Abbott Senior Electrical Engineer in Alameda, California

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.

An exciting new opportunity to join Abbott's fastest growing division, Diabetes Care! This position on our new sustaining R&D engineering team will be a key electrical design engineer who will both support on market medical product designs as well as new work with new product introductions for Abbott Diabetes Care's FreeStyle Libre product. This position will work with key cross functional teams to identify design improvements, create the design updates, test to requirements, and document and release to manufacturing.


Works independently (or in a lead role) on the design and development of critical electrical designs for medical products. Identifies new technologies for implementation into new product development. Exercises independent judgment in identifying, recommending and implementing significant and/or complex new electrical design improvements to meet new product development and regulatory requirements. May lead technical teams in the accomplishment of electrical engineering activities. Develops networks involving cross functional/cross departmental groups as well as communication to senior management.


  1. Source alternate electronic components based on market availability and ability to update designs if needed.

  2. Specify, design, verify and validate new electrical designs, in accordance with applicable medical regulatory standards.

  3. Create schematics, gerbers, assemblies, and design files and release into document control system.

  4. Responsible for the development of electrical project plans and schedules covering engineering activities (Meeting all Design control and process/product development SOP requirements)

  5. Works in the development of significant product specifications, design FMEAs, DOEs, validation protocols.

  6. Communicate effectively and participate on cross functional development teams.

  7. Participate in technical design reviews for electrical designs and product design and requirements documents.

  8. Create and submit engineering change orders, as required.

  9. Act as independent reviewer on programs in which not directly involved.

  10. Ensures that electrical designs and test equipment meet all applicable standards.

  11. Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and performing other duties as assigned by management


BS in an Engineering Discipline (Electrical or Physics preferred), or equivalent relevant experience. MS degree ideal.

8 yrs relevant experience Some experience in engineering management or technical leadership desirable.

  • Good knowledge of general Engineering principals Solid knowledge of regulations for medical device development, (ISO134851,

ISO13485, FDA)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

  • Extensive understanding of processes used in the design and manufacturing of medical devices, particularly handheld devices Experience in all of the following:

  • performing complex engineering calculations and relating results to controlled tests, including statistical analysis, tolerance analysis

  • working in a development environment with an emphasis on medical product development

  • writing process/product requirements and design specifications.

  • working on a development team with an emphasis on minimizing time to market.

  • design for manufacture of low cost, high volume handheld electronic products.

  • Solid understanding of GxP, ISO and medical device regulations, particularly with respect to the development of new products/processes in the regulated environment.

  • Experience working in cross functional team environments is desired.

  • Strong technical experience in the Electrical Engineering or relevant discipline

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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