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Abbott Principal Automation Process Engineer in Lake Forest, Illinois

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Leads the engineering assessment; design and development, start up, validation, and implementation of automation equipment for high volume production applications.

Primary Job Function:

Translates automation requirements into new solutions. Responsible for identifying, developing, and communicating product, process, and equipment requirements to automation equipment suppliers. Identifies process and equipment solutions to drive equipment performance including, increased up-time, faster equipment speeds, lower process scrap, and overall higher process through-put. Drives Process Improvement efforts on automation equipment. Identifies opportunities to improve process capability and process robustness. Detects and isolates sources of variation and performs root cause analysis on automated processes. Proposes and implements process and automation improvements to drive consistency in process, eliminate scrap, reduce re-work, increase equipment uptime, and improve overall process performance. Utilizes traditional Root Cause Analysis, Lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma tools. Orchestrates validation activities within Abbott and at external contract manufacturers. Works with cross functional teams to validate automated processes. Completes risk analysis (through FMEA and other risk analysis tools) to identify process and equipment risk areas. Develops protocols for testing equipment. Executes test plans, and documents results in validation reports. Develops statistically sound sampling plans, and incorporates statistical analysis on results to confidently reach data driven conclusions. Documenting and Managing Change - Justifies changes, quality and regulatory information, and manufacturing readiness information. Executes changes through document control and the quality system to properly implement project outcomes. Collaborates across functional areas - Interprets; presents; and delivers information with senior team members; scientists; engineers; and other systems development personnel across sites. Works with cross functional team in collaborative environment. Demonstrates sound project management, communicates effectively (within team and to management), and drives team members to achieve results aligned with the overall project goal. Able to influence without authority when necessary to achieve required project outcomes.


Receives general direction for engineering activities. Plans; leads and implements complex; engineering

assignments for multiple projects.

Ensures project risks are addressed and appropriate technical skills are assigned.

Receives limited direction. Completes complex assignments and provides work directions.

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. Engineering or equivalent plus progressive technical experience and demonstrated competence.

Knowledge of regulations and standards affecting IVDs and Biologics.

Preferred Qualifications:

7 or more years progressive work experience with degree or sufficient transferable experience to demonstrate functional equivalence to a degree

Master’s degree

Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt

Expertise in the validation of automated processes for medical devices

Expertise in the development, improvement, and implementation of assembly automation solutions, robotics, and complex machine controls

Applies engineering technical knowledge for multiple engineering disciplines for subsystem or system


In depth knowledge and understanding of multiple products or disciplines

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email