Abbott Application Architect, Corporate Services Solutions in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their 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, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

The mission of this position is to provide technical leadership for the business applications of the corporate Legal/OEC divisions, and several other corporate functions. The successful candidate will own technical design, implementation, and ongoing operations decisions across the Legal/OEC application landscape, ensuring systems effectively and reliably achieve business objectives. This position will be relied upon for technical thought leadership and will own the technology roadmap for the Legal/OEC domain at Abbott. The ability to proactively anticipate and translate business needs into architected solutions will be a critical success factor for this position.

This position will have technical accountability for several large concurrent projects, including an OpenText implementation for enterprise records management capabilities and a large aggregate spend transparency reporting implementation (Polaris). Experience with OpenText, business intelligence, aggregate spend, compliance, middleware/ETL, back office transactional systems (e.g., ERP, Concur) or related technologies is preferred.

Responsible for aligning technology solutions with business strategies, working principally with senior management. Acts as the principal designer for major systems and their subsystems utilizing a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs.

Partner with the functional groups within the IT organization to communicate and clarify business needs, contribute to development of long-range system plans, and ensure products and services are aligned with business needs.

Provides strategic consultancy support to customers in defining or designing business processes and researching and identifying enabling technologies based on customer requirements

Actively seek ways to apply technology to business processes, researching and providing information on technical trends and competitors' practices relevant to the assigned client business

Assess near-term needs utilizing structured interview processes to establish business priorities, consult with technical subject matter experts and develop alternative technical solutions; advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities

Ally with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of project status, and inform customer management of progress; conversely, keep the IT group's technology and service managers aware of user issues and potential potholes or resolve conflicts

Develop, motivate, and provide direction to technical team in a way that facilitates the creation of a team environment and enables team to fulfill the department's operation objectives.

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

Directs technical efforts of analysts and support staff. May have direct reporting responsibility for technical staff. Assists management in technical training, guiding, and evaluating less experienced IS and technical staff

Works in consultative role towards predetermined goals. Is responsible for adhering to project and overhead budgets and schedules.

Assignments are long term and are self-directed.

Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience, preferably in software engineering, business, information systems, or a discipline closely related to the client area served, with 9-12 years of overall experience.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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