and implement appropriate inspection and testing criteria

+ Liaise with R&D for new products to ensure selection of robust incoming raw materials and reliable vendors

Required Qualifications

+ Bachelor’s in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Cell and Molecular Biology

+ At least 10 years of industry experience in product development, manufacturing, R&D or design transfer

+ Leadership Experience

Preferred Qualifications

+ PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Cell and Molecular Biology

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Divisional Information


We’re empowering smarter medical and economic decision making to help transform the way people manage their health at all stages of life. Every day, more than 10 million tests are run on Abbott’s diagnostics instruments, providing lab results for millions of people.

Abbott Molecular is a leader in molecular diagnostics and the analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins at the molecular level.

Our Point of Care diagnostic portfolio spans key heath and therapeutic areas, including infections disease, cardiometabolic, informatics and toxicology.

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.

Our rapid diagnostics solutions are helping address some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.

The base pay for this position is $143,300.00 – $286,700.00. 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: JC257606216

Posted On: Mar 30, 2024

Updated On: Apr 20, 2024

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