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Senior Quality Engineer, Supplier Development (31019803)




Full Time


Santa Clara, California, United States

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 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Position Summary

Provide Process/Quality Engineering support to R&D/Operations/Manufacturing, helping to ensure delivery of highest quality product to the customer. Provide Process/Quality Engineering support to product development teams, helping to ensure development of highest quality new products.

Main Responsibilities

Leads Incoming Receiving Inspection (scrap, nonconforming material, follow up with suppliers, inventory control). Develops and implements product specifications, quality specifications, quality plans, risk analyses, FMEAs, MPI, LHRs, STMs, in conjunction with other product development team members. Provides quality assurance and quality engineering support to product development teams for drawings, material specifications, engineering reports and protocols, design verification and validation activities. Supports, reviews and approves Document Change Orders. Supports R&D product builds in the cleanroom for bench testing, animal lab, and first in human activities. Develop, review, and approve rework instructions, in process inspections, and final product inspections. Support cleanroom certification and validation activities. Creates Quality Tools & Training Materials by understanding the limitations of existing quality tools and training materials, by identifying & implementing more effective tools & materials, and by communicating new tools/materials to respective teams.


(Influence/Leadership) Understands business environment and relates extensive knowledge of internal and external technological activities to trends. Interfaces with senior management on significant matters, often requiring the coordination of activity across organizational units. Participates in the development of other technical contributors by facilitating training and providing feedback and guidance. May lead a project team. Provides technical leadership to business units. Acts as a mentor to less-experienced staff and may provide work direction or supervise other technical employees. Exercises judgment independently.

(Planning/Organization) Plans and organizes project assignments of substantial variety and complexity. Initiates or maintains schedule for projects and project milestones. Establishes priorities of individual or project assignments.;

(Decision Making/Impact) Selects methods and techniques to lead a project to completion. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives.


Experience with the following:

  • ISO 13485:2012 Medical Devices – Quality Management System
  • 21 CFR Part 820 FDA Quality System Regulations
  • ISO 14971 Medical Devices – Application of Risk Management
  • Good Manufacturing Practices And Good Documentation Practices


Bachelor's degree plus 6+ years of related work experience with a complete understanding of specified functional area, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

Business Knowledge (Job Skills))

Comprehensive knowledge of a particular technological field. Uses in-depth knowledge of business unit functions and cross group dependencies/ relationships. Is recognized as an expert in work group and across functions. Will perform this job in a quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.

(Cognitive Skills) Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Has broad knowledge of various technical alternatives and their potential impact on the business.