Abbott Senior Development Quality Engineer - Reliability in Plano, Texas

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 Senior Development Quality Engineer (Reliability) to assure new or modified products conform to quality standards and establish compliance with the quality system. The Sr. Quality Engineer will provide key technical expertise and guidance to the functional areas and serve as primary technical representative for reliability analysis. Responsible for maintaining a strong collaborative partnership with cross-functional team members that facilitates organizational success by protecting patient/user safety and meeting business needs. 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.


  • Provide technical expertise to the Reliability Laboratory

  • Analyzes failures, develops and implements investigative protocols to identify root causes, performs circuit analysis, performs device and component level failure analysis

  • Works with R & D to resolve reliability issues and monitors resulting corrective action

  • Reviews Product Analyses Reports, approving closure of files that meet company and regulatory requirements

  • Assures testing protocols are followed and are valid for desired results. Reviews documentation on reliability and qualification testing, determining if it fulfills the protocol design and meets company and regulatory standards. Trains technicians in the Reliability Laboratory

  • Lead teams in supporting quality disciplines, decisions, and practices (e.g., represent the Quality function as a Core Team Member)

  • Lead on-time completion of Design Control Deliverables

  • Technical review of protocols, reports and test method development and validations activities.

  • Generate protocols & reports, and support product testing

  • Create and ensure on-time execution of Quality Plans for internal product development process (PDP), OEM-based, Clinical Product Development (CPDP), and design change projects

  • Accountable for generation of PDP design verification test plans/reports for product/system requirements, including active cross-functional root-cause analysis investigation & resolution activities.

  • Support design test and inspection method development, and lead test method validation activities

  • Ensure DHF content completion, integrity, and regulatory & standards compliance; collaboratively communicating & resolving gaps

  • Generate essential requirements checklists & reports

  • Lead identification of essential outputs and generate Essential Output reports

  • Accountable for completion of labeling verification activities and labeling verification reports

  • Work with design engineering in the completion of customer/system/product requirements

  • Work with design engineering in the completion of product verification and validation

  • Complete Document Change Request Reviews in a timely and objective manner

  • Lead Risk Management activities from product Concept through Commercialization, including generation of risk management plans/reports, completion and maintenance of hazard analysis, FMECA’s and Cybersecurity risk assessments; including interactions with Post Market/ Supplier Quality/ Operations Quality / Customer Service and Product Performance team members

  • Supports Risk Management activities, including analyzing field data to support new product development, and supporting Fault Tree Analysis and Failure Mode Effects Analysis

  • Support and ensure internal & external audit responses

  • Support and ensure on-time product re-certifications

  • Support and ensure the establishment of objective, measurable, discrete, and verifiable customer and product requirements

  • Support and ensure objective component specification definitions, supplied component sampling plan development, and vendor qualifications

  • Support manufacturing process development & qualification for new product commercialization and product changes

  • Assist in the implementation of assurances, process controls, and CAPA systems designed to meet or exceed internal and external requirements

  • Assist in the development and execution of streamlined business systems which effectively identify and resolve quality issues

  • Identify and implement effective process control systems to support the development, qualification, and on-going manufacturing of products to meet or exceed internal and external requirements

  • Apply sound, systematic problem-solving methodologies in identifying, prioritizing, communicating, and resolving quality issues

  • Exercise judgment in planning and organizing work; monitor performance and reports status

  • Bring additional development expertise to the product development process

  • Build strong collaborative partnerships with Program Management and Research & Development to ensure cross functional customer needs are met without creating barriers to development cost, time and scope.​

Other Duties:

  • Additional duties may be identified by functional management based on the current project/business objectives.

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Develop and lead other team members

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

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

  • Bachelor level degree in Engineering or Technical Field

  • 5+ years’ experience in related field, medical device industry experience preferred.

  • Previous Quality engineering experience and demonstrated use of Quality tools/methodologies, test method development and validation, test execution, failure analysis and risk management.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization

  • Strong analytical/problem solving, negotiation, and presentation skills.

  • Project management and leadership skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead multi-departmental project teams and resolve quality-related issues in a timely and effective manner

  • Advanced personal computing skills, including report writing, and familiarity with common MS Office applications (like Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint, Project etc.)

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

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally

Preferred Experience:

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical/ EE/ Biomedical Engineering or similar

  • Relevant Certification preferred

  • Experience in the implantable medical device field with experience in Design Assurance, Quality Assurance, Design controls and Risk Management

  • Prior design and development experience in the related field

  • Previous experience in failure analysis as well as seasoned judgement acquired through organization experience in the medical device industry is highly desirable

  • Broad cross-disciplinary and in-depth knowledge of the reliability engineering profession.

  • Statistical methods and Critical to Quality training and experience

  • Root cause analysis and Finite Element Analysis experience

  • Experience with Design for manufacturing, Design of Experiment and CAD tools,

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

  • ASQ certification a plus

  • Knowledge of requirements management tools like DOORS or similar

  • Knowledge using statistical tools like Minitab, Statgraphics, etc

  • Experience using risk management tools

  • Familiar with the following standards/regulations: IEC/EN 60601-1 plus applicable collateral standards (‘601-1-2, ‘601-1-11, ‘601-1-6), ISO 14708-1 and ISO 14708-3, EN 45502-1, ISO 13485, ISO 14971, 21 CFR 820, Directive 90/385/EEC, Directive 93/42/EEC, Regulation (EU) 2017/745

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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