Senior Project Leader, Design Quality Assurance

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.

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 location in Columbus OH, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Project Leader, Design Quality Assurance. The role resides within the Quality organization and will assure product designs provide necessary safety, efficacy, regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction while balancing the need for speed to market as well as cost effectiveness .

The successful candidate works with their functional group peers and managers to define Design Assurance related deliverables to ensure successful scale up to commercial scale manufacturing (successful First Lot To Stock (FLTS) process). Together with Research & Development,Technical Centers and Plant operations the incumbent assesses critical to quality attributes and ensures the manufacturability of new formulations and products. This role reports to the Senior Manager, Design Assurance. Ensures that all Abbott Nutrition products meet the highest standards for quality required by regulations and is responsible for determining trends in the supply chain and adapting or transforming quality processes to achieve breakthrough improvements. Interruption in the distribution of products can result if these efforts are not well planned and coordinated across the business.

  • Prepare Quality documents and assure appropriate design review is conducted
  • Monitor product, process, package quality performance and identifies quality related issues and trends. Work with and provides direction to functional peers and operations to develop and implement corrective actions.
  • Work on problems of complex scope where analysis of situation or data requires review of defined factors
  • Exhibit high level of technical competence in data analysis and product related calculations
  • Collaborate and provide leadership across the technical portion of the organization
  • Identify/gain agreement on design criteria, negotiate compromises, balance quality with other criteria across all functional areas
  • Display working knowledge of relationships between regulations, labeling, process and product. Encounter differing but recurring problems and/or duties.
  • Display working knowledge of global country regulations and policies related to Abbott's nutritional products and assure products meet regulations and infant formulas meet all IFA regulations
  • Assure that the design and testing for all Abbott Nutritional products are fully compliant with applicable regulations


  • Bachelor's Degree in a Science-Related field (Food Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or other technical science area)
  • 5 years or more of working experience in the food/nutritional industry and experience in the scale-up and commercialization of product innovations
  • Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritional products
  • Knowledge of quality management systems and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to effectively organize and communicate technical information

  • Ability to work and interact with many cultures in many time zones, and be capable of interpreting and analyzing technical data from different regions for decision making
  • Ability to work independently and/or function with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of accuracy and analytical thinking


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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