Abbott Senior Principal Architect - Engineer in Abbott Park, Illinois

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.

An engineering professional who, working with little or no supervision provides owner representation to architectural design reviews and facility assessments worldwide. Lead projects as Project Engineer/ Manager, writes architectural standards and provides methodology for developing front end planning cost estimates. As subject matter expert, he/she sets the scope; provide quality assurance and control for renovation/retrofit or new construction of manufacturing facilities, offices, laboratories, clean rooms, distribution centers and commercial facilities for a multi-national manufacturer of medical devices, diagnostics, nutritional and pharmaceutical products.

Core Job Responsibilities

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.


  • Identifies, estimates, plans and conducts medium- to large-size projects within engineering and quality specialty requiring custom, risk-managed execution plans, investigations and/or equipment. Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects and meets deadlines.

  • Maintains project controls and reporting for cost, scope and schedule; develops execution strategy including procurement; balances multiple demands within an assignment, e.g. executes contingency plans to recover from schedule slippage and financial overruns.

  • Understands the business needs of the company and has a thorough knowledge of the customer and clinical needs when developing a project scope. Stays abreast of and lends foresight to the incorporation of emerging technologies.

  • Works with marketing, product development, quality and manufacturing to establish scope, priorities, and schedules on multiple projects, e.g. examines the entire project planning process for a new product or complex project.

  • Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies related to complex and often multiple competing project alternatives. Responsible for achieving project financial targets in support of business objectives.


  • Benchmarks internally and externally. Analyzes business forces (customers, suppliers, competitors, technologies, government regulations) in major markets to identify trends and recommend responses, e.g. recommends a division-wide development program to introduce new technology.

  • Independently executes and/or directs others in the execution of: the design of products/processes/

equipment/systems/facilities by applying novel engineering theories, concepts and techniques within the disciplines.

  • Designs and leads complex experiments with multiple variables. Gathers data and performs detailed analysis. Assesses relevance. Communicates across functions and disciplines.


  • Conceptualizes complete solutions. Creates or coordinates the design solutions for novel or complex problems; integrates regulatory and operational needs; assesses cost benefit, e.g. identifies processes and develops flow charts for a complex construction or manufacturing operation.

  • Explores multiple alternatives. Structures studies and integrates cross-disciplinary and cross-functional issues to arrive at optimal course of action, e.g. investigates process to meet increasing regulatory requirements while maintaining manufacturing/construction efficiency.

  • Applies technology in innovative ways. Combines technologies to anticipate or address customer needs; shares solutions across sites; employs proven solutions to increase effectiveness of engineering methodology or manufacturing process, e.g. incorporates process commonalities to reduce cycle time; attempts to leverage core technical competencies to its limit.


  • Mentors others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance. Where appropriate, provides tasks/project assignment opportunities for employee development and evaluates performance.

  • Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interacts with both senior management and external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

  • Prepares written communication. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents, e.g. develops proposals, project summaries, and design documentation; submits articles for internal or external publication. May move forward with action plans without seeking approval. Exhibits advanced ability to apply concepts of careful communication.

  • Establishes networks. Follows through on project goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business, e.g. participates in team meetings; serves either as functional subject matter expert or independent technical expert in design reviews.

  • Builds relationships. Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others' needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.

  • Acts as a trusted advisor. Balances bottom line objectives of a project with long-term interest of customer, e.g. makes trade-offs to further the relationship; incorporates long-term customer benefits into project.

-Exhibits emotional Intelligence.

  • Exhibits a working knowledge of areas where Abbott participates (i.e. Nutrition, Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical manufacturing.


  • Complies with all regulations and standards for quality, Environmental, Health, Safety and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, Abbott Engineering Standards, and other governance areas (i.e. FDA) as applicable.

  • Ensures quality and effectiveness of key results of major projects within function through sound design, early risk assessments, and implementation of fallback strategies.

  • Has full awareness of the potential consequences (defects and failure modes) of design changes to established processes.

  • Mitigates risk within function through sound design, early risk assessments and implementation of fallback strategies.


  • Is identified as a Subject Matter Expert in the structural/architectural disciplines. Participates in internal, cross-divisional teams to develop and align procedures and standards.

  • Coordinates with technical support personnel to conduct prototype or experimental runs of products or processes.

  • Directs the efforts of others such as technicians and outside resources.

  • Performs tasks such as writing Requests for Capital Expenditures (RCEs), safety/quality checklists, scope documents, etc.

  • Represents engineering on corporate and division task forces.

-Perform Supplier and Customer internal and external audits when requested.

  • Able to travel a minimum of 50% of the time.


  • Provides mentoring in technical and organizational areas across multiple work groups; monitors the improvement of other engineer(s), e.g. delegates challenging tasks to others to help them develop; provides constructive and timely feedback.

  • Participates in the evaluation of assigned staff/project team members and in the identification of development needs.

  • May supervise other engineers or technicians.

Minimum Education

Indicate the minimum education level required to perform this job.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Structural /Civil Engineering or BS in Architecture or closely related discipline is required

  • Licensed or chartered structural engineer/architect preferred with 8+ years of significant engineering, design, or project engineering experience.

  • A post-graduate education/degree is desired and may contribute towards the desired years of experience. A foreign language is a plus (i.e. Spanish, Chinese).

Minimum Experience / Training Required

Indicate the minimum experience level and/or training required to perform this job.

  • Industrial Architect, experienced in GMP manufacturing, warehouse design

  • Familiar with contract document preparation

  • Experience in construction inspection and testing

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills

  • Working knowledge of SI engineering units

  • Familiarity with FM Global Standards and building codes of countries outside the US

  • Has a career history marked by a consistent series of technical contributions and accomplishments. Significant contribution to architectural/structural design development or improvement through creative application of technical effort will equally be recognized.

  • Possesses a strong technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices, and procedures.

  • Works on problems of complex scope where analysis of situations or data involves multiple competing factors. Exercises judgment and advises management as to the appropriate actions.

  • Interacts well with diverse groups within engineering and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.

  • Listens to and understands others' points of view and articulates tactfully and respectfully one's own perspective orally, in writing, and in presentations.

  • Works well with other engineers in a collaborative, fast-paced goal-driven environment.

  • Possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences.

  • Demonstrated ability to take elements of a technical subject to a level that can be understood and accepted to satisfy Quality and Regulatory needs and / or requirements.

  • Preferred to have technical background in health care, nutritional products, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, or similar industries.

  • Has demonstrated competency with financial systems and in fiscal control.

  • High level of basic demonstrated knowledge proficiency through Registration and / or Certification (i.e. Registered Professional Engineer, Licensed Architect)

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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