Principal Systems Engineer

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Principal Systems Engineer - Pleasanton, CA

The Principal Systems Engineer will be accountable for delivering systems engineering tasks for entire programs or significant portions of programs with some level of novelty. Working at our site in Pleasanton, CA, this role ensures the logical and systematic conversion of customer requirements and performance requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. You will be applying an expert understanding of applications, customer needs to be addressed, and architecting solutions to streamline product development.


  • Leads programs while exercising significant novelty and integration across various disciplines as well as team members. Applies a demonstrated portfolio-centric approach to developing programs which are incorporated into platform strategies that achieve "win/win" scenarios for assigned efforts and platforms.
  • Plans and executes the department strategy to deliver upon responsibilities; gathers information, frames problems, devises/executes plans, tracks progress, and adjusts/measures success within scope of responsibility to improve development efforts as well as the organization. Applies skills to planning product development work; capturing requirements, designing solutions, defining behaviors, investigating issues, evaluating trade-offs, and validating output.
  • Organizes and manages work to deliver programs, leads in the execution of assigned work. Prioritizes tasks by distinguishing urgent from important tasks and assess cost/benefit trade-offs.
  • Develops and applies an expert understand of designated systems as well as serves as a subject matter expert for the development team regarding behaviors, implementation trade-offs, customer needs, satisfaction of customer needs, clinical applications, and the applicable technologies required to solve problems and deliver upon business objectives. Participates in broad cross-functional reviews of work output.
  • 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.


  • Bachler's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Computer, Electrical, or Software), Computer Science, or related discipline
  • 9+ years of in a similar position, including systems integration experience/integrating all system components (electrical, mechanical, software), system architecture, requirement/user need gathering, and/or end-to-end (ideation to commercialization) technical product development experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively integrate information from varied disciplines including Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate to all levels of the organization
  • Previous 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

  • 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
  • Previous management/leadership experience


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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