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Systems Engineering Team Lead



Full Time

On Site


Des Plaines, Illinois, 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.

Systems Engineering Team Lead

Des Plaines, IL (In Office)

Relocation is Offered for this role

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 or your dreams
• Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
• An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
• Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU 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 Principal Systems Engineer / Systems Engineering Technical Lead will be accountable to deliver systems engineering tasks for significant portions of programs with some level of ambiguity. Working at our location in Des Plaines the primary responsibilities include:
• Elicitation and management of design input requirements from customer and business needs.
• Provide critical input and/or designs the systems architecture. Drives design change control process.
• Provide leadership, mentoring, and direction to other team members from a wide range of functions and/or geographical locations.
• Key member of Abbott’s product development team to bring systems from concept to launch.
• Lead a small team of engineers

Works with marketing and/or product management to develop design input requirements from user and business needs.
• Leads the decomposition of the customer requirements to system and product requirements for electro-mechanical systems.
• Responsible for end-to-end tracing between user and business needs, to requirements, test and risk.

• Identifies and escalates systems risks using FMEA tools. Investigates and implements mitigation strategies. Owns and maintains systems risk documentation.
• Works with specialty disciplines to stay current with new or changing standards.

• Leads cross-functional teams. Successfully influences stakeholders. Keeps leadership informed of progress and issues.
Evaluates/analyzes requirements for coherence, testability and completeness and clarifies ambiguous requirements.
• Evaluates risk activities in development, manufacturing and the field.
• Defines use cases and negotiates resolution of issues with members of the team and external users.
• Models systems behavior to drive architectural decisions and requirement definition and refinement.
• Drives the decomposition of design specifications into detailed product level and functional specifications.
• Provides reference links between design inputs, architectural components, and subsystem requirements, to ensure design meets expectations.
• Develops a documentation tree to support the systems architecture.
• Plans, manages, and reports on overall systems implementation.
• Generates the systems integration plan and report.
• Coordinates system engineering testing to verify systems functionality.
• Drives and records configuration of system at integration points.
• Owns system design change control process.
• Supports system verification execution.

• Provides recommendations to the management on systems engineering issues
• Supports all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), 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.
• Cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, third party manufacturers and vendors.

• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
• 8+ years of experience in developing highly engineered products (medical devices/diagnostic products) with a Bachelor’s degree. (Advanced degree may substitute for years of experience, ie, Masters plus 6+ years in medical devices/diagnostics or similar product industry, or PhD with 4+ years of relevant industry experience).
• 4+ years of active Risk Management experience including FMEA, FMECA, SFMEA, AFMEA, Hazard analysis etc. in a regulated industry.
• 4+ years of front end (systems architecture and systems design) Systems engineering experience in a regulated industry across the entire product lifecycle including proficient use of systems engineering tools (e.g. requirements management, change control, etc.).

• Excellent communication and influencing skills

• Master’s Degree in Systems, Mechanical, Electrical or Biomedical Engineering.
Diagnostic/Medical device experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate to all levels of the organization
• Experience working 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
• Experience in Human Factors Engineering