Abbott Project Manager, Design Assurance in Columbus, Ohio

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.


The Design Assurance Project Manager will lead a team of Project Leaders to assure product designs provide necessary safety, efficacy, regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction while balancing the need for speed to market as well as cost effectiveness.

The successful candidate will set priorities, drive continuous improvement, establish goals and metrics for the team of Pediatric QA Project Leaders. The Project Manager will work with cross-functional peers and managers ensure product quality and efficacy throughout shelf life and drive the performance of thePediatric Design Assurance Team.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates product technical risk management activities through product development stages

  • Manage Planview activities for Design Assurance Projects

  • Works on problems of complex scope where analysis of situation or data requires review of defined factors

  • Collaborates and provides leadership across the technical portion of the organization

  • Identify/gain agreement on design criteria, negotiate compromises, balance quality with other criteria across all functional areas

  • Assures that the design and testing for all Abbott Nutritional products are fully compliant with applicable regulations.

  • Translate general business goals and objectives into concrete strategic and tactical plans

  • Work with management to establish project scope recommendations and timing

  • Negotiate timelines with Management

  • Accurately evaluate complex situations and identify solutions that create successful outcomes

  • Ensure team is working within project/program scope and effectively coordinate the activities of the team to meet project milestones

  • Ensure program scope and success criteria are clearly established; develop and manage overall program plans to meet deliverables

  • Oversee execution and delivery of all projects and programs within span of program control.

  • Manage cross-functional project timeline and follow-up with project team members to ensure timely completion of tasks

  • Proactively identify changes in project scope and assure appropriate measures are taken to reassess and amend requirements, budget and timeline

  • Participate in project assessments and communicate lessons learned

  • Document cross-functional project plan in PM software Develop estimates and manage resources to deliver project objectives. Maintain documentation and provide data management for project deliverables; identify communication plans for knowledge sharing across functional areas and project teams.

  • Work directly with functional area managers to resolve issues that impact completion of project objectives: determine when to escalate issues to appropriate levels of management

  • Creates and delivers program review presentations to senior leadership

  • Responsible for proactively identifying critical project issues and risks, and timely communication to leadership


B. S. in Science Related field (Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or other technical science area); Masters degree a plus, PMP certification desirable


  • Displays working knowledge of relationships between regulations, labeling, process and product.

  • Displays working knowledge of applicable product regulations and policies

  • Knowledge of FMEA, risk assessment tools

  • Knowledge of quality management systems and regulatory requirements.

  • Proficient technical writing skills; able to effectively and concisely communicate issues.

  • Ability to effectively organize and communicate technical information

  • The incumbent must have the ability to work and interact with many cultures in many time zones, and be capable of interpreting and analyzing technical data from different regions for decision making.

  • Ability to work independently and/or function with minimal supervision.

  • Must be able to maintain a high degree of accuracy and analytical thinking.

  • Minimum 3-5 years working experience in the food/nutritional industry

  • Knowledge of HAACP principles

  • Understanding of the strategic and operational context of the projects or business unit; organizational savvy

  • 3-5 years experience in project leadership roles

  • Demonstrated expertise in leading teams

  • Knowledge new product development process principles and experience working in stage gate processes – desirable

  • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision making skills

  • Critical thinking/problem-solving skills method

  • Extensive knowledge of and competency in project management methodology and processes, including planning tasks and allocating resources, risk management, working in teams issues management, monitoring and reporting, and documentation

  • Strong written and presentation skills; ability to communicate effectively with management

  • Ability to negotiate consensus among diverse groups and influence the activities of others not in own reporting structure

  • Personal integrity and courage to escalate issues about the project and to advocate for responsible solutions to management

  • Adaptability and flexibility including the ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change

  • Ability to plan and facilitate meetings


Quality Assurance


ANSC Nutrition Supply Chain


United States > Columbus : 2900 Easton Square Place





Yes, 5 % of the Time




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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