Abbott Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering, Diagnostics in Santa Clara, 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.

The Sr. Systems Engineering Manager will be hands-on and applies a diversified knowledge of Requirements Definition, Configuration, Risk Management, Human Factors and Usability Engineering principles, practices, and implementation in the development of complex diagnostic systems. She/He drives requirements into system and subsystem definitions, supports the capture and tracking of technical risk parameters, and advises the team on the selection and deployment of appropriate tools and standards. The candidate will be an expert in the application of Rational DOORS Next Generation and configuration management tools.

Job Responsibilities

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.

  • Manage within matrix environment Systems Engineering activities and lead the Definition of Requirements and the Integration of Compliance Engineering, Human Factors, Usability Engineering, Configuration and Risk Management through all phases of the system development lifecycle.

  • Facilitate cross-functional team discussions related to system requirements, system functional decomposition, requirements allocation, system architecture definition, system modeling, and requirements traceability and compliance.

  • Demonstrate strong systems engineering knowledge and expertise in the application of Rational DOORS Next Generation and Configuration Management tools.

  • Highlight design constraints and architectural limitations of design candidates to R&D team. Propose solutions to resolve challenges and realize product function.

  • Lead technical risk management during the development process. Compose risk management documents, including dFMEAs that comply with ISO standards (ISO 14971).

  • Create and maintain usability engineering files, including identification of use cases, creation of task list and uFMEA, extending to planning of formative and summative studies.

  • Define and design configuration management standards and establish CM infrastructure to automate major processes.

  • Apply Design Control / Design for Six Sigma including experimental and engineering investigation techniques (DMAIC).

  • Formulate impact summary to aid in understanding proposed changes to medical device regulations and standards (EU MDR, ISO 13485, IEC 60601, IEC 62366, ANSI/AAMI HE75, FDA QSR 820.30)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four- year degree in technical or scientific discipline (Post graduate degree preferred).

  • Eight plus years’ industry experience, at least three in a managerial or supervisory role.

  • Experience with complex systems development, architecture, software or system integration. Understands engineering standards, FDA regulation, performance confirmation methods and development practices within Abbott, or in a comparable environment outside of Abbott. Must have project management experience including managing multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS in Engineering; MS preferred

  • 10+ years systems engineering experience within complex electromechanical systems; IVD products preferred

  • Strong knowledge on requirements data base tools and risk management processes, usability engineering, human factors, and configuration management infrastructure.

  • 5+ years management experience. Experienced leader who can define product development strategy, process and align resources across functions.

  • Strong knowledge of international standards and experience with international distributions (EU MDR, ISO 13485, IEC 60601, IEC 62366, ANSI/AAMI HE75, FDA QSR 820.30)

  • Knowledge of DFSS; Green Belt/Black Belt preferred

  • Proven ability to successfully drive on-time product launches for complex products

  • Must be comfortable working in a large matrixed organization following design controls

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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