Abbott Sr. Packaging Engineer in Sylmar, California

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.

We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Engineer Sr., Packaging. Develop medical device packaging by coordinating across functions as well as multiple US and international sites. Each employee can make a difference at Abbott and has the power, either individually or as a team, to influence the success of the company. We are team-oriented, fast-paced and progressive. We value people with great ideas who partner with others both internally and externally to take action and accomplish goals.

Impact this role will have on Abbott: This position in an individual contributor position which may also have supervisory responsibilities for one Engineer I and one Engineering Intern. As the person grows in this position, there is the potential for more direct reports. It is a great opportunity for someone whose goal is to one day be a manager and needs initial supervisory experience in preparation for that role.

Individual Contributor Responsibilities:

  • Select, procure, install, and validate packaging and labeling equipment

  • Conduct Process FMEAs

  • Identify and implement packaging/labeling process improvement projects

  • Design, develop and test a wide variety of packaging used for the protection, display, and handling of products

  • Determine packaging specifications according to the nature of the product, cost limitations, legal requirements, and the type of protection required, considering need for resistance to such external variables as moisture, corrosive chemicals, temperature variations, light, heat, rough handling, and tampering

  • Design package exteriors considering such factors as product identification, sales appeal, aesthetic quality, printing and production techniques

  • Responsibilities may include documentation management and an understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)

  • Creation and management of change requests within the document control system (currently Windchill)

  • May supervise or provide work direction to other engineers and technicians - May lead or serve as member of cross-functional project teams

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provide daily direction to one Engineer I and one intern

  • Direction to include technical direction, and project management direction

  • Provide mentoring and coaching to direct reports and help reports develop their skillsets

  • Hire interns.

  • Interns are scheduled for 6-month assignments on a continuous basis - Thus, hiring of next intern is to be performed 3-4 months prior to current intern completing their assignment

  • Perform performance reviews as required - Perform regular 1on1 meetings with direct reports

Your experience(s), education and knowledge will further expand Abbott’s marketplace success:

  • Packaging Engineering or Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent experience

  • 7+ years’ experience in packaging

  • Medical device experience preferred

  • Understanding of FDA, GMP, and ISO guidelines

  • Experience with equipment process validation principles as well as engineering documentation practices and statistical process control

  • Requires ability to be innovative, resourceful, and work with minimal direction

  • Requires excellent organization, problem solving, and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance

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