Quality Project Leader, Packaging Supplier Quality (SQA) - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

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Quality Project Leader, Packaging Supplier Quality (SQA)

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 location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity for a Quality Project Leader, Packaging Supplier Quality.

The primary function of the Supplier Quality Assurance(SQA)is to assure a high-quality supply of materials through evaluation and development of Abbott Nutrition suppliers worldw ide.Packaging SQA is responsible for working and communicating with packaging suppliers as part of an ongoing supplier management process.Packaging SQAsupports the following areas: (1) Supplier qualification, (2) Supplier development & monitoring, (3) Supplier corrective & preventative actions, (4) Continuous improvement of department & supplier performance, and(5) Regulatory documentation.

Additionally, Packaging Supplier QAsupports the plant quality assurance, operations, and purchasing groups to ensure (1) Proper incoming material, (2) Effective Corrective & Preventative Actions (CAPA), (3) Testing and release of products, and (4) Ensure acceptance plans and specifications are compliant to corporate and regulatory requirements.

  • Perform supplier qualification assessments to ensure quality systems, processes, and facilities meet Abbott & regulatory requirements.
  • Work with Package Development to develop, validate, and support the qualification of new packaging.
  • Lead investigations to resolve and troubleshoot supplier processing or packaging issues.Resolve packaging quality issues in a timely manner.
  • Support the development and monitoring of supplier performance. Engage with supplier's leadership team to develop sustainable long-term improvements.
  • Ability to work closely with all levels of Abbott & Supplier's organization, including senior leaders within either organization.
  • Support resolution and approval of exception reports within the plants.
  • Work with plants to develop sampling and correction plans when resolving packaging quality issues.
  • Manage supplier CAPAs and improvements plans as required (weekly, monthly, etc.).
  • Report information on supplier performance internally and externally including interpreting to scorecard and trending information.
  • Develop supplier's systems and processes to improve performance and process capability.
  • Work with suppliers to conduct Gage R&R studies at qualification.
  • Ensure supplier in-line equipment is properly validated.
  • Conduct reviews to supplier regulatory documentation submitted with all packaging changes and new qualifications. Ensure documentation meets regulatory compliance.
  • Support maintaining and evaluating suppliers approved listings and status.
  • Ensure proposed changes made to supplier processes are approved and compliant.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, technical, or science field required.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in quality, packaging engineering, supplier quality assurance programs or related experience inoperations, or quality assurance.

The Quality Project Leader (Packaging) should meet and/or exceed the Abbott Core Competency requirements, as well as:

Exhibit excellent communication and leadership skills. Experience qualifying new products or packages. Demonstrate ability to manage several activities and projects at once. Including the ability to organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines, prepare plans and reports. Ability to work independently through troubleshooting supplier issues. Ability to provide recommendations to help suppliers improve their performance. Experience in performing or leading supplier assessments (including auditing of suppliers). Possess a thorough knowledge of quality assurance principles and manufacturing processes (production, logistics, and engineering). Possess a technical understanding of different technologies, product quality systems, and supplier programs. Possess an understanding of food packaging requirements and industry regulations for commercial packaging. Successfully interact and communicate with all organizational levels internally and externally.


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  • 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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