Principal Data Engineer

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.

Our location in Chicago, IL, currently has an opportunity for a Principal Data Engineer. This would be a Mid-level role in the Big Data Advanced Analytics group of the organization. This role will assist/lead in development of data platforms, business solutions, and proof of concept to assist the big data team in realizing business goals.

  • Part of the centralized team responsible for building and managing advanced analytics products/ solutions in Abbott.
  • Expertise - Collaborate with Abbott employees and partners to develop/enhance big data platform architectures using Databrciks/AWS/Azure.
  • Solutions - Advise and guide technical engineers on engagements. This includes participating in on-site visits, understanding customer requirements, creating solution proposals and creating data service offerings.
  • Mentor Jr Data Engineers in their day to day activity.
  • Work closely with SMEs, functional experts in Commercial, R&D, finance, etc. for building data pipeline from structure and unstructured data sources
  • Work on newest tools and technologies to achieve results - Scala, Scalding, Spark, Databricks, AWS, Azure
  • Demonstrate high degree of analytic agility to meet fluid and dynamic business needs
  • Hands on experience leading large-scale global data warehousing and analytics projects.


  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience; Computer Science or Math background preferred
  • 5-10 years' experience covering the entire software lifecycle in a team-oriented environment.
  • Experience in any data analytics solution component from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience with Python, R, Spark, hive, HBase, Hadoop,YARN etc. will be a plus.
  • The candidate must possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • History of working successfully with cross-functional engineering teams

  • Knowledge on Databricks
  • Customer facing skills to represent Abbott Big Data team and drive discussions with senior personnel regarding trade-offs, best practices, product management and risk mitigation
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges in an enterprise environment
  • Ability to prioritize and triage deadline-driven tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Experience manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume data from varying sources
  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, actionable manner
  • The candidate must possess good oral and written communication skills
  • History of working successfully with cross-functional engineering teams


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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