Abbott Sr Specialist IT Technical in Waukegan, Illinois

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.

Primary Function

  • ​Responsible for aligning technology solutions with business strategies, working principally with senior management. Acts as the principal designer for major systems and their subsystems utilizing a thorough understanding of available technology, tools and existing designs.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • ​In specialized systems (i.e. Laboratory Information Management Systems – LIMS) effectively set options to change the way the program works (configuration responsibilities). Experience with Thermo – Sample Manager, Waters – Empower, and LabVantage software preferred.

  • Provides strategic consultancy support to customers in defining or designing business processes and researching and identifying enabling technologies based on customer requirements

  • Assess near-term needs utilizing structured interview processes to establish business priorities, consult with technical subject matter experts and develop alternative technical solutions; advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, and impact on other business processes and system priorities

  • Partner with the functional groups within the IT organization to communicate and clarify business needs, contribute to development of long-range system plans, and ensure products and services are aligned with business needs.

  • Actively seek ways to apply technology to business processes, researching and providing information on technical trends and competitors' practices relevant to the assigned client business

  • Ally with other IT functional areas to remain apprised of project status, and inform customer management of progress; conversely, keep the IT group's technology and service managers aware of user issues and potential potholes or resolve conflicts

  • Understands organization's vision, goals and strategies. Aligns project teams priorities appropriately and determines teams critical success factors

  • Serve as technical expert or lead projects/programs and technical staff to develop, test and implement significant new products, or operational improvements or devise new approaches to problems at the division/business unit.

  • Review, validate & enhance design, conduct performance monitoring and capacity planning; install, test and upgrade releases and associated products.

  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.


  • ​Directs technical efforts of analysts and support staff. Assists management in technical training, guiding, and evaluating less experienced IS and technical staff


  • ​ Works in consultative role towards predetermined goals. Is responsible for adhering to project and overhead budgets and schedules.

  • Assignments are long term and are self-directed.

  • Accountable for total project scope, budget, completion within budget constraints and schedules completion date. Accountable for successful and timely completion of all tasks/projects under direct and matrix control. Post completion audit of project after implementation to verify expected benefits vs. costs, both development and operating. Project success is critical to the continued business success of the corporation.


  • ​​Bachelors Degree Preferred / 10-13 years experience

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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