Specialist Quality Assurance - Ingredient Supplier Quality - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

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Specialist Quality Assurance - Ingredient Supplier Quality

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.

Our Global Supplier Quality Assurance (GSQA) group in Columbus, OH currently has an opportunity for a Specialist Quality Assurance - Ingredient Supplier Quality.

The primary function of the GSQA group is to ensure a high-quality supply of incoming materials through evaluation, monitoring and development of Abbott Nutrition ingredient and packaging suppliers worldwide. GSQA is responsible for working and communicating with suppliers as part of an ongoing supplier management process. GSQA supports systems such as: supplier qualification, supplier development, supplier monitoring, and supplier event management. In addition, GSQA supports the plant quality assurance, operations and purchasing groups globally to ensure that incoming material documentation involving acceptance, testing/release, and CAPA are compliant to Corporate and regulatory requirements.


The Specialist Quality Assurance - Ingredient Supplier Quality will exhibit excellent communication and leadership skills and support the training and development of others in the department. The Specialist will be expected to manage projects and responsibilities of a potentially complex nature, including:
  • Provide support to AN manufacturing plants by resolving incoming material issues in a timely manner
  • Lead supplier event management activities to troubleshoot and resolve supplier processing or ingredient issues
  • Support and influence suppliers to drive to root cause and implement effective CAPA when issues arise
  • Monitor supplier performance on an on-going basis and initiate supplier improvement activities, when needed
  • Utilize supplier development tools to assess, create action plans, and work with suppliers to improve performance
  • Initiate, write and support issuance of quality reports to assist the AN plants in accepting and utilizing ingredients, as necessary
  • Ensure that proposed changes to supplier processes or ingredients are assessed, approved and compliant to specifications, and make changes when necessary
  • Responsible for maintaining/controlling the status of ingredient suppliers
  • Support supplier certification program activities
  • Maintain GSQA policies and procedures, ingredient specifications and acceptance plans, and ensure that these documents are current and compliant to internal policies and regulations
  • Support strategic projects associated with department and organization initiatives and goals
  • Responsible for ingredient supplier qualification activities
  • Perform supplier audits including qualification, Supplier Excellence, and for-cause audits

This role will report to the Ingredient Supplier Quality Assurance Program Manager. The position will not have budget responsibilities or direct reports.


  • Bachelor's Degree in physical or life science, engineering or business, or a related degree
  • Thorough knowledge of manufacturing processes (production, logistics, and engineering) and quality assurance principles
  • Technical understanding of different technologies, product quality systems and supplier programs, and be able to provide consultation and recommendations to help suppliers improve their performance
  • Experience in performing/leading supplier audits and working independently through troubleshooting supplier issues

  • Master's Degree
  • 3 years or more of experience in supplier quality assurance programs or related experience in operations, purchasing or quality assurance in a regulated industry
  • Ability to work independently and/or function with minimal supervision
  • Ability to manage several activities/projects at once, to organize/prioritize work, to meet deadlines and to prepare plans and reports
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and analytical thinking
  • Ability to effectively organize and communicate technical information
  • Ability to successfully interact and communicate with internal and external cross-functional teams, and all organizational levels

  • 15% of the time


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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