Abbott Senior Engineer Product Development in Burlington, Massachusetts

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your 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, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Senior Mechanical Engineer to use multidisciplinary engineering knowledge to lead and contribute to a team designing and developing innovative mechanical and electro-mechanical medical devices or components/subsystems in support of company’s strategic plan. This engineer will be expected to apply their analytical and practical engineering principles in analyzing mechanical systems, overseeing the designing and running of tests, improving or fixing product features, and documenting findings. This individual should bring a level of enthusiasm, positive outlook, and inquisitiveness as they participate on cross-functional teams to resolve technical problems. The incumbent should have an affinity to learn and grow as they collaborate and support cross-functional team members from a wide range of Abbott departments in multiple geographic locations, as well as with suppliers and customers.

The duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ability to make critical judgments and decisions

  • Provide leadership of engineering projects

  • Design sub-assemblies to meet broad design goals

  • Establish requirements and specifications

  • Work with physicians and other medical personnel to obtain feedback on concepts

  • Use empirical, numerical and experimental analysis to analyze designs

  • Identify and mitigate sub-assembly risks

  • Perform Tolerance Analyses of complex assemblies

  • Define test methods and conduct testing of complex mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies

  • •Support our intellectual property portfolio through generation and support of novel ideas and concepts

  • Work with internal departments and external vendors to obtain prototype parts and to understand their capabilities and limitations

  • Support pre-clinical and clinical testing of devices

  • Responsible for conducting Design Reviews at various development stages

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs etc.).

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the quality and regulatory requirements of SJM, FDA and ISO regulations, manage project within these requirements

  • Gain a detailed understanding of overall schedule, manage time and task within schedule

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

  • 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.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar discipline plus 7-10 years engineering experience (or a Master’s Degree plus 5-7 years of related experience) in the Research and Development of a technological product is required including a minimum of 2-3 years experience within the Medical Device industry

  • Proven ability to lead projects from inception to commercialization

  • Experience translating customer needs into requirements

  • Experience with Solidworks and/or other CAD modeling software

  • Knowledge of medical device product development (ISO, GMP, FDA, CE) and design controls

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience designing and testing medical devices preferred

  • Exposure to a variety of manufacturing processes and designing for manufacturability preferred

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

  • Applied experience within at least one of the following areas preferred: FEA, CFD, simulation/analytics, motion control, data acquisition.

  • Familiarity with dimensioning and tolerancing standard ASME Y14.5M – 1994

  • Exposure to a range of engineering areas that include electrical, polymeric materials, biology is desirable


Product Development


ASJM Abbott St. Jude Medical


United States > Massachusetts : 23 Fourth Avenue





Yes, 15 % of the Time


Not Applicable


Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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Abbott is about the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has been helping people reach their potential — because better health allows people and communities to achieve more. With a diverse, global network serving customers in more than 150 countries, we create new solutions — across the spectrum of health, around the world, for all stages of life. Whether it’s next-generation diagnostics, life-changing devices, science-based nutrition, or novel reformulations, we are advancing some of the most innovative and revolutionary technologies in healthcare, helping people live their best lives through better health.

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We invite you to explore opportunities at Abbott , to see if your talents and career aspirations may fit with our openings. An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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