Senior Systems Engineer

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Senior Systems Engineer - Pleasanton, CA

The Senior Systems Engineer will be accountable for delivering systems engineering tasks for significant portions of programs with some level of novelty. Working at our location in Pleasanton, CA, the primary responsibilities include the elicitation and management of design input requirements from customer and business needs. This individual will also provide critical input to the systems architecture, and own the systems integration and design change control process. The individual will be expected to provide leadership, mentoring, and direction to other team members from a wide range of functions and/or geographical locations. This engineer is a key member of Abbott's product development team to bring systems from concept to launch.

  • Works with marketing and/or product management to develop design input requirements from user and business needs.
    • Leads the generation of the system design input requirements.
    • Ensures tracing between user and business needs, and the design input requirements. Use and administration of DOORS a plus.
    • Makes sure design input requirements include safety risk management requirements, and human factors.
    • Evaluates/analyzes requirements for coherence and completeness and clarifies ambiguous requirements.
    • Experience in developing Risk Management activities. Experience with ISO 14971 is a plus.
    • Negotiates resolution of problem areas with marketing/product management and the other members of the team.
    • Coaches other team members in methods for developing good product definitions.
  • Recommends the system architecture for a set of products indented to perform a protocol or function.
    • Models systems behavior to drive architectural decisions and requirement definition and refinement.
    • Drives the decomposition of design input requirements into detailed subsystem requirements.
    • Provides 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 integration
    • 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
    • Identifies and escalates risks in terms on systems viability with existing requirements.
    • Identifies and escalates issues with operation and use of systems engineering tools
    • Provides recommendations to the management on systems engineering issues
  • Fosters collaboration with cross-functional teams, platform architects and other leaders to drive work to completion and resolve issues. Successfully influences stakeholders. Communicates effectively with cross-functional teams and senior management. Keeps leadership informed of progress and issues.
  • Support 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, and vendors.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering and/or Science with 5+ years of experience in developing highly engineered products (at least 3 years in medical/diagnostics products), or an equivalent combination of education and experience (MS with 3 years, or PhD with 2 years).
  • Systems engineering experience spanning the entire product lifecycle, including proficient use of systems engineering tools (e.g. requirements management, change control, etc.).
  • 3+ years Systems engineering experience in a highly regulated industry
  • 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
  • Ability to travel by car and by plane

  • Master's Degree in Engineering (Computer, Electrical, Computer Systems, or Software), Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Medical device experience, specifically supporting heart failure and/or cardiovascular systems and experience with biologic sensors (flow, pressure, EKG, etc)
  • Experience in Human Factor Engineering


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
  • Student Loan Repayment 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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