Abbott Staff Engineer - Sturgis, MI Plant in Sturgis, Michigan

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.

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.

Primary Function/Primary Goals/Objectives:

The Engineer implements and maintains plant equipment, systems and other fixed assets to a high standard of safety, quality and productivity at the lowest possible cost while maintaining compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements. This role provides engineering support to all aspects of the operation.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Applies working knowledge of engineering disciplines

  • Independently conceives and develops approaches to problem solving that requires advanced technical knowledge

  • Solves problems that have a variety of complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials and difficult coordination requirements

  • Plans schedules and conducts or coordinates detailed phases of the engineering work, in a part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope

  • Facilitates the definition of a project scope with clients

  • Applies new technology where feasible

  • Directs the efforts of others, such as technicians and outside resources

  • Interface with project team members, department managers, designers, R&D and Corporate/Division Engineering

  • Performs tasks such as writing RCEs, VCRs, Scope Documents, etc.

  • Manage capital projects

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

Operations Technical Support - Provide technical support to the Sturgis plant, division engineering and the Quality Assurance to support new product introductions, new process/equipment start-up, process optimizations, vendor qualifications and process alternative evaluations. Implement new and/or current manufacturing methods into manufacturing. Monitor production to determine areas of improvement and react to unforeseen production/manufacturing issues. Provide technical training to plant personnel including engineering, equipment operators, electricians, instrument technicians and maintenance. Create and execute validation activities according to plant/division policy.

Project Management – Plans and conducts small to medium-sized projects. Responsibilities include detailed project planning/monitoring, project reviews, implementation, validation and release to production.

Design Engineering - Complete engineering activities incorporating best available technologies while adhering to Abbott policies, regulatory requirements, GMP standards, Abbott Engineering Standards and Environmental, Health/Safety regulations. Create equipment/process specifications, drawings and software as required and ensure that existing documentation is accurate and appropriate. Research, recommend, implement and qualify replacement parts for discontinued/obsolete components, equipment and software.

Cost Reduction/Productivity Improvement - Identify and implement cost reduction and productivity improvement projects within Abbott Nutrition. Areas of focus include process improvements, new manufacturing processes and new technologies.

EHS - Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for Environmental Health and Safety performance and compliance through active participation and support of Abbott’s EHS program.

Other Duties - Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the Quality System. Performs other work related duties as assigned.

Education:

B.S. in Engineering with a preference for a degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering

Background:

  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals

  • 2+ years' experience in engineering/project management or advanced education to achieve level of skill

Skills/Specialized Knowledge:

  • Project management experience desired

  • Work experience in the food/medical industry under FDA regulation preferred

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal required

  • Possesses a working technical knowledge and application of concepts, practices and procedures

  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data involves a review of identifiable factors

  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action

  • Strong leadership skills required

  • Interacts well with diverse groups within the operation and maintains strong working relationships with internals in a collaborative, fast-paced, goal-driven environment

  • Listens to and understands others’ points of view; possesses interpersonal skills to negotiate and reconcile differences

Accountability/Scope/Budget:

  • Interfaces with production team members, department managers and Division Engineering/QA functions

  • May represent department/plant on projects or segments of projects

  • Receives general supervision and exercises some discretion as to work details

  • Reviews and approves related inputs such as drawings and specifications prepared by technical support personnel

  • May determine technical objectives of assignments; exercises latitude in approach to problem solving

  • Leads small project teams/supports larger programs to successful completion

  • Responsible for completing project tasks within time and budget constraints

  • Prepares design specifications and recommendations for presentation and approval

  • Work is reviewed for overall accuracy, completeness and soundness of technical judgment

  • Identifies and quantifies technical risks and their consequences relative to the success of a project, and recommends appropriate action (e.g. reports calculations and recommendations in terms concrete enough for management to make an informed decision)

  • Coordinates efforts with technical and support staff

  • Guides the efforts of technicians and outside personnel

  • This position has a direct impact on productivity and performance throughout the plant; this includes product quality and the effective utilization of headcount/equipment

  • This job is performed in a regulated quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations

  • This position is accountable for regulatory compliance of the Maintenance operation including equipment change control

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 corpjat@abbott.com