Process Engineer - Columbus. OH

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Nourish the world and your career as part of the Nutrition team at Abbott.

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.


Responsibilities include:

Technical Design/Problem Solving/Innovation
  • Responsible for the design, install, commission, validation, and start-up of manufacturing process systems for ingredient preparation, liquid processing, CIP, spray drying, dry blending, powder handling, retort processing, and aseptic processing within the North American region of Abbott Nutrition
  • Ensures compliance of process parameter and operational condition with USDA and FDA regulations.
  • Responsible for improvement initiatives that define equipment data, equipment capabilities, utilization, efficiencies and obsolescence as it relates to processing
  • Works with team to develop validation execution strategies with a focus on defining intended use and measuring process capability against critical quality acceptance criteria.
  • Develop project justification and engineering proposals for capital expenditure requests.
  • Gathers manufacturing performance data and performs analysis. Reports findings.
  • Prepares and communicates recommendations and respective action plans to drive cost containment and cost reduction efforts. Executes the recommendations.
  • Benchmarks internally and externally. Uses internal and external benchmarking as a tool to drive improvement in areas (KPIs, OEEs, Capacity, etc)
  • Provides technical assistance to operations and leadership on high priority issues. Technical assistance will increase as skills are developed.
  • Possesses theoretical knowledge, educational background with specifying, selecting, manufacturing acceptance, installation, startup, commission and validation of fully automated process equipment.
  • Possesses theoretical knowledge and educational background to apply sound mechanical/chemical engineering principles in machine design, process flow design, process engineering, equipment manufacturing, fabrication practices and equipment design.
  • Develops process flow diagrams, P&ID s, mass/energy balance calculations.
  • Participates in factory acceptance tests (FATs) for any new equipment and develops reports to document results.
  • Assist in creating and updating manufacturing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other validation documents.

Project Management:
  • This position requires a self-starter with strong project engineering skills and experience on capital projects.
  • Plans and coordinates activities related to process equipment engineering improvements for liquid processing, heat treatment, and aseptic process activities within AN supply chain.
  • Establishes workable and trackable schedules. Works with staff, outside firms and/or consultants to agree on plans and timetables for a specific project. Identifies pinch points or conflicts. Sets performance metrics.
  • Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects, and meets deadlines.
  • Assist in the development of execution strategy, including procurement. Balances multiple demands within assignment, e.g., executes contingency plans to recover from schedule slippage and financial overruns.
  • Assist in the formation of economic analysis and feasibility studies. Responsible for achieving financial targets in support of business objectives.
  • Strong project engineering skills and technical background is desired and will help candidate integrate into large capital projects.
  • Ability to drive key technical decisions for capital projects and ensure that all technical deliverables are managed accurately in a timely manner
  • Good understanding of stage-gate project process

Organization Interface
  • Mentoring others and willing to share information and accept candid feedback and guidance.
  • Interfaces frequently with inter-organizational and outside customer contacts. Represents the organization in providing solutions to difficult technical issues associated with specific projects.
  • Prepares written communication. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal documents with team members, designers, technicians, and other technical personnel, both internal and external to Abbott, using appropriate communication protocols; obtains approval to proceed with proposed action plans.
  • Establishes networks.
  • Follows through on goals; contributes willingly and incorporates the ideas of others; shares resources, knowledge, and accountability to benefit the objectives of the business.
  • Builds relationships. Initiates and cultivates open, honest relationships with colleagues, customers, contractors, and vendors by establishing rapport, developing an understanding of others' needs, promoting common goals, and following through on commitments, e.g. offers assistance; interacts effectively with stakeholders at appropriate levels of the organization.
  • Resolves underlying problems. Identifies full range of customer/client needs and proposes solutions to address them; makes alterations in products or services to better meet (recognized or unrecognized) customer need, e.g., partners with an outside vendor to provide a better deliverable.
  • Works closely with Engineering/Maintenance/Process Innovation teams on the design and implementation of new technology.
  • Manages challenging interpersonal situations and influencing key decision makers by providing key technical solutions.
  • Communicates effectively and develop solid relationships with vendors, contractors, internal customers, and all levels of management within the company
  • Travel 30%


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, science or closely related discipline is desired, or equivalent technical experience plus demonstrated competence
  • 2+ years' experience, applying engineering knowledge, mathematics and statistics, and ingenuity to complete assignments related to process/manufacturing systems.
  • Additional post-graduate education may contribute towards the desired years of experience. A Mechanical or Chemical Engineering degree preferred.
  • Familiarity with plant control software, including PLC / HMI and SCADA systems.
  • Familiarity with liquid aseptic processing/filling in the food industry.
  • Experience with powder processing and wet mixing in the food industry.
  • Experience with engineering project management.
  • Technical background in health care, nutritional products, or similar industries (preferred).
  • Effective communicator with the ability to influence others.
  • Strong intrapersonal skills to interact with team members at all levels within the organization.
  • Experience with commissioning and validation.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled
  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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