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Senior Specialist, Public Relations (31031251)




Full Time


Plymouth, Minnesota, 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.

Job Title

Senior Specialist, Public Relations

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 location in Plymouth, MN.

At Abbott (NYSE: ABT), 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, 109,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 160 countries we serve.

We are currently seeking a Public Relations Senior Specialist to support public relations and corporate communications for Abbott’s Electrophysiology and Heart Failure businesses, two divisions within our Medical Devices business focusing on cardiovascular solutions. This position will report to the Senior Manager of Business Public Affairs overseeing Public Affairs for both the Electrophysiology (EP) and Heart Failure (HF) businesses.

What You’ll Work On

Primary Job Function
The Public Affairs function within Abbott has global responsibility for all public affairs/public relations activities, with this position's specific emphasis being the EP business unit, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, and the HF business, headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

This role is responsible for supporting the two businesses and executing communications programs and strategies that build the brand and protect Abbott's reputation among employees, health care professionals, investors and consumers. The Senior Specialist must be able to provide thoughtful counsel to a broad range of internal and external contacts across varying levels of management. Success in the role means being very comfortable with a fast-paced environment and ability to juggle multiple projects while bringing people skills and creativity to the role.

Position Accountability / Scope
All divisional Business Public Affairs functions report into Abbott's broader Corporate Public Affairs department, based in Chicago, Ill. where Abbott is headquartered. This position works with a broad range of internal and external constituencies across all levels of management and functions at both the corporate and division level, including Marketing, Sales, Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, Operations, Quality, HR, Government Affairs, Investor Relations, Legal and Finance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the efforts of providing strategic counsel to the marketing teams, internal/external clients, and country-level leadership on business-related initiatives.
  • Execute external public relations campaigns for identified global product launches/filings, clinical data presentations at major medical meetings, product awareness programs/outreach, and disease-state awareness efforts.
  • Assist the team in developing plans that support the communication needs and product promotion activities of country managers and affiliates around the world. Partner and provide guidance to PRagencies to execute on campaigns.
  • Foster relationships with national consumer, finance and trade media to enhance and protect the company's reputation and advance business objectives. Proactively pitch stories to increase Abbott's share of voice.
  • Work with sales and field clinical teams to build relationships with KOLs to support media and public relations objectives and identify strong patient stories that showcase our therapies that can be shared with the media or highlighted on Abbott social/digital channels.
  • Partner with Abbott's Corporate Public Affairs and Content teams to infuse corporate owned and social channels with content from the business unit.
  • Support the team with issues management as needed to help minimize reputation/business impact and influence business decision making process.
  • Develop and execute multimedia strategies to complement key Public Affairs campaigns.
  • Help measure and communicate e effectiveness of internal and external communication efforts to business and corporate stakeholders.
  • Update press materials and other communications tools as needed.
  • Have the ability to travel as needed.
  • Assist in building and supporting strategic communications and competitive positioning for brand and/or company, with particular emphasis on competitive environment and marketplace.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Education
A bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, business, marketing or related field is required.

Minimum Experience / Training Required

  • At least 4 years of experience in public relations, with 2-4 years in a high-level communications environment within a corporate environment or public relations agency preferred.
  • Experience in health care and/or a regulated and global environment is preferred, but not required.
  • Able to achieve results within a rapidly changing, fluid and highly matrixed environment.
  • Candidates must have a track record of excellent professional writing, communication, and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Experience working with and counseling senior management is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience implementing media relations plans and proven ability in placing media stories and managing relationships with national/international contacts is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience assisting or leading digital and social media projects required.
  • Technically, this is a PA role, but I prefer to say public relations to avoid confusion this is a government role.

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Divisional Information

Medical Devices

General Medical Devices:

Our medical devices help more than 10,000 people have healthier hearts, improve quality of life for thousands of people living with chronic pain and movement disorders, and liberate more than 500,000 people with diabetes from routine fingersticks.


As a global leader in Cardiac Rhythm Technologies, we focus on innovative technologies that can improve the way doctors treat people with heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.


We’re focused on helping people with diabetes manage their health with life-changing products that provide accurate data to drive better-informed decisions. We’re revolutionizing the way people monitor their glucose levels with our new sensing technology.


Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive, and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease.


Our Neuromodulation business includes implantable devices compatible with mobile technology to help people who suffer from chronic pain and movement disorders. These non-opioid therapies allow us to provide interventional pain therapy to patients throughout the pain continuum.

Structural Heart

Structural Heart Business Mission: why we exist

Our business purpose is to restore health and improve quality of life through the design and provision of device and management solutions for the treatment of structural heart disease.


In Abbott’s Electrophysiology (EP) business, we’re advancing the treatment of heart disease through breakthrough medical technologies in atrial fibrillation, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.


In Abbott’s Heart Failure (HF) business, we’re developing solutions to diagnose, monitor and manage heart failure, allowing people to restore their health and get on with their lives.


We’re empowering smarter medical and economic decision making to help transform the way people manage their health at all stages of life. Every day, more than 10 million tests are run on Abbott’s diagnostics instruments, providing lab results for millions of people.

Abbott Molecular is a leader in molecular diagnostics and the analysis of DNA, RNA, and proteins at the molecular level.

Our Point of Care diagnostic portfolio spans key heath and therapeutic areas, including infections disease, cardiometabolic, informatics and toxicology.

Our diagnostic solutions are used in hospitals, laboratories and clinics around the globe. The crucial information derived from our tests, instruments and informatics systems are often the first step in patient care decision making for hundreds of health conditions from heart attacks to blood disorders to infectious diseases and cancers.

Our rapid diagnostics solutions are helping address some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.


Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.