Abbott Senior Human Factors Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Position Summary:

Creates, develops, and leads teams that execute product usability improvement plans and concepts for critically important products and product lines with the purpose of meeting divisional growth objectives. Plans and conducts customer and competitive research to identify, prioritize/develop new projects, create user interface workflows, concepts, and detailed mock ups and detailed usability improvement plans select/manage external usability design resources, and lead internal and external development resources. Responsible for usability initiatives across product/organizational lines, and for training staff members about relevant usability theory, resources, and technology. Identifies and routinely uses the most effective, cost efficient and best business practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness. Applies advanced usability improvement principles to the evaluation and solution of complex product design problems. Remains abreast of and consults on usability improvement advancements. Creates and trains others in the use of the most effective, cost efficient and best usability related processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness. Exercises independent judgment in the planning, organizing and performing work; monitors performance and reports status to manager.

Job Duties:

  • Using knowledge of customer needs, Company technology, business plans, as well as market research and financial tools such as ROI, proposes and establishes the business case for usability improvement projects. Communicates improvement plans, concepts and status across Marketing, development staff, and senior management.

  • Plans and conducts worldwide customer, competitive, and software industry research to identify and prioritize usability improvement possibilities.

  • Creates detailed user interface design concepts and leads design teams.Works across product lines, internal departments, and Company sites to create and manage usability improvement plans and usability standards

  • Performs use error risk analysis and integrates analysis into risk management and medical product design.

  • Contributes to the product charter/contract and works with multiple simultaneous development teams to successfully implement usability improvement concepts. Leads and assists in the management of internal and external development resources, and assists in the development of engineering documents, user manuals, online help, and training materials.

  • Provides Marketing, engineering management, and staff with training and mentoring on usability theory, resources, and technology.

  • Creates and refines usability related processes, and trains others in their use.

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

  • Possesses knowledge and applications of AAMI, IEC, and 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Factors Engineering or Interaction Design

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively more responsible work experience with the design of software for complex applications.

  • Requires in-depth knowledge and experience of human factors as well as cognitive psychology theory and applications; the software development process, software technology, and effective methods of working with R&D teams; customers, trends, governmental factors and emerging research and technologies affecting product usability.

  • Requires in-depth knowledge and experience of human factors as well as cognitive psychology theory and applications; the software development process, software technology, and effective methods of working with R&D teams; customers, trends, governmental factors and emerging research and technologies affecting product usability.

  • A qualified record of implementing new processes to existing human factors and related systems.

  • Advanced computer skills including spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and specialized applications.

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

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

  • Ability to travel approximately 20%, including internationally.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate Degree in Human Factors Engineering

  • Medical Device Industry experience

JOB FAMILY:

Product Development

DIVISION:

ASJM Abbott St. Jude Medical

LOCATION:

United States > California : 13150 Telfair Avenue

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS:

United States of America > Sunnyvale > S4494 : 645 Almanor Ave

WORK SHIFT:

Standard

TRAVEL:

Yes, 20 % of the Time

MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE:

Not Applicable

SIGNIFICANT WORK ACTIVITIES:

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)

Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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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.

The people of Abbott come to work each day with relentless energy, enthusiasm and a promise to enhance the health and well-being of millions of people. They push the boundaries to help manage and treat some of life’s greatest health challenges.

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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