Senior Principal Engineer (Mechanical)

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.


The Corporate Engineering (CE) organization is looking for an experienced and motivated individual to serve as Sr. Principal Engineer (Mechanical) . This opportunity is for someone who wants to positively impact the organization in a meaningful role that applies advanced engineering knowledge and experience, combined with a disciplined project management approach, to deliver business solutions that span across divisions and regions. A part of Global Engineering Services (GES), Corporate Engineering exists to support Abbott's businesses and help them drive sustainable growth and margin improvement. Corporate Engineering does this by planning, designing and deploying Facilities, Utilities & Infrastructure projects with excellence, by means of strong talent, best practices, resourcefulness, and experience. The GES/CE Sr. Principal Engineer (Mechanical) role significantly contributes to that mission by leading and executing engineering activities across a broad set of responsibilities as outlined below.


The Sr. Principal Engineer (Mechanical) is an engineering professional who, working with little or no supervision, applies advanced scientific and engineering knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to complete complex assignments related to the Mechanical Engineering discipline. A Sr. Principal Engineer has full knowledge of other related disciplines beyond their own. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Technical / Design : Benchmarks internally and externally. Independently executes, and/or directs others in the design of facilities/utilities infrastructure, equipment or systems, by applying novel and proven engineering concepts and techniques within the disciplines. Designs and performs detailed analysis. Communicates across functions and disciplines. Serves either as functional Subject Matter Expert (SME) or independent technical expert in design reviews.

  • Project Management : Identifies, plans, and conducts projects of various sizes/complexities within engineering specialty requiring custom, risk-managed execution plans, investigations, and/or equipment. Manages multiple, often concurrent, projects and meets deadlines. Maintains project controls and reporting for cost, scope and schedule; develops execution strategy including procurement. Understands the business needs and has a thorough knowledge of the client when developing a project scope. Works with the client and cross-functional stakeholders to establish scope, priorities, and schedules on multiple projects. Independently performs economic analysis and feasibility studies related to complex and often multiple competing project alternatives. Responsible for achieving the project's financial targets in support of business objectives.

  • Problem Solving / Innovation : Conceptualizes complete solutions. Creates or coordinates the design solutions for novel or complex problems; integrates regulatory and operational needs; assesses cost benefit. Structures studies and integrate cross-disciplinary and cross-functional issues to arrive at optimal course of action.

  • Organizational Interface : Mentors others by sharing technical expertise and providing feedback and guidance. Where appropriate, provides tasks/project assignment opportunities for employee development and evaluates performance. Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interacts with both senior management and external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Conveys information effectively through formal and informal means, e.g. develops proposals, project summaries, and design documentation; submits articles for internal or external publication.

  • Compliance : Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional policies, procedures, and standards for Quality, Environmental, Health, Safety and Energy (EHS&E) Global Policies, Abbott Engineering Standards, and other governance areas as applicable. Ensures quality/effectiveness of key results of major projects and mitigates risks through sound design, early risk assessments, and implementation of fallback strategies.

  • Additional Responsibilities May Include : Identified as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the discipline. Participates in internal, cross-divisional teams to develop and align procedures and standards. Directs the efforts of others such as engineers, technicians and outside resources. Performs tasks such as writing Requests for Capital Expenditures (RCEs), safety/quality checklists, scope documents, etc. Develops and executes validation protocols. Resolves problems and crisis situations requiring fast, astute decisions with rapid implementation by utilizing technical training and experience. Provides training. Represents engineering on corporate and division initiatives.

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering is required.
  • M.S. degree in engineering and/or PE license are desired but not required.
  • Minimum of 8 years of engineering experience, with at least a portion of that experience in the design and deployment of building facilities/utilities systems .


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