Abbott Sr. Systems Engineer in Sylmar, 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 Summary:

Support product development efforts as a key member of program teams by leading systems engineering tasks defining, developing or validating a smaller program or several features on a major program. Perform systems engineering tasks such as investigating, defining, analyzing, documenting and testing activities associated with the development of a implantable medical devices. Performs additional analysis and/or interviews to determine the requirements and constraints on the assigned portion of the system and is accountable for resolving cross-functional issues while working closely with software and hardware developers. Performs integration and validation testing of the system to ensure it meets the requirements. Demonstrates aspects of technical and organizational leadership. Exercises technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing and coordinating assignments. Stays abreast of and communicates technical advancements to colleagues and associates. Routinely uses the most effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes.

Job Duties:

  • Synthesizes information gathered from a cross-functional team, identifies and negotiates solutions based on technical and regulatory constraints, and defines/authors the behavioral requirements and design of the system.

  • Synthesizes all gathered information together with technical and regulatory constraints in order to define a system and its behavior resulting in defining a system specification.

  • Performs technical planning and performance evaluation studies, conducts technology assessment activities, analyzes system integration issues, generates initial baseline interface specifications, estimates costs and risk, and evaluates customer satisfaction through testing, analysis and studies.

  • Assign implementation of requirements to development teams and determine how systems will be architected and implemented. Provides guidance and leadership to development teams.

  • Investigates and defines system features and works with other engineering disciplines to ensure proper implementation. Assesses the clinical and system risks of the new features, and identifies potential interactions with existing ones.

  • Gathers and analyzes input requirements and translates these into specific system, software and hardware requirements/interface specifications. Participates in broad cross functional review of work output. Updates and maintains feature specifications for one major project and may support one or more minor project.

  • Evaluates prototypes through structured and ad hoc testing. Test aspects of new projects or algorithms to evaluate prototypes and validate output to meet intended use requirements.

  • Author and execute system integration and verification plans, procedures, and report. Help lead a large team in the ViV efforts.

  • Provides input into the development of clinical system validation plans and conducts those tests.

  • Identifies and resolves issues and complex problems, escalating as appropriate.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Proposes and plans for improvements to processes within regulatory constraints.

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


  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related engineering field.

  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant, progressively more responsible work experience in regulated industry (Medical device industry experience preferred.)

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively integrate information from varied disciplines including Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs required.

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

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

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

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

  • Ability to travel approximately 5%, including internationally


Product Development


ASJM Abbott St. Jude Medical


United States > Sylmar : 13150 Telfair Avenue





Yes, 5 % 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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