Abbott Program Manager in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Primary Function

Manages major, highly-complex project or combination of projects through the product development phase.


Abbott Diagnostics is an international leader in the development of immunoassays and blood screening. Our medical tests and diagnostics instruments are used worldwide by hospitals and laboratories to diagnose and monitor diseases. We strive to provide patients and customers with solutions that improve healthcare and provide significant medical value. With the rapidly changing dynamics in healthcare, our drive to remain at the forefront of innovation and new product development is stronger than ever. To get our products to market faster, our Research and Development organization is looking for an experienced Program Manager that can support our product development teams to deliver outcomes more efficiently and predictably. The successful candidate will facilitate working sessions with project managers and their cross-functional teams to develop project charters, integrated project plans, and detailed schedules that are aligned with business needs and that will enable them to more effectively manage their scope, schedule, and deliverables.

Main Responsibilities

Interacts with regulatory authorities during the production development phase.

Oversees the successful completion of project tasks on time and within budget for the product development phase.

Goal Setting: Anticipates future directions in customer needs and scientific advances; evaluates multiple scenarios; recommends or selects one or more scenarios that best aligns with ADD's business strategy.

Translates and leads the team through the translation of management and customer needs into project goals.

Implements process improvements as appropriate.

Planning and Implementation: Identifies resource requirements, cost and time schedules via division funding process.

Develops implementation plans, conducts risk assessments, and develops and implements contingency plans to allow for and accommodate unforeseen events and changes in strategy.

Establishes metrics for project success in addition to the division's Design Control Quality System (DCQS).

Implements project plans to meet project goals; considers technical, resource and regulatory requirements of the product development phase.

Funding: Identifies project funding needs and drafts funding requests; works to secure required resources.

Change Management: Manages change.

Evaluates the impact of project changes and adjusts implementation activities to meet revised plans.

Clearly communicates any changes and the impact to original plan to the cross-functional team and senior management in a timely fashion.

Achieves project goals by adhering to protocols; shares lessons learned to influence decisions to improve standards.

Risk Management: Evaluates risk/reward trade-offs.

Provides risk assessment (both safety and project related) and communicates critical issues impacting product quality to management (Q01 and Q04.01.004).

Establishes and maintains risk analysis as part of overall responsibility.

Economic Profitability: Be able to provide direction to project team to meet economic profitability (EP) profile for the project (product cost analysis).

Accountability / Scope / Budget

Across multiple functions within the division and OEM relationships.

Accountable for the successful completion of project tasks on time and within budget during all phases of product development.

Also accountable for managing resources (direct and matrix) assigned to project regarding project tasks.

Includes mentoring and providing feedback to team members.

Minimum Education & Experience

Bachelor degree or equivalent accredited technical training; 7 years relevant experience. Extensive experience with project management and general business principles required. Demonstrated prior success managing projects. Successful track record or leading research and/or product development projects. Prior people management experience preferable.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in scientific or engineering discipline; 10 years of project management experience; PMP certification, demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Project and other relevant project management tools; excellent communication skills; proficiency and high comfort-level in working with large groups in a facilitation setting; 5 years of experience as a project manager in medical device development; knowledge of assay development process; experience working with cross-functional teams; experience in new product development


Clinical Affairs / Statistics


ADD Diagnostics


United States > Abbott Park : AP08B Floor-1





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