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Quality Engineer III (31028069)




Full Time


San Diego, 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.

Quality Engineer III

San Diego, CA

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of .
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the [Register to View] student debt program and [Register to View] education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our [insert location of working site] location in the [insert division name. [Insert division description].

As the Quality Engineer III is within our Toxicology Business Unit located in San Diego, CA. This role will be Responsible for quality engineering activities that address product/process changes, product/process quality issues, and compliance issues. This person will partner with operations for process improvement and continuous improvement initiatives and perform process audits of the operations areas. This person may be involved in the development of new products and as such would support design control activities.

What You’ll Work On

  • Actively partner with operations to perform process audits to identify and implement improvement initiatives
  • Act as quality assurance support for the design and development/on market support of In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) medical device products, facilitating the application of design/change controls, risk management, quality plan and implementation of design and development plan.
  • Work closely with R&D, Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Applications Support management to prevent non-conformities and provide solutions to complex issues.
  • Support multiple projects, balancing priorities and resources to meet project and management expectations.
  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Support the change control process by reviewing proposed changes, performing risk assessments, and assessing the adequacy of verifications and validations
  • Perform root cause analysis of product quality issues. Apply appropriate tools (e.g. statistics, fault tree analysis, etc.). Work with peers to develop corrective actions
  • Perform failure mode analysis on new or existing products. Ensure all reasonable failure modes are identified. Working with peers, develop mitigations for failure modes, and verify the effectiveness of these mitigations
  • Coordinates for both new products/processes and changes to existing products/processes develop verification and validation plans that assess if requirements are met. Oversee the execution of verification and validation plans in conjunction with the Quality Validation Engineer
  • Support the QI and CAPA processes by performing investigations and root cause analysis and determining action plans and driving the actions to closure
  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal/external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company’s policies and practices
  • Understands and is aware of the quality consequences which may occur from the improper performance of their specific job. Has awareness of device defects that may occur in their area of responsibility, including product design, verification and validation, manufacturing and testing activities
  • Carries out duties in compliance with established business policies
  • Demonstrates commitment to the development, implementation and effectiveness of Quality Management System per ISO, FDA, and other regulatory agencies
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • BS/BA degree in field of science such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry or Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a quality role within the Biotechnology industry with 3-5 years of progressively responsible positions
  • Minimum of 3 years hands-on risk management experience in maintaining risk management files such as UMFMEA/DFMEA/PFMEA, Plans, Reports, etc.
  • Minimum of 3 years of manufacturing/quality engineering experience (design controls/change control, process validation, on market engineering support and risk management) in a regulated environment.
  • Minimum of 3 years of CAPA System, Non-conformity System and manufacturing process improvement experience.
  • Experience reviewing and approving process validations, equipment qualifications, required.
  • Experience reviewing and approving Device Master Record (DMR) documents required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct work experience in IVD or medical device/biotech or regulated manufacturing environment.
  • Experience acting as Quality Lead supporting new product development desired.
  • Experience with transferring a product from development to production desired.
  • Hands on Design Verification, Design Validation and Design History File (DHF) desired.
  • Process, QMS or Supplier auditing experience desired.
  • Experience with reagent, ELISA, HEIA manufacturing desired.
  • Lean Six Sigma (Black or Green Belt), Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor desired.
  • Knowledge of IVDR in EU, FDA QSRs, ISO 13485:2016, ISO 14971:2012 standards and HACCP, GMP, GLP and GDP requirements.
  • Goal oriented, learns quickly, works in a collaborative manner with other departments.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of computers and software programs including Word, Excel, Access, Visio, MS Project, Minitab, PowerPoint and Agile.
  • Experience with root cause analysis, failure mode analysis, verification, and validation
  • Statistical tools including basic statistical inference, graphical methods, regression.
  • Experience with process validations, design verification and design validation studies
  • Knowledge of Quality System Regulations
  • Able to work on multiple tasks as a team member and/or ability to operate as an individual contributor
  • Must be detail-orientated, self-motivated and available for flexible scheduling

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