Infrastructure Architect

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.

Our location inLake County, IL currently has an opportunity for an Infrastructure Architect.


Candidate is responsible for solution design, implementation, and operational support of Abbott's global manufacturing businesses. This position will serve as the technical lead for projects involving complex planning for all Abbott manufacturing sites including detailed design creation, proposals, analysis, project preparation/implementation/and support. Responsible for timely interaction with customers of the platform, peer technologists, and senior management. The ideal candidate will have experience in routing, switching, wireless access, firewall controls, load balancing, security infrastructure, and Zscaler.

  • Design large scale enterprise LAN, WLAN including switches, firewalls, and other network related hardware.
  • Define requirements in support of budget plans and make recommendations for ways to improve performance, reduce costs, and meet business requirements.
  • Defines the architecture and hardware requirements for project proposals.
  • Design, execute, support day to day service requests.
  • Lead large scale manufacturing network refresh projects as well as divisional expansion projects.
  • Evaluates and identifies opportunities for network performance and functionality improvement within the enterprise network.
  • Participate in the development efforts to bring automation into the network environment.
  • Responsible for compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, and industry best practices.
  • Successfully negotiate technical design and deployment strategy with key stakeholder and consumers of the service.
  • Serve as the platform technical subject matter expert and provide consulting support to the business and end-user organizations.
  • Produce and maintain timely, accurate engineering documentation.
  • Partners with Abbott's Cybersecurity organization in conducting security and vulnerability assessments to ensure compliance with corporate security policies and adherence to best practices.
  • Integrates technical expertise with communication, leadership, and business skills in a team environment.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, while adhering to deadlines
  • Demonstrates mastery of the concepts and theory of network security, and possess adept knowledge of data networking, including expertise in switching, routing, directory services, and TCP/IP fundamentals.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of encryption protocols, as well as means for compromising systems based on known vulnerabilities.
  • Demonstrates a strong customer centric approach and excellent communications skills.
  • Responsible for the global landscape of the Abbott manufacturing businesses.
  • Keeps abreast of industry trends and makes architecture roadmaps and or recommendation based on these trends.


Required Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Telecommunication, or other related field - or combination of experience / education.
  • 8+ years of Networking experience.
  • 8+ years network experience with multinational enterprises of 5000+ users.
  • 8+ years designing enterprise scale routing and switching environments, MPLS / VPN, WLAN, intrusion prevention, cloud security, firewalls, monitoring tools, network topologies, load balancing, and WAN acceleration / QoS.

Desired Experience
  • MS Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Telecommunications. Active Certifications: CISSP, CCNP, CCSE, CCIE
  • Multilingual a plus
  • Experience in regulated environments a plus
  • Experience in healthcare related industries is a plus

*** Experience with the following products / environments preferred:
  • Cisco Routers and Switches
  • Cisco/ Viptel SDWAN or SDWAN technologies is a plus
  • Riverbed WAN Optimizers
  • Cisco ASA
  • Check Point Firewalls
  • Citrix Netscaler
  • F5 Load Balancer (GTM and LTM)
  • Cisco ACI
  • Zscaler
  • Cisco Wireless
  • API Based Automation
  • Splunk
  • Service Now
  • Netbrain
  • Logic Monitor


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • 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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